Welcome to VANIRA LODGE
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On Tahiti’s peninsula, in the village of Teahupo'o, 45 miles from Papeete.
On the leeward shore, facing the sunset, Teahupoo is a village at the end of the world. The road gives way to a sea-side path that leads to the Te Pari cliffs and the great open spaces of Fenua Aihere where, not so long ago, "nature men" still lived...
Here, nothing has changed. Fishing, food crops, craftsmanship, and most notably, kind, hospitable people. This is Polynesia of yesteryear and today. The tiny harbor that gives shelter to local fishing boats and sailboats taking a break from circumnavigating the globe is a meeting place for the whole village.
Famous for its magnificent wave, Teahupoo has become a key stop on the BILLABONG PRO circuit, a competition for which the very best surfers in the world congregate.
Activites at Vanira Lodge : Available : Bikes, kayaks and
snorkeling equipment: to discover the peninsula by land and by sea.
Massage; In your bungalow, by appointment. Yoga
Collective classes on Wednesdays at 5 pm.
Activities in the vicinity of Vanira Lodge : Nautical excursions : Vaipoiri cave, surfing spots, coral gardens, Te Pari cliffs, whale watching (in season). Boats leave from the marina (500 yards from Vanira Lodge).
Surf School, paddle board, Boat slip and security at Teahupoo marina. Scuba Diving, Trekking, Horseriding, golf.
Built by local craftsmen in order to blend with the landscape and let
you enjoy the surrounding nature, these “fare” ( bungalows ) all have a clear view of
You can choose your own universe from our three types of bungalows: Nature "Fare" : Open onto the outside world to live in harmony with nature. Spa " Far " The coolness of an air-conditioned bedroom, and the luxury of a Jacuzzi with an ocean view. Sundeck " Fare" : With a private garden.
Nature " Fare " : Connected to your inner Robinson Crusoe? Choose the Nature “Fare” MAARA ( 3 persons+1 child) , KAVA ( 4 persons ) , or OFAI ( 5 persons ) . Two of them are on stilts, with wide open balconies and a Polynesian roof in the shape of a turtle shell. These are Vanira Lodge’s signature “fare”, also known as Sculpture “fare”, with respect to the careful aesthetic research that went into their conception. In the spirit of tree-houses, only a lot more luxurious!
Spa " Fare " : The coolness of an air-conditioned bedroom, and the luxury of a Jacuzzi with an ocean view.
Are you looking for a more sophisticated kind of comfort? Are you wary of the heat and humidity? Are you dreaming of relaxing times in a Jacuzzi with an ocean view? Then choose one of our new “fare”: VAI HERE ( 4 persons ), VAI ORA ( 2 persons ), or VAI ITI ( opening in 2014 ) , with their spacious sheltered deck.
Sundeck " Fare " : Sundeck "Fare" with a private garden.
Do you enjoy a more conventional kind of comfort? Nature is fine, as long as one can insulate oneself from it... Then choose HAARI, AITO, or LICHEE. The bay window opens onto a sundeck and a private garden. LICHEE is ideal for a group of friends or a large family. For 4 persons, go for the AITO “ fare”. Just a couple? The HAARI “fare” was made for you.
We are located near the wave of Teahupoo which hosts the Billabong Pro surfing competition every year in August, 2km from the spot and 500m from the marina from where the shuttles.
Other great spots are nearby
SURF GUIDE, SHUTTLE for spots or BOAT TOUR Half day or full day : coral garden, surf, walk in the forest mape, Pari cliffs, caves, dolphins and whales in season:
- Tahiti Iti and Surf Tour http://www.tahitiititourandsurf.pf/
Teahupoo Tahiti Surfari firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact them from our reference.
Leeward Islands’ latitude is perfectly located to get SW swells of the Southern Pacific from April to October, providing waves from 1.30 to 5 meters.The rest of the year, regular waves from 0.60 to 1.60 meters water the spots. Regular and solid conditions host those Pacific islands.
WINDS & TIDES
Dominating winds blow E/SE, sometimes with strength. During the wet season from November to April, they are N/NE oriented. Strong in the morning, the conditions easily shift to a flat ocean.Be careful to the coral bottom full of fire coral and violent currents.Not much tide – Respect the locals, sometimes unfriendly on the most famous spots such as Moorea or even Huahine.Bring boots and some guts for the heavy days.
Matavaï Point : North of the island – Venus Point. Nice wave on a quality reef – a right quite delicate.
Papenoo : A fun beachbreak where you can find nice fun waves to surf – see also its neighbour PK15 –
Taapuna : A hollow, fast and tubular left – world class wave.Sapinus : in front of Tahiti’s Museum – easier to surf than Taapuna – Left and right beachbreak.
Maraa : A smooth left well holding the swell and the strong wind.
Paparaa : Easy beachbreak to surf – if you choose the reef off the shore, the challenge is even more important!
Vairao : on Iti peninsula. A left generously unrolling with tubular sections.
Teahupoo : a gapping cave, scrunching men and boards. It is up to you…either courage or unconsciousness…You can still come close to the solidest left of the world from a boat to look at the beast…
Weather / Temperature
Air temperature : 30°C (Summer) / 25°C (Winter)
Water temperature : 26°C (Summer) / 25°C (Winter)
You had several choice : your honey moon, your computer screenshot , and the pictures seen on TV during long winter evenings : …And then you decide.The surf trip you have always waited for will be in Polynesia ! Everything matches : powerful waves on the reef, the smell of the vahines’ tiaré (Polynesian flower), languishing islands from where you never want to go back.The lapping of the pirogue taking you to the pass of Papara or to Teahupoo, then later a surf session on Haapiti’s left to Moorea or again a great score on Fitii’s rights on Huahine Island.Society Islands still remain the first place to go for a surf trip in the Pacific…
Polynesia’s islands were inhabited by ancestors of the actual autochthons from 200 before our era, maybe even before that.The first European visitors were in the 16th century, Portuguese-Spanish whose discoveries did not lead anywhere. In the 18th century, important discoveries increased. In June 1767, the ship of the British navigator Captain Wallis took over the island under the name of the British King.The following year, the French navigator Louis-Antoine de Bougainville asserted the island under the name of the French King and named it “Nouvelle Cythère” and brought a Tahitian back to France, which caused the legend of the “noble savage” from Rousseau and make all the fantasies become true about those distant islands of the Southern Pacific.
Then, from 1769 to 1777, Captain James Cook visited three times Tahiti and Leeward Islands, Austral Islands and Marquesas Islands. It is in 1769 that James Cook took over the group of islands and named it Society Islands.Laton on, Polynesia witnessed the conflicts between France and England while Tahiti had became an important port in the Pacific.
At that time, Hapai, the Polynesian chief claimed its supremacy on the archipelagos and created with its British allies, Pomare dynasty (1762-1880) which was the only one to reign in Tahiti. Since the wedding of the British banker Alexander Salmon with Princess Ariitaimai in January 1842, mixed weddings became numerous.During the second half of the 19th century, « Demis » became great landlords and were hired in the Administration. At the end of World War II, minds changed with the Polynesian soldiers coming back and the political wake up of the Tahitians. They began to think about their autonomy, considered before as hardened.
A new era of decolonization began, with new institutional status for Polynesia. Under the Cadre’s law of 1957, the archipelagos of the “Etablissements français d’Océanie” took the name of French Polynesia.After going through the Western culture for a long time, the Polynesians discover again their heritage and emphasize it. Craftsmen, dance, archaeology, tattooing are the most famous demonstrations.
French Polynesia is located 6 000 km West of Chile, 5 200 km East of Australia, 6 200 km Southwest of California’s coasts and 16 000 km of Paris.
Huge, much crumbled, it constitutes 118 islands born from volcanic eruptions, only 6 of themthat go beyond 100 km.
They are gathered in five archipelagos :
Society Islands, where there is the national capital Papeete, and Bora Bora and Moorea.
Austral Islands, with five highlands (similar to mountains resting upon the surface of the ocean, with a coral reef belt coming from the central lagoon).
Tuamotu Islands, composed of 77 atolls expanding more than 1 500 km and reveal fabulous waves to discover in a surfing cruise.
Gambier Islands, situated 1 600 km from Tahiti and Marquesas Islands made off fifteen highlands and dark rocked islets or so, not too far from the equator.
The capital is Papeete. Every tourist must have a valid passport. French nationals can stay 3 months without a visa. The regulation is exactly the same than the current regulation put into effect to enter France.Following a decision of the American State Department, French nationals will have to hold an individual electronic passport since May 26th, 2005 to be eligible to travel in the US.Children (from 0 to 12) are also concerned by this new law and must have an electronic passport as well.This regulation was made to secure the borders and was enforced by the United States.The biometric passport will be necessary on and after November 2005.All passengers fling from Paris to Papeete on Air France & Air Tahiti Nui flights via Los Angeles will have to fill up the ESTA document (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) on https.esta.cbp.dhs.gov - Website : www.office-tourisme-usa.com. At least 72 hours before departure. Adults & children are concerned. Passengers will have to show this ESTA document before boarding. ESTA will expire within 2 years or when passeport expires.
French, Tahitian, Marquesan.
Be careful to coral cuts, very long to heal and quite painful, to black flies (« nono ») from Marquesas Islands and to jelly fishes.In the lagoon, beware of the stone fishes, rays and sea-urchins.It has been also indexed in many archipelagos of the Pacific ciguatera access, a kind of food poisoning caused by eating marine species whose flesh is contaminated.No worries though, Polynesian healthcare is very good.
TIME DIFFERENCES : - 11 hours in winter and – 12 hours in summer.Marquesas Islands are half an hour ahead of the rest of French Polynesia.
Tropical with two distinct seasons: during the rainy season (austral season) from November to April, temperature can reach 30° C; the air is stuffy and moist.The dry season (austral winter) from May to October is perfect for tourism; rains are not usual, the air is dry and cooler (26°C on average).French Polynesia gets “alizés”. The “toerau” (Northwest wind) blow occasionally during the rainy season. In the highlands, the “hupe”, a morning breeze, comes and reduces the suffocating atmosphere of the plain. French Polynesia also went through during the 20th century, several devastating cyclones.
DRIVING CONDITIONS :
The coastal roads hug a large part of the shore of the main islands of Society. In Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora, roads are in good conditions.In Raiatea and Huahine, the coast roads are half covered with a « coral soup » (crushed coral) but they are fine.In the inside lands, you will only find bumpy roads and will need a 4X4. Trucks are the local main transportation, complete and friendly.
220 V to 60 MHz
CFP Franc (XFP)1 euro = 118,21CFP.Banks deduct a commission (about 3.50 euros) on exchange operations, except for transactions in French Francs, no commission is taken away.ATM machines are numerous in Papeete, rarer in the other islands. Every tourist island has one or several bank agencies.
441€ for 7 nigths
Price per person for 7 nights in Haari Bungalow - Occupancy 2 Persons-
Rates & Packages
|Type de Tarif||Type de Chambre||Prix/Pers|
|Double||Bungalow Haari - 1 à 2 Pers-||63€|
|Double||Bungalow Maara ou Kava - 1 à 2 Pers-||83€|
|Single||Bungalow Maara ou Kava||166€|
|Double||Bungalow Lichee - 1 à 6 Pers -||113€|
|Single||Bungalow Lichee - 1 à 6 Pers -||225€|
|Double||Bungalow Spa Vai Ora - 1 à 2 Pers -||108€|
|Single||Bungalow Spa Vai Ora - 1 à 2 Pers -||215€|
|Double||Bungalow Aito - 1 à 4 Pers -||83€|
|Single||Bungalow Spa Vai Ora - 1 à 2 Pers -||166€|
|Double||Bungalow Spa Vai Here - 1 à 4 Pers -||132€|
|Single||Bungalow Spa Vai Ora - 1 à 2 Pers -||264€|
|Double||Bungalow Ofai - 1 à 5 Pers -||98€|
|Single||Bungalow Ofai - 1 à 5 Pers -||196€|
Tarifs valables jusqu'au 31 Décembre 2014
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