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Surfing in Fiji

Fiji has two surf seasons—one for advanced surfers, and the other one for the less experienced surfers

Best time: all year round


There are two surfing seasons in Fiji—winter (April–October) and summer (November–March). Winter is considered the best for experts, as during this season you can catch the biggest waves: strong winds blow from the south, bringing 2-3 (even 4-5) meter waves. Typically, only advanced surfers choose to ride during this period.

The warm summer season is more suitable for less experienced surfers to learn and train their skills. Winds calm down at this time causing shorter swells. The weather is rather warm. Though don't think that summer surfing in Fiji is very easy—in fact, a variety of swells differ from place to place. Check out the reefs surrounding Fiji and choose according to your skills and abilities.

You will find the most fabulous waves at Cloudbreak, Restaurants, and Frigates Pass.

Cloudbreak is situated on a sheltered reef, 3 mi (4.83 km) south of Namotu Island Resort. This world-class left reef pass is frequently voted one of the ten most or best challenging waves in the world. Like various tropical reef-pass breaks, Cloudbreak tends to get shallower, faster, and more critical as it goes.

Located southeast of Namotu Island Resort, Restaurants is right away from Tavarua Island. This spot is known as a surfer’s dream, and it is often called a ‘skate park’ in the water and “Cloudbreak’s Little Brother.” By all accounts, Restaurants is considered to be the best spot for surfing in Fiji, and it is accessible to a wide range of surfers. Restaurants boasts some of the most stunning waves you’ll find anywhere.

Being accessible by boat only, Frigates can compete with Cloudbreak for size, consistency, and power. It is a beautiful recommendation for experienced surfers with longer boards. They are essential for tackling strong off-shore winds and big drops.

Practical info

What are the two surfing seasons in Fiji?

Fiji boasts two surfing seasons: winter runs from April through October, and summer from November to March. While advanced surfers tend to prefer winter, as the waves are more significant, summer is ideal for those still learning and honing their skills, and is generally considered the low-season. Either way, there are plenty of opportunities for surfers of all levels in Fiji's warm waters. Show more

Where are the most famous surfing spots in Fiji?

Fiji's most famous surfing spots are Cloudbreak, Restaurants, and Frigates Pass. Each sit on a reef south of Namotu Island Resort and are reachable by boat only. World-class waves and conditions await visitors of all skill levels, and these spots are popular with surfers from around the world. Try them for yourself and find out why they've gained such a reputation. Show more

When is the low-season for surfing in Fiji?

Summer, from November through March, is Fiji's low-season for surfing. The waves tend to be shorter and less intense, making it more suitable for beginners or those less experienced than expert surfers. High-season is during winter, which runs from April to October. Those who have been surfing longer or want to tackle more significant waves should visit during this time, with caution. Show more

What are the best equipment and attires to bring for surfing in Fiji?

Surfers visiting Fiji should bring a surfboard of at least 6 feet in length to make the most of the large waves and winds offshore. A full wetsuit, complete with neoprene hood and boots, can help protect against sunburn, jellyfish stings, and sharp reef edges. Bringing some basic first-aid and sun-protection items such as sunscreen and long-sleeved shirts is also recommended. Show more

How can I book a surfing adventure in Fiji?

Booking a surfing adventure in Fiji is often straightforward; many resorts or tour companies offer these experiences. To get started, research reputable surfing tourism companies and select the one right for your needs. They should guide you through choosing the best surfing spot for your skills and preferences and arranging the right package or resort to accommodate your stay. Confirm availability on your preferred dates, and head out to the waves. Show more

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