Surfing in Fiji, the ultimate guide

If you surf, you’ll have heard of Fiji and some of the legendary breaks such as `Swimming Pools’, ‘Restaurants’ and of course, for the seasoned surfers, the iconic `Cloudbreak’.

Picture yourself there now… palm trees, friendly locals, warm waters, golden sands, not a hint of traffic, just the sound of the waves breaking on sun-drenched shores and the ultimate set rolling in.

While most of Fiji’s waves break onto the reef and are therefore better for the more experienced surfer, surf schools and beach breaks are also available for keen learners and rookies, so there’s quite literally something for everyone. So, if the call of the surf has been whispering your name, where better to start than Fiji?
 
You can mix it up on a variety of left and right-handers and are often sharing waves with only a handful of fellow wave warriors. No line-up necessary here in beautiful Fiji.

If you’re wondering when, where and which spots are best suited to you, then read on as we’ve outlined everything you need for the ultimate surf trip to Fiji. Whether it’s a trip with your outdoor-adventure-loving mates, family, or even a mixture of both, here’s everything you need to know…

When & where to surf in Fiji?

You can surf year-round in Fiji, but it’s best between the months of April and October when consistent swells as high as 8-10 feet roll in – but really, the surf in Fiji is more often than not, nothing short of epic.

For advanced surfers…

Fiji is best known in the surfing world for the iconic Cloudbreak, three miles straight south of Namotu Island in the Mamanuca Island group. Regularly voted one of the 10 best/most challenging waves in the world, Cloudbreak attracts scores of surfers each year - even the pros flock to Fiji to surf the incredible 20 foot super swells.

Another for the surfing-thrill seekers is Restaurants, right off Tavarua Island in the Mamanuca Islands, funneling around the western side.

Restaurants is not as exposed to the swell as Cloudbreak, but during a larger swell and at higher tides, Restaurants is a surfer's fantasy. Perfectly shaped tubular waves have earned it a reputation as a "skate park in the water" when conditions are just right, with both small swell and high tides.

For moderate surfers…

Namotu Left (Mamanuca Islands) is sometimes referred to as the best longboard wave in Fiji, but it can also pack a punch for the shortboard guys too.

Great for all levels when 3ft and under, but when it reaches 8ft and above, it’s one of the best big wave spots in Fiji for intermediate surfers and above.

Desperations (Mamanuca Islands) is big hump in the barrier reef just North of Wilkes Passage.

It’s not a classic reef pass set-up, but has a unique shape that funnels the incoming swells into fun peaks. SW–SE swell and NE-NW wind make a good wave for intermediate surfers and above.

If you're in the mood for a fun and powerful right-hander, head to Wilkes. Across a deep channel at the end of the Malolo Barrier Reef. You need to watch out for rips as well as the reef, but it’s not as shallow as some of the other spots to surf in Fiji.

Wilkes' location opens it up to swells and all kinds of wind, which gives reasonable take-offs followed by long walls. This is one spot where you can find surfing in Fiji that’s suitable for all skill levels.

And for those beginners out there…

Natadola on the Coral Coast an hour drive south of Nadi, is a beautiful resort beach with a shore break that’s good for body surfing and beginners. It features an inside reef peak that’s good for longboarding in big swells – the perfect beach for beginners to get a feel for the waves without being intimidated by height.

Frigates (Beqa Lagoon / Pacific Harbour) is definitely a world class left that can rival Cloudbreak for power, size and consistency.  Because of the gradual tapering of the reef it can handle all swell sizes. Because it’s out in the ocean, about 20 kilometers from Matanivusi, it picks up all swell. 

Natadola Inside Left (Coral Coast) is an inner reef left in Natadola Bay that only breaks when there is a large SW groundswell around. It’s great for beginners and the wave is only fifty yards from the beach. You need a large SW swell at high tide with offshore winds to create the perfect 1-4ft beach break.
 
Swimming Pools (Mamanuca Islands) on the SE side of Namotu Island while tricky to catch going off, is one of the most fun waves in Fiji. A righthander that has a wide-open face and steep wall makes the perfect playground. NW-W winds at mid-high tide works best for this beginner friendly spot. It can even tube when the SW swell gets bigger.

Now you’ve got the DL on all the sweet surfing spots in Fiji, book your flights, grab your board and head to paradise.