Learn to Surf in Fiji

Learn to Surf in Fiji
Learn to Surf in Fiji

Surfing Guide: Where and How to Catch Your First Waves

As far as surf destinations go, Fiji is known to have some of the world’s best surf breaks.Surfing can be addictive and that’s precisely why surfers return to Fiji to get their fix. Often, many think Fiji is all about the massive barrels at Cloudbreak, but the reality is that is there is so much more to surfing in Fiji.

Learn to Surf Without Crowds 

There’s a number of excellent, rarely crowded beginner breaks to give surfing a go. Novice riders can sign up for a surf lesson, rent a board, head to the beach and learn basic surfing skills to last a lifetime. So, get stoked learning to surf in Fiji.

Fiji Surfing

Why Learn to Surf Fiji

We could give you a thousand reasons but let’s start with these. The ocean temperature is always inviting. There’s plenty of friendly waves (beach and reef breaks) where expert surf guides can show you the ropes. The surf is mostly uncrowded due to the secluded surfing locations. Plus, the locals are always friendly and happy to share their favourite breaks or tips for learning to surf in Fiji.

Best Beginner Surf Breaks

The following recommended waves offer plenty of accommodation options either at the surf site or very close by. Think luxury properties, mid-range beachfront bures and even affordable backpacker style lodgings. Here’s our list of the best beginner surf breaks;

The Coral Coast

  • Natadola Beach
  • Matanivusi Eco Resort
  • The Beachouse
  • Sigatoka Sand Dunes


The Mamanuca Islands

  • Wilkes Pass
  • Swimming Pools (Namotu Island)
  • Desperations

Your local surf instructor will know the best waves to get you on, depending on the day’s conditions. As a general rule of thumb, it’s best to book an early morning lesson because winds tend to pick up in the afternoons.

Mamanuca Surfing

Where to Stay

Some of the best places to learn to surf here are in the Mamanuca Islands and on the Coral Coast. Accommodation options are endless in the Mamanuca Islands, ranging from small affordable backpacker resorts, to boutique hideaways. The island group is a popular destination for families and those seeking premier blue water sport activities like kite surfing, foiling, SUP or sea- based fly fishing. So there’s always plenty to do when the waves are taking a break. You can easily reach the Mamanuca Islands departing from Port Denarau Marina by scheduled ferry, private boat, or a scenic short flight from Nadi.

The Coral Coast is an attractive 1 - 2 hour drive from Nadi International Airport along Viti Levu’s scenic southern coast. It’s a popular region for those seeking a main island adventure where you can self-drive, or easily access the many resorts scattered throughout the snorkel- friendly coastline. The Coral Coast is frequented by those celebrating a special occasion, such as a wedding or family reunion, so finding suitable and budget friendly accommodation is very easy.

Reputable ‘Learn to Surf’ operators in the Nadi and Mamanuca Island region offer a resort pick up and drop off service. Costs are very reasonable and bulk discounts usually apply for groups of four or more. Same goes for the Coral Coast surf schools which is good to know.

Surf Stay

Hot Tips

  • If you’re taking your own surfboards to Fiji, pack two different sizes to suit swell conditions.
  • All ‘learn to surf’ operators have boards you can hire.
  • You’re under the tropical sun so apply lots of ocean friendly sunscreen, zinc, hats and rash shirts.
  • If you’re not staying at a resort with direct access to the waves, allow for extra boat charter time. Tidal conditions may affect transfer schedules.
  • Kitesurfing, Foiling and Stand Up Paddling (SUP) are also hugely popular here and suitable for many of the same surf spots. 

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