Surfing and Windsurfing in Fiji

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Male Surfing at Matanivusi Surf Resort.

Surfing in Fiji: The following article covers the different Surf Resorts and tour operators across Fiji, with detailed tables listing the different Surf breaks by destination, type, length, and the required surfing ability recommended.  We start the article with a general outline of the different Surfing tournaments and frequently asked questions that have been posed by members of our social media platforms. ‘Surfing evokes in us a deep connection with our soul and identifies something that is beyond imagination Albert Falzon

Surfing Tournaments + Surfing Decree


Surfer with Surfing Board
Surfer with Surfing Board (@Pixelbay)

Several international surfing tournaments held in Fiji over the last few decades have placed the pristine Fijian Islands directly into the homes of millions via their TV and sporting networks, from the Red Bulls Surfing Tournament held in 2023 to the Fiji Pro (WSL Championship Tour) held between 1999-2008 and 2012-2018, the Kelly Slater International in 2016, Globe Fiji (2006), and the Roxy Fiji Pro going all the way back to 2005.

As the popularity of surfing increased over this time period, the national government signed into law its Surfing Decree, which became effective in July 2010. This decree removed restricted surf spots, enabling anyone with a surfboard and a boat to have access to Cloudbreak and Restaurants on Tavarua, swimming pools on nearby Namotu, and any other surf spot that previously may have been restricted. The decree defined “surfing area” as the “reefs or other foreshore or offshore areas, which are used for surfing or any water sport.”

With these restrictions removed, the local surfing scene started to flourish, with many local talents taking to the sport. You can discover more about the local surfing scene and the latest news at the Fiji Surfing Association

Surf Destination: Mamanuca Islands


Surfer gliding through the Cloud surfing break, Mamanuca Islands Fiji
Cloud Break (Image Red Bull)

The Mamanuca Islands in Fiji are rated as one of the world’s premier surf destinations, with surf breaks to suit all ages and levels of ability, providing a breathtaking surfing experience for every visitor, ranging from the infamous Cloubreak for the elite athletes in the sport to the intermediate and beginners who are opening up a deeper level of mastery.

The archipelago of islands is dotted with resorts, each with a unique character and accompanying atmosphere, all simply a stone’s throw from your bungalow to the surf breaks of your choice, normally within 5–20 minutes by boat.

Here is a list of seven resorts you should consider when circumnavigating the many options available, as the community atmosphere when you wake up in the morning and the entertainment provided in the evening are nearly equal to the surfing itself.

  1. Funky Fish Beach and Surf Resort
  2. Plantation Island Fiji
  3. Tavarua Island Resort
  4. Namotu Island Resort
  5. Musket Cove Island Resort Fiji
  6. Six Senses Fiji
  7. Lomani Island Resort
Surf BreaksLengthAbility
Restaurants
Left Hander
150 mIntermediate
Tavarua Rights
Right Hander
– – –All Levels
Namotu Lefts
Left Hander
200 mIntermediate Advanced
Wilkes Passage
Right Hander
100 mIntermediate Advanced
Swimming Pools
Right Hander
100 mBeginners Intermediate
Desperations
Left & Right Hander
150 mIntermediate Advanced
Kiddieland
Left & Right Hander
50 mBeginners
Tavarua Cloud Break
Lefts
200Advanced
Table: Mamanuca Surf Breaks

Surf Destination: Kadavu Islands


Leisure Activities at Papageno Resort, Kadavu, Fiji.
Leisure Activities at Papageno Resort, Kadavu, Fiji | Image: Supplied

The islands of Kadavu provide an opportunity to surf some of the more remote surf breaks Fiji has to offer, far away from the tourism crowds. The Great Astrolabe Barrier Reef hugs the southern coastline and is your closest neighbour, enveloping you in the true Fijian environment and culture while surrounding you with some of the best surfing breaks of your life.

Matava Beach Resort, an ideal venue to call home for your stay, is in the main hub of the surf breaks and offers 3-hour surf excursions across the reefs, with boat trips scheduled sporadically across the day, dependent on the time of year, winds, and seasonal currents.

Surf BreaksLengthAbility
Daku
Left & Right Hander
100 MetersBeginners
King Kong’s
Left & Right Hander
50 MetersIntermediate Advanced
Uatotoka
Rights Hander
200 MetersIntermediate Advanced
Vesi Passage
Lefts Hander
200 MetersAdvanced
Typhoon Valley
Lefts Hander
100 MetersIntermediate Advanced
Frigates Pass
Lefts Hander
300 MetersIntermediate Advanced
Table: Kadavu Surf Breaks

Surf Destination: Nadi


Natadola Beach Surf, Fiji Islands, Surfers paddling out to catch the wave, Sunny Crystal Clear Water
Natadola Beach Surf, Fiji Islands | Image: Supplied

On the border between Nadi Town and the Coral Coast, there are a couple of Surf breaks that should be on your list of considerations.

The Brothers Surf Tours operator is a well know tourism company that teaches surfing and will have you surfing the waves of your life in no time. They will handle all transportation, picking you up from your hotel, taking you directly to the best waves on the day, and returning you back to your hotel.

Surf BreaksLengthAbility
Momi Bay (Mini Cloudbreak)
Left Handler
100 MetersIntermediate Advanced
Natadola
Left Handler
80-100 MetersBeginners Intermediate
Table: Nadi Surf Breaks

Surf Destination: Taveuni


Surfing at Taveuni Palms Resort Fiji
Surfing at Taveuni Palms Resort Fiji | Image: Supplied

There are two recommended Surf Resorts, you should consider on the island of Taveuni, The Maqai Beach Resort and the Qamea Resort and Spa.

Whether you’re a weekend surfer, beginner, or advanced level, Maqai Beach Eco Surf Resort has waves for you in Fiji! The advantage of Maqai Resorts location is that you can see the main breaks anywhere from the resort. Qamea Resort & Spa is your unrivalled luxury surf resort, they offer you undiscovered, uncrowded, and untapped surf breaks, with world-class 4.5-star accommodations.

Adventures by fellow explorers that are worth a glance: Luke’s Report – Maqai Eco Resort, Qamea Island – Fiji

Surf BreaksLengthAbility
Purple Wall
Right Hander
50 MetersIntermediate Advanced
Bula Bowls
Left Hander
100 MetersIntermediate Advanced
Maqai
Right Hander
150 MetersIntermediate Advanced
Kavas
Left Hander
150 MetersIntermediate Advanced
Table: Taveuni Surf Breaks

Surf Destination: Suva


Suva Reef Lighthouse.
Suva Reef Lighthouse | Image: Supplied
Surf BreaksLengthAbility
Suva Reef Lighthouse
Right Hander
– – –Intermediate
Table: Suva Surf Breaks

Surf Destination: Coral Coast & Pacific Harbour


Coastal Photo of Glamping at Nanuku Resort Fiji, Pacific Harbour in FIji, Tent, Surf Board, Bonefire. Beachfront.
Surf Glamping Pacific Harbour | Image: Supplied

The Coral Coast and Pacific Habour is a paradise for package vacations, a destination ideal for those who wish to have an adrenaline-pumping holiday that neighbours the tourism hub of Nadi, far enough away from the tourism crowds but close enough to enable you to dip your toe if you wish.

The Matanivusi Beach Eco Resort Surf and Waidroka Bay Resort have the most dedicated team of surfing professionals, with highly experienced staff who know the surf breaks like the back of their hands. They are dedicated to ensuring the best surfing experience for all their guests, providing you with the right time every day to set out for the waves of your life.

Surf BreaksLength (m)Ability
Lulus Bend
Left Hander
50Intermediate Advanced
J’s (Jay’s)
Right Hander
150Intermediate Advanced
Resorts Left
Left Hander
50Beginners
Shifties
Right Hander
– – –Intermediate
Serua Rights
Right Hander
100Intermediate Advanced
Sigatoka Rivermouth
Left & Right Hander
50Beginners Intermediate
420’s (Four Twenties)
Left Hander
100Intermediate Advanced
Waidroka Lefts
Left Hander
100Intermediate Advanced
Vunaniu
Right Hander
– – –Beginners
Hideaway
Right Hander
– – –Advanced
Fiji Pipes
Left Hander
100Intermediate Advanced
Black Rock
Left Hander
50 MetersIntermediate
Table: Coral Coast & Pacific Harbour Surf Breaks

Reef breaks occur when wave energy breaks over areas of coral or rocky reefs. Beach breaks, conversely, occur when rolling waves interact with the shallow sandbanks of a given beach. (Redbull, 2019)

Video:  Surfing in Fiji

Surfing Documentaries’


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80 Waves Cover80 Waves2010
Filmed in glorious HD over 5 years and in 10 locations, 80 Waves is a collection of huge waves and big-name riders from across the globe.
Come Hell or High WaterCome Hell or High Water2011
Come Hell or High Water travels to oceans around the world showcasing body surfing’s characters, pioneers, innovators along with the simplicity and beauty of the sport. It’s about taking a breath and kicking your feet in the big blue sea. The movie, shot mainly on 16-millimeter film spans the globe from Tahiti to Fiji, to Montana, Hawaii, and California.
immersion PosterImmersion the Movie2012
Immersion in the movie is a journey of what is surfing now. 7 years in the making, Immersion features some of surfing’s greatest talents and personalities and takes you to some of the world’s most isolated, notorious, and picturesque surfing locations – Australia, Hawaii, Fiji, Tahiti.
Wave Rider Surf Documentary Fiji 2013 Cover ImageWaverider2013
In the early ’90s, an iconic photo of a young boy dropping in on a huge unknown wave made the cover of Surfing Life. 20 years on, in 2013, the boy the world had never heard of earned his chance to compete against the best surfer the world has ever seen.
white rhino cover artWhite Rhino2019
A professional surf photographer chases down the largest surf ever seen in hopes of capturing a once-in-a-lifetime image. What he receives is much more than that.
7 Girls Documentary Cover7 Girls2001
7 Girls is a year in the life of women’s surfing. Experience a luxurious boat trip to Fiji, The Quicksilver in Indo, a month in Hawaii at it’s most famous breaks, the ROXY Pro in Tavarua, famous Tahitian wave Teahupoo, and more.
The Surfing Documentary CoverTavarua – The Surfer’s Journal Great Waves1998
This special edition of the Surfer’s Journal looks at the prime surfing destination of Tavarua In Fiji. 1970s surfers recovered past glory in a first-of-its-kind Masters event at Tavarua in 1997.
Gone Surfing Documentary CoverGone Surfin’1987
The Ultimate Surfing Film – by Scott Dittrich and his network of cameramen around the world. Six action-packed stories that capture the essence of the surfing experience.
Ticket to Ride Documentary CoverTicket to Ride1987
Everyone dreams of the South Seas. Is it a dream or is it real? Well surprisingly its as real as ever. In every way! A step back in time and a step forward in adventure! Soderberg traveled to the Islands of French Polynesia, Fiji, The Cook Islands (Rarotonga), Samoa, New Zealand, and Tonga to find out…
Surfer Classic Series Documentary CoverPacific Island Paradise1998
The Surfer crew hits the South Pacific for Tahitian reefs and Fijian hospitality. The “Elder Statesman” of Tahiti, Arsen Harehoe is profiled along with fellow islander and Rookie of the Year, Vetea David. The surf freport finds the “bula” ethic alive and well on Fiji’s Tavarua surf camp.
The Masters Documentary CoverThe Masters1997
Dateline, Tavarua, Fiji: It had never happened before. And it will be hard for any subsequent event to match it: 24 legendary surfing competitors were spirited away to a private island for a Masters contest in 6-8 spitting barrels.
2006 Globe WCT Fiji Documentary Fiji2006 Globe WCT Fiji2006
Dubbed the sickest event on the planet, the contest went down between May 21st and June 1st, 2006, with Damien Hobgood taking the top honors.
Sea Level Pressure Documentary FijiSea Level Pressure2006
The major conflict that arises from our absolute need to surf every dayand how we as individuals in the water every day deal with this issue. “Sea Level Pressure” seeks to offer solutions through maintaining appreciation, perspective, focus and balance…
Globe WCT FIji Documentary Fiji2005 Globe WCT Fiji2005
Pig Dog Pirates in the land of lovely lefts is an event video like no other. Hosted by Transworld’s Chris Cote, the video shows you how it all went down, from behind the scenes, in the barrel an on the podium.
The Mystic Documentary CoverThe Mystic2004
Shot entirely in film, the movie blends 16, super 16 and 35mm beautifully to bring this imagery-based movie to life. Along with world class water cinematography this surreal film will need to be watched many times to take in all of the amazing film shots.
Secret Machine Documetary CoverSecret Machine2006
Secret Machine is an exploration into the minds of the Globe team riders, exposing a world of magic, mystery, science and the utmost in performance for the benefit of the entire surfing world.
Globe Pro Fiji Documentory2008 Globe Fiji Pro2008
The Sickest Event on the Planet returned, and lived up to its reputation as competitors were treated to pumping 6-8 foot surf.
First Hand 2 Documetary CoverClaire Bevilacqua2005
Pro surfer Claire Bevilacqua drops in on her hometown breaks in Western Australia before competing in the Roxy Pro in Fiji.
Just Add Water Documetary CoverClay Marzo: Just Add Water2008
Just Add Water is an epic film that dives beneath the surface of one of the most gifted and creative surfers in the world. The film provides a never-before-seen look at Clay Marzo’s mind-blowing skills in the water and the challenges he faces on land.
First Hand Documetary CoverMegan Abubo2008
Top ranked female surfer, Megan Abubo takes us to Fiji where she competes against the best in the Roxy Fiji Pro.
That First Glide Documetary CoverThat First Glide2011
The first full length, feature film on the history and craze of SUP. That First Glide is a must see movie for everyone and features most of the premier athletes that got the sport off the ground.
Express Documentary CoverXpress Yourself2014
Follow surfing’s elite on the 2013 ASP World Tour through Australia, Hawaii, Indonesia and Fiji.
Surfer Girl Documentary CoverSurfer Girl1994
Tavarua, Fiji, 30 acres surrounded by an incredible reef break. Where the water is deep blue, crystal clear, and the waves are world class. Against this backdrop, charging ten foot waves that pound the coral bed beneath, or inside the hollow of a perfectly shaped tube, Surfer Girl captures images of women that are unique, groundbreaking, and sometimes spellbinding.
On It Documentary CoverOn It: The Art of Scoring2019
How do the world’s best surfers chase waves? The ON IT project follows a group of freesurfers over the course of a full year to learn how they use forecasting, local knowledge and educated guesswork to score waves at home and around the world.
Shimmer Documentary CoverShimmer2006
When the Roxy girls light up the best surf spots on the globe, the Shimmer is blinding… Join superstars Megan Abubo, Chelsea Georgeson and Sofia Mulanovich as they create sparks in Indonesia, Fiji, Australia, and Hawaii.
Spirit of Akasha Documentary CoverSpirit of Akasha2015
Spirit of Akasha is a film by Andrew Kidman, made to celebrate 40 years of Albe Falzon’s surfing masterpiece Morning of the Earth.
Table: Surfing Documentaries’

Frequently Asked Questions


Traveler navigating the international airport in Nadi
Airport Guide (Photo: Fiji Airways)

Where can I get the current Weather Information in Fiji?

Windy.com provides an interactive weather forecasting service worldwide, with wind and wave forecasts for kiters, surfers, paragliders, and everyone else. By simply clicking on the icon top right on the map, a dropdown list with a feature-rich selection of weather forecasts becomes available at your fingertips. Spend a few moments and familiarise yourself with this free online utility.

The Fiji Meteorological Service A Fijian government body provides frequent weather bulletins on its website; it’s a resource that you should get acquainted with. It is not as interactive as windy.com but does provide an in-depth account of the current weather conditions across the Fiji Islands.  Facebook

What are Fiji Airways Surf Board Requirements?

Fiji Airways, the national Carrier for Fiji, would classify surfboards as Bulky items. A bulky item is described as: ‘any ‘one’ piece exceeding 158cm (62 inches) but not exceeding 277cm (109 inches) in total dimension [length + width + height], at a maximum weight of 30kg (66 lbs)’.   

These items are subject to the bulky item fee; plus the rate of excess weight or piece beyond each passenger’s allowance.  Please always refer to ‘Oversized Baggage Rates’ on Fiji Airways’ official website.  ***ALWAYS MAKE THE AIRLINE AWARE THAT YOU WILL BE TAKING YOUR SURFBOARD WELL IN ADVANCE OF YOUR FLIGHT DATE.

When is the best time to go surfing in Fiji?

Peak Surfing Season in Fiji is between March and September, with Good Conditions continuing on between the months of November to  February.

Best Surfing locations for Beginners in Fiji?

There are three standout Surf Breaks ideal for beginners and individuals entering the sport: The Swimming Pool (Mamanuca Islands – Right Hander): Reef, Natadola Beach (Nadi – Left Hander): Beach & Reef, Kiddieland (Mamanuca Islands – Left & Right): Beach.

With a further five that are ideal for people who have mastered the preliminaries and wish to step up their game, these surf breaks are only ideal for beginner surfers at specific times, dependent on the tides and winds, so it’s always best to consult a local professional at the resort to gauge when this is best.

The five surf breaks mentioned are: Vunaniu (Coral Coast/Pacific Harbour – Right Hander): Reef, Sigatoka Rivermouth (Coral Coast/Pacific Harbour – Left and Right Handers): River mouth, Resorts Left (Coral Coast/Pacific Harbour – Left Hander): Reef, Daku (Kadavu – Left and Right Handers): Reef, Tavarua Rights (Mamanuca Islands – Right Hander): Reef