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Papetoai ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 4.0
Difficulty Level: 3.5
Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.0
Crowds: 4.5

Overall: 3.6

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Papetoai Surf Guide

Papetoai in Moorea is an exposed reef break that usually has waves. Summer offers the optimum conditions for surfing. Offshore winds blow from the south with some shelter here from southeast winds. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the best swell direction is from the northwest. There is a left breaking reef. Relatively few surfers here, even on good days. Beware of rocks, fire coral and sharks.

Papetoai Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReefIcon  s43.6
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
consistent
28.6°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Papetoai:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

decemberBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Papetoai 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 8% of the time in December while 30% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 62% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
8%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
30%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
62%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Papetoai Location Map

Interactive Papetoai 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 Papetoai is Temae (Moorea) Airport (MOZ) in French Polynesia, which is 10 km (6 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Papetoai is Huahine Airport (HUH), also in French Polynesia, 153 km (95 miles) away.

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Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
Icon legend windLive Wind Speed (km/h)
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Papetoai Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 20 April 2021, 20:13 Local Time
Tuesday 20Wed
5PM8PM11PM2AM
Wave (m) 0.6
NE
0.6
SW
0.6
SW
0.8
ENE
Period (s) 7 16 16 5
Wind (km/h) 15
E 30
ENE 25
E 25
E
Wind State cross cross-
on
cross cross

Swell History at Papetoai

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

Wind History at Papetoai

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

    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s43.7
    Reliability: consistent
    1km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s43.8
    Reliability: consistent
    1km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s43.8
    Reliability: consistent
    6km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    10km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: inconsistent
    12km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Papetoai: