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Pack your surfboard for Samoa

If you've been dreaming about your next surfing adventure, Samoa should be at the top of your list. With its pristine white sand beaches, you can escape the crowdedness of Samoa's island neighbours and experience waves with the beauty and power of any surfer's paradise.

Samoa's tropical climate means that it goes through a rainy season from November to April, and a dry season from May to October. While the temperature on land sits at a comfortable 28 degrees on average throughout the year, the water tends to mimic it with temperatures in the mid to upper 20s.

The best part about surfing in Samoa is that due to its size, you can experience both north and south side swells, as it takes just under half an hour to drive from the south-facing Maninoa, to the capital, Apia.

When should you go surfing in Samoa?

Samoa boasts a range of totally rippable waves, consistently putting up good surfing year-round. However, depending on the type of waves you are looking for, there are specific times to venture out.

Due to its ideal Pacific positioning, Samoa receives south side swells throughout the year, with the northern swells most prominent around December-February.

Rainy season heralds the coming of the northern swells not far from the capital, such the renowned 'Dragon's Breath', however north side swells require a high level of fitness for anyone attempting to surf them.

Sunday is considered both a holy day and a day of rest in Samoa, meaning for the most part, no surfing on Sundays. A small price to pay considering the access to amazing waves every other day of the week.

Is Samoa also a good place for beginner surfers?

Those seeking the big waves have got a good shot throughout the months of June through to August, with a cleaner surf more likely to be found from December to February. The important thing to bear in mind is that Samoa's powerful breaks aren't for everyone, with some waves requiring a long paddle out.

Due to Samoa's relatively under-the-radar status as a surfing destination, there aren't many surf shops, so it's often necessary to bring your own gear.

The good news is that Samoa is fantastic for snorkelling, diving and enjoying the water, so even if you're not an experienced surfer, you can still take pleasure from the majesty of some of the best beaches in the Pacific.