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Savaii Surfing

Aganoa Lodge has an in-house surf operation , providing surf guides, boats, and road transport for surfing guests. Waves in Samoa can be very powerful, and often break over shallow coral reefs – it’s a destination for experienced surfers, and a surf guide with good local knowledge is a must. Aganoa Lodge use both local staff and selected Australian surf guides to assist in the operation, providing the finest service available to surfers visiting Savaii.

The quality of many breaks on Savaii depends greatly on swell direction, and swells can be hitting from virtually any point of the compass. Winds are variable, and tides are also a factor but from years of experience tracking Pacific weather systems and assessing swell conditions the Aganoa Lodge crew will ensure you’ll surf the best waves possible during your holiday. Two 12-seater vans and a 15-foot fibreglass runabout are on hand to get our guests to the breaks that are working on a given day.

Surf Seasons

Samoa has surf all year, generally divided into the two seasons of South and North swells.

The consistent South swells, generated by the winter storms deep in the Southern Pacific Basin, typically occur from April to early November (the southern hemisphere autumn, winter and spring), but can happen at any time of the year. South-East trade winds blow intermittently from around May to October, and are most frequent from June to September, but even in these months, conditions are typically calm and glassy in the morning and often in the late afternoon as well.

From November to early April, North swells arrive from the tropical storms and hurricanes of the North Pacific, often the same swells that have already hit Hawaii’s North Shore. Quality Southern swells are also common during this period, generated by regional cyclones in the mid-Pacific. In these months, the winds are predominantly North to North-West, with occasional South-East sea breezes.

In the shoulder season months of February-April and October-November, the perfect combination of swell and weather conditions can occur.

Water temperatures are warm all year round, averaging 24-28°C (80-85°F). On Sundays surfing is only permitted at certain breaks.

Savaii Surf Breaks

The island of Savaii has a variety of breaks on its north and south coasts. The quality of the waves depends greatly on swell direction, and swells can come in from any direction.

Two of Samoa’s most consistent breaks, Aganoa Right and Aganoa Left, are within paddling distance of the beach in front of the resort.

South Coast:

  • Coconut Grove: Solid left-hand barrel.
  • Fale’ Right: Short right.
  • Middles: Very consistent A-frame peak.
  • Aganoa Right: Consistent sucky barrel.
  • Aganoa Left: Backdoor barrel.
  • The Point: Long down-the-line left.

North Coast:

  • AB’s: Long walled mellow right.
  • Blue Pools: Perfect left on big swells.
  • Cookie Monster: Sunset style peak right-hander for big swells.
  • Dougie Walters Stand: Long walled left.
  • Pastor Point: Fun workable right.
  • Pau Pau’s Left & Right: Pair of peaks.
  • Super Sucks: Hollow right.
  • Turtles: Consistent, easy long-walled left.
  • Whiterocks: Left-hander that works well at 4 – 6ft on a big swell.