King Kong and beyond
The south coast of Kadavu Island is regularly pounded by swells coming out of the southern Pacific Ocean, especially during the winter months, May-October. This is a destination for expert surfers with a desire to get beyond tourism and create their own experience. There are no resorts or surf-camps along the remote southern coast of Kadavu. This is surfing on the frontier, for self-reliant surfers up for a real adventure and an immersion in traditional Fijian culture. You’ll be rewarded with empty line-ups, beautiful scenery, an authentic cultural experience and a golden opportunity for other activities like snorkeling, spear-fishing and hiking.
At the western-most point of the southern coast lies Kadavu’s most-revered break, King Kong. Until recently there was a surf resort nearby on tiny Nagigia Island, but this is currently closed. To surf the south coast of Kadavu you’ll need to make friends with the locals, get permission to surf the breaks and negotiate a fair price for meals, home-stay accommodation and boat access out to the reef-breaks. For groups wanting a local fixer to help make these arrangements, contact Kadavu-based sea-kayaking company Tamarillo Active Travel.
Closer to the resorts in the north-east of Kadavu lie the reef-passages of Soso, Nacamoto, Korolevu, Vesi and Naiqoro. All these spots offer great waves on their day, especially when the south-east trade-winds shift to the north and go off-shore. This is more likely to happen in the summer months, November-April. Because all these breaks end on the outside of the reef they are not recommended for beginners. The resorts in this region are not specialist surf-camps but they will welcome your enquiry and give you the information you need.