You must have heard or seen videos of the famous surf waves and restaurants in Fiji! But did you know that Fiji Islands is home to many other iconic surf spots? It boasts 333 tropical islands, known for its beautiful natural scenery and dive spots, but most of all, the legendary breaks on vibrant reefs. While experienced surfers hit the powerful points and reef breaks, those learning the art of surfing can find a place here too. Shore breaks are often underrated, but an important stepping stone for beginners to hone their skills. Most of Fiji’s surf breaks are only accessible by boat, lest the few beaches on the mainland along Coral Coast. Here, we cover some of the best surf spots in Fiji.
1. Wilkes Pass
A fun right-hander wave, Wilkes Passage is a great spot in Mamanucas, suitable for surfers of all levels. An open ocean passage, the reef rises quickly out of deep water. A challenging wave that tests your surfing skills, it has an easy take-off with some fast sections on a long wall with waves increasing in size but do be careful of rips and rocks. Keep a lookout for the colourful corals along the way as you ride the waves, it should be visible thanks to clear waters in that area. Waves can go up to 10-feet (3 meters) with 1.5 to 2 meters (5 - 6.5 feet) swells. It can be quite crowded due to its popularity.
Address: Mamanucas island, Fiji
Website: Wilkes Pass
2. Swimming Pools
Another right-hander wave well-loved by advanced and beginner surfers, Swimming Pools is one of the closest spots south of Namotu Island Resort with consistent surf and short period swells from the south-west. This surf spot got its name from its colour with its clear blue waters, like a swimming pool. A perfect spot to relax and simply enjoy the ride on your board. A right reef break with clean groundswell, it offers speed, length, and power, suitable for all kinds of surfing style and boards. North-west wind and high tide are the best conditions to surf.
Address: Namotu Island, Fiji
Website: Swimming Pools
Desperations surf spot is just offshore of Tavarua, northwest of Malolo barrier reef. The waves are fast with hollows, with consistent swells. The swells’ reliability makes it a popular spot for surfers. You are almost guaranteed to catch a wave here due to a point break, which can go left and right, especially with the North-Eastern wind.
Address: Namotu Island, Fiji
Vunaniu has 2 rights that are 800 meters (2624 feet) apart. The refracting walls are often large and powerful at the initial peak. The nearby shifties is the best swell magnet in the area, offering waves a few feet bigger than other waves, thanks to a northerly wind. Urchins, coral, and rips are some of the risks to take note here.
Address: Central, Fiji
An iconic wave that breaks off the resort island of Tavarua, you can surf in full view from the diners on Tavarua Island, giving the Restaurants its name. Restaurants is sometimes known as “Cloudbreak’s Little Brother” or “skate park in the water” for its easily accessible location and lower wave break half the size of Cloudbreak’s wave. This gives perfect tubular waves when conditions are just right with high tides and small swell, up to 8 ft (4 m) tall. These waves are powerful, hence fast movement through the long, perfectly shaped waves are possible only if you are highly skilled. You can have fun with either longboarders or short boarders. You can access the spot by walking/paddling over reefs or by resort boat. It is recommended for advanced surfers as the conditions must be just right at medium to high tide with large swells. Be careful of the east and south-easterly winds and avoid the dangerous reef below.
Address: Tavarua, Fiji
6. King Kong Left
King Kong Left is a left-hander located in the Kadavu region south of Fiji near Nagigia Island. It was named after the film “King Kong”. King Kong Left has a deep water take off that draws into a perfect tube, giving short but consistent waves on this reef break. The waves can be 6 to 8 ft (2 to 2.5 m) in length, making it a good spot for the average and expert suffers. The swells can get very hollow and fast as it grows bigger. It is a 20-minute paddle from the shore or you can access it via boat.
King Kong Left
Address: Ngaloa Harbor, Kandavu Island, Fiji Islands
7. Namotu Left
A world-class reef break, Namotu Left is a paradise for surfers that offers one of the longest rides possible in Mamanucas up to 100 yards (91 m). Located east of Namotu Island resort, the waves are half that of Cloudbreaks from 6 to 16 ft (2 to 4.8 m) but no less exciting. Shortboards, longboards, fish and SUPs are suitable when waves are between 2 to 6 ft (0.6 to 2 m) in length thanks to the never-ending set of long barrels. You can try out new techniques and manoeuvres at Namotu Left as the waves are quite friendly in some sections. Kite surfing is an alternative activity to do there as the South East trade winds provide the best conditions for down-the-line kiting.
Intimidated by point and reef breaks? Try Natadola, a breath-taking resort beach an hour drive south of Nadi. A perfect spot for beginners to get into surfing with its beach break, the inside break offers waves that are easy to manage and suitable for bodysurfing as well. For the experienced surfers, you can head 2 km (1.24 mi) out to Natadola outside, at the entrance of the channel, where the waves are ideal for longboarding. The best time to hit the beach would be in the winters.
Address: Natadola Harbour, Fiji Island
Mini’s offers quiet waves in the Mamanuca region, the left-hand barrel waves are 6 to 7 ft (1.8 to 2.1 m) when the conditions are perfect with a high tide and south-westerly wind. It is located on the left side of the Navula Passage. This is the perfect surf spot for beginners and intermediates.
Address: Mamanuca, Fiji
Finally, we have the beast of all waves, Cloudbreak. It is a world-class wave located in Mamanuca, south of Namotu Island. Often on the front page of magazines, Cloudbreak tops the world’s best waves list thanks to the consistent barrels that are 2 to 20 ft (0.6 to 6 m), an incredible wave height! The challenging waves are hollow and breaks over sharp coral, therefore it is one of the most demanding and unforgiving surf spots. This amazing left-handed reef break is recommended only for advanced and expert surfers with access via boat.
Address: Mamanuca, South of Namotu Island, Fiji
Fiji Island, a surfer’s paradise
Now you know where to go for the top surf spots in Fiji. Whether you are a beginner or advanced surfer, Fiji Island offers a place for everyone to enjoy their vacation. While you can surf in Fiji all year round, the ideal conditions would be between March and November, when the strong southern swells produce epic waves, be guaranteed to get your adrenaline pumping.
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