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Moorea Surf Bed and Breakfast invites you to join this surf trip to French Polynesia. Moorea Surf Bed and Breakfast is located in front of one of the best surfing spots in Mo'orea with a surf break called Ha'apiti, which is Mo'orea's best and most consistent wave. Whatever your level of surfing is, there will always be a suitable wave for everyone. Enjoy surfing while staying in the comfort of Moorea Surf Bed and Breakfast's family-run inn!
You will be staying in a waterfront accommodation at the Moorea Surf Inn. The lodge consists of four rooms including one double room, three twin rooms, and two shared bathrooms. All rooms include a wardrobe, a fan, and an electrical mosquito repellent. These lodges are connected to the second unit that includes the kitchen, dining, and living room with TV lounge with multilingual satellite channels and surf videos.
Moorea Surf Inn has a large lanai and a waterfront observation platform to check the surf or just "farniente". It is located in a peaceful environment and the place is safe. Bike lane on the side of the road enables you to get to the grocery store about one kilometer away very safely. The bike ride is really pleasant and the inn also has a big free parking lot.
Basically, there are two surf seasons in Mo'orea. From October to March, the summer swells are coming from the north, which is the same swells that hit Hawaii, only smaller and comes three to five days later. This swell hits the 77 atolls of the Tuamotus. Some waves are hollow on the outside and become less heavy and have more of a wall as the wave wraps into the reef passes of the atolls. This will allow less experienced surfers to take off further inside and the hardcore to take on the hollow barrels.
From April to September, quality surf are generated from low-pressure systems traveling from Antarctica to New Zealand and up to Tahiti. It's in Winter (May to August) that Mo'orea gets its best waves. The breaks along the south and southwest coasts are mainly reef breaks and can be very powerful like hollow waves similar to Hawaii or the Mentawais. Despite being known as a big wave destination, Mo'orea has waves to suit surfers of all varying levels of experience.
The quality reef breaks on Mo'orea's north coast also produce great waves similar to the island of Tahiti. Mo'orea has no beach breaks, but thanks to Moorea Surf Bed and Breakfast's boat, you'll have some unbelievable waves. The Polynesian region is a true surfers paradise. Due to Mo'orea's position facing the full uninterrupted force of the South Pacific, waves can be had all year round. The prime season is March through to October, however, it's not uncommon to get southerly swells of any size imaginable all year round.
You will regularly surf on three well-known waves with a short boat ride from the inn in the following places:
This is a neighboorhood wave with very friendly vibes. During the week, it goes unridden most of the days. Only after school will you see a few young bodyboarders out there or during holidays. When Ha'apiti is firing, you will have a great chance that this left-hander is going off too.
When the strong toerau blows (the northerly wind), this is the only break on the island that will work but it never gets too crowded. The take-off is smooth and then the wave jacks up. When all the bowls connect, it's a truly magical wave. The reef is a little dry though, so please watch out.
It's a classic Tahitian reef pass wave without the heavy fear factor. At head high, it's an easy roll-in to a very long slopey wall as it tours the curve of coral that is always deeper than the gin-clear water makes it seem. Even improvers can manage, but things will hot up as the size increases and it can handle plenty of that. At double overhead the drop steepens, the odd barrel section will beckon and the river-like current heading out to sea will crank up. Wind can mess it up and kiters will descend in the afternoons.
When the winter N swells roll in, Mo'orea Island is worth the effort for its quality north coast reef passes such as:
The town of Hauru and the former Club Med which lent this break its name are both around the corner on the west facing coast. Hauru is a narrow cut in the fringing reef near the Intercontinental on the north coast, which seems to favor lefthanders with a bit of W in the swell. Fast and shallow is the theme while the right is even worse and only for chargers with little regard for the boiling shut down sections. Currents can get really strong and the nearby motus are shark diving hotspots.
Some say it's one of the longest waves in Polynesia. It's fast and endlessly barrelling - a creature of leisure.
This is another Polynesian jewel where you can take-off under sea level. The first section is pretty rad and hard to read but once you got it, you will have a big wall in front and the wave will wrap around the reef in that typical horseshoe manner. It's a very fun wave that is uncrowded most of the time.
The entrance to the Bay of Cook (Pao Pao) has what some call a fun left, despite the coral reef being close under the fin. Too much E in the wind will mess it up although the shallower, nastier right across the channel will be cleaner. You can take a dugout to these spots as currents and distance is against paddling. To the east, Maharepa has another pass holding good waves.
This wave also received north swells. Above eight feet, it closes out but it must not be overlooked as it has a good potential.
Mo'orea also gets plenty of decent waves through the S swell season, and if it's big enough, SESW lines will slip through the channel between Tahiti and Mo'orea then wrap around the eastern point near the airport.
Temae pointbreak hugs the coralline shelf and is very close to shore, providing a right-hand barrel spectacle on a par with Backdoor, but much longer. When it's on, which isn't often since it needs non-trade-winds, you may expect air drops into multiple caverns as it parallels the shoreline, getting shallower as it turns inside out.
Malik's point is Mo'orea's secret spot. You can check it out on Youtube and it will be worth it. The name of the footage is "Kelly Slater Moorea". This wave is just insane.
Only 30 minutes by high-speed catamaran, Mo'orea of French Polynesia soars magically out of the ocean in an explosion of green velvet - what you would imagine a south seas island to be. A wide, shallow lagoon surrounds the island's vertical mountains where poetic threads of waterfalls tumble down fern-softened cliffs.
Peaceful meadows flanked by pinnacles of green will fill your senses and renew your belief in the majesty of nature. Pastel-painted houses surrounded by gardens of hibiscus and birds of paradise circle the island in a fantasy of happy yet simple villages. This island is a favorite among repeat visitors who all agree that the beauty of Mo'orea is unforgettable.
Mo'orea offers drama and adventure. You can discover the peaceful circle-island road dotted with fruit-tasting stops, pineapple fields, quiet beaches, and unique shopping experiences. You will enjoy its enchantment from the dramatic landscape of bright-green valleys encircled by the sentinel-like mountain ridges and feel the excitement of the liquid playground with warm lagoon waters for snorkeling, jet skiing, canoeing, and diving.
Here, you can discover many shops featuring "made in Moorea" products, enjoy the surprising number of fine-dining restaurants within the resorts and in small villages that line the shores, as well as explore of the historic sites hidden under a canopy of lush forests. Moreover, you can also relax in the majestic setting of the resorts and their Polynesian spas. Some of the most popular activities and sites include:
Mo'orea's most spectacular sites are seen from this easily reached overlook. Located in the center of the island, visitors marvel at the panoramic views of the twin bays and the plantations of Opunohu Valley. The overlook is a popular stop on circle-island or 4x4 tours.
Some of the finest diving in the world can be found at Mo'orea all year round. The drama of Mo'orea's landscape continues below the sea with an infinite range of canyons, chasms, and promontories. Fish feeding is common here so divers are often surrounded by schools of small and large marine life.
Visitors can enjoy a pleasant stop along the shores of Cook's Bay at the fruit juice factory for shopping and tastings of juices and liquors made from island-grown fruits.
The majestic mountains are fully accessible to everyone. By air, helicopter tours fly into canyons and along ridge tops. By road, a 4x4 ventures past plantations across streams into the deep valleys and up to waterfalls. By foot, guided hikes of all levels may follow winding rainforest trails and up to high mountain overlooks.
History buffs will want to make a stop at the historic octagonal church located in the northern coastal village of Papetoai. Established by the London Missionary Society in 1822, the church is the oldest European building in use in the South Pacific.
The fertile valleys are home to plantations of cotton, coffee, sugarcane, and pineapple. Considered by many to be the sweetest tasting pineapple on earth, Mo'orea's harvest can be enjoyed at village stores, road-side stands, or the tasting counter of the delightful fruit-juice factory.
Because of the lack of strong currents and the abundant marine life, the shallow waters around Mo'orea is ideal for year-round snorkeling. All ages can enjoy dozens of perfect snorkeling spots close to the resorts and around the island. Local guides will take you to snorkel among schools of gentle rays.
Encounters with the ocean's friendliest residents are waiting at Moorea Dolphin Center at the InterContinental Resort Moorea. Here, adults swim side by side with dolphins while children wade in the waters with them. For an educational excursion, expert guides will lead dolphin-watching boat tours into the ocean to observe them in their native habitat as well.
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