FIJI SURF ON THE CORAL COAST
Fiji will forever entice surfers to its shores as it is surrounded by perfect reef break waves, excellent wind conditions, and favorable tides. It's warm, it's tropical, and it's just perfect. The islands are renowned by world class surfers as having some of the best and most powerful waves in the world. Fiji is uniquely architectured by the third largest barrier reef in the world.
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As an exotic destination with pristine beaches with most locations only accessible via boat, Fiji has earned its trademark in the world surfing circuit as having some of the best offshore reef breaks. With the exception of the Sigatoka Sand Dunes located on the mainland of Viti Levu, this area is a significant agrological site that links some of the discoveries made to early Fijian civilization. The sand dunes distinct break is dependent on the silt brought down by rainfall from the Sigatoka river mouth transforming the waves to break on the dunes. Not only are the Sand Dunes renowned for its wave consistency but this exceptional break offers a perfect alternative to reef breaks.
FIJI TAVARU SURF INFO
For more challenging breaks try out the infamous Namotu Lefts, Cloudbreak, and Restaurants. Cloudbreak and Restaurants are set over shallow reef off Tavarua Island and are characterized by their long, fast barreling lefts. Both breaks provide the perfect surfing elements that make for World Championship tours like the Globe Pros and Roxy Fiji Pros. These are excellent waves to ride for the truly advanced surfer and have recently been opened up to all surfers.
SURFING REEFS & WAVES
F.A.QINTERMEDIATE SURFER & UNFAMILIAR WITH REEF BREAKS
I am currently an intermediate surfer and unfamiliar with reef breaks (used to surfing point breaks/beaches on the Sunny Coast). Would I be out of my depth at your local breaks?
I don’t think so. The point breaks can be fast and down the line type waves which is what the reef breaks are like. Maybe they have a bit more power, even when the waves are small and the takeoff can be steep. I think that because it’s not crowded, you can relax and catch more waves feeling comfortable knowing that if you blow it you’ll get heaps more chances.
We have Fijisurf guides who will be in the water with you to show you where to take off. Surfing a reef break can be challenging if it’s big and heavy, but we wouldn’t put our guests out in those conditions if they are not comfortable. It’s not always big, in fact I would say the majority of our Fiji surf is in the 4-6 foot range.
I noticed from your website that the majority of the breaks (except Frigates) require a wind from the North quadrant, yet the winds seem to regularly blow from the SE. Does that mean the only times to get clean surf (other than in a north wind), is for an hour or so at dawn before the wind gets up?
Shifties, J’s and Vunaniu all like wind with some north, or else calm conditions. Pipe and Frigates handle the SE trades. July – November is usually the time of Trades so you might be Fiji surfing lefts the majority of the time. We usually get a high pressure system that moves across us once a week. After these pass there can be north winds for a day and then before they get too strong we can get the glassy mornings.
If you’re looking for the biggest Fiji surf, June through August is the go. Surfers looking for the cleanest surf possible – and the least crowded – the wet season from January through April is excellent. Many people prefer to shoot for those shoulder months of March, April, May and September, October, November, hoping to get those glassy conditions with early or late south west swells.
The resort is ‘child friendly’. The rooms are screened so there’s no problem with mosquitoes. We have cots and single beds. A king size bed, cot, and single bed fit comfortably into each room. We also have a pool and other activities so the children have lots to do. Babysitters can also easily be arranged.
We offer both guided (or without a guide) diving and snorkeling, eco trips to the waterfalls, hiking and plantation walks; there are also rentals and/or lessons for stand up paddleboards and kayaks. We also have the option of taking a gorgeous sunset cruise, complete with beer, wine, appetizers, and a beautiful view! Game fishing is very popular, and we offer full or half day charters to catch some Trevally, Mahi Mahi, Yellowfin Tuna, and Sailfish. Other activities include massages, beach volleyball, boccie balls, ping pong, board games, utilizing our entertainment room, ziplining, whitewater rafting, mountain bikes and the use of our lovely library.
All of your meals – cooked breakfast, lunch & 3 course dinner, accommodations, and trips to local Fiji surf breaks and snorkelling, along with all day tea & coffee from the breakfast bar.
Transfers, trips to frigates, diving, game fishing charters, bar drinks and snacks, special coffees (espresso, lattes and cappuccinos) organized day trips, laundry, massages, romantic sunset cruises, and any tips.
We recommend you exchange your money at the resort. We receive daily exchange rates from the bank and don’t charge any fees.
No Malaria is present in Fiji. Insect repellent is necessary considering the Resort is located on the beach bordering a lush jungle. As far as sunscreen goes, we recommend Zinc Oxide for the face and a waterproof sunscreen for the body. Bring a rash guard or a wetsuit top for extra protection. All of our boats are outfitted with first aid and a phone in case of an emergency.
Fiji has a tropical & humid climate. Heavy rainfall can be expected during the wet season (December – April). A year round average of about 30’C (85’F) during the day and 25’C (75’F) at night. During winter (June to Sept) it can sometimes get cool enough for long pants and a long sleeve sweater.
How should we appropriately address Fijian culture and customs? Dress appropriately outside the resort: Men should wear a shirt, while women should dress conservatively. A sulu (sarong or wrap around) with a shirt is acceptable for both men and women when visiting a village. Remove footwear when entering a Fijian home or hall. Additionally, going to Church on Sunday is an enriching and respectful experience .Do not show up to the village uninvited, and remove your hat & sunglasses when entering the village as a sign of respect.