TPW team recommends… TOP 10 surf experiences to do during Aussie summer (October-April)

by Peter Curilla

Well the Indian Ocean & South Pacific surf seasons has come to an end and the water warms up back at home. But the surf on our home beaches during summer doesn’t really deliver the same satisfaction as perfect pealing reefs breaks in tropical paradises. As much as we love surfing at home, you might be surprised to know that the coming months offer something that is pretty rare at home: Uncrowded tropical surf breaks at very affordable prices to make you forget about sharing your local break with hundreds of other surfers.

So The Perfect Wave Team had a meeting and came up with our “TOP TEN SUMMER SURF EXPERIENCES” that we know will deliver you the crowd relief you crave. We thought of families, all-boys surf trips as well as girls-only, destinations that offer advanced waves for real chargers as well as fun beginner/intermediate breaks. The following list lacks nothing to offer for any kind of surfer you might be, and the trips are all hand-picked by our surf experience specialist team that have been there and done it!

Check out our TOP 10 ranking below!!!



1. PNG Explorer.

surf uncrowded breaks around New Ireland province and discover Australia’s own little Africa! Click here to check out a video from this surf trip.

Recommended for: Intermediate surfers, all-boys groups, explorers!! You will be surfing breaks that have been rarely surfed before and explore this waves-abundant, undiscovered area. 1 – 8 December trip is a unique one-in-a-lifetime trip with a professional surf photographer from!

2. Fiji All-girls Surf Trip.

Matanivusi Eco Surf Resort – all-girls surf trip with a professional surf photographer and exclusive use of the resort.

Recommended for: Girls only trip! All surfing levels welcome as the area offers a good variety of breaks. Became famous for a week and appear on daily photo updates during the trip, while staying in eco-friendly, paradise-like environment with plenty of activities to choose from. Come back from the trip with pro photos of you surfing!

Trip dates: 19-26 February 2012: $2,855 per person. Please note that the price includes accommodation, insurance and flights (ex Sydney).


3. Caroline Islands Surf Tour.

Kosrae Surf Tours – go off the beaten track and visit a place that welcomes just about 100 international tourists a year!

Recommended for: High intermediate-advanced surfers. This absolutely untouched, pristine Pacific islands offer world-class diving and snorkelling to go with the challenging P-pass that will test your skills and keep you raving about this unknown jewel in the Pacific.


4. Surf Solomons.

Get to know a unique culture, share surf breaks only with 5 other people and forget about time as you step into the world where clock matters little as you connect with nature and stay close to it. Click here to check out a video from this surf trip.

Recommended for: Intermediate surfers, explorers, smaller groups (max 6) of guys or girls that don’t look for overly fancy accommodation. You will stay at Solwata Surf camp, visit local villages and surf great range of breaks – the Aussie guides know the area better than you know your backyard so be ready for a great mix of surf and cultural experience. If you like to drink fresh coconut juice straight off the tree, paddle out in a clear, warm water and later take a refreshing dip in a waterfall, this trip will be perfect for you!


5. Vanimo Surf Lodge – PNG.

Be one of the first people to visit this brand-new surf camp and take advantage of the opening special in this surf-rich area.

Recommended for: Intermediate surfers; singles or groups of surfers (the capacity is 10 at the moment) with a sense of adventure, wanting to visit a new place on the surf map! The owners of the camp are stoked to introduce Vanimo to the world and will make sure you have all the information and help while you stay there.

6. Mentawai Virgins.

MV Addiction‘s Mentawai “virgins” trip is great for those who would like an introduction to the No. 1 must-surf destination before they become addicted!

Recommended for: Mentawai virgins! In conjunction with MV Addiction, The Perfect Wave has put together a trip that will showcase you the area before you get shacked in double-overhead HT’s. The trip will be fully escorted with coaching available and a lot of emphasis on showing everyone the breaks, where to sit and what to do and not to do. Guys and girls welcome!! No excuses anymore!


7. Maldives – Southern Atolls.

We have 2 boats running in the area, Anloran and Cobia, with expert guides Brian James & Martey looking after both boats. This early Maldives season hot spot is cranking between Feb and May every year.

Recommended for: If you can’t wait for the peak season in the North or Indo to start, then don’t! Book a trip in the Southern Atolls of Maldives and get pumping waves from Feb to April perfect for Intermediate to advanced surfers. Get a group together for an exclusive charter or jump on the mixed charter we still have spots available on.


8. Samoa – Sa’Moana Resort.

Discover rich Polynesian culture and enjoy beautiful food, surf hollow, long point breaks while your non-surfing partner or family enjoys other activities in this paradise.

Recommended for: Intermediate surfers and above. The place is fantastic for group trips and couples, with offers of lots of other stuff to do. The resort has a surf transfer boat so your surf time will not be wasted and you can score plenty of different barrels.



9. Turtle Bay Resort – Hawaii.

Located on Oahu’s North Shore, one of the most famous surf areas in the world.

Recommended for: Beginners wanting to learn to surf (there is a surf school), long-boarders, big-wave surfers… The only resort in the north shore has a kids club and is nestled in beautiful surroundings – perfect for a family holiday or a honeymoon.


10. Philippines – Sagana Surf Camp.

6 lovely cottages, offering great access to Cloud 9 and its great surf breaks, and a lot more. Experience untouched Siargao Island and its surroundings – one of the least discovered jewels of Pacific.

Recommended for: Beginners (surf lessons available for really good prices) through advanced. Great for couples and group of friends. If you’re on a budget and love great food, you gotta check this place out!



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