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Reviewed December 23, 2019 via mobile

We found Painapo Beach while driving around the island. I was meant to be a "just for a beer" stop - we stayed the rest of the afternoon. Food is delicious, beer is cold and the mai tais are fabulous. They have a private beach...that is perfect for snorkeling and swimming with rays and coral fish. One of my favorite accidental stops ever!More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed March 22, 2019

Great place to stop. Excellent service, great food, wonderful location. And reasonably priced for french Polynesia standards. The best meal we've had during our 10-day visit of the islands.

Date of visit: March 2019
Reviewed October 26, 2017

Cute little tiki hut restaurant with beach side seating. The Seafood Sampler platter was to die for. Best Poisson Cru we had in all of our time in French Polynesia! Well maintained grounds with places to sit and relax beach side.

Date of visit: October 2017
Reviewed July 21, 2017

The best thing of it is their location by the white sands of the lagoon. Food wise it was nice experience too, I had tuna carpaccio and it was simply delicious. The only thing that may confused me is that it took more than 30...min to bring the food (Tuna Carpaccio...) but that is part of the life there I guess. Price was ok too.More

Date of visit: July 2017
Reviewed July 17, 2017

Just back from another great visit to Painapo Beach. Thanks to everyone for your kind words about my November 2016 review. Glad it helped so many people to understand and enjoy Painapo Beach. A few changes to Painapo Beach have been made in the last...6 months. They now have posted official hours from 9am to 3pm Thursday to Sunday. Closed entirely Monday to Wednesday. Food was excellent and still takes about 1 1/2 hours to prepare so order early. Reef is in relatively good shape but the warm water of the El Nino this winter definitely took its toll on the coral here and throughout French polynesia for that matter. All in all, another great visit. For more specific information about Painapo Beach, please see my November 2016 review.More

Date of visit: June 2017
Reviewed July 11, 2017

My partner and I stopped here for a fresh pineapple juice and a swim in the lagoon. It was amazing. The hosts were lovely, they had changing rooms and showers, free kayaks to use and a token stingray that frequents the shore. Perfect place for...a drink/lunch and swim. Loved it!More

Date of visit: July 2017
Reviewed July 2, 2017 via mobile

We went here for the traditional ma'a meal during lunch time. It is cooked in a traditional way in a self-made oven under the ground. It was a great experience and the food was delicious! The location is beautiful. Reserve and check beforehand if and...when ma'a is being served.More

Date of visit: July 2017
Reviewed June 10, 2017

We visited Painapo beach twice during our stay in Moorea, and it was by far our best days. We did what a previous reviewer recommended and ordered upon arrival around 10:30 am, and then spent time using the free kayaks, swimming, and enjoying the ambiance....Then lunch and drinks came out around 12:15 pm. We then spent the rest of the afternoon snorkelling, seeing the two sting rays that frequent the lagoon in front of the restaurant, and relaxing. We finish the day with a delicious smoothie, pay, and head out around 3 pm when they are starting to close. Today we were lucky they were hosting the end of the Tahiti Waterman competition. It was exciting to see all the action. The best part of both visits was the delicious red tuna carpaccio and best poisson cru of our visit so far. The dishes are served with roasted breadfruit, salad, and rice. This place is paradise. Thank you!More

Date of visit: June 2017
Reviewed May 30, 2017

We got lucky as we missed the weekend when they are normally open and managed to visit Painapo on a Weds, the day before our departure. We had a wonderful, low key afternoon filled with delicious food, great snorkeling, great conversation with its very proud...owner, Renald, and lovely reading at our table under the shade, just steps from the water. The food is good, priced as per the rest of the island. Don't expect to leave without spending $50 for two people on lunch including a couple of beers and dessert.More

Date of visit: May 2017
Reviewed May 14, 2017

The staff at this beachside restaurant and bar are very friendly, and the food we had was delicious - especially the grilled tuna with a ginger sauce.

Date of visit: May 2017
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