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Your Guide to Surfing in Fiji!

Bula! Welcome to AWAVE Travel’s guide to surfing in Fiji!

The Fijian archipelago is renowned amongst surfers and travelers for the unparalleled, world-class waves. It is also one of the most hospitable and friendly nations of people in the world!

This guide will explain where Fiji is and when the best times are to go. We will also look at how to get there and include a few insider hints and tips to ensure an unforgettable trip!

With a wide variety of world-class waves such as the legendary Cloudbreak, Restaurants, and Frigates, Fiji is an epic surf destination. The reef passes in the country can handle a multitude of swell, wind, and seasonal combinations. This makes it a year-round destination that has something for all surfing levels!

AWAVE Travel has a great range of resorts and surf charters in Fiji and the Pacific Ocean. These will get you to the best surf, in comfort and style!

Where is Fiji?

Fiji is an archipelago of over 300 islands nestled in the South Pacific, roughly a three-hour flight away from New Zealand. The country can be divided into three main surf regions:

Mamanuca Islands – Home to the world-famous Cloudbreak, this area holds a serious level of prestige in the surfing world. It is a small set of islands directly off the West Coast of Viti Levu, which has a variety of different reefs for each type of surfer.

Coral Coast – The perfect location to find a quieter, stunning coastline for Fiji surfing! The Coral Coast is situated in the South of the main island, Viti Levu. Less famous than the Mamanucas but packing just as much of a punch with waves such as Frigates, Fiji Pipe, and Jay’s, this is an unforgettable destination to visit.

Taveuni – Full surf isolation in tropical paradise! Taveuni is famously known as the garden island of Fiji, named after the abundance of nature and plant life that can be found there. Surf waves such as South Passage in the peaceful ambience of one of the most beautiful areas in the world.

 

Best time for Surfing in Fiji

When to travel to Fiji? Due to the location of the Fijian Islands in the South Pacific, there really isn’t a bad time to travel as there are always waves to surf! It is a year-round destination because of its exposure to consistent swell on its varying breaks.

Fijian summer (November – April) typically has small swells in the popular surf zones of the Mamanucas and the Coral Coast, however, when swells do arrive at this time of year they are usually accompanied by very favourable winds. Additionally, with Taveuni being situated on the opposite side of Fiji to the Mamanucas and Coral Coast, swells are generally more consistent there during the summer as the swell window is more open to surf during that time.

Fijian winter (March – October) is revered for its strong South swells and offshore winds. This is the season for monumental Cloudbreak swells, unforgettable barrels, and beautiful weather.  It’s worth noting that the World Tour hosted their Fiji event each year at Cloudbreak during May, which speaks for itself when you see the kind of waves that those past events have been blessed with. For those intermediate and advanced surfers looking to avoid the crowds, we would recommend traveling during the shoulder seasons in Spring and Fall, where consistent swell will still be plentiful!

How to travel to Fiji

How do you get to Fiji? Nadi international airport, located conveniently on the west side of Viti Levu, is the choice airport for international travel. We recommend Fiji Airways for its high-quality level of service and awesome surfboard baggage policy (surfboards go towards total baggage allowance and are not charged separately)!

If you are traveling to the Mamanucas, transport will pick you up upon airport arrival and take you on a short drive to Denarau Harbour, where a speedboat transfer will be waiting to complete the journey to the resort or charter.

For the Coral Coast, resort transport will collect you from Nadi and a beautiful drive along the southwest coast of Viti Levu will bring you to your destination. Taveuni-based trips require a domestic flight from Viti Levu to Taveuni, with further transport via car and boat required to reach one of the most idyllic vacation spots in the world! AWAVE Travel experts will be on-hand to assist in arranging logistics when traveling to Fiji!

AWAVE Travel’s favourite Waves in Fiji

The Fijian archipelago play host to unparalleled quality, world-class waves! With something for everybody, from thunderous tubes to soft, playful reefs, Fiji really is the dream destination for every surfer. The AWAVE Travel team loves surfing in this region and have picked a few of our favorite waves:

Cloudbreak

The jewel in the crown of Fijian surfing, Cloudbreak is one of the best lefts in the world! It offers those willing the chance to experience the surf of their lives, with long, barrelling, tropical waves up for grabs! A powerful wave on everybody’s bucket list! 

See the forecast here.

Restaurants

A truly classic wave, Restaurants is a fast, mechanical, barrelling left that’s nestled next to the island of Tavarua. Requiring strong SW groundswell to bring it to life, with offshore conditions in trade winds, this wave is a quality, winter gem!

See the forecast here.

Swimming Pools

Directly in front of Namotu island is Swimming Pools, a fun, playful right-hander. Really popular with advanced beginner and intermediate surfers, the crystal-clear water and beautiful reef of Swimming Pools ticks all the boxes for surf in paradise!

See the forecast here.

Fiji Pipe

South of Vunaniu bay, Fiji Pipe is a top pick for those looking for hollow, left-handers in the Coral Coast. Short, sharp, and to the point, Fiji Pipe offers great barrel rides with particularly epic, consistent conditions during Fiji winter!

Frigates

A long, offshore, left-hander that can hold its own with Cloudbreak on its day! Frigates is a real swell magnet offering surfers consistent, punchy waves in a beautiful open ocean setting! 

See the forecast here.

South Passage

Taveuni’s premier wave, also known as Maqai point, offers surfers the chance to ride world-class right-handers in an untouched corner of the world. Due to its geographical position, South Passage actually performs better in the Fijian summer, where SE trade swells and north pacific groundswells find their way to the reef often accompanied by light winds. South passage offers tubes and walls and fits well for both the intermediate and advanced surfer.

Where to stay in Fiji: Resorts

If you are looking for comfort and luxurious accommodation whilst surfing in Fiji, our range of resorts could be perfect for you! These allow you access to some of the best waves in Fiji with beautiful accommodation.

Six Senses Fiji

Step onto the perfect Malolo Island, the ideal tropical setting for the luxurious Six Senses Fiji. The resort offers a total of 24 beautiful villas, making it smaller and more intimate than many other luxury offerings, just one of the many reasons we love Six Senses Fiji!

As with all Six Senses resorts, the resort makes every effort to be as environmentally responsible as possible, whilst also offering the barefoot luxury that is now synonymous with the brand. The resort is just a short boat ride from a range of world-class waves, including Cloudbreak, one of the best left-hand barrels in the world! With a range of waves for all levels, surfing in Fiji has never been so luxurious. Six Senses Fiji is the perfect way to surf tropical perfection in the South Pacific.

Matanivusi

Matanivusi is a boutique eco-resort on Fiji’s Coral Coast, located on the southern end of the main island, Viti Levu. The resort specializes in surfing, offering selected access to 7 separate reef breaks including the world-famous Frigates.

Beautifully designed, taking full advantage of the surrounding natural beauty, the resort is set between a creek and a white sand beach. Named by STOKE as the world’s first sustainable surf resort, Matanivusi also offers a range of health, wellness, and ocean activities catering for solo travelers, groups, couples, and non-surfers alike!

COMO Laucala Island

COMO Laucala Island is a luxury private island resort located in the wave-rich waters of Melanesia, in the Cakaudrove province of Fiji! The resort aims to be a getaway that provides the most luxurious experience.

Fiji’s natural beauty and modern architecture are blended in the design of the accommodations, giving a feeling of balance between the rainforests, white sand, and cobalt reef. Laucala Island is home to some of the best breaks in Fiji and the resort has boat access to quality uncrowded waves!

Surfing in Fiji: Charters

As you may have guessed, we at AWAVE Travel love surf charters! Being onboard a quality charter allows you the flexibility to surf where you want when you want. If you’re happy to forgo some of the luxuries that you would find on land, a charter is the most flexible way to surf in Fiji!

Please see a couple of the great options that we have available for your trip surfing in Fiji!

Gipsea

Live your dream of surfing some world-class breaks on board of Gipsea! Ideal private charter for small groups looking for an extraordinary experience of endless tropical waves!

Fantasea

The sister charter of Gipsea, Fantasea is the perfect small private charter for groups looking to score the world-famous Fiji waves of Mamanuca Islands! Come on board with the friendliest crew for the extraordinary experience of pumping tropical surf!

What to Pack

This beautiful archipelago is renowned for its fantastic warm, tropical climate and year-round surfing opportunities due to its position in the Southern Pacific Ocean. Surfing in Fiji is a dream trip so being prepared can make all the difference in the water!

Because of Fiji’s remote location, AWAVE Travel recommends you bring the following items along with you on your Fiji Surf Trip:

  • 2 or 3 surfboards
  • Spare leg-ropes
  • Surf wax
  • Sunscreen (lots of it!)
  • Zinc
  • Surf hat
  • Rash Guard
  • first aid kit
  • Ding repair kit

Travel Insurance

AWAVE Travel recommends purchasing travel insurance from WorldNomads.com, available to people from over 130 countries, designed for adventurous travelers with cover for overseas medical, evacuation, baggage, and a range of adventure sports and activities, including surfing.

World Nomads is backed by a suite of strong, secure, specialist travel insurers who provide you with great cover, 24-hour emergency assistance, and the highest levels of support and claims management when you need it most.

Booking Your Trip

AWAVE Travel’s team are here to help you find the perfect resort or charter for your trip. Once you have decided on the trip and the route that would suit you, we can set you up with an offer for booking!

All of our trips are covered by our Best Price Promise, so you will always get the best rate booking with AWAVE Travel!

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Customer Reviews

Justin West 19/04/2022

TrustPilot
I run surf coaching trips to perfect, uncrowded waves and I relied on the AWAVE team to deliver for my clients a month long boat trip to the Maldives. We had great waves on an absolutley 5* boat called North Seven which I REALLY recommend you enquire about.

I was dubious at first as a few boats were changed, in for repair but James assured me correctly this was a usual thing and they would endevour to find us the very best replacement (which they did). North Seven was so new we were the third guests but the crew were super experienced and could not have given us a better service. Captain Usmaan, the Chef great food, Hasan and Azim our surf boat operators could not have worked any harder and always had a smile even after the 50th request to speed us to the line up or spend four hours cruising looking or waves.

AWAVE team were always on hand to answer any fears and smooth out any worries. The payment system using Revolut was super easy.

We did have a few hiccups with the local airlines which was resolved and partly our fault (as for a month trip we took alot of surfboards and in some cases were over weight).

Take the fear out of booking and especially group bookings by using the AWAVE team. Justin West Coaching recommended.

Alex J. Zalewski II 12/11/20

Trustpilot
These guys are the BEST! Massively knowledgeable, fun and absolute shredders. I approached them asking for a UK winter getaway somewhere in the Indian Ocean and they suggested the perfect place, awesome setup with the beach a short stroll from my accommodation with 3 sick waves breaking over reefs to chose from. Real life doesn’t get much better than this. I also popped my barrel cherry in a big way on this trip so it was a truely memorable one. James also somehow wangled a boat charter to some super remote islands where we scored epic surf and landed some massive fish. James’ broken Indonesian language skills will get you places. Thanks again guys you rock.

Christine Losser 04/27/21

Trustpilot
James was very helpful and always there to answer all the questions. I will definitely book again with him!

Mark Carless 05/11/21

Trustpilot
James is a super knowledgeable surfer with a great ability to match any trip requirements to the right locations. He has arranged several trips for me and my friends in France, Morocco and more recently Indonesia. Awave have a great knowledge of all the surf spots and will go the extra mile to make sure your trip is all set up. With limited time to do this myself their service was invaluable.

Andrea Gomez 05/19/21

Trustpilot
Giuliana has been amazing to work with!! She was always available and answered all my questions. Thank you for all your help! We can't wait for our trip!

Adam 05/23/21

Trustpilot
Fantastic service from start to finish from James and his team. After having several ‘self organised’ trips to Asia end with only a handful of good surf days I decided this time to use Awave in hope of maximising my valuable holiday time. James custom built a trip for me and my friends tailored for our abilities and requirements. There were no days wasted waiting for transfers as he organised it all from the airport to the beach. We scored pretty much every day whilst also having a surf trip that had that ‘off the beaten track’ feel we wanted. To round it off there was also a secret boat trip in the end where we surfed an awesome spot just us...Unforgettable. Will be using again.

Micio Pardo 07/13/21

Trustpilot
Fantastic service and support from Giulia during our trip. During a self organised trip to Maldives, we ended up in a sketchy situation: the hotel was far from the described plus the owner 'forgot' to mention that the whole island was in lockdown for a covid emergency. I quickly realized that I would need support and the best in class. That's when I decided to use Awave! Giulia answered reactively and custom built several solutions for me and my girlfriend, based on what feasible, our budget and surfing preferences!! No other words needed. Thanks Giulia, we'll be in touch again!

Caroline 07/18/21

Trustpilot
A wave travel were great! They helped me organize my trip to Sumatra. I would definitely book with them again!

Harry Vargas 07/19/21

Trustpilot
My friends and I recently went on a trip to the Maldives. We booked a week on the Hudhuranfushi resort which was amazing! The staff was very welcoming, flawless facilities and tasty food. One day our surf guide Ryan caught a fish and made some sashimi on the spot! I think that was pretty thoughtful! Awave agency really made sure all our needs where met as we where a big group of friends. A very personal approach and clear communication. Epic surf, great service, memories of a lifetime! I highly recommend traveling with Awave!

A. Laprell 09/03/21

Trustpilot
I had just arrived in Bali when the whole of Indonesia went into lockdown again. Despite travel restrictions such as mandatory vaccination and PCR tests, flight cancellations and even the fast ferries to the Mentawis being cancelled, Giulia tried everything to get me there. It was a hell of a trip to get there but totally worth it.

I scored pristine and empty Mentawis. The resort was affordable yet very luxurious given the remoteness. And with their great surf guide and their boat, I scored amazing empty waves!
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