If you ask half a dozen surfers to name their favorite surfing destination, you’re likely to get half a dozen different answers. We’re here to help you make up your own mind by covering some of the top surfing locales, one by one. We’ll break down which destination-specific spots are best for varying levels of experience. In this first entry, we’ll be covering the gorgeous South Pacific destination of Fiji. Fiji tends to cater to more experienced surfers, thanks to its primarily reef-breaking waves, but it still has a few spots that are great for beginners, so we’ll mention those, too. Here’s a look at the best places to catch a wave in Fiji.
Cloudbreak is one of the most famous surfing locations on the planet. It’s a 3-mile-long stretch of beach that represents some of the most challenging waves in the world. Make no mistake, with swells that sometimes reach 20 feet in height, Cloudbreak is not for beginners! Still, even just standing on the beach and watching the giant waves break is a bucket-list item for most serious surfers.
If you’re a longboarder, Namotu Left should be your number 1 spot when it comes to Fiji surf destinations. It’s arguably the best longboard wave in Fiji. The wave size here varies, and when the swells are only 3 feet tall, it’s a great spot for rookies. However, when those swells grow to 8 or more feet, you’ll see more seasoned surfers looking for big waves show up.
Restaurants is another world-famous destination. Located off of Tavarua Island, this wave is another that’s best left for the more experienced surfers. If you catch Restaurants during the right time of year, you’ll see some of the most perfect tubes on the planet.
If you’re a beginner and the thought of 20-foot swells at Cloudbreak gives you the willies, check out Natadola on the Coral Coast. It’s a great spot for beginners. During the larger swells, it’s perfect for hopping on a longboard and you won’t have to worry about the waves growing to an intimidating height.