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Surfing In Bora Bora Guide

You must be able to surf in paradise, and Bora Bora is the perfect spot for surfing. It’s an enjoyable outing, especially for the surf nut. You can check out the huge lemon sharks ‘out the back, below you’ when surfing Teanvanui Pass. A ‘left’ but chance of a ‘right’ in the ‘blowy’ season.

During Captain Cook’s 3rd voyage in 1769, Joseph Banks remarked how impressed he was with the skill with which Tahitians were able to surf the breaks around the island. This is the first-ever recording of the sport of surfing. It’s an interesting insight into Tahiti’s place in the history of surfing & one has to wonder if Banks actually made it out to Teahupoo!

There are 2 prime spots for surfing Bora Bora —Teavanui Pass & a right off the reef out behind Motu Pitiaau. They play to different weather conditions opening up an extended surf season of sorts. We jumped in the boat with Raimanu & headed off in search of the perfect break.

Motu Tapu
Motu Tapu

The best known, most regular, and easiest to reach is left of Teavanui Pass. It’s a great setting overlooking Motu Tapu & Mt Otemanu on one side & the Pearl Beach Resort on the other.

Pearl Beach Resort view

In a south/south-westerly swell, it pumps & Raimanu headed on out to show us how it’s done in what were pretty good surf conditions:

The right on the opposite side of the pass also works but in a north/north westerly blow, the prevailing wind in the event of a cyclone! From around December each year, the right can be the go, especially after cyclonic conditions in the area. 

The right also pumps in a good south-easterly swell. The wave will break just past the eastern side of Motu Ahura & follow the reef around toward the Pearl Beach Resort, offering surfers a great ride of 150m plus.

Wave breaking

When waters are calm, and near the shallows, Teavanui Pass makes for one of the best snorkeling spots in Bora Bora.

The same winds also open up the chance to surf Bora Bora’s other spot, a little-known right that breaks along Point Tupititi, a westward projecting section of the reef behind Motu Pitiaau.

We headed over to check it out, to the westernmost point of Motu Pitiaau, a magic spot once reserved for the clients of Club Med & where Raimanu’s family have land.


From here, it’s a bit of a hike, but the rewards can be there as reef breaks tend to give a good consistent wave in the right conditions. Leaving the boat near Raimanu’s, we headed off by foot along the coral-filled section that separates the Motu from the seaside extremities of the reef.

You’ll find the spot quite easily, but it’s a decent walk. Here’s what greets you.

More breaking waves

If you should happen to cross through the island’s interior, you’ll well pass through beautiful plantations of tiare tahiti & pandanus & then be knocked out by the sudden appearance of surf backed by the looming islands of Tahaa & Raiatea.

Tree and ocean

Given the anticipated conditions, I had taken a mask rather than a surfboard. There’s an excellent, effortless drift to be had in taking the current from near the surf spot for a fabulous ride back to the point where we’d left the boat taking in bands of leopard rays along the way.


This post has a heap of viewers daily & many contact me for information. For the die-hard surfer in Bora Bora, a day’s surfing can be arranged, & if the prevailing winds in Bora Bora are not delivering, in Raiatea. A boat can be arranged to take up to 6 surfers (you’ll need your boards) across to Raiatea for the day, where there’s always a spot for any conditions. A great day out with the chance to see both Raiatea & Tahaa.