Fiji Known for Top Surfing Spots
If you’re a surfer you’ve no doubt read or seen pictures of some of the amazing barrels that have been ridden by the pros throughout the South Pacific. But did you know that out of all of the islands throughout the South Pacific, Fiji has one of the largest concentrations of great breaks in the region? Why else does 11 time ASP World champ, Kelly Slater head to Fiji every chance he gets?
Regardless of your skill level and whether you like board, wind or body surfing, there are some excellent surf breaks located all around Fiji with something for everyone. There is a range of left and right reef set ups, point breaks and even some rare beach breaks, add to this some of the world’s most spectacular diving spots with a range of different dive types available and you start to picture the perfect holiday if you’re a surfer or waterman. Over the years the Fijian people have come to understand how much travelers from all over the world really love their beautiful waves so they have made it a point to create packages and resorts to cater to your inner Jeff Spicoli. Naturally, first class resorts and more modest camps have sprung up to put you as close to your chosen water sport as possible. Whether it is purely for a surfing holiday, or a combo fishing, surfing and diving holiday, there’s a selection of idyllic places to visit to enjoy the best of all the blue water sports.
For surfers like myself I am often asked when the best time of year is to score the juiciest waves. The answer is: “the surf is always up in Fiji.” Fiji has wonderful, tropical weather all year round with air and water temperatures in the mid-70’s to mid-80’s Fahrenheit, so there’s never a time when you’ll be in the cold. But there are two distinct surfing seasons in Fiji. The type of barrel along with size of Fiji surf that you’re looking for will determine the best time of year to visit. The winter or “cool” season produces the biggest waves, while the summer or what surfers consider “warm” season has shorter swells and lighter winds. However it really doesn’t matter when you visit because some of the most legendary spots break year round.
Spots like the world famous “Cloudbreak” is a super-sweet, hardcore wave located on a sheltered reef break that is well-known as one of the most consistent surf spots in the world.. It’s set over a shallow reef and produces thick fast barreling lefts. Waves can hit different parts of the reef at a number of angles. “Restaurants” is another spot that has been called one of the most perfect waves on the planet. The ideal wave is three to eight feet, wide open exposed reef break that likes light, offshore winds from the east southeast. It’s best with a medium to high tide which is essential to cover up the not-so-friendly reef that is just below. If you are a beginner or long boarder, hone your skills at “Kiddieland” on the far inside of Restaurants. There are many other famous breaks like, “Mini’s”, “Rights”, “Swimming Pools”, and “Wilkes Pass.” Try them all during your dream trip or pick your favorite and wear yourself out there. Regardless, whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro you will find some of the most amazing waves on Earth in Fiji.