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Surfing in Tahiti

Surfers' dreams come true in Tahiti—home to the world's best waves

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Explore the exceptional locales and varied waves of Tahiti. Indeed, it is one of the most beautiful and exotic destinations in the Pacific Ocean. Clear water, huge swells, and tropical winds make for some amazing surf!

There are two surf seasons—winter and summer which makes surfing an all year delight in Tahiti. From April to September (winter), quality surf is generated from big southerly storms from Antarctica and New Zealand. Southern surf breaks in Vairao and Teahupoo known for world's fastest waves are appropriate mostly for real experts. Yet if you don't feel like a kamikaze, you should opt for Papara.

During October through March (summer) the swells come from the north, therefore northern surf spots near Papeete win. The most popular surf breaks are Papenoo, and Taapuna. It's a perfect time for both beginners, and advanced surfers as the waves can reach 8ft with amazing form. All the same, the high surf season in Tahiti overall is May to October.

A real pro will appreciate powerful and hollow waves on reef breaks in the Teahupoo region. It is a big wave destination for the annual Billabong Pro Tahiti competition. Huge wave monsters invade Tahitian southern shores between May and August.

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What is the best time of year to surf in Tahiti?

The high surf season in Tahiti is from May to October. The winter months experience southerly storms from Antarctica and New Zealand while swells from the north generate waves in the summer from October to March. Waves can reach up to 8ft during the summer season, best for all surf levels. Show more

Where are the best surf spots for experts in Tahiti?

Vairao and Teahupoo, both in Southern Tahiti, feature some of the best waves for expert surfers. Teahupoo hosts the annual Billabong Pro Tahiti competition, renowned for its fast waves. It is recommended for experienced surfers only due to the challenging natural reef breaks. Show more

How big are the waves in Tahiti during the summer season?

Waves in Tahiti can reach a maximum of 8ft during the summer season (October to March), providing ideal conditions for surfing at all experience levels. Swells from the north generate waves from northern spots near Papeete. Winter season (April to September) features large waves generated by southerly storms, strictly for experts. Show more

When is the Billabong Pro Tahiti competition held?

Teahupoo, Tahiti hosts the annual Billabong Pro Tahiti between May and August. This big wave destination is occasionally considered the location of the world’s toughest natural reef breaks. The competition is best for experienced surfers and attracts participants from all over the world. Show more

What are the other water activities available in Tahiti besides surfing?

In addition to surfing, there are many other water sports to be enjoyed in the clear waters of Tahiti, including diving, kitesurfing, snorkeling, swimming with rays and sharks, and sailing. Tour the islands and lagoons, or see the sights from a helicopter tour over the beautiful landscapes of Tahiti. Show more

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