Solomon Islands Surf Travel Guide
With uncrowded surf, crystal clear waters, colourful living reefs, excellent fishing, incredible scenery, tropical rainforest and tribal societies, the Solomon Islands is one of the last surfing frontiers. Here it’s possible here to leave the modern world behind and go walk on white sand beaches, stay in thatched huts fronting aqua-blue lagoons and sleep in a comfortable, exclusive surf camps in front of exposed reefbreaks that catch the full range of North Pacific swells.
Uncrowded, powerful reefbreaks
Natural beauty and a lost in time vibe
Consistent swells, though sometimes wind affected
Best season for waves on the North Shore is from October through to April
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. Catches all available swell and is often bigger than other breaks in the area. It has barrelling sections and works well on NW to NE swells. In the right conditions it’s a fast, powerful, right.
Long peaking left which at its best goes through 4 distinct bowling and then reforming sections. At mid-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.
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. Best on small days at 2-4 foot when there are some fun, peaky and fast waves.
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.
A consistent right breaking close to a very scenic village. Expect the whole village to come out and join in! Super fun wave.
A beautiful river mouth wave breaking on river stones ideal for long boards and fish type boards. Likened to Noosa point for its perfect long boarding shape. As featured in Pacific Longboard magazine some years ago. It’s a consistent spot that almost always has a small wave.
Likened to HT’s in the Mentawis. A fast barreling wave all the way down the line – barreling from 2 foot upwards. This is a serious wave for advanced surfers. Named for the nine second barrels observed here.
When to go
The best surf tends to be in the winter from May to October when with large, yet clean swells generated from winter storms in the Tasman Sea near New Zealand crash into the south shores and the island’s quality breaks. The beauty of its location however means that in the summer months from November to March it also catches north swells generated by South Pacific cyclones as well as from winter storms in the North Pacific. The two seasons, and different swells, make for consistent conditions for most of the year.
Tonga is unpolished, underdeveloped and authentic. That’s a good thing as the beautiful beaches, great snorkelling, diving, yachting and kayaking opportunities, hiking trails, rugged coastlines and friendly locals provide plenty of pre or post surf entertainment. Also from July to October Humpback Whales pass through the islands while keen divers can expect to see Manta Rays and Eagle Rays, as well as many shark species.
Tonga is in the south Pacific Ocean comprising 169 islands, 96 of them inhabited, stretching out over a distance of 800 kilometres. The islands lie south of Samoa and are about a third of the way between New Zealand and Hawaii. The islands are also known as the Friendly Islands because of the friendly reception accorded to Captain Cook on his first visit in 1773. About two thirds of the islands’ inhabitants live on the island of Tongatapu in the south. The other main islands are the Vava’u Group a little further south, the Ha’apai Group in the middle and Niuas in the far north.
Fuaʻamotu International Airport (TBU) is the international airport, a three-hour flight from Sydney (SYD) and Melbourne (MEL).
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