Close to Papeete is Taapuna, the original Tahitian tube garden and popular destination wave for those who want a hollow, dredging and technically testing lefthander, a couple of notches below Teahupoo. Any W swell and any E wind will work, so it is consistent, crowded with good surfers and suited to experienced reefbreak surfers.

Usual problems of being way out there, in waters strafed by current and a local crew who demand as much respect as the wave.

  • All Tides
  • Left-hand break over submerged reef
  • Sand
  • S - NW
  • Easterly
  • 10 3