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Norfolk Island is a surfer’s dream, where crystal-clear waves curl over our offshore reef creating some of the best, and most uncrowded, breaks in all the South Pacific. Our waters are balmy, the scenery simply staggering and the waves raw and impressive. This isn’t a strut-your-stuff surfing destination. Surfing on our island is all about camaraderie, mellow vibes and sharing a passion for the ocean. Forget about agro and secret spots, our friendly local surfers will be happy to show you the best breaks and barrels.

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Best surf breaks off Norfolk Island

Norfolk Island is one of the world’s most remote and unspoiled surfing destinations with an incredible quality and variety of waves. There are gentle waves perfect for beginners to easily paddle out to, and challenging breaks which lure the masters, all set to a backdrop of giant pine trees and towering cliffs. Slaughter Bay and Cemetery Beach in the Kingston UNESCO World Heritage Site have consistent reef breaks offering up beautiful barrels, while a walk down a winding track will lead to the magnificent Anson Bay and its beach break.


Surf board hire

There’s no board or wetsuit hire on Norfolk Island, but thankfully it’s easy to bring your own gear over; just let your airline know before you fly. If you don’t bring your own gear but find you can’t resist the lure of our perfect barrels, the friendly folk at the Visitor Information Centre in the main town of Burnt Pine can sometimes hook you up with a loaner board.


Top tips for surfing off Norfolk Island

  • If you plan on surfing the big waves and reef bombies on some of the more remote bays, we recommend going with a local surf guide who knows the waters like the back of their hand.
  • No need to worry about locking up your gear at night. If you leave your board and wettie on the beach, it’ll still be there the next morning, unless the tide gets them. 
  • When the swell isn’t up, try your hand at one of Norfolk Island’s many other outdoor activities such as fishing or hiking.

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