The jewel of the Pacific, Samoa is an unspoiled natural paradise with crystal clear waters, pristine rainforests and warm hospitality. It’s a true tropical paradise that offers visitors a glimpse into an untouched world of beauty and tranquillity.
World Surfaris has hand-picked a range of stunning Samoan destinations, offering a variety of surf packages and holiday packages perfect for families, small groups, solo travellers and couples alike. Whether you’re a surfer or non-surfer, these resorts provide a gateway to experience everything this beautiful region of the Pacific has to offer.
Both the Samoan Islands of Upolu and Savaii attract swell all year round, with a multitude of world-class reef breaks scattered from north to south, east to west. This region offers an incredible array of waves that should be on the bucket list of every surfer around the globe.
While some resorts such as Aganoa Lodge and Salani Surf Resort have breaks within paddling distance from the beach, most surf breaks are only accessible by boat. Thankfully, with the help of an expert World Surfaris surf guide, you can explore them all.
During the May to September season, the most consistent swells come from the southern ocean and intensify before exploding onto Upolu Island’s south shore. During this period, the southeast trade winds that are prevalent in the South Pacific can impact the surf breaks that are more exposed to the wind, whilst other breaks remain unaffected, e.g. Boulders is protected by the headland and Devils Island is off-shore in southeasterly winds.
The southeasterly trade winds can be extremely strong and there may be times when conditions are not ideal (unsafe) for boat travel to the surf breaks. On these occasions, our experienced surf guides will do everything they can to track down the best surf that is accessible by vehicle (even travelling to the north coast where the breaks will be smaller in size, but not wind-affected).
During the peak southerly swell months, there will be days when there is very little wind and conditions are perfect.
From February to October, the south shore breaks can be epic, with glassy, clean conditions due to lack of winds during this time. Southwest swells (generally not as large as May to September months) are common over this period, being the favoured swell direction of some of the right-handers on the south coast, for example, Coconuts. During this same period, the north shore of Upolu can have good waves due to northerly swells pushing down from Hawaii.
Summer (November to January) is when the north shore of Upolu is at its best. North swells originating in Alaska travel via Hawaii and hit Samoa’s north shore, approximately three to five days after hitting Oahu (Hawaii).
The surf breaks off Savaii are incredibly accessible, and unlike Opolu, most waves can be reached within a short paddle from the beach. This area offers various left and right-handers from 2 to 10 ft, for surfers of a variety of skill levels. Unlike other areas, surfing is even allowed on Sundays at certain breaks on Savaii.
There are over 10 different surf breaks within an hour of the resorts, with the majority being within 30 minutes away. With ultra-consistent surf and waves that work in a variety of conditions, surfing in Samoa has never looked so good!