Arutua to Takaroa via Apataki

Trip Days Ports of Call Dates
132 10 Apataki and Takaroa Jun 11 - Jun 21, 2014
So you take a short flight from Papeete, Tahiti and have a look outside the window after about an hour. Below your wing are pools 30 miles wide of perfectly translucent water, surrounding by a dizzying dark blue. Yes, it's one of the largest swimming pools in the world- but it's filled with incredible life. As your plane descends you spy swaying palm trees and you can practically see the tropical fish darting on the reefs. What's that over there? Oh, that's a peeling, barreling wave, followed by another, and another, and another. Oh hey- Tiger Shark! This is your home for the next 10 days. Enjoy cause it's going to go fast!

"We're heading up to Takaroa this time around, the first time for Discovery. As I was doing the research for this season, playing as I do for days on end with Google Earth I noticed a pretty cool looking pass into this island to the north and lesser-plied waters of the Tuamotus. So...why not?"-- Gavin McClurg

To read the log from this trip back in 2008: Waves, Wind, and Pros. And an article for your viewing pleasure: Pleasure and a Little Pain.

Getting there: International flight to Papeete, Tahiti (PPT) on Air Tahiti Nui, then domestic on Air Tahiti to Arutua, and return from Takaroa.


  • Awesome adventure
  • Awesome diving / snorkeling
  • Black Pearl Farms
  • Expert Barreling waves
  • Gorgeous HUGE lagoons
  • Pelagic fishing
  • Unhindered clean wind


  • Costly domestic flights
  • Sharks! (this is a plus for me!)
  • Very sharp coral- advanced surfers


Air25C / 78F
Water26C / 79F
Mean Avg Wind17

Cabin 1 - Rob Bass - Guests: Guest
Cabin 3 - Guest - Guests: Guest
Cabin 4 - Kirk Strassman - Guests: Danielle Gordon