Surfing in Samoa

Surfing guide to Samoa,

Samoa has 2 main surf areas. There are 3 surf spots . Go explore!

Overview of surfing in Samoa

Samoa is one of the many tropical paradises found in the South Pacific. It is exposed to swells on on sides and is surrounded by coral reefs. The lush isle is full of natural beauty and holds a rich history of Polynesian culture. For a long time this island was overlooked as a surf destination, but for the few in the know has provided excellent and uncrowded surf for decades. Now the island is growing in surf popularity as the word has gotten out about its empty barreling lineups. Fear not, however, as a crowded session will still only be at most a dozen surfers.

The Surf

Samoa is full of reef breaks that can be either jagged or smooth depending on their age. Similar to other islands such as Tahiti or Bali, there are many set ups available. Generally the waves here are fast, hollow, and heavy; ideal for the advanced surfer. Similar to tropical islands such as Fiji, many of the breaks require either a long paddle or boat ride to access. There are a few breaks that will cater to beginners on the inside sections of the reef, but for the most part this island is a destination for the experienced surfer. The water is warm year round (no wetsuits needed) and the surf is highly consistent, especially in the Southern Hemisphere winter, although it will still get to head high and double overhead during the off season as well.

Top Surf Spots

Salani Right

Salani Right is the premier break on the island of Upola. The right hander barrels at any size and is renowned for anepic ride. There is also a fantastic channel with a strong current that directs you right back into the lineup.

Aganoa Left/Right

This wave is a novelty in the sense that it is one of the only reef breaks on the island that is a short paddle from shore. The right breaks at all sizes and has multiple peaks which cater to a variety of skill levels. The most common ride is a hollow one here. The left is on the other side of the reef and will either barrel hard or offer performance walls depending on the swell and wind. It is a beautiful wave and allows for high performance surfing.


Waterfalls is on the northern side of the island of Upola. This wave has an incredibly steep take off into an ultra wide barrel. It is popular with bodyboarders and surfers should bring some first aid and an extra board as the sharp bottom is not forgiving.

Accommodation Information

Samoa is home to both highly budget places to satay and top level luxury resorts. The choice is yours. Surf hostels are not the most common, but there are a couple. Camping can be an option and overnight boat trips are also an option. Do your research and pick what works for you!

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Getting there

Surf Regions

Samoa has two major islands: Upolu and Savai’i. Upolu is by far the more built up of the two, and offers more accommodation, dining, and researched surf spots. Savai’i is less populated and has considerably less amenities. The plus side of surfing here would be the absolute lack of crowds and the potential to surf some untouched reefs. Both islands receive swell year round, and although you will find more named spots on Upolu during your research, don’t overlook Savai’i due to lack of quality surf.

Access to Surf and Location

Anyone coming here will be coming by boat or plane. Both will end up into the capital of the country. From there we recommend renting a 4×4 if you plan on driving anywhere on the island, or arranging a surf guide to take you around (this should probably already have been done before you arrive). Most breaks will be accessed by boat, so you will need to set up a charter or pay on a session to session basis. Be aware that this can add up, Samoa is not the budget destination that it teases to be.

Visa and Entry/Exit Information

Entering Samoa is a a simple task for many visitors, most can get a visa upon arrival. One factor is that your passport must be valid 6 months after your departure date. There might also be Covid-19 requirements, check out the government site for more details on this.

The 3 best Surf spots in Samoa

Overview of surfing spots in Samoa


Right | Exp Surfers
100m long

Amanave Bay

Peak | Exp Surfers
50m long


Left | Exp Surfers
50m long

Surf spot overview

Lineup Lowdown/Surf Culture

Generally the local surfers are a welcoming bunch. Of course as is the case everywhere, you must follow normal rules of etiquette and show respect to the locals to get respect. Be aware that to access or drive through towns there might be a fee that should be paid. Make sure you pay it as you do not want to make enemies of the local communities. It can help to have a local guide with you to navigate these waters.

Surf Seasons

The best time for surf in Samoa is during the Southern Hemisphere winter from April to October. This time will see the best and biggest waves arrive. That being said there are plenty of waves during the so called off season as well. Be aware that the dry season is from May to October and the wet season from November to April.

Surf seasons and when to go

The best time of the year to surf in Samoa

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Activities Other Than Surf

While the surf in Samoa is undoubtedly a major draw, the islands offer a plethora of activities to enrich your travel experience. Samoa’s lush landscapes are a paradise for nature lovers, boasting an array of stunning waterfalls, such as the iconic To-Sua Ocean Trench, a natural swimming hole surrounded by lush gardens. For those interested in cultural experiences, Samoa’s traditional villages and vibrant markets offer a glimpse into the local way of life. Visitors can witness the Fa’a Samoa – the Samoan way – through cultural shows, traditional tattooing, and the famous ‘ava ceremony. Additionally, Samoa’s clear, warm waters are ideal for snorkeling and diving, offering a chance to explore vibrant coral reefs and marine life. For a more relaxed day, the white sandy beaches provide the perfect setting for sunbathing and leisurely walks.


In Samoa, the two official languages are Samoan and English. English is widely spoken, especially in areas frequented by tourists, making communication relatively easy for most visitors. However, learning a few phrases in Samoan can be both fun and appreciated by the locals. Simple greetings like “Talofa” (Hello) and “Fa’afetai” (Thank you) can go a long way in showing respect for the local culture. Samoan is a deeply traditional language that reflects the rich cultural heritage of the islands, and even a basic understanding can enrich your interaction with the local community.


The currency used in Samoa is the Samoan Tālā (WST). Generally, Samoa is considered a relatively affordable destination, especially when compared to other popular surf spots around the world. Budgeting for your trip should include considerations for accommodation, food, transport, and surf-related expenses such as board rentals or surf tours. While prices in tourist areas may be higher, local markets and eateries offer more budget-friendly options. It’s also advisable to carry some cash, as not all places accept credit cards, especially in more remote areas.

Cell Coverage/WiFi

Samoa has good cell phone coverage in most major areas and even in some remote surf spots. Visitors can purchase local SIM cards for access to the cellular network, which can be a cost-effective way to stay connected. WiFi is widely available in most hotels, resorts, and some cafes, although the speed and reliability can vary. In more remote or rural areas, connectivity can be limited, so it’s a good idea to plan accordingly if you need consistent internet access.

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Samoa is an enchanting destination that offers much more than just fantastic surfing. It’s a place where you can immerse yourself in a rich cultural heritage, explore stunning natural landscapes, and enjoy the warm hospitality of the Samoan people. The surf here, while world-class, is just the beginning of what you can experience. Samoa’s relative obscurity compared to more famous surf destinations means you’ll often have the waves to yourself, allowing for a more intimate connection with the ocean. Whether you’re looking to ride epic waves, delve into a unique culture, or simply relax in a tropical paradise, Samoa offers an unforgettable adventure. It’s not just a trip; it’s an experience that will stay with you long after you leave its shores.

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