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Where to Surf in March

by Octavia Drughi

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When it comes to surfing, timing is everything. The weather conditions and swell directions affect the waves, and can make or break your trip.

In March, there are certain destinations with favorable weather patterns and swell periods. In the Northern Hemisphere, the surf is firing but the water is still pretty cold. Luckily, there are some tropical destinations closer to the Equator with balmy water temperatures, lovely weather, and great waves.

Planning an early-spring surfing trip? Here are the best surfing destinations in March:

Note: BookSurfCamps offers a flexible cancellation policy. Should you not be able to travel as scheduled, we’d be happy to help you alter your booking with the same organizer or a different organizer.

 

The Maldives

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With crystal blue water, warm Indian Ocean, overwater bungalows, and exclusive resorts, the Maldives are often associated with luxury holidays. But when it comes to surfing, you’ll find plenty of options to suit every pocket.

Most of the waves in the Maldives are fast and powerful reef breaks, lefts and rights, with hollow walls and spitting barrels, and are more suited for intermediate and advanced surfers. There are a few fun surf breaks too. Most of them break offshore, on the outer reefs, and can only be reached by boat.

The ring-shaped Southern Atolls are often regarded as the final frontier when it comes to surfing in the Maldives, with numerous secluded surf spots and waves that have yet to be pinned on the map. They consist of Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll, also known as Huvadhoo Atoll, and Addu Atoll. Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll has the best surf in the Maldives, with the greatest quantity and quality of waves.

 

Surfing conditions in the Maldives in March

 

In the Maldives, the best and cleanest surfing conditions are found between March and May, and then again between September and November. March through May sees great consistency and favorable weather conditions.

The North Malé Atolls receive excellent surfing conditions between March and October, during the southwest monsoon season. The Southern Atolls only receive swell between March and mid-May, and then again from mid-August to November.

In March, the average swell size is (4-5ft), occasionally rising to (8-10ft). The water temperature stays warm all year round, hovering around 27ºC (81ºF).

 

Top-rated surf camp in the Maldives

8 Days Surf Trip in Huraa Island

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  • AvailabilityAll year round
  • Skill levelAll levels
  • PriceFrom US$455

The Maldives may be associated with luxury resorts, but this affordable surf camp proves that surfing in this tropical paradise can be accessible to everyone.

Discover the genuine side of the Maldives as you stay with local people in a guesthouse located just steps away from the ocean. You can opt for full board or daily breakfast, and you’ll get unlimited water, tea, and coffee.

Ride the waves around Huraa Island in the North Malé Atolls. You can choose to go on one or two surfing trips per day. Depending on your abilities, you might get to surf the famous Sultans, Jailbreaks, Honkys, or Ninjas.

» Find out where and when you need to be. Check out our ultimate guide to the surfing seasons around the world.

 

Hawaii, USA

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Hawaii is a dream holiday destination and the birthplace of modern surfing. The sport is so deeply rooted in the local culture that you simply cannot come here and not embrace the Aloha spirit and catch a few waves yourself.

Home to Pearl Harbor, Honolulu and its Waikiki Beach, as well as the famed North Shore, Oahu is the premier surfing destination in the Hawaii Islands. On the North Shore, the stretch of coastline between Haleiwa and Velzyland is known as the “Seven Mile Miracle”. This is the ultimate surfers’ testing ground, with world-famous waves like the Banzai Pipeline, Off the Wall, Haleiwa, Waimea, and Sunset Beach.

The Hawaii Islands have two distinct surfing seasons. Winter, between October and March, is a great time to surf on the northern shores of the Hawaiian Islands. Summer, between May and October, is when you’ll find the best conditions to surf on the southern shores.

 

Surf conditions in Hawaii in March

For advanced surfers, March is a great time to check out the northern shores. The gnarly waves on Oahu’s North Shore are still firing, and so are the ones on Maui’s northern coast, such as Jaws (Pe’ahi), Ho’okipa, and Honolua Bay.

The big wave season on the North Shore typically lasts between November and February. In March, the waves start to get a little tamer. This is a good time to make your acquaintance with the most famous waves in the region. Northerly swells pump 0.6 to 15m (2 to 50ft) waves for intermediate and advanced surfers.

For beginners, March is a good time to surf on the southern shores, where the waves are much mellower than in summer. There are a few sheltered spots on the northern and eastern shores too.

The weather is lovely and water temperatures hover around 24°C (75°F), so you can surf in boardshorts or bikinis.

 

Top-rated surf camp in Hawaii

7 Days Surf Camp in Waialua, Oahu

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  • AvailabilityAll year round
  • Skill levelAll levels
  • PriceFrom US$1,215

Start the day with sunrise surfing and end the day with sunset surfing. You’ll be taken to the best surf spots on the North Shore and there’ll be two surf sessions per day, every day!

It doesn’t matter if you’ve never surfed before. Even though most of the surf spots on the North Shore are known for their power, there are some waves for beginners too. No matter your skill level, the instructors will find the best surf spots of the day for your level.

The package includes daily breakfast and dinner.

 

Morocco

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Morocco is the land of the right-hand point break. While it does have its fair share of challenging waves, most of the spots are very user-friendly, which makes it is an excellent destination to improve your surfing.

In Southern Morocco, Taghazout and Tamraght are two sleepy fishing villages nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Atlas Mountains, surrounded by deserts and argan plantations. They are both blessed with 300+ days of sun per year and receive the straightest swell in the North Atlantic, which translates to outstanding consistency.

But most importantly, they’re right in front of some of the best waves in Morocco, the likes of Killer Point, Mysteries, Anchor Point, Hash Point, Panoramas, Banana Beach, and Devil’s Rock. Whether you’ve never surfed before or have heaps of experience, you’ll find something to your liking.

There’s a variety of surf camp options in Taghazout and Tamraght that suit every budget, from posh resorts to traditional Berber houses.

» Not sure which one to choose? Read our article about surfing in Taghazout vs. Tamraght and decide which one is better for you.

 

Surf conditions in Morocco in March

 

Morocco is a year-round surfing destination. The biggest swells hit the coast between December and February. In March, the temperatures start to rise, the sun is brighter, the ocean is calmer, and the crowds start to thin out. This is a great month for surfers of all levels to work on their technique, thanks to the friendlier waves.

March is a dry month on the southern coast of Morocco. The weather is warm so you can easily chill out at the beach, get a tan, and explore the surroundings. Daytime maximum temperatures average around 20°C (68°F).

The average swell size in March is 1.2-2m (4-6.5ft), meaning that you’ll find fun waves for beginners and intermediates, as well as some solid surf for the more advanced. The average water temperature is 17°C (62°F), so you’ll need a full 3/2 mm wetsuit.

 

Top-rated surf camp in Taghazout

8 Days Authentic Surf Camp in Tamraght

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  • AvailabilityAll year round
  • Skill levelBeginner and intermediate surfers
  • PriceFrom US$479 

Stay in a homey surf house only minutes away from Devil’s Rock. Other famous waves, such as Banana Beach, Killer Point, or Anchor Point are only a short drive away. You’ll be taken to the best beginner and intermediate surf spots in the area, where you’ll enjoy two surfing sessions per day. Lunch will be served on the beach.

In the afternoon, you can chill on the rooftop terrace and enjoy homemade tagine for dinner. The package includes all daily meals.

*Prices are subject to change depending on the date of arrival.


Short on time? March is a great month to go on an extended surf weekend somewhere closer to you!

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