Fiji is a surfers dream destination with something on offer for everyone. The Mamanuca Island chain (Link here to Sub Region) of Fiji’s southwest is home to iconic world class spots such as cloudbreak, restaurants, and swimming pools. Tavarua and Namotu Island are the Mamanuca chains most well known Islands. Further south you have Frigates Pass which is a freight train left-hander when it lights up. Kadavu Passage (Link to Sub Region) although lesser known, is home to spots such as King King. You can find a wave any time of the year as long as you’re willing to hop in a boat and explore. A plethora of different wave options from heavy left-hand reef breaks to the myriad of more playful “skatepark” waves exist if you’re willing to put in the work to find them. Beginners must take caution as there are very few beginner-friendly beach breaks on the island and most spots have razor sharp reef.
Surf seasons and when to go
The best time of the year to surf in Fiji
When To Go
Fiji’s warm tropical climate is dominated by two distinct seasons, a wet summer season and a dry winter season. The weather is warm year around and you’ll be able to get away with boardies and an occasional wetsuit jacket. The water hovers around 27 Celsius and temperatures range from 24 to 32 degrees. If you’re looking to score picturesque heaving barrels at cloudbreak, chances are you’ll want to go in the winter. Whereas, if you’re looking for more mellow sessions with less wind and swell, summer is more your style.
Winter (Dry Season)
The winter or dry season from May to October is Fiji’s peak surf season. Low-pressure systems off the coast of Australia and New Zealand send constant SE and SW swell up to Fiji. Days well over doublehead are not uncommon. You’ll have to get out there early as the Southeast trade winds have a reputation for quickly destroying the perfect surf.
Summer (Wet Season)
The summer season or wet season from Late October to Early April is the warmest time of the year. It’s characterized by smaller NE swells, less wind and afternoon downpours. Shorter duration swells and less consistency are common but the lack of crowds means you can get some good waves to yourself. All day sessions are not uncommon as the winds are much lighter this time of year. If you’re a beginner this is the best time to come as the waves are more forgiving.