Fiji Surf Travel Guide
Fiji’s 322 islands form the epitome of the surf traveler’s dream in the South Pacific. Most of the quality waves break on offshore barrier reefs in the Mamanuca group of islands to the west of Fiji’s main island, Vita Levu. The South Coast is a less crowded surf region with Frigates pass working in similar way to Cloudbreak. A variety of less known waves closr to the main island offer a variety of lefts and rights year round Apart from the bucket list waves, Fiji has something for everyone. You can go trekking in the mountains, rafting, in the ocean, do dinner for two on a private, romantic beach, go diving and snorkeling on some of the most beautiful reefs, or explore local villages and sample their traditions like drinking Kava.
World class surf breaks: Cloudbreak, Frigates, Namotu & Wilkes.
Less crowded waves on the Coral Coast.
Warm water tropical conditions – Best for intermediate+ surfers.
Great range of accommodation types and options.
Where to surf
ne of the world’s best lefts which is fun and performance oriented at three foot, but serious at six foot. Multiple barrel sections and power to burn.
Hollow, fast right best at high tide, but being offfshore is exposed to the prevailing trade winds.
Hollow left, not as heavy as Cloudbreak, but a long wave and powerful set up.
Powerful, fast wave. The best wind direction is south-east. Best around high tide.
South of mini-cloudbreak, near the lighthouse. Unfortunately, this one rarely breaks, but when it does, it’s for pros or kamikazes only. Hollow, fast and powerful with a right and a left.
Long, hollow; super quick left in front of the Tavarua Resort that walls forever, but needs a solid swell for it to start showing.
Hideaways is a right hand reef break, only a short paddle in front of Hideaway Resort. It’s a hollow, fast, ledgey barrel, but only good around high tide. Starts working at less than 3ft and holds up to 6ft plus. Year-round wave, although it is more consistent from May to October. Side-onshore in tradewinds so best when winds are light. Recommended for experienced surfers only.
J’s is a hollow, fast wave that breaks from 2’ to 6’. It’s best around the high tide with winds from NE to W. It needs some west in the swell to run down the reef.
This wave has a deep water take off making the break a ‘not too threatening’ ride. This outside point of the barrier reef picks up all the swell and can be double the size of J’s and Vunaniu. It is powerful and thick. When everywhere else is flat, you can almost guarantee a 4-foot wave at Shifties. It can be surfed at all tides. Again, a wind of the north quadrant is needed.
World-class left that can rival Cloudbreak for power, size and consistency. A gradual tapering reef means it can handle all swell sizes. Located offshore, a 45 minute boat trip is required from South Coast resorts.
Long world class wave that works on all tides, can offer barrels, rippable walls and is suitable for intermediate to advanced surfers. Can be surfed from small to huge. Prefers winds out of North quarter
Fast, occasionally hollow left for experienced surfers. Works in ESE trade winds so a good option during southern winter months. Best on higher tides
Long, user friendly left in smaller swells. Can offer big barrels on larger groundswells Handles winds from east to north so can be an option in winter trade winds
When to go
March through November is generally the best time for surfing Fiji as the southeast trade winds blow cross/offshore and low-pressure systems in the Tasman Sea provide consistent SW swells. Despite relatively minor tidal ranges, most reefs are very shallow and are affected by low tide, while water temperatures sit at a balmy 27-28°C all year round. The Southern summer months enjoy light and variable winds, opening many more waves that suffer under the trade winds.
Fiji is most famous for its palm-lined beaches and crystal-clear waters, however there’s more to this vast archipelago than great waves. From zip lining over a rainforest, to horseback riding on the beach, to stumbling upon a hidden waterfall or visiting a Fijian village and drinking Kava with the locals this is a country that always open its arms and its beautiful environment to all guests.
Fiji has one of the most developed economies in the Pacific, but since independence from Britain after a century of rule in 1970 has seen some political instability, mainly due to tension between indigenous Fijian and the ethnic Indian communities. The archipelago consists of some 300 islands, although only 100 are inhabited. The locals are known for their hospitality, and tourism, along with sugar, is the biggest industry.
Nadi International Airport, near Suva is the main airport which is a four-hour flight from Australia. Many international visitors come via through New Zealand, which is a three-hour flight away. Airlines that have regular flights to Nadi are Air New Zealand, Air Pacific and Qantas Airways.