EX­PEC­TA­TIONS

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Peo­ple have very clear ex­pec­ta­tions of Tahiti – fed by the press and video. The waves are mas­sive and dan­ger­ous, the waves are hard to get to and ev­ery­thing is ex­pen­sive. None of that is true (all the time). Sure, Teahupoo can turn on mas­sive waves but it can also be a per­fect 4ft bar­rel and when Teahupoo is on there are al­ways other less ag­gres­sive breaks that will be fir­ing within a short boat ride. Many of the waves are only ac­ces­si­ble by boat but many surf hol­i­day pack­ages take that into con­sid­er­a­tion but there is also a range of breaks that you can pad­dle too. As for cost; as with any­where in the world if you stay in a five star re­sort it will be ex­pen­sive but there are cheaper op­tions or very cool places to stay and many of the pen­sions are right on the la­goon edge. Food can be ex­pen­sive but there are re­ally great in­ex­pen­sive places to eat called roulettes which pop up ev­ery evening around the city and pop­u­lated ar­eas.

What you can ex­pect is great waves, in­cred­i­bly friendly peo­ple both on and off the water. Tahi­ans are gen­uinely happy that you have come to ex­pe­ri­ence their waves which is a rare at­ti­tude in this ‘lo­cals only’ world – make sure you take spare fins and leg ropes as these are both ex­pen­sive and hard to come by and make great gifts when you leave.

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