French Polynesia

What's The Surf Like?

There is surf all year round in French Polynesia, with various Archipelagos going off in any given month. Basically there are two surf seasons in French Polynesia. 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.

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 and Moorea. It's in Winter (May to August) that Tahiti gets its 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 surfer's 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 it's 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 it's bound to be good somewhere.

Surf regions in French Polynesia include...

Weather in French Polynesia

French Polynesia is truly a land of the endless summer. The dry winter season is generally from May to October and is considered the best time to visit. The weather is generally cooler and there is less rainfall at this time of year. During the summer months of November to April, the weather becomes quite humid and wet as the temperature rises. Three quarters of the annual rainfall occurs during this period, normally in brief storms.



Moorea is a small island off Tahiti and is part of the Society Islands. Due to its close proximity to Papeete and its stunning scenery, Moorea is an exceptionally popular honeymoon destination.

Some Accommodation options include but aren't limited to Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa.

Surf Breaks in the area include Haapiti.



Rangiroa, meaning Vast Sky in traditional Tuamotuan, is the largest atoll in the Tuamotus. The atoll consists of approximately 415 motus, and offers an exceptionally diverse range of marine fauna in the lagoons crystal blue water.

Contact Surf travel for available destinations in Rangiroa.

Surf breaks in the area include the Rangiroa Atoll.



Tahiti is the largest island in French Polynesia, located in the archipelago of the Society Islands in the southern Pacific Ocean. The island was formed from volcanic activity giving it a high and mountainous terrain surrounded by beautiful coral reef.

Some Accommodation options include Manava Suite Resort, The Radisson Plaza Resort, Vanira Lodge.

Some of the surf breaks in the area include Maraa, Papara, Papenoo Rivermouth, Taapuna, Teahupoo, Vairao.



Tikehau, meaning Peaceful Landing in the traditional Tuamotuan is part of the Tuamotu Archipelago in French Polynesia. Tikehau is a popular tourist destination due to its pink sand beaches and exceptional underwater fauna.

Accommodation options include but aren't limited too Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort.

Surf breaks in the area include Tikehau Left,Tikehau Right.

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