Teahupoo: Tahiti Untouched
While Teahupo’o may be home to one of the most dangerous waves in the world, the local village and tropical rainforest surrounding it may just be the furtherest place from anywhere. Deep on the South East Coast of Tahiti lies a quiet, serene corner of French Polynesia, one that’s quite literally the end of the road.
If you’re looking for a beautiful place to escape the world then this is definitely it. We spent a week holed up in the jungle bungalows of Vanira Lodge looking out onto the lush tropical paradise that is Tahiti. It was a dream!
For us, the thing about stumbling upon world class waves when they are aren’t so world class, is the unexpected calm that surrounds them. It makes it almost impossible to fathom the sheer size and monstrous power of the waves that these places can produce. While we did get waves at Teahupoo, we didn’t see it anywhere near it’s best so we look forward to coming back one day and doing it all over again!
Next stop Bora Bora!
SURFERS – We were in Tahiti end of May beginning of June, and while we got ok swell for the entire week, we spoke to some guys staying in the village who said it had been flat for two weeks. Hit and miss at this time of year. It is true what you might have read online, Tahiti is all reef breaks that are quite hard to see from the shoreline so you need to know where your going and do your research before hand know the winds and organise boats. We drove around the entire island and only saw one possible beach break and that was right in front of Teahupoo. Apparently when Teahupoo gets insane, it starts to break on the inside as well but because it’s the only beach break on the island it gets really, really busy with the local kids.