It’s obvious just from the name, but Surfer’s Paradise is a haven for novice bodysurfers as well as those with more experience. Located in Queensland’s Gold Coast, Surfer’s Paradise offers consistent waves. Although it’s likely to be somewhat crowded, thanks to its popularity with both locals and tourists, you shouldn’t miss it if you’re in the area. The white sand and sparkling water make it the perfect place to spend a day. Famous surf breaks to explore in the area include Currumbin Alley, Burleigh Heads, and Superbank.
Home to Apia, Samoa’s capital city, Upolu Island is one of the country’s main islands. While much of Samoa is known for much more relaxed beaches, Upolu in the right conditions can be an experienced bodysurfer’s dream, with year-round waves sure to please even the most discerning of visitors.
Also make sure to try Nuusafee Island, which is reachable by boat from the mainland, or Tafatafa Beach, which is located in Apia. When you need a break from bodysurfing, you can swim with sea turtles, snorkel in the clear water, or visit the famous To Sua Ocean Trench. When it comes to water adventures, it doesn’t get much better than this, so if you’re looking for a relaxing place to stay with the chance to bodysurf incredible waves, Samoa is the place for you.
On Auckland’s west coast, you’ll find Piha beach – renowned for its surf almost as much as it’s revered for its picturesque black sand. The sea is perfect for bodysurfing, while it can be rough, it’s also sure to be rewarding. When you’ve finished your session, you’ll be able to take a walk up to Lion Rock to see the beach, and its majestic waves from up high.
Much of the peaceful Pacific Island of Fiji isn’t suitable for surfing, which makes this area all the more special. Natadola Beach, located on Fiji’s main island, seems to be made especially for bodysurfing. With incredible waves and balmy temperatures, Natadola is best suited to experienced bodysurfers, as the current can be dangerous. While visiting Fiji, it’s also worth visiting its famous breaks: Cloudbreak and Swimming Pools are among the most popular.
Thanks to its great surf, the picturesque Byron Bay, in Australia’s New South Wales, is popular with beachgoers and backpackers alike. You may even spot dolphins while you’re at sea, as the area is renowned for its wildlife. Try Main Beach for easy access from the town or Belongil Beach if you want to surf somewhere a little quieter.
It’s clear why Australia, New Zealand and their surrounding countries are so popular with adventurers. Beaches aren’t as crowded as they are in more populated parts of the world, while the surf is just as good, if not better. All bodysurfers should check out a few spots in Australasia at least once in their lives!
If you’re planning on using a handboard or other bodysurfing gear, it’s best to shop in advance, as not every location will have them for sale.
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