A great wave to surf when it all comes together! Unfortunately, it is very exposed and prone to being blown out by the prevailing trade winds. Afternoon glass offs though rare can be a truly wondrous sight as clean right-hand barrels peel off mechanically into the safety of the deep channel. Having said this, there is nothing more frustrating than sitting out in blown out Wilkes whilst you can look across the channel at only semi affected Namotu and watch the guests peeling off on wave after wave sigh… Trust your local guide to put you in the best spot.
Wilkes Passage breaks over a coral reef. You’ll need some skill to surf here, waves can run for up to 100 meters, presenting fun sections for manoeuvres!
What are Wilkes Passage’s best surf conditions?
The best wave size is between head high to overhead. We recommend riding your longboard or standard shortboard here. Wilkes Passage in Mamanucas and Viti Levu is best suited to intermediate to advanced surfers, it’s usually quite consistent and can get busy at when it’s on (5/10). The best winds for Wilkes Passage are North. The best swell direction is from the Southwest.
When surfing here in the summer months we recommend wearing boardshorts or a bikini, plus a wetsuit top in stronger winds. The warmest water temperature is a warm 27 degrees in February and in winter when it’s 24 degrees in August we recommend wearing something similar; boardshorts, a bikini, plus a wetsuit top when its windy.
100M LONG WAVE
Reef break OVER Coral BOTTOM