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TEAHUPOO Lodge

French Polynesia, Tahiti, Tahiti
Surf Accommodation, Surf Resort

Introduction

In the enchanted archipelago of the French Polynesia, a piece of France in the midst of the Pacific Ocean, the island of Tahiti plays host to the capital, Papeete, and argubly the biggest and most powerfull left in the world, Teahupoo, venue of the Billabong Pro, an annual stop of WTC World Tour. If you have ever wanted to check out Teahupoo or want a great alternative to Hawaii or other South Pacific Island getaways - Teahupoo is for you. 

  

The Lodge

The Surf Lodge

 Our surf lodge is situated in an exceptional two hectare site between the mountain and the ocean, with a total view over the lagoon.

  


Raw materials are tampered with as little as possible: natural branches with their bark removed, sawn solid wood, walls made of river-rolled stones.

We can propose you 3 types of Bungalows

The Nature Bungalows :

Maara

 

+ For three persons and a child (under 10).

+  doors and shelves are made of rough-hewn planks

+ furniture is made of branches that

+ simply barked and knotted, with a dash of color here and there provided by blue soji and bright “tifaifai”

+ A double bed on the mezzanine

+ two single beds in the main room

+ Kitchen,

+ bathroom with hot water. 

 

Kava

 

 this bungalow immediately carries us into a universe halfway between the tree house of our childhood dreams and the exoticism of a tropical house.

+ perfect for a family : For 4 persons.

+ One double bed on the mezzanine,

+  two single beds in the main room

+ Kitchen,

+ bathroom with hot water. 

 

Ofai

 

Wide open onto the surrounding nature, this “fare” overlooks the whole site with views of both the ocean and the park.

+ two bedrooms

+ Bungalow For 5 persons.

+ Two double beds, one of which is in a separate bedroom

+ One single bed

+ Kitchen

+ Private garden with a stone barbecue.

+ Bathroom with hot water. 

 

The Spa Bungalow :

Vai Here

 

 

+For 4 persons

+ A subtle blend. A Polynesian roof, a deck made of Kohu wood, and tropical-style furniture for a touch of exoticism.

+A Jacuzzi in the Bungalow

 + wide-ranging view over the lagoon and the mountain

+For 4 persons

+ two separate bedrooms

+ double bed, two single beds

+ Bathroom with hot water. 

 

Vai Hora

 

Ideal for a honeymoon trip

+  cozy

+ Jacuzzi

+ hammock

+ pinch

+ air-conditioned bedroom.

+ double bed.

+ No kitchen.

+ Bathroom with hot water. 

Sundeck Bungalow :

Lichee

 

+Green roof with flowers

+ For 6 persons

+  4 upstairs in a double bed and two single beds.

+  Kitchen.

+ Bathroom with hot water.

 

Aito

 

+ A stunning view over the ocean

+ attractive for parents of young children and senior citizens

+  Barbecue in the garden.

+ For 4 persons.

+ One double bed in a separate bedroom

+ two single beds in the main room.

+ Kitchen

+ bathroom with hot water. 

 

Haari

 

The smallest of all our bungalows

+ fairy house built out of river stones,

+ Polynesian green roof.

+ For 2 persons sharing a double bed.

+ No kitchen

+Bathroom with hot water

 

You can enjoy some activities and facilities in our Lodge :

Swimming pool

Enjoy a fresh water and relax in the sun with an amazing view

Rentals

Bikes, kayaks and snorkeling equipment for rent: to discover the peninsula by land and by sea.

Massage

In your bungalow, by appointment:

Yoga

Collective classes on Wednesdays at 5 pm.

 You can also enjoy many other activities near our lodge  (riding, surfing, water Excursions, Diving, Hiking, golf ...)

The Surf

SURF

The Surf Lodge

Boat shuttles leave from the marina, 500 yards away from the lodge.
1.2 miles away, the Havae (“Teahupoo”) spot is accessible by paddle.
Ava Ino and Ava Iti spots: boat shuttle necessary.
Beginners’ spots: Teahupoo beach, Afaahiti, Papara, Papenoo.

Swell : Tehaupoo swells come from the North in the Northern Hemisphere winter and the Southern Ocean in the Southern Hemisphere winter plus a combo period in-between - March/ April. The wave sizes tend to range from 3ft to 8 ft with the point break style waves rather than the fringing reef waves of Tahiti that tend to jack up quickly and crash down heavily. 

The left breaks are situated further East along the chain and tend to break from March April through  as they depend on South swells from Southern Ocean low pressure systems. December/Jan/ March as the North swells can be really consistent. We always try to find you the best available waves and we will sometimes fly you to different islands at the last minute to meet the boat and perhaps get on a swell coming from a different direction.
There are also regional swell influences like localized low pressure systems and swell refractions
Winds

The winds tend to blow fairly steady with the atolls bending them around to offshore near the land. There are still days as well and the winds do tend to pick up in the afternoon. The offshore breeze gives you that rush as you surf down the face. Kite Surfing is the hidden treasure here. There are tons of beaches and protected bays to launch in - and then the place is litterally your oyster...whatever conditions you want - you can find it here.

 Teahupoo

The break at Teahupoo is in season from May until August but is not always huge - just like Pipeline its not always on but is still a nice wave. Most of the breaks around Teahupoo are quite accesible to all levels and abilities. 

Teahupoo is world-renowned  for its heavy, glassy waves, often reaching considerable heights. It is the site of the annual Billabong Pro Tahiti surf competition, part of the World Championship Tour (WCT) of the ASP World Tour professional surfing circuit.

Teahupoo is a deadly reef break. It is mainly left-breaking, but the outer reef also creates right breaks to take care of when paddling out. It is also renowned for the consistent number of barrels and is considered a 'must-surf' destination for any serious surfer. However, only experienced surfers in peak physical condition should attempt Teahupoo; heavy waves combined with a shallow shoreline can be deadly dangerous in a wipeout.

In August 2006, Tahitian Manoa Drollet has ridden what is being dubbed thebiggest wave ever to be surfed at this death defying break, a powerfull waterwall of over 30 feet !


The prices

The Prices

Bungalow’s Rates

Price per week per bungalow

Includes

Price

Nature Bungalow

Maara

With kitchen, for 3 persons and one child under 10 years of age

987€

Kava

With kitchen, for 4 persons

987€

Ofai

With kitchen, for 5 persons

1169€

Bungalow Spa

Vai Here

Air-conditioned, with Jacuzzi, for 4 persons

1579€

Vai Ora

Air-conditioned, with Jacuzzi, for 2 persons

1285€

VAI ITI

Air-conditioned, with Jacuzzi, for 2 persons

1285€

Sundeck Bungalow

Lichee

With kitchen, for 6 persons

1344€

Aito

With kitchen, for 4 persons

987€

Haari

No kitchen, for 2 persons

756€

 

Meal Prices

Breakfast ( Half Rate for less than 12 years old)

Continental Breakfast

12€

American Breakfast

16€

Diner

By the restaurant "La Plage de Maui" (with booking et delivered in your bungalow)

Adult

28€

Kids ( less than 12years old)

13.50€

By the " Lodge Restaurant" (every day, in the fare pote, from 6:30 PM)

From 14.25€ to 19.30€

 

Activities Rate

Yoga Class

12.60€

Bike Rental ( per day)

12.60€

Snorkeling equipment rental (per day)

4.20€

Kayak rental (per day)

21€

 

The Location

Teahupoo :

The Surf Lodge

On the leeward shore, facing the sunset, Teahupoo is a village at the end of the world. The road gives way to a sea-side path that leads to the Te Pari cliffs and the great open spaces of Fenua Aihere where, not so long ago, "nature men" still lived...

Here, nothing has changed. Fishing, food crops, craftsmanship, and most notably, kind, hospitable people. This is Polynesia of yesteryear and today.

The tiny harbor that gives shelter to local fishing boats and sailboats taking a break from circumnavigating the globe is a meeting place for the whole village.

 

The French Polynesia cover over two million square miles of the South Pacific Ocean and is comprised of 118 islands spread over five great archipelagos. Many islands are crowned with jagged peaks while others appear to barely float above the breaking waves. Spread over an area as large as Western Europe, the total land mass of all the islands adds up to an area only slightly larger than the tiny state of Rhode Island. The archipelago's most famous islands are the twin islands of Tahiti and Moorea.

Tahiti

Part o fthe Society Islands archipelago, Tahiti is the largest island throughout the country, towering over the ocean like a proud and crowned by a circle of majestic peaks. The mountainous interior feaqtures deep valleys, clear streams, and high waterfalls, all bathed in green iridescence of the tropical light. The coastal lands, edged with a rugged coastline, are home to fields of tropical flowers and most of the island's population. Papeete, the invigorating capital city and gateway of the country, boasts world-class resorts, unique restaurants, nightclubs, vibrant markets, pearl shops, and boutiques.

A few minutes from the island of Tahiti by plane, and only thirty minutes by high-speed catamaran, the island of Moorea soars magically out of the ocean in an explosion of green velvet, the ture encarnation of a South Seas island. A wide, shallow lagoon surrounds the island's vertical mountains where threads of waterfalls tumble down fern covered cliffs. Peaceful meadows flanked by pinnacles of green and pastel painted houses surrounded by gardens of hibiscus and birds of paradise, circle the island in a fantasy of colours and laid back lifestyle.

History

Around 4000 BC, a great migration began from Southeast Asia across open ocean to settle the Pacific Islands.  This area of the Pacific ocean is now called the “Polynesian Triangle” and includes  Hawaii to the north, Easter Island to the southeast, and New Zealand to the southwest. As a result of these migrations, the native Hawaiians and the Maoris of New Zealand all originate from common ancestors and speak a similar language collectively known as Maohi.

The era of European exploration began in the 1500's. In 1521, Magellan spotted the Tuamotu Atolls and, in 1595, the Spanish explorer Mendaña visited the Marquesas. More than 170 years later, Captain Samuel Wallis was the first to visit the island of Tahiti during his journey to discover "terra australis incognita", a mythical landmass below the equator thought to balance the northern hemisphere. Wallis claimed it for England. Soon after and unaware of Wallis’ arrival, French navigator Louis-Antoine de Bougainville, landed on the opposite side of Tahiti and claimed it for the King of France!

European fascination with the islands grew as news spread of both the mutiny of Capt. William Bligh’s crew aboard the H.M.S. Bounty and of tales of tropical beauty and the warm nature of the Tahitian people. Knowledge of Tahiti and the South Pacific continued to grow as Capt. James Cook brought back thousands of illustrations of Tahitian flora and fauna as well as the first map of the islands of the Pacific. In the 1800s, the arrival of whalers, British missionaries, and French military expeditions forever changed the way of life on Tahiti and created a French-British rivalry for control of the islands. The Pomare Dynasty ruled Tahiti until 1847 when Queen Pomare finally accepted French protection of the islands of Tahiti and Moorea.

In 1880, following the queen’s death, King Pomare V was persuaded to cede Tahiti and most of its dependencies to France. In 1957, all the islands of Tahiti were reconstituted as the overseas French territory called French Polynesia. Since 1984, a statue of autonomy was implemented and, in 1998, French Polynesia became an overseas country with greater self-governing powers through their own Assembly and President.

The Tahitians of the modern era maintain their heritage and traditions of their Maohi ancestors. Oral history recounts the adventures of gods and warriors in colorful legends where javelin throwing was the sport of the gods, surf riding was favored by the kings, and strongmen competed in outrigger canoe races and stone lifting.

Climate

The climate in French Polynesia is tropical, warm and humid, with two distinct seasons:

The Austral Summer, or Rainy Season, generally lasts from October/November to February/March and is caracterized by cloudy skies, brief heavy rains and warm temperatures, with E-NE trade winds

The Austral Winter, or Dry Season, usually lasts from April//May to September and is characterized by scarce rainfall and temperatures cooled by the SE trade winds

 

The Trip



ACCESS

Public Transport: Until 5:30 pm, leaving from Papeete (not on the weekend).
Car rental: At the airport, in Papeete, or in Taravao.
Private Transfer: To be booked with us. Recommended for night-time arrivals.

Papeete International Airport (PPT)

You will arrive at and depart from Papeete Airport in Tahiti, French Polynesia. The easiest way to get to Papeete Airport is to fly direct from either LAX, JFK in the US or Sydney in Australia, on Air Tahiti Nui. Air New Zealand also offers flights from LAX and Aukland, New Zealand 2 to 3x a week. From Europe, there are daily flights from Paris.

Passports & Visas

Every visitor to French Polynesia must have a valid passport. A return airline ticket or continuing destinations. They must also have sufficient funds to cover their planned stay..

For stays of up to one month, there are no visa requirements for citizens of the UE, USA, Canada or Mexico. A foreigner with a residence card for the US is not exempt from the above requirements and should consult the French Consulate based in the US for information.

Citizens of European Union countries do not need a visa for stays of up to three months. Citizens of other countries should consult the French Consulate.

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Victor
Victor says on September 14 , 2008 :
Nice Site. Very nice site. You guys really have your stuff together! I hope you keep it updated frequently because I'll be back often. Some really interesting stuff here. Keep up the great work and best of luck to you!

Thanks a lot and have a great day!
Victor
Alkashina
Alkashina says on September 24 , 2008 :
Very interesting site. A lot of interesting information. THE BEST.

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Alex
Alex says on February 27 , 2009 :
Hey jose,

Thank you for the straight up advice, I mostly get cut and paste responses from the companies I've written.

Much thanks for the advice!

-- Alex

darren evans
darren evans says on October 03 , 2010 :
will be contacting soon to organise a trip , good to have all the info right there

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