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Motuau Island ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 3.7

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Motuau Island Surf Guide

Motuau Island in Tahiti is an exposed reef break that has quite reliable surf. Summer offers the favoured conditions for surfing. Ideal winds are from the south. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the best swell direction is from the north. A reef breaks left. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Sometimes crowded. Beware of rocks and sharks.

Motuau Island Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReefIcon  s43.7
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
28.6°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Motuau Island:

The best conditions reported for surf at Motuau Island occur when a North swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the South.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Motuau Island (for consistent clean waves)?

decemberBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Motuau Island with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Summer and most often the month of December. Clean surfable waves are typically found 4% of the time in December while 13% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 83% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
4%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
13%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
83%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Motuau Island Location Map

Interactive Motuau Island surf break location map. View information about nearby surf breaks, their wave consistency and rating compared to other spots in the region. Current swell conditions from local buoys are shown along with live wind speed and direction from nearby weather stations. Click icons on the map for more detail. The nearest passenger airport to Motuau Island is Temae (Moorea) Airport (MOZ) in French Polynesia, which is 31 km (19 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Motuau Island is Huahine Airport (HUH), also in French Polynesia, 188 km (117 miles) away.

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Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
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Motuau Island Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 10 April 2021, 11:46 Local Time
Saturday 10
11AM2PM5PM8PM
Wave (m) 0.5
N
0.5
N
0.5
N
0.5
N
Period (s) 13 13 13 13
Wind (km/h) 20
ENE 20
ENE 25
E 25
E
Wind State cross cross cross cross

Swell History at Motuau Island

Surf stats for Motuau Island, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Motuau Island

Wind stats for Motuau Island, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

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Wave Buoys Nearest To Motuau Island:

We hope you find the new 12-day forecasts and additional details useful.

Kudos to everyone who helped us debug this over the past 3 months.

Be sure to click on the Advanced Surf option to see extra details about the sea-state. Look out for crossing swells and short period local wind swells and chop that will often spoil a groundswell even if the wind is perfect. As yet there is no allowance for this in the swell rating. This is something we are working on.