Fiji's reputation as a surfing holiday destination of choice continues to grow not only with the likes of Cloudbreak, Typhoon Alley and Frigates Passage but also with the yet to be discovered gems of the outlying islands and reefs.
With most of Fiji's surf breaks are off the main island of Viti Levu or the nearby Mamanuca Island Group and with most of the nation's islands surrounded by barrier reefs, the waters are generally calm but with excellent surf breaks that display the Pacific Ocean's full power.
Most surf breaks are easily accessed by boat transfers with 'hotdog' short boards and larger semi-guns recommended for Fiji's conditions. Boardies, a rashie and sunscreen are advised to protect you from the sun while booties for the reef are optional.
The surf can sometimes be challenging for inexperienced surfers particularly at the outer coral reefs and overhead highs so it is recommended surfers are confident in these conditions. Little Daku at Naninya Island is better suited to less experienced surfers.
Some of the most popular surf spots in Fiji include Typhoon Alley in Kadavu and the Swimming Pools in Tavarua which offer barrelling fast right-handers over a shallow reef and is a welcome break from some of the more crowded spots.
The other more iconic surf attractions include Hideaways and Frigates in Viti Levu as well as Cloudbreak in the Mamanucas. Hideaways is a right hand reef break that's hollow and fast with a ledgey barrel that is only good at high tide. It starts working at less than 3 ft and holds up to 6+ ft.
Frigates enjoys a gradual tapering of the reef and can therefore handle all swell sizes. Approximately 20 km from Matanivisui, it picks up a swell that makes the end section stand up. Occasionally crowded, the numbers tend to drop once the swell reaches 10 ft and over.
Cloudbreak is a world famous location whose awesome waves can now be surfed on any day. Considered quite a serious wave, the crowds are generally less here especially once it reaches up and over the 6 ft mark.