One of the world’s best known surf breaks, experiencing Cloudbreak in person is a ‘must-do’ - even if you’re not planning to surf. Located on a sheltered reef in Tavarua, just minutes from the famous Castaway Island Resort, Cloudbreak is a highly regarded surfing spot ranked among the 10 best and most challenging waves in the world.
Before you even reach the break you’ll notice how perfect Cloudbreak looks, with constant white breaks visible from a couple of kilometres away. Cloudbreak is a left reef pass which, like most tropical reef-pass breaks, gets shallower, faster and more critical as it moves.
With a reputation that precedes it, Cloudbreak is an awe-inspiring, fast barrelling left over shallow reef which must be seen to be believed. Cloudbreak is thrilling for surfers and non-surfers alike. A challenging wave, Cloudbreak attracts surfing pros from all over the world and although it’s only recommended for experienced surfers, non-surfers take delight in hanging out on nearby boats to watch the experts flex their muscles.
Cloudbreak’s complexity arises from the sheer volume of water that hits the reef, with waves that break at all different angles. The breaks are consistent and always challenging, something that surfers shouldn’t expect to master immediately. Often surfers will use a jet ski and tow board, just to get on to the wave.
Although some waves can be as small as 2 feet, at their peak they can get up to 20 feet so we advise you don’t let your guard down if the waves seem subdued. As the waves shrink, they pick up speed and get faster and shallower, hurtling you over and onto live coral. Be careful not to run out of water and wind up on the reef by sticking to the middle of the surf for the best rides.