Best Surf Destinations in The World: Top Spots and Timing for Surfers

24th May 2024

The one thing that unites us as surfers, no matter our skill level or craft, is the irresistible call for that glassy, uncrowded lineup in the tropics. We’re mad for it! Back at home, we get up at crazy early hours, leaving the cocoon of a warm bed to put on a (probably damp) wetsuit, battle the crowds for a car park and enter the icy cold water, hoping to catch at least a couple of decent ones amidst the chaos.

Escaping this, even once annually, is a concept most surfers dream about on the daily. So when the time finally comes to plan our surf holidays, it’s important to get it right. An exotic location, prime conditions, and a crowd factor that doesn’t remind us of home.

Often the best surf destinations in the world are known for their peak season conditions, backed by a crazy demand for surf charters and surf resorts. Although, there are usually great conditions all year round, including the off season! Here are our top picks for the best surf destinations in the world, and when to visit them.

Sri Lanka Surf Season (November-March)

A year-round surfing destination, Sri Lanka offers some of the most consistent surf conditions. With the main surfing season in Sri Lanka, spanning from November to March, this period offers prime conditions for surfers  of all levels.

From the renowned waves of Arugam Bay on the East Coast to the idyllic shores of Hikkaduwa on the West Coast, each region boasts its own charm and character.

As you chase the perfect wave, don’t miss the opportunity to immerse yourself in the vibrant local culture and bask in the warm hospitality of the Sri Lankan people. Indulge in mouth-watering cuisine, explore ancient landmarks, and embark on thrilling wildlife safaris, adding depth and richness to your surfing holiday.

PNG, Samoa, and P-Pass Surf Season (December-February)

Between December to February, PNG, Samoa, and P-Pass offer exceptional conditions and unforgettable surf trip experiences. These surfing havens in the Pacific each offer surfers of all levels their own unique charm and appeal, together with more remote and untouched lineups.

PNG (Papua New Guinea): Known for its uncrowded waves and pristine beaches, PNG is a hidden gem for surfers. The Tupira Surf Club is renowned for its affordability and consistent waves, making it a fantastic choice for budget-conscious travellers.

Samoa: Another year-round surfing destination, Samoa is celebrated for its stunning breaks and welcoming atmosphere. Samoan Surfaris provides tailored experiences for small groups, catering to those on a budget. For a more premium stay, Salani Surf Resort offers couple and family-friendly accommodations and world-class waves.

P-Pass (Pohnpei): The legendary P-Pass surf break is a must-visit for any advanced-level surfer. Pohnpei Surf Club provides access to iconic breaks, promising an exhilarating and challenging experience. Known for its perfect barrels, P-Pass attracts surfers looking to ride some of the most consistent and powerful waves in the Pacific.

Simeulue, and Southern Atolls Maldives Surf Season (March-May)

From March to May, the surf season in Simeulue and the Southern Atolls of the Maldives stands out as one of the best surf destinations in the world. This period offers consistent waves and fewer crowds, making it an ideal time for surfers of all levels to enjoy these spectacular locations.

Simeulue: Located off the coast of Sumatra, Simeulue is a hidden gem. Mahi Mahi Surf Resort is the premier choice for accommodation, offering comfortable villa-style accommodation and easy access to the island’s best breaks. Known for its reliable swells and remote, rustic beaches, Simeulue provides an exceptional surf experience away from the hustle and bustle of more crowded spots.

Southern Atolls, Maldives: The Southern Atolls come alive during the Maldives surf season from March to May. This region is renowned for its perfect waves, stunning coral reefs, and crystal-clear waters. It offers similar conditions to the Fiji surf season without having to battle the crowds! 

Male & Central Atolls, Maldives: During the Maldives surf season from June to August, the Male and Central Atolls offer consistent swells and perfect waves. Hudhuranfushi Resort and Niyama Surf Resort are top picks for their premium amenities and proximity to some of the Maldives’ most famous surf breaks. This region is perfect for those looking to combine surfing with a touch of luxury and relaxation, particularly if travelling with non-surfing loved ones or friends.

Mentawai Islands, Male & Central Atolls, and Telo Islands Surf Season (June-August)

From June to August, Indonesia comes alive with larger swells in the Mentawai and Telo Islands, making it ideal for experienced surfers looking for challenging and world-class waves.

Mentawai Islands: Known for its world-class waves and stunning scenery, the Mentawai Islands are a dream destination for surfers. For an unforgettable experience, consider staying on a surf charter like Nomad Surf Charter or Moon Palikir, both highly recommended for their exceptional service and direct access to prime surf spots. If you prefer a land-based option, surf resorts like Kingfisher, Villa Mentawai, and Awera Surf Resort provide premium accommodations and easy access to the best breaks.

Telo Islands: The Telo Islands, located off the coast of Sumatra, provide an exclusive and uncrowded surf experience. Accommodations like Surfing Village and Telo Surf Villa cater to surfers seeking both comfort and adventure. The Telo Islands are known for their consistent waves and pristine natural beauty, making them a must-visit during the peak surf season.

And while you’re in the region, check out the Nias surf season that runs from May to September to extend your surf trip around Indonesia. 

Banyak Islands Surf Season (September-November)

The Banyak Islands surf season from September to November is an exceptional time to experience consistent swells and pristine conditions, perfect for surfers seeking an adventure in an uncrowded paradise.

Banyak Islands: Located off the coast of Sumatra, the Banyak Islands are renowned for their breathtaking scenery and world-class waves. Jiwa Surf Charters is the top pick for exploring this region, offering a unique and immersive surf experience. With Jiwa Surf Charters, you can access some of the most remote and untouched surf breaks, ensuring an unforgettable trip.

Ultimate Surf Adventures All Year Long

So there you have it, some of our best surf destinations in the world for year-round surfing adventures. While each region has its own season for the best surf conditions, they also offer surfers on a budget excellent choices on their relative off seasons too.  

From luxury accommodation at Hudhuranfushi Resort in the Maldives to the affordable Tupira Surf Club in PNG, the main decision comes down to who’ll join you on a surfing adventure this year! 

Ready to plan your next surf trip? Plan your next adventure with World Surfaris for a fully organised surf trip, at no extra cost. Contact us today to start your journey to one of the best surf destinations in the world!
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