WAVES: TWO OF THE BEST

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TAAPUNA Fun level 9/10 Crowd Level 5/10

Taapuna is right in front of the Manava ho­tel (10 mins from the air­port)- is a fast, pow­er­ful and hol­low left-han­der that breaks over a shal­low co­ral reef like ma­jor­ity of the other waves around. On cer­tain swell di­rec­tion it can get re­ally big and as it is close to one of the ma­jor pass there can be a lot of water flow. Due to its close prox­im­ity to Papeete it can get crowded on the week­ends. But you can pad­dle to it – if pad­dling and you see a boat go by- raise your arm and some­one will give you a ride to the shore or out to the break.

It has some of the clean­est and clear­est water in the world.

VAIRAO Fun Level 9/10 Crowd Level 9/10

Def­i­nitely one of Tahiti's best waves. Vairao is a per­fect left-han­der with a steep, hol­low bar­rel at the take-off fol­lowed by a long wall for a few hun­dred me­tres. Whilst you do need to have a cer­tain level of skill to surf this wave, it's not in the same league as Teahupo'o. The pass is wide and the la­goon is easy ac­cess if you get caught in­side. Needs to be ac­cessed by boat and can be fickle with the wind so crowds are nor­mally mi­nor.

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