When to Surf in Samoa: The Samoa Surf Seasons
When is there not a good time to surf in Samoa?! The island nation just under the equator in the South Pacific has two distinct seasons: the dry season and the wet season. Each season brings different surf conditions, from the favourable tradewinds of the wet season to the more consistent swells of the dry season. Learn more about the best time to surf in Samoa in the guide below.
The Best Season to Surf in Samoa for…
- Experts – All year, but may prefer May to October
- Intermediates – All year, but may prefer February to April
- Avoiding the crowds – February to April
- Surfing in the driest weather – May to October
- Surfing in glassy conditions – February to April
- Biggest swells – May to October
- Beginners – February to April (learn about surf lessons in The Ultimate Guide to Surfing in Samoa).
For more criteria to go by, take a look at The Best Time to Visit Samoa: A Month-by-Month Guide.
Dry Season Surfing in Samoa
The dry season runs from May to October and is the most popular time for surfers to head to Samoa, not only because there’s a lesser chance of rainfall compared to the wet season but because wave conditions tend to be more consistent for Samoa’s most popular surf spots along the south coast.
Air temperatures can be anywhere between 23 and 29°C (73-84°F) and the water temperatures are at tropical temperatures of 28°C (82°F). The winter season is also Samoa’s driest season, which means more sunny days and fewer rainy days (not that the rain provides too much reason to stop surfing).
One aspect of winter that does affect surfers, however, is the large southeast and southwest swells that sweep across Samoa. This is when Samoa experiences the most consistent surf waves rolling in. On the downside, however, tradewinds take over in the afternoons, which can spoil some of the waves. Usually, getting on it early still means you get some good surf in.
For more specific information on the weather in each month of the dry season, take a look at the following articles:
Wet Season Surfing in Samoa
The wet season in Samoa runs from November to April, but it is often agreed that it’s between February and April that brings the best wet season surf conditions with dwindling trade winds combined with prevailing swells originating from the North Pacific.
Although swells are generally not as big as in the dry season, they still run high enough for most; head to overhead range. What’s more, the swells from the north often open up the northern surf breaks of the islands, making all of the breaks listed in the 10 Best Places to Surf in Samoa viable options.
As for the weather, the wet season in Samoa typically sees temperatures of 24-30°C (75-86°F) and sea temperatures of 29°C (84°F). UV levels are high, giving you another reason (apart from the sharp coral and lava rocks) to wear your wetsuit. Unsurprisingly, rainfall is much more frequent during the wet season compared to the dry season.
For specific information on the weather in each month of the wet season, take a look at the following weather guides:
More About the Best Time to Surf in Samoa
That’s it for our guide to the surf seasons and the best time to surf in Samoa. For more surfing tips, take a look at these articles:
- The Ultimate Guide to Surfing in Samoa
- 10 Best Places to Surf in Samoa
- 6 Best Surf Operators & Guides in Samoa
Finally, when you’re not surfing, make sure you tick some of these off the 101 Best Things to Do in Samoa: The Ultimate List.