About Frigates

One of Fiji's most famous waves, and also one of the gnarliest, this is the sort of reef pass that if you showed up on the wrong day, you would question its designation as an actual surf spot. Considered to be the Coral Coast's answer to Cloudbreak, Frigate Pass receives oodles of unblemished open-ocean swell, so it is rarely flat, but it does get too big as to be unsurfable for most. Basically Frigates is a heavy lefthand barrel, fairly long and usually makeable, bending into the shallow pass. The waves just pop out of very deep water and hit the reef. It's rather playful when small or medium-sized; bigger than six or eight-feet is when it gets serious.

Source: Frigates Surf Guide

Ability Level

Advanced

Beg Int Adv

Advanced

Local Vibe

Welcoming

Welcoming Intimidating

None.

Crowd Factor

Moderate

Mellow Heavy

Can get crowded with fellow surf tourists.

Spot Rating

Perfect

Poor Perfect

Really good.

Shoulder Burn

Medium

Light Exhausting

Medium

Water Quality

Clean

Clean Dirty

Clean

Additional Information

Hazards

The reef and large waves.

Access

30-minute boat ride.

Bring Your

Shortboard, gun

Seabed

Coral.

Best Season

March-September

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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