La Maitai Resort – Huahine Island
Includes: Airfares (ex Auckland) to Pape’ete, 1 nights airport hotel accommodation, return flights ex Pape’ete to Fare/Huahine, airport to resort transfers and 6 nights twin share garden fare air-con accommodation.
There’s a well-known saying, the further out from the main island of Tahiti you go, the more stunning the islands become … and Huahine definitely lives up to this. A picture-postcard stunning tropical island with amazing uncrowded surf: this destination will leave you breathless! Huahine is accessible by three flights a day from Pape’ete and it’s a small beautiful Island with a slow pace of life and of course very good surf.
The small township of Fare is a sleepy seaside place and with its French and Tahitian mix of life coupled with the majestic beauty of one of the most stunning islands in the Pacific makes this surf destination a real gem.
Maitai Lapita village is located on the waterfront in Fare, in between the beach/lagoon and a lake. There are steps from the beach/lagoon which is right out front. There are two reef passes on this lagoon – Fare and Fiti. Both have a left and right hand surf break on each pass and are fairly consistent with both south and north swells. There are also a handful more scattered around the island.
During the months from May through to October the Antarctic south swells offer some very consistent surf all throughout the Tahitian island chain.
Trade winds during this time are from the East meaning offshore surf on these reef passes which face West. From November through to April the North swells which originate north of Hawaii reach the Tahitian reefs which bring the right hand breaks alive on the reef passes.
Fare Pass (right out front) has a left and a right reef break – with the left being slightly longer and working better on the south swells. It’s a down the line wave with very nice wall and barrel sections. The Fiti Pass (right) is more of a paddle, being further down the beach. There is nobody there doing surf transfers so it’s a 10min paddle across the channel into the line up. There are a couple of other surf breaks on the reef passes to the south of the island well worth checking out when the trade winds are light.
Maitai have three standards of bungalow: Garden bungalows, Premium Garden bungalows and Lakeside bungalows. All are luxurious and stunningly presented inside and out (the Lakeside are simply stunning!). All rooms include a writing table and chair, mini-bar, room safe for valuables, tea and coffee service, TV, stylish lighting, spacious bathroom, complimentary toiletries, towels, and air-conditioning.
Maitai also have their own bar and restaurant which overlook the pool and out towards the lagoon – so boast stunning views while you relax. They offer a mix of traditional Tahitian and French cuisine. The resort prides itself on its warm, welcoming and professional service and is only too happy to make your stay an enjoyable and memorable one. Depending on the season, a Polynesian night will be offered at the Omai Restaurant; the evening’s entertainment includes a Polynesian musical group, dancing and singing! There are also many other restaurants and snack bars with local music every night a short stroll away in the Fare township.
Apart from the un-crowded surf, Huahine also offers some breath-taking activities and attractions. The snorkelling around the island is second to none – with some tours also offering to snorkel and feed black tip reef sharks. Other options are the hire of bikes, scooters and jet skis to explore, tours to pearl farms, hiking, fishing, horse riding and more! The resort provides guests with free use of snorkelling equipment, kayaks and life jackets for those who want to explore the crystal clear waters of the lagoon.
Reception can also help are other activities like; tours to archaeological sites, Rental cars, scooters and bicycles, Visit a pearl farm, Scuba diving ,Jet Ski tours, Hiking to Mount Pohuerahi, Deep sea fishing (or lagoon or coastal fishing), Tour of the island in a traditional outrigger canoe or by private boat, Safari tour by 4×4 or horse riding.
All prices are a guide only, departures ex Auckland and are per person, based on twin share and subject to change, availability and currency fluctuations. Surcharges may apply. Contact us for the latest specials and a quote for the dates you wish to travel.