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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Frigates Passage

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only by boat it is 7 miles out to sea

English (Translate this text in English): only by boat it is 7 miles out to sea

English (Translate this text in English): only by boat it is 7 miles out to sea

English (Translate this text in English): only by boat it is 7 miles out to sea

DistanceSurf trip

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Public access?Public access

Special accessBy boat only

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityTotally Epic

ExperienceExperienced surfers

FrequencyDon't know

Wave

TypeReef-coral

DirectionLeft

BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc..)

PowerHollow, Powerful

Normal lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell direction

Good wind direction

Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 4m+ / 12ft

Best tide positionAll tides

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdEmpty

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charge it at the bowling section, and pull in. Bowl section is when it starts turning around the reef passage. The reef seemed to have a boomerang type shape with lefts going diagonally down the line and a very deceptive looking fast right/closeout around the corner. The inside waves which broke from about 3-4 ft, had a nice open section at the start with a good wall which got faster and rounder the further you went down the line, until it eventually closes out on shallow coral. The sets tended to break in a couple of spots. The usual ones would break just as the inside ones, but about 30-40 yards further out and a bit longer and faster. These tended to be best ones at about 5-7 ft. I saw a few bombs come through which were a couple of feet bigger and went longer, and unriden. Every now and again there would be a few rogue sets which would break wide and more parallel to the reef. These were fast, hollow and makeable but shorter (get out before the end). The sets seemed to come out of the deep and just appear on the edge of the shelf, which made it hard to stay in position for them. And there is no channel to paddle through once caught inside. I also surfed it in fun, small 2-3 ft offshore/cross-shore. A great wave whichever the size.

English (Translate this text in English): charge it at the bowling section, and pull in. Bowl section is when it starts turning around the reef passage. The reef seemed to have a boomerang type shape with lefts going diagonally down the line and a very deceptive looking fast right/closeout around the corner. The inside waves which broke from about 3-4 ft, had a nice open section at the start with a good wall which got faster and rounder the further you went down the line, until it eventually closes out on shallow coral. The sets tended to break in a couple of spots. The usual ones would break just as the inside ones, but about 30-40 yards further out and a bit longer and faster. These tended to be best ones at about 5-7 ft. I saw a few bombs come through which were a couple of feet bigger and went longer, and unriden. Every now and again there would be a few rogue sets which would break wide and more parallel to the reef. These were fast, hollow and makeable but shorter (get out before the end). The sets seemed to come out of the deep and just appear on the edge of the shelf, which made it hard to stay in position for them. And there is no channel to paddle through once caught inside. I also surfed it in fun, small 2-3 ft offshore/cross-shore. A great wave whichever the size.

English (Translate this text in English): charge it at the bowling section, and pull in. Bowl section is when it starts turning around the reef passage. The reef seemed to have a boomerang type shape with lefts going diagonally down the line and a very deceptive looking fast right/closeout around the corner. The inside waves which broke from about 3-4 ft, had a nice open section at the start with a good wall which got faster and rounder the further you went down the line, until it eventually closes out on shallow coral. The sets tended to break in a couple of spots. The usual ones would break just as the inside ones, but about 30-40 yards further out and a bit longer and faster. These tended to be best ones at about 5-7 ft. I saw a few bombs come through which were a couple of feet bigger and went longer, and unriden. Every now and again there would be a few rogue sets which would break wide and more parallel to the reef. These were fast, hollow and makeable but shorter (get out before the end). The sets seemed to come out of the deep and just appear on the edge of the shelf, which made it hard to stay in position for them. And there is no channel to paddle through once caught inside. I also surfed it in fun, small 2-3 ft offshore/cross-shore. A great wave whichever the size.

English (Translate this text in English): charge it at the bowling section, and pull in. Bowl section is when it starts turning around the reef passage. The reef seemed to have a boomerang type shape with lefts going diagonally down the line and a very deceptive looking fast right/closeout around the corner. The inside waves which broke from about 3-4 ft, had a nice open section at the start with a good wall which got faster and rounder the further you went down the line, until it eventually closes out on shallow coral. The sets tended to break in a couple of spots. The usual ones would break just as the inside ones, but about 30-40 yards further out and a bit longer and faster. These tended to be best ones at about 5-7 ft. I saw a few bombs come through which were a couple of feet bigger and went longer, and unriden. Every now and again there would be a few rogue sets which would break wide and more parallel to the reef. These were fast, hollow and makeable but shorter (get out before the end). The sets seemed to come out of the deep and just appear on the edge of the shelf, which made it hard to stay in position for them. And there is no channel to paddle through once caught inside. I also surfed it in fun, small 2-3 ft offshore/cross-shore. A great wave whichever the size.

Atmosphere

totally friendly if anybody is out, everybody is getting waves.

English (Translate this text in English): totally friendly if anybody is out, everybody is getting waves.

English (Translate this text in English): totally friendly if anybody is out, everybody is getting waves.

English (Translate this text in English): totally friendly if anybody is out, everybody is getting waves.

General

it is a total world class wave, every inch as good as cloudbreak. just not quite as long, but then there is no crowd.

English (Translate this text in English): it is a total world class wave, every inch as good as cloudbreak. just not quite as long, but then there is no crowd.

English (Translate this text in English): it is a total world class wave, every inch as good as cloudbreak. just not quite as long, but then there is no crowd.

English (Translate this text in English): it is a total world class wave, every inch as good as cloudbreak. just not quite as long, but then there is no crowd.

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By Anonymous , 08-04-2012

Batiluva - For anyone planning on surfing Frigates or staying at Batiluva. Stayed here recently and must advise about a few things. First..Insane Wave!! Surfed all over the world and Frigates is no joke. Very Good. Food at Batiluva is super!! Accomidations are very simple. If you bring your girl she better be able to for a lack of better words rough it. Cold water showers,no AC etc. Sharon who runs the camp is cool but a bit crazy. If she wasnt blown out on Morphine and wouldnt yell at the Fijian employess things might be better. She has already been beaten up by them years ago. This place is cool but definately not run by surfers for surfers. For example, If you want to go check the surf in the morning and its not good yet, dont plan on another check in a few hours. She only lets the boat go to the spot once a day. This is lame. Any Surfer knows we like to surf all day. And not have to sit in a 12ft dingy all day just waiting for it turn on. Very frustraiting. Beware of your bill at the end. 175 per day!! A bit expensive especially if you are with your girlfriend or wife who doesnt surf. If she is basically sitting in a hammock throughtout the trip @175 per day this can blow. Should definately be a surfer and non surfer rate. 175 per day all inclusive? Nope! If you plan on having a beer at night prepare to pay. Not a cool suprise at the end of the trip. Bring a bottle of rum from the mainland? Yes but dont let sharon see or you will be charged. WTF?? Dont like to be a hater but this is a sight for surfers by surfers intended to share experiences for the best possible future trips. Right?

By Anonymous , 20-11-2009

- I just spent a week surfing Frigates and it was great, the waves were fun when small and sick when bigger. Stayed at Yanuca Island Resort for a reasonable price and it was only a 20 minute boat ride to the break.

By Eric , 02-05-2009

deals in these times? - Just planning to stop in fiji in mid september on the way from oz to cali. it looks like the best options for budget in terms of time in quality waves are Waidroka and Seashell, would anyone comment on the likelihood of getting a good deal in this harsh economic climate. It seems prudent to maybe split time beetween the two, surfing frigates from waidroka and wilkes and namatu? from seashell.
Cheers,
Eric

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