Being situated North-East of Fiji, Samoa receives South swell all year round, whether being Antarctic ground swells that charge up from New Zealand, or more locally generated tropical activity. These swells come from out of deep water and un-load on Samoa's coral reefs- often creating steep take-offs, fast waves and wide-open tubes, so even a 2ft day has a surprising amount of punch behind it!
Salani has access to a number of breaks around the island with the Left and Right being only a 5-minute boat ride away. With moorings at each spot for safety, and the health of the reef, it can also ideal for photo/video shots. In general surf in Samoa is recommended for the intermediate or better surfer; having made that statement, there are often times that people on any ability can paddle out and have fun. Samoa has gained a reputation for being particularly heavy with sharp shallow reefs which is not always the case. Salani Right has a relatively dead and flat reef, with other breaks like Tiavea offering smooth cobblestone river-rock bottom.
Our "every day" wave, and this wave will barrel at any size- and handle it! With multiple take-off spots; the right is a shorter wave that can either barrel from start to finish or be a combo of open face sections and barrels. South is the preferred swell direction; the wave gets longer with a SW swell, and shorter with a SE swell. There is a large clearly defined channel and current to carry you back out to the line up. Can be surfed on lower tides depending on the size and swell direction.
With a clean lined up ground swell is a "goofy footers dream". It's a long fast breaking full barrel ride over coral reef/flat rock that gets faster, and hollower as you go down the line. This wave is typically surfed from 2-10' faces. The wave does not end very close to the channel, so on bigger days getting back out can be a little tricky. Best at medium tide with SE swell. Great view of this wave from the guest fales; tends to get the guests moving in the morning when they see spitting barrels from their decks!
A fast sectiony hollow left that can produce some heavy barrels. Good if wind has gone east and salani is blown out. This wave needs the high tide. We access the Island via Tafatafa village and you will be expected to pay the boat driver $60wst per trip.
Set at the far end of a picturesque black sand beach and a 10 min paddle through emerald colored water lies Boulders. Probably Samoa's best-known big wave spot, being able to handle the largest of swells and still not close out. As the name suggests this wave breaks over large boulders on the outside and on a combo of rock and mushroom-head coral reef on the inside. This left hand point breaks off a lava cliff starting with a relatively easy drop followed by a steep wall section, then barrels off down the line, often spitting as it ends- sometimes 150m away. Boulders is also a great option if the SE winds are blowing as it is well protected and remains glassy or light off shore. Best at low tide, the bigger the swell the more tide the wave can handle.
A large bay located on the NE coast containing 4 separate waves; a big wave right hander off one end, a fast shallow left off the other side, and a nice river mouth in the middle. The river mouth is a left and right breaking over cobblestone and flat reef bottom. Tiavea bay is an excellent option during the North swell season if the S coast is not showing enough activity, or sometimes during the S swell months if the south coast breaks are heavier then you may desire.
There are several other breaks available that we access on a rare occasion due to their distant location of being fickle in nature. Some of these breaks are accessed by boat only, others by overland transfers. The key is to listen to your surf guides when they are explaining the conditions and what to expect at each locations. If there is something special happening they will let you know all about it.
Note — most breaks in Samoa are well offshore, plagued with strong currents and tides and are therefore difficult to access. Salani Surf Resort minimizes the time and hassle in surfing these waves whilst striving to provide safe, fast, guided access to the best waves. It is also important to note that surfing is not allowed on Sunday at most of the breaks. If surf is not an option some activities will be organized such as beach pic-nic &/or snorkeling. The Sunday church service is also a great experience even for those who are not necessarily religious