In case you haven’t heard the news, Kelly Slater, the most decorated professional surfer in history, just recently won the Pro Tahiti surf contest for the 5th time in his illustrious career. Since Tahiti is in the world surfing spotlight I figured this would be a great opportunity to let you in on The Perfect Wave’s packages in this little slice of mid-Pacific paradise.
Tahiti and the surrounding islands in French Polynesia are a tropical destination straight out of a postcard. Green volcanic mountains, are surrounded by beautiful, palm tree lined beaches and lagoons filled with bathtub warm water, which are protected from open ocean swells by spectacular coral reefs. The passes in those barrier reefs are where some of the best waves on the planet break, including Teahupo’o, the world-renowned spot where Kelly won his 55th world championship event.
Even though the consistent swells and tubular reef breaks are what make the region famous, there are waves for all skill levels throughout the islands. Tahiti surf trip is a must-do for anyone who loves surfing, or other island style activities like snorkeling, fishing, hiking, outrigger canoeing or just lying around the pool or on a beautiful beach in the sun!
If you want to experience Tahiti just like the pros, the VANIRA LODGE TEAHUPOO, with its 9 traditional Polynesian bungalows set on the hill overlooking the lagoon and the waves is the place for you. If conditions at Teahupo’o are too challenging on the day, there are other more friendly options, like the right hand beachbreak at the river mouth.
For a more luxurious family oriented stay, LE MERIDIEN RESORT – TAHITI located on one of the most beautiful beaches on the island will not disappoint. You will never be bored with a wide range of activities on offer like art, cooking and fitness classes, plenty of water sports, as well as gourmet restaurants and a beautiful botanical garden. There is also an exceptional view of the island of Moorea and the hotel is home to the South Pacific’s largest sand-bottom swimming pool! From a surfing standpoint, it’s not far from the fun and easily accessible beach break in Papara, and some of the more challenging reef breaks.
Just across the channel from Tahiti, you’ll find the HILTON MOOREA, with all the luxurious facilities and service you’d expect from an eco-friendly 5-Star resort. Imagine a spectacular tropical garden setting, nestled between lush green hills and a crystal clear lagoon with accommodations ranging from Deluxe Lanai Rooms and Free Standing Beach Bungalows to Premier Overwater Bungalows.
Alongside more typical island activities, the hotel is home to the Moorea Dolphin and Sea Turtles Centre, and is also famous for its unique tropical style spa. The most famous wave on Moorea is the relatively user-friendly reef pass known as Ha’apiti, but there is a nice selection of quality reef breaks close by – one of which is just a short paddle from the resort. This really is the perfect option for the surfer trying to please their non-surfing partner.
Last, but certainly not the least is the ROYAL HUAHINE RESORT, consistently ranked among the best hotels in the Oceania region, and offering the only over-water bungalows on the Garden Island of Huahine, It offers a full service spa and yoga instruction, as well as outrigger canoe and kayak tours. The island itself is rich in tradition with the most well maintained archaeological sites in all of French Polynesia. Two of the best breaks are just a 10-minute ride away on the resort surf shuttle.
As always, please feel free to contact us with any queries or for help booking your Tahiti surf trip of a lifetime.
|Vanira Lodge Teahupo’o|
From US$424pp for 7 nights
9 traditional Polynesian bungalows set on 2 hectares of grounds on the hill above Teahupoo, just over an hours drive from Papeete. Relax in the serenity of an area so famous in the surfing world, yet still quite untouched by tourism.
|Le Meridien Resort|
From US$2,071pp for 7 nights
This luxurious resort offers a wide range of activities like art and cooking classes, water sports, fitness classes as well as gourmet restaurants and a beautiful botanical garden.
From US$2,327pp for 7 nights
An eco-friendly 5 Star resort with all the luxurious facilities and service you’d expect from a Hilton in Tahiti. Choose from garden or beach view rooms with private plunge pool or spectacular overwater bungalows.
|Royal Huahine Resort|
From US$2,207pp for 7 nights
A secluded 3.5 star resort on it’s own private beach in Huahine (formerly Te Tiare Beach Resort). The only hotel in Huahine with overwater bungalows, for a truly Tahitian experience.