Intermediate - Advanced
January, February, March, April, October, November, December
Tropical rainforests, rugged mountains, freshwater rivers, mangroves, and coral reefs make The Solomon Islands one of the top ten most biologically diverse countries in the world. The Solomon Islands are part of the 'coral triangle' with the highest marine biodiversity on the planet and what many are now calling the 'Amazon of the sea'. This environmental diversity is combined with incredible cultural diversity. On one island alone there are often 6-8 languages and distinct cultures are often only walking distance from each other.
Uncrowded surf, crystal clear water, colourful living reefs, excellent fishing, incredible scenery, tropical rainforest and tribal societies in one of the last surfing frontiers.
Be one of the lucky few to visit the isolated and untouched Solomon Islands. Leave the twenty first century behind, and go walk on white sand beaches, stay in thatched huts fronting aqua-blue lagoons, and sleep in a comfortable, exclusive surf camp in a remote corner of the Pacific exposed to the full range of north pacific swells.
The Solomon Islands is the third largest archipelago in the South Pacific. There are six major islands forming a scattered double chain of 922 islands, atolls and cays, which vary from large, rugged, rainforest covered, mountainous islands to low-lying coral atolls.
Toi - Is considered the premier wave in The Solomon’s. It is an outer right reef set up about 2km from the nearest land. So it’s very sensitive to wind. In the right conditions it’s a fast, powerful, right with hollow sections. It lines up best in NW to NE swells. It is a swell magnet.
Gnali nuts - Is a consistent left in most swell directions and sizes. Gnali Nuts is best in light offshore or glassy conditions. Their are has two distinct peaks that sometimes connect making for a long, powerful, walling wave.
Eidu - Is a long left that can dish up hollow sections. At mid to high tide Eidu is a forgiving wave with plenty of wall that can handle large swells. On small swells it can get a bit fat. On low tide it’s a completely different wave with ledging take offs, fast, hollow walls and a very shallow reef.
Tai - Is a real swell magnet. There is pretty much always a wave to be had on the incoming tide here even if it’s flat everywhere else. It breaks more like a beach break with shifting left and right peaks - but it is a reef and can be shallow on the inside.
Charlie’s Right – Is a very consistent right-hander that breaks on incoming tides almost every day. It’s a short, fast wave with a number of walling sections and an easy barrel.
Billy’s - A magic left surfed for the first time 08/09 season. Named after Billy Bain who surfed it with his father Rob on a trip at the end of the season.
Piccininies - A consistent right breaking close to a very scenic village. Expect the whole village to come out and join in. A fun wave.
Where to stay
Located on a secluded island approximately 7 minutes from Gizo by boat, Sanbis Resort offers a unique experience for those looking to get away from it all. Sitting amidst coastal trees and coconut palms is your Leaf House Villa with its verandah over a tranquil lagoon. Each bungalow has its own private beach, ensuite bathroom with hot water and a stunning view across the lagoon.
Sanbis Resort is one of a very few exclusive GO ECO Operators in the Asia Pacific Region, offering superb service, whilst having a minimal impact on the surrounding environment.
"Sanbis" actually means "sandy beach" in the Solomon Pijin. Enjoy uninterrupted views across the lagoon with a fantastic reef right at your doorstep. The number of bungalows has been limited to six to ensure privacy and luxury for guests and limiting resort capacity to 20 guests at any one time.
Surf Solomon Tours offer more than a dozen quality right and left hand options, but you can also surf new breaks. The best time for waves is November to April with very good left and right hand set-ups. Swell is usually 3 to 6 feet but can be bigger.
At the Solwata Surf Camp, you will travel to places where very few tourists or any outsiders go, let alone other surfers. You will travel in safety and relative comfort with very informed and locally connected guides.
The Surf Camp caters for only six surfers at a time - has solar power, cold drinks, and a shared eco toilet.
The best season for waves on the North Shore is from October through to April when the North Pacific is alive. Long period groundswells hit north-facing stretches including Malaita, Ysabel and Makira. The same swells that hit the North Shore of Hawaii hit the Solomon’s a few days later, albeit at reduced size, but generally very long – period lines in the 3 to 6ft range.
Southerly swells from the Coral Sea are less consistent, but they can reach south facing Guadalcanal. The swell window between Australia and New Caledonia is narrow, but straight south swells that tend to miss Australia in late winter can make landfall on The Solomon’s.
Also tropical depressions in the Coral Sea and Western Pacific can generate localized swells.
The Solomon’s offer a variety of great waves for all levels. Surf Solomon tours offers you the opportunity to surf more than a dozen amazing breaks, both lefts and rights. You could also pioneer some new set ups. The best season for swell is November through April. Wave heights generally average between 1 and 2 metres, 3 and 6 feet, but it can get bigger occassionally.
- Toi - This is considered the premier wave by many who come to Solomons. It’s an outer right hand reef set up about 2km from the nearest land. So it’s very sensitive to wind. In the right conditions it’s a fast, powerful, right. It has barreling sections, and works well on NW to NE swells. Catches all available swell and is often bigger than other breaks in the area.
- Gnali nuts - This is a consistent left on most swell directions and sizes. It’s best with light offshore or no wind but can handle cross shore conditions. The break has two distinct peaks that sometimes connect making for a long, powerful, walling wave. On bigger swells it comes into its own. It’s a great walling wave on most tides. This wave suits all types of surfing (short board, fish and mals).
- Eidu - Is a long peaking left which at its best goes through 4 distinct bowling and then reforming sections. At mid to high tide this is an easy walling wave that can handle large swells. On small swells it can get a bit fat and higher tides can stop it breaking all together. On low tide it’s a completely different wave with ledging take offs, fast, hollow walls and a very shallow reef. Needs glassy conditions to surf on low tide. When it’s big, this is a serious wave.
- Tai - This reef passage is a real swell magnet and there is pretty much always a wave to be had on the incoming tide here even if it’s flat everywhere else. It breaks more like a beach break with shifting left and right peaks - but it is a reef and can be shallow on the inside. On a good day there can be some fun, peaky and fast waves. It’s surfable up to 4 foot, bigger than that and it becomes too unpredictable as you have to be prepared to get caught inside on this wave. Best on small days at 2-4 foot. On the inside is a magic hollow left called Beacons that breaks when the swell is up and is offshore in conditions when many other waves are blown out.
- Charlies right - A very consistent right hander that breaks on incoming tides almost every day. It’s a short, fast wave with a number of walling sections and an easy barrel. Very fun when it’s small and even when the swells up it does not get as heavy here as some other nearby breaks.
- Ngali nuts rights - Across the passagae from the main left hand break at Ngali Nuts is a right. It’s a bit fickle and hard to catch in the right conditions. But when it’s clean this can be a fast wave that is fun on smaller days. Generally the left is looking better on bigger swells but there is a lot of potential to explore this wave further and get it at its best.
- Kwanala - Swell direction and wind have to be just right and when they are this right is one of the best waves in the area (N to NE swells with glassy conditions). On lower tides it can be a very hollow wave with the wall of the wave increasing as it runs down the reef. On smaller swells and at higher tide it breaks wider on the reef and is a very fun, punchy wave. There is a lot of sea life around this break.
- Billys - A magic left surfed for the first time 08/09 season. Named after Billy Bain who went with his father Rob on a trip at the end of the season.
- Piccininies - A consistent right breaking close to a very scenic village. Expect the whole village to come out and join in! A fun wave
There are dozens of lefts and rights that have great potential but have never been surfed.