Tahiti Photo Spots

Tahiti, the largest island in French Polynesia, is one of the most idyllic destinations in the South Pacific, boasting atolls, volcanic sand beaches, lush valleys, waterfalls and historic sites. Part of the Society Islands, which includes other beautiful islands such as Moorea (Mo’orea), Bora Bora and Taha’a, all known for luxurious overwater bungalows and turquoise waters, Tahiti is a true photographer’s paradise. For a taste of this French Polynesian natural beauty, here are our picks of the top five places to take photos in Tahiti. 🇵🇫

Here at ​​Flytographer, we easily connect people with trusted photographers for fun photo shoots and have captured over three million memories worldwide. Today, we asked our local photographers to show us around all the very best places to take photos in Tahiti. 📸


  1. Experience the wonders of nature and unwind on the East Coast.
  2. Witness the cascading beauty of the Fa’aruma’i Waterfalls.
  3. Take in stunning sights and a historic lighthouse at Plage de la Pointe Venus.
  4. Marvel at spectacular sunsets at The Beach House and Lafayette Beach.
  5. Discover the botanical wonderland that is Vaipahi’s Garden.

Photo: Steve in Tahiti for Flytographer. Valerie and partner capture memories in Tahiti with a honeymoon photoshoot on the East Coast.

1. East Coast

Boasting dramatic volcanic scenery unique to the islands of Tahiti, Tahiti’s East Coast has plenty of natural beauty for every kind of nature buff to explore. From hiking through lush green scenery and waterfalls at Papenoo Valley to enjoying calm lagoons filled with rich marine life, the East Coast is a go-to place for both relaxation and adventure. The lagoons are not only a stunning background for photos but also perfect for water sports such as snorkelling, paddle boarding and kayaking. 🚣

Want to hit the waves? The black sand beaches of Papenoo, Taapuna and Taharuu are ideal to catch some surfing. 🏄 Needless to say, they also have fantastic scenery if you simply want to relax on the sand and feel the laid-back atmosphere of this part of the island.

Photo: Steve in Tahiti for Flytographer. Nicole and partner capture memories in Tahiti with a honeymoon photoshoot on the East Coast.

2. Fa’aruma’i Waterfalls

Get ready to be amazed by three cascading beauties. Just a 30-minute drive from Papeete, the capital of Tahiti, the three majestic Fa’aruma’i Waterfalls sit in a gorgeous Tahitian forest. 🌳 They are the most popular and accessible waterfalls on the island and three of the best places to take photos in Tahiti.

A short hike cutting through a grove of chestnut trees and beautiful plants and flowers leads you to Vaimahutu, the first waterfall. Another 20 minutes of scenic hiking, and you reach the second and third waterfalls, Haamarere Iti and Haamarere Rahi, both near to one another. Although swimming is not allowed, just the natural beauty and relaxing effect of the crystal-clear waters rushing down majestic rocks will make the visit worth it, and you’ll get stunning backgrounds for the perfect shot. 😉

Photo: Steve in Tahiti for Flytographer. Bhakti and partner capture memories in Tahiti with a couples photoshoot at Fa’aruma’i Waterfalls.

3. Plage de la Pointe Venus

Famous for its black sands and historic lighthouse, Plage de la Pointe Venus is lined with swaying palm and casuarina trees, all of which make it extra photogenic. 🌴 The lighthouse is the highlight. 💡 Completed in 1867 to celebrate the arrival of English explorer Captain Samuel Wallis, this is the only lighthouse in Tahiti and a very Instagrammable backdrop for photos.

With fantastic waves, the beach is also a superb surfing spot. But if you’re not into surfing, Plage de la Pointe Venus still offers a dreamy and romantic landscape, great for some time with a loved one or with friends and family. 💗

Hot tip: Before you leave the beach, stop at the Fare des Artisans, a craft market with a large selection of stunning souvenirs, such as mother-of-pearl carvings, pareos and shell necklaces, to wear during your photo shoot or to take home. 🐚 

Photo: Steve in Tahiti for Flytographer. Keely and partner capture memories in Tahiti with a honeymoon photoshoot.

4. The Beach House and Lafayette Beach

Located amidst stunning tropical greenery, you’ll find two secluded beaches near Le Tahiti Hotel. What sets them apart from the other beaches? Their unique dark-volcanic sand creates a striking, almost ethereal landscape. Both are just breathtaking and ideal spots to unwind, recharge and simply take in the awe-inspiring views. It’s a good idea to stay long enough at either beach to catch the sunset: you’ll be rewarded with a spectacular display of rich hues of crimson, orange and pink – silhouetted by swaying palm trees. 🌅

For more stunning nature and hotels, head to Moorea, one of the most beautiful islands of French Polynesia, located just a brief ferry ride from Papeete. The island boasts the picturesque Opunohu Valley, which offers spectacular views of Opunohu Bay from the Le Belvedere Lookout Point. Temae Beach is another highlight of Moorea, and that’s where you’ll find the Sofitel Hotel, famous for its incredible overwater bungalows. 👍

Photo: Steve in Tahiti for Flytographer. Mona and partner capture memories in Tahiti with a couples photoshoot at The Beach House.

5. Vaipahi’s Garden

In Mataiea, along Tahiti Nui’s southern coast, lies a beautiful green paradise filled with ponds, streams and waterfalls. This botanical haven boasts plants and flowers not just from the Pacific Islands but from around the globe, including some exotic species. 🌺 The lily pond and winding streams are popular spots that provide a dreamlike atmosphere. All of this makes it a favourite destination for nature lovers, but there’s more: The garden houses archaeological relics and a plateau with overhanging cliffs and breathtaking views. 😍 To enhance the experience, walking paths snake through shaded areas created by pine trees. In its entirety, this natural wonderland is impeccably maintained and has a peaceful vibe that is well worth checking out while exploring as it is one of the most beautiful places to take photos in Tahiti.

Capturing Memories in Tahiti

Tahiti is indeed a unique travel destination. With so much more to see and do, we couldn’t end this blog without the honourable mentions below:

  • Discover the Marea Arahurahu, an open-air temple that showcases the rich Maohi culture that once flourished in French Polynesia before European colonization. Take in the sacred square, the stunning stone wall that encircles the archeological site and the intricate wooden sculptures. 👌
  • Experience the wonders of Mara’a Grotto’s natural caves on the west coast of Tahiti. These caves are surrounded by lush vegetation and contain clear pools of water, making it a truly magical destination to explore. ✨
  • All islands in Tahiti offer exceptional opportunities for scuba diving and underwater photography. Wherever you are, don’t miss exploring the island’s coral reefs inhabited by tropical fish and beautiful stingrays. 🐟

For more ideas on things to do, check out the very informative Tahiti Tourisme website. To make the best of your visit, connect with our local professional photographers in Tahiti, and let them capture all your magical moments in this tropical gem. 💚