Tahiti Lagoon Getaway 2: Teahupo’o On A Shore Trip

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  1. I’m still dreaming of visiting Tahiti – and after I’ve read your post, I’m longing for going there even more. However, it’s really, really far from Europe. Anyway, you describe it as beautiful as I imagine it.
    Although raw fish can be really delicious, since you are Malay, you already have some of the world’s best cuisines, anyway ;-)

    • Teja says:

      Haha yes, and that’s in part because we have the attitude of ‘I can haz all your foods’!! We do love food, and over time have embraced many kinds of cuisines, so that’s why Malaysia is great for foodie travellers. But I must say, we haven’t got poisson cru, and I don’t know if we could manage it outside of islands where you really can get fresh and healthy enough fish to make it right. I think it’s the fish that’s the key.

      Tahiti is indeed really, really far from all the continents, actually. If it weren’t for literal migrants, perhaps the only outsiders they’d ever see are wealthy travellers. I didn’t feel it as much in FP, but I discovered in Tonga that this can be quite an unhealthy lens to see the world through. It’s probably a good thing if there were more diversity in travellers to the Pacific.

  2. Julie says:

    I’ve always wanted to visit Tahiti! I’m so jealous. And that poison cru looks so delicious. I love raw fish.

    You mention that you knew the stream was freshwater because of the vegetation. Interesting. What exactly is different about vegetation that grows along a freshwater stream versus a saltwater stream?

    • Teja says:

      I’m not entirely sure how I know it by sight. I suppose if I were to draw from my ecology training, it might be the broadness of the leaves, the texture which you could tell from the way the light comes off it. Saltwater vegetation tends to have adaptations to reduce water loss due to the osmotic pressure between water inside the plant cells vs salt water.

  3. Jan says:

    Tahiti looks like a great travel destination whether you surf or not! It would be fun to take long walks on the beach and watch the surfers. More importantly, ‘Poisson cru chinois’ served with rice is very tempting. :-)

  4. Sue says:

    I would love to visit Tahiti & having read this, now even more. The surfing beach is fascinating. I remember visiting a legendary one in Hawaii with my family who all surf. Like you, I was there out of season & it was really hard to envision such an innocuous beach having the kind of waves that you see in the photos. The fish looks & sounds amazing & I think I would also having been freaked out by the eels.

    • Teja says:

      Oh, then definitely check out my other Tahiti articles, especially the ‘Long Layover in Pape’ete’ one. I don’t know how I would realistically have planned it differently, but I was bummed that I didn’t get to explore Tahiti more. They say it should be skipped in favour of Moorea and other vacation islands, but even though modern Tahiti is pretty urbanised, it’s still interesting for a traveller.

  5. I must start by saying that Tahiti is definitely on my travel wish list. There are so many places I want to see that we want to go for a long visit. I can now add Teahupo’o to the list of places to see. While I am not a surfer, I do love to watch others battle the waves. And fresh fish is always a draw!

    • Teja says:

      If you have the time, French Polynesia in general deserves a hefty allocation. There isn’t just Tahiti, you see. Besides not skipping the capital island, you have several archipelagos to choose from, and they’re not all the same. There’s something for everybody.

  6. Jenn | By Land and Sea says:

    I’m so jealous you were able to travel to Tahiti. It has been on my list for about 3 years, but we just haven’t made it yet! I would love to check out this beach and watch the surfers when we do make it there!

    • Teja says:

      Make sure you time it right! I wouldn’t have gone at the right time for it, so I’m not too regretful. But on the other hand, that’s one phenomenon that I really would’ve liked to witness.

  7. Nicole says:

    Wow Tahiti has always been on my bucket list and I’d love to surf there. Think I need to get better though.
    Btw I’m also not a fan of raw fish but might just give it a go there… after some arm Twisting.

    • Teja says:

      I still rarely go for raw fish even now, but I’d definitely order poisson cru chinois if I can have it. Wish I knew how to make it myself properly.

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