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Kiteboarding in Tahiti on the Black Sandy Beaches of Hitimahana
Kiteboarding in Tahiti on the Black Sandy Beaches of Hitimahana

Kiteboarding in Tahiti on the Black Sandy Beaches of Hitimahana

Kiteboarding in Tahiti

Light Wind Kite Session at Hitimahana Beach
Kitesurfing in Tahiti
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Lots of Space for Kites

Kiteboarding in Tahiti Overview

  • Location: Hitimahana Beach, Tahiti, French Polynesia
  • Date: December 2022
  • Wind: 10-11 knots NE
  • Kite Gear Used:
  • Session Notes: Light-wind and strong current flowing the same direction made this a tough session. The private island of “Motu ‘Au” can also cast a wind shadow.

Welcome to Hitimahana Beach.

Imagine a secluded black sandy beach with warm waters, palm trees and volcanic mountains in the background with an open spot to launch and land kites. This is it.

Tahiti Kite Surf Center

This beach is where the Tahiti Kite Surf Center is located and is a short twenty-minute drive from downtown Papetee. After many roundabouts, continue further northeast of Pointe Venus and take a left in Mahina. Follow the narrow road through the local Polynesian neighborhoods and you will find yourself in a beautiful kite spot.   

On the beach there is plenty of room to setup and launch a kite here. The local kiters are friendly and will provide helpful stoke if necessary. You can also get lessons for kiting or winging at the Tahiti Kite Surf Center (they have a boat in the water for downwinders or if you get in trouble).

On the Water

The water itself gets deep not far from shore and the volcanic black sandy bottom makes the water appear darker and deeper than it actually is. It’s different from the translucent turquoise waters of Moorea. Further out there are some reefs and coral to watch out for. The temperature is warm (80 degrees F) and all you need is a rash-guard.

Kite Session Notes

During this session, the wind was a light 11-knots and the water current flowed in the same direction. This usually requires use of a larger kite or board. So I pumped up the largest kite I had and headed out on the water with my twin-tip. This is where it was nice to have a light-wind, three-strut kite. The 14M Ocean Rodeo Aluula Flite was really helpful in these conditions (it stayed in the air the whole time). But this was yet another kite session, where I wish I had not left the foil-board at home.

Tahiti Kiteboarding
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Ocean Rodeo Lightwind Aluula Kite in Tahiti

Final Thoughts on Kiteboarding in Tahiti

The private island of “Motu ‘Au” casts a large wind shadow for wind out of the northeast and proved to be an additional challenge. A number of kiters and kite foilers had to be rescued by boat from down-wind. The worst case scenario here is that you end up down-wind at Pointe Venus.

Overall, this proved to be a challenging light-wind kite session for me with a couple of walks back up the beach. However, I am sure that on a good wind day with the warm waters and the open space on the beach, this would make for a great kite spot.

Before kiting the main island, I had a few light wind sessions on Moorea from the beach and from a boat with Lakana Fly Moorea.

Kiteboarding in Tahiti
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On the Water at Hitimahana

After Kiteboarding Check out Pointe Venus

After a kite session here, check out the food trucks at Pointe Venus or stop at the local grocery store for a fresh baguette. Or you can head further North East to check out some of the surf spots in “Plage de Ahonu” and stop at any of the roadside shacks sprinkled along the coast for fresh fruits and vegetables.

Fruit Stand on the side of the road in Tahiti
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Fresh Fruits & Vegetables in Tahiti

Coincidentally, Pointe Venus is the historic place where the infamous HMS Bounty anchored in 1788. Once you have visited this place you begin to appreciate why a mutiny happened in the first place. This tropical slice of heaven is a hard place to leave!

Thanks for following along! –KiteBikeVan

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    1. KiteBikeVan

      Between June and October (Winter months in Tahiti/dry season) the wind is the best. Expect light wind and/or no wind days from November to March (Summer months/rainy season). January and February will be iffy for kiteboarding.

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