TEAHUPOO Surf Lodge & Surfaris,
Surf Accommodation |
Surf Resort |
French Polynesia | Tahiti | Tahiti.
In the enchanted archipelago of the French Polynesia, a piece of France in the midst of the Pacific Ocean, the island of Tahiti plays host to the capital, Papeete, and argubly the biggest and most powerfull left in the world, Teahupoo, venue of the Billabong Pro, an annual stop of WTC World Tour. If you have ever wanted to check out Teahupoo or want a great alternative to Hawaii or other South Pacific Island getaways - Teahupoo is for you.
The Lodge at Teahupoo is 5-star establishment at a 2-star price - It is perhaps the best bargain going on Tahiti currently and the chef makes some of the best food on the island! The lodge is also in an authentic Tahitian village with great restaurants, activities and real local style - you will not feel like a tourist in this town.
The Surf Lodge
The Lodge is a 7 unit complex set in Teahupoo. The main unit in the middle sleeps 4 and is completely designed and contstructed using native Tahitian materials and craftsmanship.
You can book a full board package
Tehaupoo swells come from the North in the Northern Hemisphere winter and the Southern Ocean in the Southern Hemisphere winter plus a combo period in-between - March/ April. The wave sizes tend to range from 3ft to 8 ft with the point break style waves rather than the fringing reef waves of Tahiti that tend to jack up quickly and crash down heavily.
The left breaks are situated further East along the chain and tend to break from March April through as they depend on South swells from Southern Ocean low pressure systems. December/Jan/ March as the North swells can be really consistent. We always try to find you the best available waves and we will sometimes fly you to different islands at the last minute to meet the boat and perhaps get on a swell coming from a different direction.
There are also regional swell influences like localized low pressure systems and swell refractions which at time only the Lodge’s Surf guide understand as they have about 5 years under their belts in this region. Teahupoo Surf Lodge has his own surf charter boat which is still generally the only in this region with the odd other boat showing up sometimes. We can't guarantee you will be the only guys out but most of the time you will have it to yourself.
The winds tend to blow fairly steady with the atolls bending them around to offshore near the land. There are still days as well and the winds do tend to pick up in the afternoon. The offshore breeze gives you that rush as you surf down the face. Kite Surfing is the hidden treasure here. There are tons of beaches and protected bays to launch in - and then the place is litterally your oyster...whatever conditions you want - you can find it here.
The break at Teahupoo is in season from May until August but is not always huge - just like Pipeline its not always on but is still a nice wave. Most of the breaks around Teahupoo are quite accesible to all levels and abilities.
Teahupoo is world-renowned for its heavy, glassy waves, often reaching considerable heights. It is the site of the annual Billabong Pro Tahiti surf competition, part of the World Championship Tour (WCT) of the ASP World Tour professional surfing circuit.
Teahupoo is a deadly reef break. It is mainly left-breaking, but the outer reef also creates right breaks to take care of when paddling out. It is also renowned for the consistent number of barrels and is considered a 'must-surf' destination for any serious surfer. However, only experienced surfers in peak physical condition should attempt Teahupoo; heavy waves combined with a shallow shoreline can be deadly dangerous in a wipeout.
In August 2006, Tahitian Manoa Drollet has ridden what is being dubbed the biggest wave ever to be surfed at this death defying break, a powerfull waterwall of over 30 feet !
Our bungalows, very spacious & comfortable
can sleep 1 - 4 people & cost 16 000 Fcfp (135 €) per night (accomodation only on a 4 people basis).
One extra person: 1 200 Fcfp (11 €).
Breakfast on order: 1 200 Fcfp (11 €).
Airport transfer: 7 500 Fcfp (63 €) one way for 1 ou 2 people.
The French Polynesia cover over two million square miles of the South Pacific Ocean and is comprised of 118 islands spread over five great archipelagos. Many islands are crowned with jagged peaks while others appear to barely float above the breaking waves. Spread over an area as large as Western Europe, the total land mass of all the islands adds up to an area only slightly larger than the tiny state of Rhode Island. The archipelago's most famous islands are the twin islands of Tahiti and Moorea.
Part o fthe Society Islands archipelago, Tahiti is the largest island throughout the country, towering over the ocean like a proud and crowned by a circle of majestic peaks. The mountainous interior feaqtures deep valleys, clear streams, and high waterfalls, all bathed in green iridescence of the tropical light. The coastal lands, edged with a rugged coastline, are home to fields of tropical flowers and most of the island's population. Papeete, the invigorating capital city and gateway of the country, boasts world-class resorts, unique restaurants, nightclubs, vibrant markets, pearl shops, and boutiques.
A few minutes from the island of Tahiti by plane, and only thirty minutes by high-speed catamaran, the island of Moorea soars magically out of the ocean in an explosion of green velvet, the ture encarnation of a South Seas island. A wide, shallow lagoon surrounds the island's vertical mountains where threads of waterfalls tumble down fern covered cliffs. Peaceful meadows flanked by pinnacles of green and pastel painted houses surrounded by gardens of hibiscus and birds of paradise, circle the island in a fantasy of colours and laid back lifestyle.
Around 4000 BC, a great migration began from Southeast Asia across open ocean to settle the Pacific Islands. This area of the Pacific ocean is now called the “Polynesian Triangle” and includes Hawaii to the north, Easter Island to the southeast, and New Zealand to the southwest. As a result of these migrations, the native Hawaiians and the Maoris of New Zealand all originate from common ancestors and speak a similar language collectively known as Maohi.
The era of European exploration began in the 1500's. In 1521, Magellan spotted the Tuamotu Atolls and, in 1595, the Spanish explorer Mendaña visited the Marquesas. More than 170 years later, Captain Samuel Wallis was the first to visit the island of Tahiti during his journey to discover "terra australis incognita", a mythical landmass below the equator thought to balance the northern hemisphere. Wallis claimed it for England. Soon after and unaware of Wallis’ arrival, French navigator Louis-Antoine de Bougainville, landed on the opposite side of Tahiti and claimed it for the King of France!
European fascination with the islands grew as news spread of both the mutiny of Capt. William Bligh’s crew aboard the H.M.S. Bounty and of tales of tropical beauty and the warm nature of the Tahitian people. Knowledge of Tahiti and the South Pacific continued to grow as Capt. James Cook brought back thousands of illustrations of Tahitian flora and fauna as well as the first map of the islands of the Pacific. In the 1800s, the arrival of whalers, British missionaries, and French military expeditions forever changed the way of life on Tahiti and created a French-British rivalry for control of the islands. The Pomare Dynasty ruled Tahiti until 1847 when Queen Pomare finally accepted French protection of the islands of Tahiti and Moorea.
In 1880, following the queen’s death, King Pomare V was persuaded to cede Tahiti and most of its dependencies to France. In 1957, all the islands of Tahiti were reconstituted as the overseas French territory called French Polynesia. Since 1984, a statue of autonomy was implemented and, in 1998, French Polynesia became an overseas country with greater self-governing powers through their own Assembly and President.
The Tahitians of the modern era maintain their heritage and traditions of their Maohi ancestors. Oral history recounts the adventures of gods and warriors in colorful legends where javelin throwing was the sport of the gods, surf riding was favored by the kings, and strongmen competed in outrigger canoe races and stone lifting.
The climate in French Polynesia is tropical, warm and humid, with two distinct seasons:
The Austral Summer, or Rainy Season, generally lasts from October/November to February/March and is caracterized by cloudy skies, brief heavy rains and warm temperatures, with E-NE trade winds
The Austral Winter, or Dry Season, usually lasts from April//May to September and is characterized by scarce rainfall and temperatures cooled by the SE trade winds
Papeete International Airport (PPT)
Passports & Visas
Every visitor to French Polynesia must have a valid passport. A return airline ticket or continuing destinations. They must also have sufficient funds to cover their planned stay..
For stays of up to one month, there are no visa requirements for citizens of the UE, USA, Canada or Mexico. A foreigner with a residence card for the US is not exempt from the above requirements and should consult the French Consulate based in the US for information.
Citizens of European Union countries do not need a visa for stays of up to three months. Citizens of other countries should consult the French Consulate.
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