It is no wonder why many visitors to Fiji go there to surf, as these islands are known to have some of the best surf breaks in the world, as well as uncrowded waves. Surf vacations in Fiji not only allow you to enjoy the excitement and fun of surfing, but you can also enjoy the lovely surf resorts and other services in the area. Plus, Fijiís tropical climate makes it an excellent place to surf at any time of the year, so it does not matter when you plan your surf vacation.
Fiji Surf Resorts
The most popular areas to surf in Fiji are located near surf resorts. The following are a few of the most popular and best Fijian surf resorts:
The Lalati Resort on the secluded island of Beqa is a five-star resort and is on ten acres of land located right in the middle of a rainforest. The top surf spots near this resort are a short boat ride away on the fringing reef of the Beqa Lagoon located in Frigateís Passage. This spot is known to have the best surf breaks in the world, so it is obviously on the list of many surfers visiting Fiji. Besides surfing, scuba diving is also very popular at the Lalati.
The Beqa Lagoon Resort, formerly known as the Marlin Bay Resort, is another of the finest surf resorts in Fiji. As with the previous resort, you will also be near Beqa Lagoon in Frigateís Passage, but what makes the Beqa Lagoon Resort different from other surf resorts is seclusion. Here, you can enjoy a private bure (hut) and private beach. Other fun activities you can participate in at this resort include a surfing safari, deep sea fishing, kayaking, golfing tours, traditional Fijian kava ceremonies, watching fire-walking performers and even visiting a local village.
Fiji Surf Spots
The only surf breaks for novices are located at Sigatoka; otherwise, most of the other breaks are over shallow razor sharp coral reefs, which can cause painful wipeouts and more importantly deep cuts that can become infected. Because of this, these surf areas are for experienced surfers only.
Some of the best surf spots for intermediate surfers include:
King Kong on Kadavu is a left and right-hand reef break situated over coral. You can also experience an excellent ride of 50 to 100 meters (164 to 328 ft).
Hideaway on Viti Levu is a right-hand reef break situated over coral. The best place to stay at if you plan on surfing here is the Hideaway Resort.
Mini Break on Viti Levu is a left-hand reef break situated over coral. The best way to get here is with the surf camp, Rendezvous, which will transport you here by boat.
Pipe on Viti Levu is a left-hand reef break situated over coral. You will have to contact the Waidroka Bay Surf Resort in order to surf in this area. Besides surfing, Pipe is also excellent for snorkeling.
Some of the best spots for expert surfers include:
Black Rock on Viti Levu is a right-hand reef break situated over coral. This area is great for snorkeling as well.
Cloudbreak on Viti Levu is a left-hand reef break situated over coral. The only way you can surf here is by staying at the Tavarua Camp.
Lighthouse Rights on Viti Levu is a right-hand reef break situated over coral. Surfers choose this area because there are no crowds or locals.
Mata Point on Viti Levu is a right-hand reef break situated over coral. There are also no crowds or locals here, plus you can enjoy a long length of ride.
Namotu Lefts on Viti Levu is a left-hand reef break situated over coral. The only way you can surf here is by staying at the Namotu Island Resort.
Windsurfing in Fiji
If you want to windsurf, the best place to do it is from the Safari Lodge on the beach of Nananu-i-Ra Island located north of Viti Levu, as it faces the tradewinds. Here, you can take week-long courses and rent equipment by the hour. Other good areas for windsurfing are in the Mamanuca Islands and include Matamanoa Island and Plantation Island, which have a sandy bottom shallow lagoon that is excellent for beginners.
The best time to windsurf is when the tradewinds are blowing strongest, which is normally between June and September.
Competitive Surfing in Fiji
Surfing is one of the most popular sports in Fiji, and the high scores of surfers in competitions here show this. Major tournaments have also been held here in Fiji, including the Quicksilver Fiji, which is more commonly known as the Globe Fiji, the Red Bulls, the Fiji Pro and the Kelly Slater International.