surf

Vanira Lodge

On Tahiti’s peninsula, a dreamy headland seems to be drifting between the mountain and the ocean. Tahitians of yesteryear would come there to scan the horizon in search of shoals of fish or to look out for attacking enemy tribes. They had made it a place of worship. Here, everything is an enchantment: Welcome to Vanira Lodge **.

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.

Accommodation

Nature Bungalows
Open onto the outside world so you can live in harmony with nature.
Connected to your inner Robinson Crusoe? Choose the Nature “Fare” MAARA, KAVA, or OFAI.
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!

Maara
Set right on the edge of the forest and resting on stilts, this “fare” seems to have been built up in the trees. Inside, wood also prevails. The floor is made of Kohu wood, the sink is in the shape of an “umete” (1), the doors and shelves are made of rough-hewn planks, and the furniture is made of branches that were simply barked and knotted, with a dash of color here and there provided by blue soji and bright “tifaifai” (2). For three persons and a child (under 10). A double bed on the mezzanine and two single beds in the main room. Kitchen, and a bathroom with hot water.

(1) Traditional Polynesian wooden dish
(2) Patchwork quilt

Kava
Built out of the same materials as MAARA, this bungalow immediately carries us into a universe halfway between the tree house of our childhood dreams and the exoticism of a tropical house. The layout of its spacious interior is perfect for a family. For 4 persons. One double bed on the mezzanine, and two single beds in the main room. Kitchen, and a bathroom with hot water.

Ofai
Wide open onto the surrounding nature, this “fare” overlooks the whole site with views of both the ocean and the park. Besides the main room, its three levels offer two bedrooms, one of which forms an alcove. The curved walls, the river stone façades, and the bathroom’s stunning coral ceiling create a mineral atmosphere, softened by the wooden doors and crowned by the turtle shell shaped roof. For 5 persons. Two double beds, one of which is in a separate bedroom. One single bed. Kitchen, and private garden with a stone barbecue. Bathroom with hot water.

Spa Bungalows
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, VAI ORA, or VAI ITI, with their spacious sheltered deck.

Vai Here
A subtle blend. A Polynesian roof, a deck made of Kohu wood, and tropical-style furniture for a touch of exoticism. A Jacuzzi for that special feeling of luxury. And a wide-ranging view over the lagoon and the mountain in order to feel oh, so close to nature. For 4 persons in two separate bedrooms. One has a double bed, the other two single beds. No kitchen. Bathroom with hot water.

Vai Ora
Ideal for a honeymoon trip. So cozy that you will only want to leave the Jacuzzi for the hammock or, at a pinch, for the coolness of the air-conditioned bedroom. The same subtle blend of worlds as VAI HERE. For 2 persons in a double bed. No kitchen. Bathroom with hot water.

Vai Iti
Very similar to the VAI ORA bungalow with the jacuzzi facing sea and sun set. With a tiny little private garden. Air cond bedroom. For 2 persons in a double bed. No kitchen. Bathroom with hot water.

Sundeck Bungalows
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.

Lichee
Deliberately original, this “fare” is accessed via a footbridge. The roof is green, with flowers growing on top of it! The bathroom is sheltered from view by a bamboo grove. This bungalow was built with great attention to detail. It has a mosaic of river stones, a laced-up guardrail, and an array of soji partitions. Its private garden, with barbecue, overlooks the ocean. For 6 persons, including 4 upstairs in a double bed and two single beds. Kitchen. Bathroom with hot water.

Aito
A stunning view over the ocean. Single-storied and without a mezzanine, this bungalow is particularly attractive for parents of young children and senior citizens. The touch of exoticism is provided by the ochre coating of the walls, obtained by mixing red soil and white sand, the rustic doors made of rough-hewn local wood, and the semi-external bathroom, built out of volcanic stones and integrated into the mountainside and the vegetation. Barbecue in the garden. For 4 persons. One double bed in a separate bedroom, and two single beds in the main room. Kitchen, and a bathroom with hot water.

Haari
The smallest of all our bungalows. A kind of fairy house built out of river stones, with a Polynesian green roof. For 2 persons sharing a double bed. No kitchen. Bathroom with hot water.

Features

ACCESS
Public Transport: Until 5:30 pm, leaving from Papeete (not on the weekend).
Car rental: At the airport, in Papeete, or in Taravao.
Private Transfer: To be booked with us. Recommended for night-time arrivals.

WELCOME
In the Polynesian tradition, with a tiare flower.
The reception is open from 7:30 am until 8 pm.

CHECK IN/OUT
Arrival from 3 pm, departure at 12 pm.
You can extend your stay and avail of the “fare pote’e” (showers and restrooms), and of course the garden and the pool.

SHOPS
In the village, only 15 minutes on foot: a grocery store.
By the roadside: fruits and vegetables vendors, fresh fish.
In Taravao, 9 miles away: supermarkets, hospital, doctors, Post office, banks, hairdressers, and beautician.

CANCELLATION POLICY
Cancellation or changes 15 days or more from the arrival date: refund of down payment. An administration fee corresponding to one night will be invoiced.
Less than 15 days from the arrival date: the stay is due in full.

DIRECTIONS
Access is easy. The drive is about an hour and fifteen minutes long. As you leave the airport, follow the signs for Punaauia. Drive 34 miles to the outskirts of Taravao. Follow the sign for Teahupoo on the right. Drive for another 9 miles. Take a left (up the hill) when you see the Vanira Lodge sign. The trail climbs for 300 yards and takes you to a plateau. There you are. We are located 1.5 miles before the end of the main road.

ATM
ATM at Vairao, 2.5 miles away.
Currency exchange in Taravao banks (except SOCREDO)

CHILDREN
They will love it! The tree house style of the Nature “fare”, the swimming pool, the huge garden…

BUNGALOWS AMENITIES
Bathroom with hot shower. Complimentary tea and coffee. Safe.
Sheets, towels, blankets. Hairdryer.
In the Nature and Sundeck “fare”: fan, mosquito repellent plugs, and mosquito nets above the beds.
In the Spa “fare”: air conditioning
Kitchen (if any): fridge, electrical burner, micro-wave oven, coffee machine and kettle. Dishcloth, sponge, washing-up liquid, salt, pepper.

“FARE D’HOTES”
VANIRA LODGE belongs to the “fare d’hôtes” category, a special classification of French hostelries, for types of accommodation in which guests stay on a private property.
We make bungalows available to our clients on our property.
The reception is open from 7 am to 8 pm.
Outside of these hours, please go directly to our house, which is located within the grounds.

INTERNET
Free wi-fi in the pavilion.

INSECTS
Our bungalows are built in the midst of nature, nestled against the mountain, and surrounded by vegetation. In spite of all our attentions, you may well encounter lizards, caterpillar or ants. The air-conditioned “fare” are better protected from creeping creatures.

CAR RENTAL
Highly recommended. The AVIS agency in Taravao delivers whenever possible.
Booking is recommended.
Closed on weekends and bank holidays. Email: avis.tahiti@mail.pf

HOUSEKEEPING
Every other day.

Activities

Surf
Surf Guides: • Teahupoo Taxi Boat : Mikaël
Phone (689) 87.75.11.98 – teahupooexcursion@mail.pf
• Tahiti Iti Tour and Surf : Georges & Patrick
Phone (689) 87.75.55.66 – riou@mail.pf

• Teahupoo Tahiti Surfari : Cindy
Phone (689) 87.77.72.26 – teahupootahitisurfari@gmail.com

Surf School: • Iti Nui
Phone (689) 87.73.14.21 – surfitinui@mail.pf

• Tehani Surf School
Phone (689) 87.72.02.27 – olivenativel@yahoo.fr

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). • Tahiti Iti Tour and Surf (West Side)
Phone (689) 87.75.55.66 – riou@mail.pf

• Teahupoo Tahiti Surfari (West Side)
Phone (689) 87.77.72.26 – teahupootahitisurfari@gmail.com

• Michel ou Sacha (East Side)
Phone (689) 87.72.51.89 or 87.74.06.01

• Teahupoo Taxi Boat : Mikaël
Phone (689) 87.75.11.98 – teahupooexcursion@mail.pf

Swimming pool
Great fun for kiddies… and grown-ups!

Available
Bikes, kayaks and snorkeling equipment: to discover the peninsula by land and by sea.

Massage
In your bungalow, by appointment: •Titaua at (689) 87.77.14.32
•Rachel at (689) 87.23.82.10

Yoga
Collective classes on Wednesdays at 5 pm.

Location

Enquire about this trip

Your first name (required)

Your last name (required)

Your email (required)

Your phone

From date: dd/mm/yyy

To date: dd/mm/yyy

No. of Adults:

No. of Children:

No. of Surfers:

Your Message

Sign me up for the newsletter!

Please leave this field empty.

Itinerary & Schedule

Getting to Vanira Lodge: •Car rental (highly recommended): At the airport, in Papeete, or in Taravao.
•Public Transport: Until 5:30 pm, leaving from Papeete (not on the weekend).
•Private Transfer: To be booked with us. Recommended for night-time arrivals.

Access is easy. Driving will take you around an hour and fifteen minutes. As you leave the airport, follow the signs for Punaauia. Drive 34 miles to the outskirts of Taravao. Follow the sign for Teahupoo on the right. Drive for another 9 miles. Take a left (up the hill) when you see the Vanira Lodge sign. The trail climbs for 300 yards and takes you to a plateau. There you are. We are located 1.5 miles before the end of the main road.

Related Listings