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Fly into Tarawa via Air Pacific or Air Nauru. You're on you own from there, but you'll need another day or two to get there. There should still be a ferry going from Betio to Buariki. Might have to ask around as to when it leaves. Once in Buariki its not to difficult to find someone who speaks english to point you to Naa. Or you can simply find the main road in Buariki and follow it west once it leaves town it curves north to Naa. Buariki to Naa walk takes a little over 30 mins. There used to be a school at the northern tip. Sometimes the caretaker from Buariki still visits he speaks english and has always let people surf and camp there. Please be respectful as the school property is a big chunk of Naa and he is a great person. Once there the place to surf is pretty obvious.
DistanceSell the house, wife and kids
WalkLong walk (>30 mn)
Easy to find?OK
Public access?Public access
Special accessPaddle > 20mn or Boat
Alternative name Tarawa Meang
Wave qualityRegional Classic
BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc..)
Normal lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
Good day lengthExceptional (>500m)
Good swell direction
Good wind direction
Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2.5m+ / 8ft+
Best tide positionHigh tide only
Best tide movementDon't know
Great right point. Swells that smack the barrier reefs bend around the point in a pristine setting. Absolute world class potential when on. High tide only, exposed coral heads otherwise. Occasionally This break can give an extremely long wave. I once saw a friend while I was on the beach ride for a good few minutes on the same wave.
Crystal clear, absolutely pristine. Even locals don't live there. Respect the spot. Don't f--k with it! Naa is the northernmost tip of Tarawa. There is also a good spear fishing spot for dinner just on the other side of Naa. Waves Typically come from the N-NE as a result the west reef is typically like glass. Fantastic place to spearfish or just fish. little hike from land through lagoon to reef. Maybe 5 mins. There is occasionaly waves on this side. I lived at Naa for 2 years and saw waves here only a few times.
Beautiful. Let people know you're there or surf with a partner. There is like any healthy reef a few sharks cruising around. Do not go here alone. Its extremely remote. Nearest clinic is in Buariki. Pray you never have to go there.
You must note however that this the beach from which to embark is privately owned and as such should be treated as such. The owners do not mind people visiting Naa so long as all rubbish is taken away. Enjoy!
By Anonymous , 28-01-2011
- Naa is definitely a class wave when it is on - but is extremely fickle and requiring long period NE -ENE swells to get in there.
By EugeneS , 28-12-2010
Easter 2002 at Naa - Surfed Naa a few times in 2002 & 3 but a bunch of us from Bikenibeu (spelling?) spent easter 03 at Naa. Some PCVs and some mercenarys - mostly surfers. We even had our own personal triage doc (Kelly) and a sat phone which was a truly great idea as these Easter waves were of significance. I fully endorse other comments about reef/hospital/remoteness. Scored excellent 6 ft clean waves and had to kick off early because the paddle back was so long. If the waves are off there is still plenty to do - snorkelling, fishing etc - but do the right thing and seek out the owners. Also close by in Abaiang is another wave which needs a big S swell - right out front of the guesthouse, and some other rumoursed epics. Hi Ben L.
By Benjamin Levin , 18-04-2009
- Very cool whoever edited this; helpful additional information. Chuck? I was a former PCV and surfed it a couple times.
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