Where to Surf on the Coral Coast
The Coral Coast is not a bad place to start your surfing career. If you’re a newbie to surfing, but want to learn in a stunning place, then don’t miss the Coral Coast! The stretch of coastline running along the southern coast of Viti Levu, Fiji’s mainland, is not only extremely accessible, but it produces plenty of awesome surf breaks. It’s one of the only places in Fiji where you’ll find a mix of beach and reef breaks, making it ideal for beginners who don’t want to go straight onto the dangerous reefs. For those looking for more of a challenge, you need only paddle for under 20 minutes to find some fun reef breaks. So take a look at the list below of the surf spots on the Coral Coast.
1. Sigatoka Beach Break
One of Fiji’s only beach breaks is right here on the Coral Coast at the mouth of the Sigatoka River. There are waves all along the 7km (4.3 miles) of the beach from the mouth of the Sigatoka River along the Sigatoka Sand Dunes. A popular spot is at the bank of the river mouth but beware of murky waters and sharks at the river mouth after heavy rain. The waves at the Sigatoka Beach Break are typically long left-handers with a few short right-handers thrown in there.
Location: Sigatoka Sand Dunes, Sigatoka.
Another beach break that is super accessible from the mainland is at Natadola Beach. This is a popular spot for beginners, bodyboarders or those who just don’t want to take a boat out to a reef break. Hit this beach in the winter season (check out The Best Time to Surf in Fiji), as the summer waters are mostly flat. There’s also an inner reef break here too for those looking for something a little bigger.
Location: Natadola Beach.
3. Natadola Inside Left
This one takes a little more work to get to, but it well worth the paddle. Natadola Inside Left is about 50 yards (45m) from shore, boasting small but fun 1-4ft (less than 1m) waves that will suit beginners to intermediates. The downside is, the conditions need to be just right: large southwesterly swell + high tide + offshore winds.
Location: Inner reef of Natadola Bay.
Named after the resort that it’s located in front, Hideaway is only a 10-minute paddle from the shore. The waves are doable and fun when they are around 3ft (1m), but it’s best left to the advanced when the waves get higher and barrelling. By the way, have you checked out the resorts on the Coral Coast yet? Check out some of our favourite Coral Coast resorts here.
Location: Opposite the Hideaway Resort, Votua.
For those looking for something a bit more epic on the Coral Coast, get yourself over to Naviti. A 20-minute paddle from shore, Naviti is known for its fast-barrelling waves. The waves peak, giving you a chance to ride left or right.
Location: Opposite the Naviti Resort, Votua
Beachouse produces short right-handers with a kick! Intermediate and up surfers will enjoy the tubular waves during a southwest-south swell and northeast to northwest winds. Once you’re done hitting the surf, start ticking the 10 Cool Things to Do on the Coral Coast off the list.
Location: Opposite the Beachouse Fiji Resort, Namatakula