Surfing in Oceania
Oceania is made up of Australia, the region’s largest land mass, New Zealand and a number of small Island chains in the South Pacific.
The area is rich in culture with strong Polynesian ties within the islands and New Zealand, and Melanesian influences in the islands north of Australia.
Oceania is a geological hotbed with many of the islands originating from volcanoes. Because of the the region’s distance from the rest of the world, it has developed its own unique flora and fauna.
Water-lovers can enjoy the breathtaking waves as well as the majestic underwater world that is ideal for snorkelling and diving.
The climate on the South Sea Islands ranges from tropical to subtropical, so days are typically humid and hot.
The exceptions are New Zealand and Australia which both have more moderate climates. The northwest monsoon also impacts the climate in northern areas.
Surfing is highly sought after throughout the Oceania region.
This is especially true in Australia, a country many consider to be “THE” surfing capital of the Southern Hemisphere. Many Aussies start surfing at a young age and are very competitive, so the skill-level in the water is high. This high level of expertise is further increased by consistently perfect weather conditions that allow for good surfing all year round. Australia is not the only country in the region that offers amazing surfing. No point on New Zealand’s North or South Islands is further than 130 kilometres from the sea, so it is easy to navigate and find the ultimate surf spot.
Many South Sea Islands also offer ideal surfing conditions because of their coral reefs.
The Oceania region is a popular choice among surfers due to the high quality of waves and relatively short journeys to get to the most pristine surf spots.
There are many direct flight options to the various Oceania island groups from all continents.
If a country is not directly accessible, it is easily reachable with a stopover in Australia or New Zealand. It is also possible to get around the islands via ferry, which takes longer but offers worthwhile ocean vistas.