Vacationing in just one place, no matter how popular, will only ever furnish you with a glimpse into the broader cultural and natural fabric of a region. So schedule in some time to tour Society Islands' other natural and man-made attractions. Mahaena, is 20 miles (32 kilometers) to the south, and Papao lies 20 miles (32 kilometers) to the east.
A great way to truly appreciate a region is by discovering its past. Don't miss the traditional villages while you are in the area.
If you're not the kind of traveler to take a break just to shuffle between the hot tub and the bar, the area around Teahupoo offers plenty of outdoor-adventure pursuits like hiking and four-wheel driving.
Learning a few common French words and phrases can sometimes make the difference between a run-of-the-mill vacation and a rewarding journey into the heart and soul the Society Islands region. "Je viens de..." ("I come from...") is handy. And, using "Comment est-ce que vous vous appelez ?", which means "What's your name?", can be a good conservation starter.
When the time is right to pack your suitcase and say "Au revoir / À bientôt" to Teahupoo, you'll have heaps of great memories and photos.