Secret surfplaces away from the crowds

Jörg Matzdorff
Jörg Matzdorff

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Picture yourself standing on the shore, the rhythmic crash of the waves in the background, a pristine stretch of sandy beach lying before you. While famous surf destinations surely have their allure, there’s something truly enchanting about the thrill of discovering hidden surf spots that remain sheltered from the crowds and the hustle and bustle of the mainstream.

In this article, we unveil a well-guarded treasure trove of the world’s best secret surf spots – those elusive, off-the-grid paradises known only to a select few. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a rookie rider, join us on this virtual journey as we share the locations of undiscovered surfing destinations and private surfing spots.

In this article, you will get answers to the following questions:

  • What are the best hidden surf spots?
  • How to get to these secluded surf paradises?
  • Is it safe to surf there?
  • And when is the best time to surf there?

Undiscovered Surfing Destinations

The world of surfing, with its towering waves, salty breeze, and endless horizons, has always been a magnet for adventure seekers and wave riders. While well-known surf destinations like Bali, Pipeline, and Banzai Pipeline have earned their fame, there’s an undeniable thrill in unearthing the world’s hidden surfing gems – those secret surf spots that remain off the radar of the masses. 

But the obvious problem is… How to find something that is not supposed to be found? And the follow-up question – how to protect these paradises from becoming overrun and trashed like so many previous hidden surf spots?

The Code of Silence

Keeping the delicate balance between sharing the stoke and safeguarding secret breaks ain’t easy. Treating secret surf spots with care and respect is of utmost importance to preserve their pristine condition and maintain the trust of the local community. 

Here are a handful of guidelines to help to treat secret surf spots with respect and the responsibility they deserve:

  1. Respect Local Knowledge: When you visit a secret surf spot, respect the local surfers who have known about it for a long time. Observe their etiquette, and ask for advice or permission if necessary. Building relationships with locals can enhance your experience and foster a sense of community.
  1. Leave No Trace: Always clean up after yourself and others. Avoid littering, and make sure to pack out all your trash. Treat the beach, the waves, and the surrounding environment with the utmost care. Leave the spot as beautiful as you found it.
  1. Mind the Environment: Be aware of your impact on the environment. Avoid trampling on sensitive dunes, reefs, or wildlife habitats. Follow any local regulations regarding beach and wildlife protection.
  1. Respect Local Culture: Be aware of and respect the local culture, traditions, and customs. Learn about the history and significance of the area, and make an effort to be a responsible and respectful visitor.
  1. Be Inclusive: While secret surf spots are exclusive in terms of their location, they should be inclusive in terms of the surf community. Encourage diversity and welcome all surfers who share a passion for the sport and a respect for the environment.
  1. Give Back: Consider contributing to the local community or environmental organizations that work to protect the area. This can be a way to show your appreciation for the privilege of visiting the secret spot.

In a world where technology has made it easier than ever to share information, the allure of undiscovered surf spots remains as strong as ever. These secret surf spots are a testament to the enduring spirit of exploration and adventure within the surfing community. 

As we’ve uncovered these hidden treasures together, we’ve also recognized the vital importance of preserving these pristine waves for future generations of surfers. 

If you’ve been privileged to discover one, honor the unwritten code of silence. Share the information only with those you trust and who share the same values of preservation.

Hidden Surf Spots – Sharing the Secret

Of course, listing the “top 10 secret surf spots worldwide” is a challenging task because the very nature of secret surfspots means they are not widely known. 

However, we can provide you with a list of dreamy surf destinations that have not been overrun by mass tourism and plastic rubbish yet. Some for the reason of being rather an adventure than a wellness vacation. And others, because they are heavily underrated.

La Gravière – A great Alternative to Crowded Biarritz

You are looking for the charm and conditions of famous surf spots like Biarritz in the south of France, but don’t want to deal with overrun waves and overpriced accommodations? You might want to check out this semi secret surf jewel.

La Gravière is part of the larger surf region around Hossegor, known for hosting prestigious surf competitions. Even though, it’s a destination that attracts surfers from around the world, seeking the thrill of challenging waves and the vibrant surf culture of the area, it still is comparatively calm and down-to-earth.

Experienced surfers are attracted to La Gravière for its challenging conditions. The powerful and fast waves provide an opportunity for advanced surfers to test their skills and enjoy the adrenaline rush of riding intense barrels.

But also intermediate surfers can have the time of their lifes. For those looking to improve their surfing skills or learn to surf, there are surf camps and schools in the area that offer lessons and guidance. This makes La Gravière accessible to surfers of various skill levels.

Surfing Season

The Bay of Biscay, where La Gravière is located, experiences consistent swells, providing surfers with a reliable and predictable wave pattern, especially during the prime surfing season.

The prime surfing season at La Gravière is typically from September to April when the Atlantic Ocean experiences larger swells. However, this is also the time when the area can get crowded, especially during major surf competitions like a WSL world tour event.


If you’re coming from abroad, the nearest international airports are likely to be in cities such as Biarritz, Bordeaux, or even Toulouse.

From there, you can use trains, buses, or rental cars to reach the southwestern coastal region of France.

To get to La Gravière in Hossegor, France, you will generally need to travel to the larger town of Hossegor, as La Gravière itself is not a specific point with extensive public access but rather a surf break located in the vicinity.

Once you arrive in Hossegor, you can use local transportation, such as buses or taxis, to get to specific surf spots, including La Gravière.

Gizo – A Growing Surf Paradise

Gizo, located in the Western Province of the Solomon Islands, is known for its pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and the potential for great surf.

Gizo offers a variety of surf spots with reef breaks, providing waves suitable for different skill levels. The specific surf spots can vary, and local knowledge is invaluable for finding the best breaks.

Secret surf spots are no rarity in the Solomon Islands. While the surf scene in Gizo may not be as developed as in some other surfing destinations, there is a growing interest in surfing. Locals are generally friendly and may provide information about the best breaks.

Gizo’s surf spots are known for their quality waves, often characterized by reef breaks that can offer long, clean rides. The waves can vary in size and intensity, catering to both intermediate and advanced surfers. Yet, some secret surf spots here may only be accessed by boat.


Start by booking a flight to the capital of the Solomon Islands, Honiara. International flights typically arrive at Honiara International Airport. Major airlines and regional carriers operate flights to Honiara from various international airports.

From Honiara, you’ll need to take a domestic flight to Gizo. The Gizo Airport serves as the main airport for the Western Province of the Solomon Islands. From here on, renting a boat or a car is the best option for getting wherever the current leads you.

Surfing Season

The surf season in the Solomon Islands, including Gizo, typically runs from November to April, coinciding with the Southern Hemisphere’s summer. During this wet season, you can expect consistent swells and favorable surfing conditions.

The Solomon Islands have a tropical climate, so be prepared for warm and humid conditions. In the off season, when it’s raining less, the swells bring smaller waves, making it an ideal time for beginners.

Tjornuvik – Surfing the Icy Waves of Faroe Islands

We have to admit – it does have a reason why the plain vanilla surf tourists didn’t take over this secret surf spot yet. The Faroe Islands, situated in the North Atlantic Ocean, between Iceland and Norway, offer some exciting opportunities for cold-water surfers.

And cold, really means cold! With water temperatures around 11 degrees Celsius, a wetsuit and experience in cold-water and big-wave surfing are an absolute must! If you don’t have one yet, maybe our Comprehensive Guide for Cold-Water Wetsuits can help.

Tjørnuvík is known for its powerful reef breaks, and the waves can range from fun, mellow rides to challenging, heavy barrels, depending on the swell size and direction. It’s advisable to surf with a local guide who knows the conditions well.

The Faroe Islands are home to a variety of wildlife, including seals and seabirds. And with only 70 inhabitants in the closest town, the waves belong to those, daring to enter the icy waves of this pristine surf spot.

Surfing Season

The Faroe Islands have surfable waves year-round, but the best surf conditions typically occur during the winter months, when the North Atlantic storms are most active. 


The way to most of the secret surf spots is not easy. Luckily, even the most remote places on earth by now do have little airports. The closest to Tjornuvik is Vàgar

A short ride with the local ferry later, the scenic view over black sand beaches, the icy ocean, and green storm-rattled hills will let the daring adventurer know, what drew him here. 

Hong Kong – China’s Unexpected Surf Adventure

Surfing in Hong Kong – Unexpected? Not in the slightest! Surfing is far from new in the land of skyscrapers and neon letters. 

In the 1980s, British and American travelers and expats ignored the strict rules, that once prevented anyone from setting a foot on the typhoon-battled beaches and discovered some of the great waves they’ve ever ridden.

Nowadays, it is not only legal to surf there, but even a handful of surf schools found their way to this incredible place. Yet, it is nothing for beginners or softies. Rumors about sharks should not impact you if you want to surf there.


Just two kilometers north of Shek O Beach—where amenities like showers and lockers await—you’ll stumble upon the secluded expanse of Big Wave Bay. If the name intrigues you, you might just be in the right place.

Barely known outside the surfing community, you need to follow a road out of town, passing a little Golf & Country Club, and will eventually find your destination right at the end of the road.

For those envisioning a dreary and tempestuous beach, the reality is far from it.  Beautiful turquoise water, yellow sand and all surrounded by green trees and  aesthetically placed rocks make this place definitely worth a visit.

While the waves here might not be as constant or towering as those found in more renowned surfing meccas like Hawaii or Bali, when wind and water align, they transform into something extraordinary.

Surfing Season

For everyday surfing, the conditions are welcoming for beginners—knee-high, direct southwest-facing swell, and the winter influence from the Pacific all in your favor. Yet, on occasion, this haven metamorphoses into a paradise for even the most seasoned riders.

Six-foot waves, beautiful and strong. Whoever got to catch one of these waves, will probably not ever stop dreaming about it.

Greece – One of Europe’s Best Hidden Places to Surf   

Places to surf are no rarity in Europe. The crowded waves of the south of France or even Italy is no secret. Yet, Greece’s coastline has retained its sense of seclusion for quite some time. Only in recent decades have an increasing number of surf enthusiasts chosen Greece’s stunning shores for more than just beachside cocktails.

In summer, small but steady waves, clear skies and the warm embrace of the Mediterranean Sea create the perfect conditions for beginners. Especially, the beach of Kolymbithra offers an excellent entry into the world of surfing.

To cultivate the perfect atmosphere, a charming VW Bus doubles as a surf school and beach bar, offering beginners and intermediate riders everything they require. From The Right Surfboard Size to a cold drink.

Surfing Season

From September to January, more sizeable waves, potent currents, and increased privacy await experienced surfers, painting a different experience on these pristine Greek waters.


Kolymbithra is located on the northern coast of Tinos. From the main town of Tinos, you can drive to Kolymbithra in approximately 15–20 minutes.

The beach is well-signposted, and you can follow the road signs to Kolymbithra. The beach is divided into two parts: Kolymbithra Beach East and Kolymbithra Beach West, each offering its own unique charm.

There are parking areas near the beach, so you can park your vehicle and then walk down to the shore.

Please note, that during summer, Kolymbithra is no hidden surf spot no more. If you want it calmer and more private, return in the winter months and enjoy the cristalclear waves without the summer crowds.

Namibia – Now or (maybe) Never

Thanks to the Surfing Magazine’s call to find great breaks via satellite images, the coastline of Namibia was discovered as one of the best places to surf. Following the hint of one of the readers, Skeleton Bay was unveiled.

A few months later, American professional surfer Cory Lopez triumphed over what is still regarded as the longest wave ever ridden on a sandy ocean floor. For more than a minute, he cruised through a flawless tube.

Ever since, adventurers, pro surfers and any daring individuals willing to embrace the challenging journey through the desert and share the waters with great white sharks, tried to recreate this remarkable experience.

Namibia not only lacks other surf spots but also faces the uncertainty of Skeleton Bay’s continued existence. Roughly two decades ago, a shift in the prevailing wind direction birthed this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Its duration remains indefinite.

Surfing Season 

Thus, every July to September, the globe’s finest surfers converge here, seeking the ultimate left-breaking waves, driven by the understanding that these conditions may be ephemeral.


Depending on your location, you’ll need to book a flight to Namibia. The nearest international airport is Hosea Kutako International Airport in Windhoek, the capital of Namibia.

After arriving in Windhoek, you can take a domestic flight from Windhoek to Lüderitz Airport. Air Namibia and other airlines operate flights on this route. The flight duration is approximately 2 hours.

Alternatively, you can drive to Lüderitz from Windhoek. The distance is around 700 kilometers, and the journey by car takes approximately 8–10 hours.

Once you arrive in Lüderitz, you’ll need local transportation to reach the Skeleton Bay Area, which is about 30 kilometers south of Lüderitz. This may involve renting a car or arranging for local transportation. Be sure to have a reliable map or GPS to navigate the area.

Conclusion: Finding Your Private Surfing Spots

In the elusive world of secret surf spots, the thrill of discovery meets the responsibility of preservation. While the allure of these hidden gems is undeniable, surfers must tread lightly, embracing sustainable practices, respecting local communities, and safeguarding the delicate balance between exploration and conservation.

Once found, the spirit of freedom and adventure, whether it is in the icy waves of the Faroe Islands, the tropical jungle of Gizo or the off-season privacy of Hossegor, will make the inconveniences of the journey merely a fun story after a long day on the surfboard. If your hunger for adventure is still not satisfied yet, go check out an even more adrenalin-packed kind of surfing in our Comprehensive Kiteboarding Guide.

FAQ – Most asked questions about secret surfspots

Jörg Matzdorff
Jörg Matzdorff

Outdoor and surfing enthusiast.