Surfing in Fiji is up there with some of the best breaks on the globe. A couple of breaks are world famous, attracting pro surfers from across the planet to events such as the annual Volcom Fiji Pro in June. The Mamanucas are surf headquarters for most but there are actually some pretty swell breaks across the archipelago, depending on weather and swell conditions. Between April and October the prevailing winds are the south east trades while swell can be influenced by climatic conditions as far away as Australia.
Because of island topography, most surfers are attracted to reef breaks with just a few options for walking in off the beach. Around the mouth of the Sigatoka River as well as near Hideaway Resort on Viti Levu’s Coral Coast, you might find a half decent beach break if the swell is southwest through to northwest. Get there early before the south easterly trades kick in for the day. As with many reef breaks, reef booties will protect feet from jagged coral and exposed reef if you come unstuck and have to wade ashore.
But if you’re serious about surfing Fiji, out on the reef’s outer edge is where all the action is. Boat trips to most breaks can be readily organised from most hotels or resorts. In the Mamanucas, near Tavarua Island, experienced surfers should head for Cloudbreak and Restaurants. These waves are not for the faint hearted. Wilkes Passage is suitable for surfers of all levels when the swell is south to southwest, and is accessible from Plantation or Namotu Islands.
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