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Papeete Harbour ratings
Quality on a good day: 1.0
Consistency of Surf: 1.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 2.7

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Papeete Harbour Surf Guide

Papeete Harbour in Tahiti is an exposed beach and reef break. Summer offers the best conditions for surfing. Works best in offshore winds from the south. Clean groundswells prevail and the ideal swell angle is from the north northwest. A left hand reef break. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Sometimes crowded. Watch out for rips, pollution and sharks.

Papeete Harbour Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
rarely breaks
28.5°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Papeete Harbour:

The best conditions reported for surf at Papeete Harbour occur when a North-northwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the South.

Surf Forecasts:

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

decemberBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Papeete Harbour 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 5% of the time in December while 13% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 82% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Papeete Harbour Location Map

Interactive Papeete Harbour 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 Papeete Harbour is Temae (Moorea) Airport (MOZ) in French Polynesia, which is 19 km (12 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Papeete Harbour is Huahine Airport (HUH), also in French Polynesia, 180 km (112 miles) away.

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Papeete Harbour Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 22 April 2021, 23:05 Local Time
ThuFriday 23
Wave (m) 0.4
Period (s) 8 6 9 9
Wind (km/h) 25
ESE 20
E 15
E 15
Wind State cross-
cross cross cross

Swell History at Papeete Harbour

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

Wind History at Papeete Harbour

Wind stats for Papeete Harbour, 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 Papeete Harbour. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s43.8
    Reliability: very consistent
    5km away
    • Icon beach  red-
    • Icon  s43.5
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    7km away
    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s43.8
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    10km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s43.8
    Reliability: rarely breaks
    11km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s44.0
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    13km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Papeete Harbour: