About Tavarua - Restaurants

If large Cloudbreak isn't your cup of tea, then you'll be pleased to known that Tavarua offers the best Plan B in surf travel: Restaurants. Just a relatively short, dry-hair paddle from Tavarua itself, this reefbreak got its name because you can scarf pancakes at the island's eatery while you watch your buddies get tubed out of their minds.

Depending on the angle and period of the swell, Restaurant's will usually be about half the size of Cloudbreak, but what it loses in proportion, it makes up for in quality: long, sectionless lefts wrap around the reef that surrounds the western side of Tavarua and push off at such an ideal speed and uniformity that it produces one of the most flattering rides on the planet.

But before you go trying an alley-oop after your 20th five-second tube in a row, remember that Restaurant's does have another potentially negative feature: the reef. What can only be described as a briar patch of sharp coral trees awaits the unsuspecting surfer who gets a little too bold or hasn't properly consulted a tide chart (low tide can be bad news if the swell isn't strong enough). More than one famous surfer has been helplessly stuck just inside the impact zone with his leash wrapped around coral heads as wave after wave pounds him to submission.

Source: Tavarua - Restaurants Surf Guide

Ability Level

Advanced

Beg Int Adv

Advanced. Restaurants is a screaming-fast wave over a shallow coral reef. Know how to pump before paddling into anything serious out there.

Local Vibe

Welcoming

Welcoming Intimidating

Unlike the rest of the world, Tavarua has a highly encouraged system of wave sharing. Catch a wave, go back to the end of the line.

Crowd Factor

Moderate

Mellow Heavy

Depends on swell, wind, and whether or not Cloudbreak is firing. Occasionally can be surfed with only one or two other surfers in the water.

Spot Rating

Perfect

Poor Perfect

As good as waves get.

Shoulder Burn

Medium

Light Exhausting

Medium

Water Quality

Clean

Clean Dirty

Clean

Additional Information

Hazards

The reef.

Access

Moderate paddle from Tavarua's shore. You might even make it into the lineup with your hair still dry. Named "Restaurants" because your friends can watch you get barreled while they eat breakfast at the resort's eatery.

Bring Your

Shortboard

Seabed

Coral reef.

Best Season

Essentially, year-round, but the best window is between February and October.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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