About Wilkes Passage

Breaking around the southern tip of a barrier reef located to the northwest of Namotu Island, Wilkes Pass is a powerful, lengthy right-hander that is open to virtually all swell and wind, making it consistent but somewhat fickle. One of the longer waves in Fiji, Wilkes starts with a relatively standard takeoff, proceeds through a number of stretched out sections, and ends in a shallow bowl section. Tends to be a few feet bigger than Swimming Pools and Namotu Left due to its exposure to swell.

Source: Wilkes Passage Surf Guide

Ability Level

Intermediate

Beg Int Adv

Appropriate for most surfers, but picks up a lot of swell and can be a bit overwhelming for beginners.

Local Vibe

Welcoming

Welcoming Intimidating

Although it gets crowded, most surf-trippers to this area are pretty friendly.

Crowd Factor

Moderate

Mellow Heavy

Gets busy when its good and Namotu/Tavarua are fully booked.

Spot Rating

Fun

Poor Perfect

One of the longest rights in Fiji, Wilkes features a stretched-out, rippable wall that lends itself to performance surfing.

Shoulder Burn

Medium

Light Exhausting

Handles size and requires a decent amount of fitness.

Water Quality

Clean

Clean Dirty

This is the sort of water you dream of surfing in.

Additional Information

Hazards

Coral, sharks, powerful waves.

Access

Short boat ride from Namotu or Tavarua.

Bring Your

Shortboard

Seabed

Exposed barrier reef with moderately shallow coral.

Best Season

South and southwest swells are most common during the winter.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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