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only by boat it is 7 miles out to sea
Easy to find?
Public access?Public access
Special accessBy boat only
Wave qualityTotally Epic
BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc..)
Normal lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
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
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.
totally friendly if anybody is out, everybody is getting waves.
it is a total world class wave, every inch as good as cloudbreak. just not quite as long, but then there is no crowd.
By ricebowler , 30-08-2014
Yanuca Island Resort August 2014 - Its been awhile since anyone commented here so I'm adding my 2 cents. I stayed at the Yanuca Island Resort (YIR) in August of 2014. I think it is the only tourist resort operating on Yanuca now - the other resort next beach up was shuttered. YIR is run by Mr. Wise - a very cool Fijian man, who lives there with his Family. His phone if you want to enquire is: (+679) 997 8958. I enjoyed my stay there, its good value, beautiful, very relaxing and the food (included in price) was plentiful and good. The accommodations are very basic and run down but totally adequate for surf rats. However you (and your girlfriend) will be disappointed if you are expecting anything more. The break is way out to sea. Come prepared for a long, rough, wet boat ride especially if it is windy - rain gear and something warm to wear, handy tip lifejackets make good seat cushions. The wave is heavy. I surfed it during a swell, 6-8', in the strong cross wind - I think that is the normal trade wind condition, by myself for two days and with one Kiwi on the third day and I was intimidated, more concerned with dodging sets than catching waves. It does the below sea level draw down with a minimal back, ala Teahupoo, when the sets pop up out of nowhere. The thick, hollow ones swing wide and detonate like Cloudbreak, however unlike Cloudbreak some waves section and are unmakeable. There is a freaky "mushroom reef" section at the tail end of the break that adds to the fear factor. That said there are lots of great rides there for the taking if you are willing to commit and charge. I heard Cloudbreak was 10' on this swell so it might be a little smaller than Cloudbreak on any giving swell. It is worth checking out if you are looking for a basic, challenging, less crowded option than Cloudbreak, but come prepared for the elements and to sack up. Say hi to Mr. Wise and his boy Saki for me if you go. Its nice to know your dollars are going to local Fijians instead of an expat or a corporation.
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.
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