Salani Surf Resort is a Polynesian haven for surfers and is one of the most unique surfing destinations we offer here at World Surfaris. At Salani Surf Resort, you’ll find everything you’re looking for, crystal-clear warm water, tropical weather, only a handful of people in the surf and barrels for everyone.
Samoa is known for its inviting culture and warm hospitality and Salani Surf Resort lives up to its name. The wonderful team at Salani Surf Resort will go above and beyond to make sure you and your family or friends have everything you need and encourage you to embrace village life and the enriching Fa’a Samoa (Samoan culture). By the end of your trip, you’ll have sore cheeks from smiling and sore arms from waving to all the friendly locals.
Escape to a Polynesian Paradise
Salani Surf Resort consists of eight bungalows catering to a maximum of 16 guests and 12 surfers. If you’re not surfing, it’s the ultimate location to kick back and relax in a hammock, sip on cocktails or enjoy a refreshing cold Vailima, Samoa’s very own gold medal-winning beer.
Surfing in Samoa
Located on a pristine river mouth, Salani Surf Resort offers a world-class and consistent right-hander and a challenging left-hander directly out the front of the resort. For surfers wanting to venture further afield, you can take a quick boat trip or jump in the 4WD to access a variety of other epic waves nearby.
Samoa receives southerly swell all year round, creating fun waves with steep takeoffs, wide-open tubes and lots of power. Even on the smaller days these waves pack a surprising amount of punch! Talk to Salani Surf Resort’s surf guides who know the best places to surf every day.
Tucked away near the mouth of the Mulivai Fagatoloa River, Salani Surf Resort is nestled between a lush tropical jungle basin, a crystal-clear blue lagoon and the traditional rural Salani Village.
The accommodation options at Salani Surf Resort include eight fan-cooled fales (bungalows), thoughtfully designed to capture refreshing ocean breezes while providing plenty of ventilation. Elevated to embrace the natural surroundings, these fales offer a comfortable retreat where you can unwind and immerse yourself in the beauty of the island.
The Bikini Bar and Restaurant is located in the main fale, a picturesque location where you can enjoy a cold drink and a variety of delicious meals. Soak up the renowned Polynesian hospitality while you dine on appetisers of cajun-seared Yellowfin Tuna, as well as fresh local fruits, seafood, vegetables and imported meats. In the restaurant, you’ll be served food from around the world, including Italian, European, American, Mexican, Indian, Aussie BBQ and vegetarian, and don’t forget dessert!
Surf Salani Surf Resort
Salani Surf Resort has a world-class and consistent right-hander and a challenging left-hander directly out the front of the resort. For surfers wanting to venture further afield, you can take a quick boat trip or jump in the 4WD to access a variety of other epic waves nearby.
At Salani Surf Resort, the expert surf guides and boatmen will help you find the best waves on offer and ensure your safety every step of the way. They are professional lifeguards and first aid trained, including CPR.
While paddling out is an option, the resort operates three boats (19, 23 and 25 ft) from dawn to dusk, which gives you convenient access to all of the surf breaks, including the nearby left and right-hander just a short five-minute boat ride away. The boats also provide a great vantage point for spectators to take photos and video footage.
Generally, the surf in Samoa is suited to more experienced surfers, however, there are opportunities for surfers of all abilities to get out there and have fun, depending on the surf conditions. Samoa reefs have a reputation for being exceptionally sharp, however, Salani Right has a relatively flat reef, with other breaks like Tiavea offering a smooth cobblestone river-rock bottom suited to less experienced surfers.
Note: Most of the surf breaks in Samoa are located offshore and at times can be challenging to access due to strong currents and tides. Thankfully, the team at Salani Surf Resort makes it easy to access these waves, thanks to their expert local knowledge of the area and watercraft equipment. Surfing is prohibited at Salani on Sundays, however, you can still explore other nearby breaks.
Salani Right is the resort’s ‘everyday’ wave and will barrel at any size with multiple takeoff spots. The right is a shorter wave that can barrel from start to finish or offer up a combination of open-face sections and barrels.
South is the preferred swell direction for Salani Right and it’s longer on a southwesterly swell. It can be surfed on low tides, depending on the size and swell direction. Use the long, defined channel to take you back out to the lineup.
With a good ground swell, this wave is a goofy footer’s dream. Salani Left is a long, fast-breaking barrel ride over coral reef/flat rock that gets faster and hollower as you ride down the line. It’s best surfed between 2 and 10 ft and gets more challenging on bigger days. Salani Left is best at medium tide with a southeasterly swell. You can check this wave from the fales at Salani Surf Resort.
The Island is 25 minutes by boat along the inner reef lays. It’s located about 2 km offshore and is a powerful left-hander that reels over a beautiful coral reef. You can only access The Island on high tide and it’s best on medium to big swells. It’s a great alternative when the trade winds are onshore out the front. Surf up the reef for long hollow walls, or down the reef near the end, close to the safety of the channel.
A right-hander about 2km offshore on the outer reef. Rustys is a long, hollow wave that ends in a deep channel, with a current that takes you back to the lineup. This wave holds a solid swell on the outside, with the middle and end sections smaller. Rustys is more sensitive to swell and tide conditions than other waves in the area.
Boulders is located at the far end of a beautiful black sand beach and a 10-minute paddle through emerald-coloured waters. This is Samoa’s most renowned big wave spot, handling huge swells without closing out. It’s a great option in southeasterly winds and it’s protected with a light offshore wind.
This wave breaks over large boulders on the outside and over a combination of rock and mushroom-head coral reef on the inside. It’s a left-hand point break off a lava cliff that starts with an easy takeoff, followed by a steep wall section, before barrelling down the line and spitting as it ends – sometimes 150 m away. Boulders is best surfed on a low tide.
Tiavea Bay is located on the northeast coast and consists of four separate waves. There is a big right-hander off the end, a fast and shallow left off the other side and a nice left and right breaking over cobblestone and flat reef in the river mouth. These waves are a great option during the northerly swell season if there are no waves on the south coast.
There are several other breaks you can access while staying at Salani Surf Resort, but they can be fickle. Some of these breaks can only be accessed by boat, others by overland transfers. The resort’s experienced surf guides will share their knowledge to help you get to know the conditions and what to expect at each location.
There’s more to experience than just surfing at Salani Surf Resort. The team at Salani Surf Resort takes pride in showcasing Samoa’s natural and cultural wonders to every guest during their stay. Explore the unspoiled South Pacific Ocean through a range of activities both in and out of the water, including beach picnics, snorkelling and more. Even if you’re not religious, the Sunday church service is something not to be missed.