If you plan on visiting Tahiti or Moorea for surfing and prefer not to stay at a surf lodge, let WaterWays assist you with booking an expert surf guide.
Our guide Jamie “Hula” Witherill is available and equipped with every mode of transportation necessary to get you into the best surf on any side of Tahiti. The guide package includes hotel pickup/drop-off, all transportation utilizing a Ford F250 Super Duty and 14ft aluminum boat with outboard motor and forward console perfectly built for navigating the crystal clear water of Tahitian lagoons and reef passes.
Originally from Pacific Palisades California Jamie competed regularly in longboard competitions. He moved to Tahiti in 1993 in search of better, more powerful surf.
Jamie’s friendly “aloha” spirit and knowledge of surf throughout the entire island chain will assure you the best experience possible. If for any reason the surf is not cooperating, his services include activities such as island touring to the interior, snorkeling the reef passes with the manta rays and tropical fish, or try your hand spearing a Mahi-Mahi.
WaterWays surf guide service on Tahiti is available regardless of the location of guest accommodation. Most surfers traveling to Tahiti stay in a luxury resort near the Papeete area such as the Intercontinental Resort & Spa or Le Meridien. Guide service begins at 6am with a pick-up in the lobby and guide service ends between 2 and 3 pm with guests being returned to their hotel.
For surfers traveling alone or with one other companion that do not require resort amenities such as a pool, restaurant, room service and maid, it is possible for WaterWays to arrange accommodation directly with your guide in his self-catering apartment.
There is surf all the way around Tahiti, some places legendary, some lesser known. With plenty of reef passes and the constantly changing variables of swell direction, tide, wind and current it is still possible to score un-crowded waves on Tahiti with WaterWays guide services.
The variety of waves and continually changing conditions, not to mention the risk of surfing powerful barrier reef passes far from shore require logistics that can be intimidating for those that are unprepared. Most of the breaks throughout Tahiti and French Polynesia are powerful barrier reef passes requiring a reliable boat and local knowledge to make the most of a surf holiday.
TAHITI NORTH COAST
Most of the surf breaks in the Society Islands are reef passes and reef breaks, but there are a few exceptions. Moving from northwest to northeast over the top of Tahiti you have a long stretch of coastline mostly unprotected by barrier reef and void of the big lagoons featured throughout the Society Islands. Along this stretch you will find “fringe reef” extending off the beach creating miles of rights and lefts, beach breaks and points.
Some of the spots you may visit during the N swell season include:
La Fayette – rights and left
Taharaa –rights and left
Point Venus – right hand point for advance surfers only
Orofara Point – right hander
PK 15 – rights and lefts
Papeno – rights and lefts beach break and river mouth, very consistent
Faaone – rights and lefts
TAHITI SOUTH COAST
The South and South West coast of Tahiti and Tahiti Iti is the location where you find the more classic reef breaks featured in the magazines. This long stretch of coast works on swells from South East to South West and is generally best March through October. However, small south swells can pass through any time of year and you do not need much swell for these spots to get good.
Some of the breaks you may visit include:
Taapuna – good left hander not far outside of town
Maraa – good left reef
Papara – Right and Left Beach Break
Big Pass – Left reef
Small Pass – Right and Left
Bad Pass – Left
Teahupoo – the heavy left which made this area famous. Still super good and fun when only a few feet overhead or smaller for more reasonable surf.
The Society Islands have two very distinct surf seasons. The Tahitian summer is November to March when winter swells from the northern hemisphere push past Hawaii to the Tahitian reefs on the north and west coast of the island. However, it is not uncommon to receive small clean consistent south swell during these northern hemisphere winter months. This is also the rainy season, when Tahiti can be visited by the rare tropical cyclone.
April to October is winter in Tahiti and there is a distinct change in the surf with swell generated off Antarctica moving north through the South Pacific. It is these powerful swells that light up the reef passes on the south coat of each island.
The shoulder months of March through May and mid September through early November are often best combining mid size South Swell with glassy/light and variable wind conditions.
Air temperatures stay between 75° and 85° all year long. The air temperature peaks in March and then dips to its lowest point from June to September because of the southeast trade wind called the “Maraamu”.
The water temperature stays between 78° and 82° but it is highly recommended to bring booties, rash guards, hats, and consider helmets, waterproof sunglasses and even rubber, to ward off the potential dangers of coral reefs below, and relentless tropical sun above.
There is much to do on Tahiti’s main island including snorkeling, fishing, enjoying the local cafes, shopping, walk through the marina and town center and more. Guests staying with Jamie will enjoy local style meals and camaraderie.
For those who enjoy fishing – Jamie loves fishing and is happy to take you out for a few hours or good part of the day fishing the local waters for tuna, marlin, wahoo and all sorts of delicious bottom fish. Jamie is also a wonderful cook – so be prepared to enjoy what you catch.
|1 or 2 Guests||$ 350 Total|
|Additional Guests||add $ 75.00 per person|
|Maximum of 4|
|Optional Apartment Accommodations: $150 per night|