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’.
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?
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…
Another for the surfing-thrill seekers is Restaurants, right off Tavarua Island in the Mamanuca Islands, funneling around the western side.
For moderate surfers…
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.
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.
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.
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.
Now you’ve got the DL on all the sweet surfing spots in Fiji, book your flights, grab your board and head to paradise.