Tahiti

What's the Surf Like?

There are basically two surf seasons in Tahiti. From October to March, the summer swells are from the north, which are the same swells that hit Hawaii - only smaller and 3-5 days later. This swell hits the 77 atolls of the Tuamotus. Some waves are hollow on the outside and become less heavy and have more of a wall as the wave wraps into the reef passes of the atolls. This allows less experienced surfers to take off further inside and the hardcore to take on the hollow barrels! From April to September, quality surf are generated from low pressure systems traveling from Antarctica to New Zealand and up to Tahiti. It's in Winter (May to August) that Tahiti gets it's best waves. The breaks along the south and southwest coasts are mainly reef breaks, and can be very powerful, hollow waves similar to Hawaii or the Mentawais! Despite being known as a big wave destination, Tahiti has waves to suit surfers of all varying levels of experience. The quality reef breaks on Moorea's north coast also produce great waves similar to the island of Tahiti, both islands are without beach breaks.  With boat access you have access to some unbelievable waves!

The Teahupoo region is a true surfers paradise. What most people don't know that there are a number of other breaks beyond the well known wave at Teahupoo. Due to Tahiti's position, facing the full uninterrupted force of the South Pacific, waves can be had all year round. The prime season is March through to October, however its not uncommon to get southerly swells of any size imaginable all year round. Teahupoo has seven spots within five miles of each other, all breaking in different swells and winds, so its bound to be good somewhere.

You can combine a stay on Tahiti with anyone of the other beautiful resorts located on the islands of either Moorea, Huahine or Bora Bora. Tahiti can be a great destination for partners, friends and family who are looking for a water sports filled adventure or a relaxing break in paradise.

If you want to stay close to the surf throughout the island chains we can hook you up with a variety of alternatives, whether it be in 5 star resort or a family run 'Pension' which we know as a guest house. We can customise a combined package which incorporates all that Tahiti and her outer islands have to offer, the choice is really up too you.....!!!!

Weather in Tahiti

December - March
April - August
26-28°C

Tahiti is cooled by the gentle breezes of the South Pacific, making the climate quite ideal. There are just two seasons - the wet season from December to March, when the climate is slightly warmer and more humid (heavy downpours expected but not long lasting!); and the Dry season from April to August, when the climate is slightly less humid and drier.

On average, the year round temperatures in Tahiti range from 26-28'C.

The water temperature averages 26'C in the winter and 29'C in the summer, and there isn't much change down to 45M!

Tahiti

Manava Suite Resort, Tahiti

  • Resort
Jan - Dec
6 breaks nearby
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Manava Suite Resort, Tahiti

The Manava Suite Resort, Tahiti is one of the premier Papeete resorts for business and leisure travellers alike.

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The Radisson Plaza Resort

  • Resort
Jan - Dec
6 breaks nearby
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The Radisson Plaza Resort

Featuring lush surroundings and beautiful ocean views, The Radisson Plaza Resort, Tahiti on Lafayette Beach is ideal for a French Polynesian honeymoon, vacation or business getaway.

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Vanira Lodge

  • Bungalows
  • Resort
Jan - Dec
6 breaks nearby
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Vanira Lodge

Vanira Lodge is located in the village of Teahupoo some 70 Km south of Papeete on the west cost of Tahiti.

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Nearby Surf Breaks
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Maraa

Maraa
Surf Skill:
3
Break:
Left
Surf Type:
  • Shortboarders
Season:
May - Oct
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Just South of Taapuna, Maraa is a fast, hollow and shallow left-hander that is quite a technical spot requiring a bit of experience and skill.

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Papara

Papara
Surf Skill:
2
Break:
Right/Left
Surf Type:
  • Funboarders
  • Shortboarders
Season:
May - Oct
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Papara is one of Tahitis only beach breaks. Its a beautiful back sand beach situated on the south side of Tahiti Nui and given its user friendly nature, it is also one of the most popular places to surf.

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Papenoo Rivermouth

Papenoo Rivermouth
Surf Skill:
3
Break:
Right/Left
Surf Type:
  • Shortboarders
Season:
Jan - Apr, Nov - Dec
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Papenoo Rivermouth is another Tahitian black sand beach break. Its located on Tahiti Nuis north shore and tends to work during the opposite time of the year to its Southern cousins.

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Taapuna

Taapuna
Surf Skill:
3
Break:
Left
Surf Type:
  • Semi Gun
  • Shortboarders
Season:
May - Oct
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Taapuna is a fast, powerful and hollow left-hander that breaks over a shallow coral reef like majority of the other waves around.

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Teahupoo

Teahupoo
Surf Skill:
5
Break:
Left
Surf Type:
  • Gun
  • Semi Gun
  • Shortboarders
Season:
Apr - Oct
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This place puts in a very strong case for the worlds heaviest wave. The wave Teahupoo is found in the tiny town by the same name along the Southern end of Tahiti Iti.

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Vairao

Vairao
Surf Skill:
3
Break:
Left
Surf Type:
  • Gun
  • Shortboarders
  • Uncrowded waves
Season:
May - Oct
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Definitely one of Tahitis best waves. Vairao is a perfect left-hander with a steep, hollow barrel at the take-off followed by a long wall for a few hundred metres.

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