On Tahiti’s peninsula, in the hills above Teahupoo, an exceptional two hectare site between the mountain and the ocean, with a 180° view over the lagoon, harbors nine bungalows directly inspired by Polynesian building traditions. Raw materials are tampered with as little as possible: natural branches with their bark removed, sawn solid wood, walls made of river-rolled stones.
Since when do you run Vanira Lodge ?
In 1995 my husband and I sailed to Tahiti from France
– Have you ever accommodated any of the pro surfers ? Who ?
– What is the nearby activity/place to visit, that you recommend all guests to experience and why ?
If you need a break from getting barreled then head up into the beautiful mountains, visit some of the caves, go fishing, diving and snorkeling or just chill out amongst the lush landscape.
– I see you organise Yoga at the Lodge. How often and what type(s) of yoga ?
I love vinyasa flow yoga myself. Twice a week on Monday & Tuesday 17;00pm Traditional yoga I offer lessons.
– We see you offer modern Tahitian cuisine. How can you best describe this cuisine and what are the typical ingrediënts ?
Off course the iconic “poisson cru » marinated draw fish with coconut milk and lemon But also tuna fish and lots of local vegetables …
– When is the best time to visit you and why ?
May to October for those who do not like too hot weather. Surfing season is April to October.
During the wet season from Nov to April, there will be a heavy downpour every other day. El Niño years are very wet. Cyclones hit the country on occasions. In the dry season the high mountains effect the weather patterns and cause the S coast to see some rain. The temps are near perfect at 23°-30°C/74º-86ºF year-round. The water hovers around 25-27°c (77ºF-80ºF).
At a southern latitude of 17°, Tahiti is perfectly exposed to the super-consistent S/SW swells, which hammer the S coast year-round, but peak between April and Oct. Expect the surf to range from 4 to 15ft in season and 2-5ft in the off-season. Exposure to the summer N/NW swells between Nov and March is less generous. Tahiti receives about half the swell of Hawaii. Even so, this time of year will still see plenty of 3ft-8ft swells. Dominant trade winds come from the E and blow from 40-60kph (25-40mph). During the May to Oct dry season (Maraamu), the wind has more of a SE to E angle, whilst the wet season (Toerau), sees the wind coming more from the N/NE. Even with these strong winds mornings will usually be glassy. Tidal range is very small.
Tahiti sits at the centre of French Polynesia and now, thanks to the relatively recent discovery of Teahupoo, has become an undeniable focus for the surf world as the most challenging of playgrounds. Comprising of about 118 small islands spread out over five archipelago’s, (Société Islands including Tahiti, Marquesas, Tuamotu, Gambier and Tubuai) and covering an area of ocean the size of Europe, the scope for perfect waves is unlimited. There are dozens of islands in this chain that receive classic waves, but it’s not all scary square barrels with some fun walls at various passes and even the odd beachbreak style wave to be found. On the whole, the quality of the spots is exceptional and the waves are varied, as swells arrive from both hemispheres, lighting up the coastlines of Moorea and Tahiti. Source: Stormrider
Raw materials are tampered with as little as possible: natural branches with their bark removed, sawn solid wood, walls made of river-rolled stones. Soft lines are everywhere, from the roofs in the shape of a turtle shell or a wave, to the curved walls that create a space that is both cozy and unique. The limit between the inside and the outside is deliberately blurred: bathrooms have a foot in each world, living-rooms have an open balcony or, more traditionally, a bay window that opens onto a wooden deck. Built by local craftsmen in order to blend with the landscape and let you enjoy the surrounding nature, these “fare” all have a clear view of the ocean.