The following is our Top-10 list of spots to go surfing in the world. These are not single surf breaks such as Pipeline or Teahupoo, but not always the whole countries. We’ll simply refer to them as regions.
As an Australian website, we will leave off our beautiful country. There are lots of great spots here – Bells Beach, Surfers’ Paradise, Manly Beach, Gold Coast… But we will focus on the rest of the world.
Do you have your favourite region/area of the world that you think should be included? Please let us know in the comments…
10. Papua New Guinea
Located on Australia’s backyard, yet as undiscovered and unexplored as it gets – Papua New Guinea must be one of the most beautiful places in the world… It gets Pacific Ocean swells and best works during Australian summer/northern hemisphere winter: Between November and March.
Top spots: Vanimo (close to borders with Indonesia), New Ireland Province (north of PNG’s mainland, with lots of different spots), New Hannover, Manus.
Best surf breaks by our opinion: We love Gas Chambers (R), Vanimo Right, Nago Island (L/R).
To score Papua New Guinea, you can stay at some of surf lodges in Vanimo or New Ireland, or check out the only current surf charter that is based in Kavieng (New Ireland) – PNG Explorer. PNG offers so much more than surfing – world class diving, remote tribes, stunning sceneries, steaming volcanoes… You will have a trip of a lifetime.
9. Caroline Islands
If you are ready for a bit of a mission, you will love the Carolines. These remote, pristine islands receive the same swells as Hawaii which is north-east and best work between November and March – just like Papua New Guinea. This is one of those surf spots in the world that will challenge your surfing limits and fitness! You need to be at least an high-intermediate level surfer to fully enjoy the experience.
Top Spots: Kosrae (one of the last true frontiers: as uncrowded as it gets); Pohnpei (Palikir Pass)
Best surf breaks by our opinion: P-pass (R), Sidedish (R), P1 (R).
It is bit of a mission to get there, but as long as you get to Guam (US), it is just a short flight away. You might have to stop-over in Guam on the way there or back, because there aren’t daily flights to Kosrae – but you will love this island. Make sure you ask your surf travel agent for help. One thing is for sure. Caroline Islands would be more than worth it even if it took twice as long to get there! What a beautiful, pristine paradise.
8. New Zealand
Australia’s neighbour has around 15,000 kms of coastline full of famous, or undiscovered beach, point and reef breaks – if you don’t mind colder water you gotta experience surfing in New Zealand! You will find good spots on both coasts – so you can go any time and will find some perfection. NZ is really good for learners too because of plenty of surf schools at major surf towns.
Top Spots: Legendary Raglan, Taranaki & Shipwreck Bay on North Island. Kaikoura, Dunedin and stunning (but freezing!) Fiordland on South Island.
Best surf breaks by our opinion: Shippies (L), Raglan – Indicators (L), Taranaki – Stent Road (R), Dunedin.
The choice is yours! Rent a van and drive around this splendid country yourself, go on a guided surf tour or just stay at a B&B/surf camp at one of the top spots. New Zealand has lots to offer besides surfing and you will not regret going there – guaranteed!