Next to the vivid coast of California, the rugged shores of Norway, and the welcoming waters of Portugal, surfers from all over the world still seek the seclusion of the Pacific islands in search for that perfect wave. In addition to their captivating inland beauty, these little paradise gardens are home to some of the most breathtaking beaches that will surely inspire your next surfing adventures.
Considered as one of the best-kept secrets of the South Pacific, the two islands that belong to Samoa, Upolu and Savai’i are every veteran surfer’s dream destination. Their untamed coral shores and wild waters form a duet to challenge even the most versed of surfers, so it’s highly advisable to have your first wave ride with a local by your side – they know all the nooks and crannies that lurk below the surface.
The south coastline is a year-round adventure pool for surfers, so no matter when you decide to plan your travels, you will be welcomed by a whole range of picturesque draining barrels and a few meter high swells.
Often overshadowed by the main island of Fiji, this tiny neighbor has earned its proud reputation as a cherished surfing spot, despite its size and significant competition in the Pacific. In addition to Tavarua’s peaceful inland and graceful shores, the waves such as the Cloudbreak can present quite a challenge.
Every aspect of the island’s life creates an appealing, tranquil atmosphere that is suitable both for the adventure seekers and the honeymooners alike, so you can wait for your perfect restaurants break, or head to a luxurious spa treatment to wrap up your day.
A dreamy, low-key locale with hospitable residents is sure to charm any visitor, and New Zealand rushing waves will make any surfer fall madly in love with this uncrowded hideout. The surf school in Muriwai, just outside of Auckland, will accommodate any newbie who wants to tackle the powerful tides of the Pacific.
On the other hand, Piha is the gem of the West Coast, and an experienced surfer’s fantasy with its lively currents that always have a treat in store for hard-core wave enthusiasts. Advanced surfers can bask in the majestic Big Wave Classic, a beloved event among globe-trotting surfers to take advantage of Piha’s well-known spilling waves.
Some think it’s the most beautiful island in the world, while others choose to spend their vacations there for the sole purpose of exploring its waves. Such a small nook, and yet it offers a lot of exciting hiking trails in the inland mountains, relaxing in overwater bungalows and snorkelling through the stunning coral reef. Another good side is observing its inquisitive marine life that are accustomed to interaction with the visitors.
Although there are no impressively high swells that await your experienced surfboard, the friendly groundswells are ideal for the lengthy surf with the view of the magical horizon. The translucent waters and strong yet gentle waves provide a perfect getaway for those who have mastered the art of savoring every surf.
Yet another masterpiece of the Pacific, New Caledonia is among the more popular, yet not overly crowded islands that have been attracting the attention of surf-lovers from all around the world. Its French cultural background, lush nature and massive reef breaks blend to create the perfect atmosphere for an eager surfer.
You’ll have the opportunity to experiment with your surfing maneuvers and enjoy those lasting left-handed tube rides, and wait for those four-meter peaks that will astonish even the pickiest of surfers. You can chase after the barrels and enjoy the powerful but friendly waters of the ocean for hours on end, and rest assured that a single visit will likely inspire many more to come.
Marie Nieves is a travel blogger who loves unusual trips, active holidays, gadgets and creative ideas. Her favourite writer is Tracy Chevalier and she always carries one of her books in her bag.
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