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Tonga has great year-round surfing conditions. There are 170 islands of which less than 40 are inhabited. A yacht is the key to opening the incredible surf potential here. A very laid-back holiday destination with friendly locals and pleasant climate. Tonga is a mecca for oceansports enthusiasts.
Eua'iki is a beautiful little island and isn't hard to get to from Tongatapu. It's very fickle for surf. Theres only one spot that breaks with any quality and getting all the right conditions to come together would mean you'd need to spend a lot of time there. Eua'iki has an unjustified reputation for surf based on the fact that the King used to surf the whitewater reforms there back in the 1960's. He was taught to surf by Duke Kahanamoku at Waikiki and Eua'iki is the only spot around Tongatapu which offers whitewater reforms inside the lagoon (over sand /seaweed) that run up to the beach ...... like Waikiki. However its a great little island escape to grab some culture.
Offshore surfspots: they are all within paddling distance from shore. However the offshore spots are a different matter and you need local contacts to find them.
Thanks to http://www.surfingtonga.com
Location: Oceania, archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean, about two-thirds of the way from Hawaii to New Zealand
Geographic coordinates: 20° 0' S, 175° 0' W
Coastline km: 419 km km
Climate: tropical; modified by trade winds; warm season (December to May), cool season (May to December)
Terrain: most islands have limestone base formed from uplifted coral formation; others have limestone overlying volcanic base
Natural hazards: cyclones (October to April); earthquakes and volcanic activity on Fonuafo'ou. deforestation results as more and more land is being cleared for agriculture and settlement; some damage to coral reefs from starfish and indiscriminate coral and shell collectors; overhunting threatens native sea turtle populations
Currency: pa'anga (TOP)
Population: 116,921 (July 2007 est.)
Languages: Tongan, English
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|Surf Spots (12)||Quality||Direction||Type||Frequ||Experience|
|E.T's||2 / -||Right||Reef-coral||Experienced surfers|
|Fishtraps||- / -||Left||Reef-coral||Experienced surfers|
|Ha'apia Group||3 / -||Left||Reef-coral||Experienced surfers|
|Kamikaze's||- / -||Left||Reef-coral||Pros or kamikaze only...|
|Leftovers||2 / -||Left||Reef-coral||Experienced surfers|
|Lighthouse||- / -||Right||Reef-coral||Experienced surfers|
|Middles||1 / -||Right and left||Experienced surfers|
|Motels||7 / -||Right and left||Reef-coral||All surfers|
|The Bowl||- / -||Right||Reef-coral||Pros or kamikaze only...|
|The Corners||3 / -||Left||Reef-coral||Experienced surfers|
|The Pass||- / -||Right and left||Reef-coral|
|The Peak||- / -||Right||Reef-coral||All surfers|
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By themellowman , 10 Aug
Surfing Tonga - Very fickle surf in Tongatapu. Just had a week in Tonga on a surf trip. Whilst the location was absolutely beautiful, the people were super friendly, the food was amazing, the surf …. was a complete hoax. It never got over waist high and some days were flat. I would highly recommend this place to a family with young kids and the Dad (or Mum) is happy to get a wave if the swell is running but not fussed if it isn't. The main problem with the swell is that the only waves in Tongatapu is at Ha'atafu beach and the coast there faces North West, so if there is a small swell, there is no where to surf. If you live in NZ or on the east coast of Aus and watch the swell and can time your trip, you might score waves but otherwise it is torture in paradise.
By SaM , 29-06-2010
Hoax - Just got back from a two week stint in Tonga during the "prime" season for swell. Didn't see a wave over 2 foot. Will be going back to Indo next year, couldn't give a stuff about the crowds!
By Anonymous , 30-10-2009
outer islands of vavau - check out video of some waves in Vavau on youtube "Outer Islands Surf Tonga"
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