Getting Drunk in Tahiti

By BobbyRica | July 9, 2012

Moorea bar

If you’re headed to French Polynesia, you’re probably going on your honeymoon or simply looking for a relaxing but amazing beach experience. Tourists going to this beautiful place will surely enjoy the wonderful sights and scenery. However, a trip to French Polynesia is never complete without the refreshing, celebratory sips and sunset cocktails by the beach.

tahiti waitress serves drinks

So are you planning to visit Tahiti? Moorea? Or maybe you want to explore Bora Bora or some other island farther on? Whichever of these places you’d like to visit, make sure you sample the local liquors and brews that the islands have to offer. Bottoms up!

If you’re looking for the refreshing taste of beer, choose the local, icy, golden Hinano lager of Tahiti. Known as “the beer of Tahiti,” this delicious brew offers a bitter but refreshing taste that you will surely look for. Brewed in Tahiti since 1955, you will recognize it by its iconic logo: a young Tahitian woman wearing a floral pareu. This beer is so famous, that the logo can even be found in beer cozies and souvenir T-shirts! You can get Hinano in cans or bottles. If you want something else, though, you can also try the Tabu, a Tahitian pale lager. Many visitors claim that it’s better than Hinano – well, judge for yourself!


Many tourists would like a stronger type of liquor when traveling to other places. If this is the case, then you can choose rum. If you visit the island of Moorea, make sure you drop by the Pineapple Factory and Fruit Juice Distillery, a famous destination for tourists. You will have the pleasure of tasting the distillery’s potent, fruit-infused rums. Choose from flavors like coconut, pineapple, or ginger. The strong liquor combined with the tropical heat will leave your head in a spin!


Do you prefer something more elegant and classy? Well, you can choose wine. Tahiti is closely affiliated with France—it was once an overseas territory of the country, but is now an overseas country with self-governing powers. This is why it’s no surprise that the Tahiti wine and champagne are never absent from this place. Check your local resorts for their sommeliers and wine list. You will find most of them offering not only French varietals and vintages, but also those from California, New Zealand, and Australia. Here’s a tip: the more luxurious and pricey the resort, the more extensive the wine offerings will be.

It’s hard to resist tropical cocktails when staying in Tahiti. You’re probably going to try at least seven fruity, slightly frothy alcohol-laden beverages. This is because many pool bars serve a “cocktail of the day” every day. These cocktails are inspired by coconut, vanilla, banana, and other local ingredients. Make sure you look for unique but delicious flavors like the Balsamic Martini and Ginger Margarita.

guy serves drinks

When you’re going to Tahiti and other French Polynesian islands make sure you explore the many delicious and unforgettable beverages available in the place. Manuia (that’s “Cheers!” in Tahiti)!

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