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.

Quick Facts

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

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.

Attractions

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.

The Country

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.

Getting There

Fuaʻamotu International Airport (TBU) is the international airport, a three-hour flight from Sydney (SYD) and Melbourne (MEL).

Travel Information

Time Zone

GMT +13

Currency

The Paʻanga (TOP

Calling code

+676

Electric

240V – Plug I