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Pai-Pai ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 1.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 2.7

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Pai-Pai Surf Guide

Pai-Pai in Raiatea is an exposed reef break that only works once in a while. Summer in particular tends to be flat. Offshore winds are from the northeast. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the best swell direction is from the southwest. A left hand reef break. Even when there are waves, it's not likley to be crowded. Hazards include coral,urchin, rips, rocks,localism.

Pai-Pai Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReefIcon  s32.7
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
inconsistent
28.8°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Pai-Pai:

The best conditions reported for surf at Pai-Pai occur when a Southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

aprilBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing Pai-Pai with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of April. Clean surfable waves are typically found 57% of the time in April while 17% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 26% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
57%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
17%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
26%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Pai-Pai Location Map

Interactive Pai-Pai 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 closest passenger airport to Pai-Pai is Uturoa (Raiatea Island) Airport (RFP) in French Polynesia, 10 km (6 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Pai-Pai is Bora Bora Airport (BOB), also in French Polynesia, 33 km (20 miles) away.

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Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
Icon legend windLive Wind Speed (km/h)
Please note that some surf spot locations are approximate to protect their exact location while others are not shown at close zoom level.
Pai-Pai Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 10 April 2021, 12:32 Local Time
Saturday 10
11AM2PM5PM8PM
Wave (m) 1.3
SSW
1.3
SSW
1.3
SSW
1.3
SSW
Period (s) 16 15 15 15
Wind (km/h) 20
E 15
E 15
E 15
E
Wind State cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off

Swell History at Pai-Pai

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

Wind History at Pai-Pai

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

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

Discover surf breaks near Pai-Pai. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    12km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.0
    Reliability: inconsistent
    15km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: consistent
    20km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    22km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: rarely breaks
    22km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Pai-Pai:

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.