The Surf LodgeLodge in Montauk
Every aspect of the guest experience of Aganoa Lodge, set on the Savai’i island of Samoa, is designed to immerse you in our pristine natural environment. Our goal is to transport you to another time and place. At Aganoa Lodge Samoa we invite you to unplug from your busy, overbuilt world and experience something perfect. Perfect and simple.
Our “rooms” are simple. Eight stand-alone, open-air fales (bungalows) each surrounded by its own “privacy screen” intended to give guests their own perfect carved-out piece of paradise. Each unit in constructed almost entirely of reclaimed timber and lava rocks collected on-site, and each features a king or queen sized, mosquito-netted bed, en suite bathroom with open-sky shower (with Molton Brown amenities), power outlets, safes and private porch decks for relaxing or watching the surf (literally steps from the lagoon beach).
Iguana Lodge caters for surfers and is the perfect place for families too, with other activities like snorkelling, fishing, kayak,…
At Aganoa Lodge, our surf guides are the key to our success, and are responsible for countless guests surfing the best waves of their lives. We invest seriously in hiring and developing the best surf guides in the world. They ensure your time is maximized, and match a break’s degree of difficulty with your own capabilities. Our guides are all about safety. They are qualified and well-trained in emergency procedures. We continually evaluate our safety and risk management processes in consultation with industry-leading authorities.
Over the past 30 years we’ve been in the region, we’ve had the privilege to “discover” many waves and surf a multitude of others. The incredible part about most breaks on Savai’i (including the main break out front) is how accessible they are. While most breaks on neighboring Upolu require a boat ride to an outer reef, nearly all of Savai’i’s waves are a short paddle from the beach. Serving up consistent rights and/or lefts for any skill level 2-10ft, surfing is even allowed at Aganoa on Sundays (wink-wink).
There are over 10 different waves within an hour’s run of the lodge; the majority are within 30 minutes. The surf here is ultra-consistent, with lefts and rights that work in all tides. Best of all, the variety of surf offers many options for all levels of surfers and equipment.
When to Go
Centrally located in the South Pacific, Samoa is an excellent swell magnet picking up swells from any direction with little loss in size or power. SW-NW swells can be slightly filtered by neighbouring Tonga, Fiji, Tuvalu and the remote Gilbert Islands, but generally, Samoa doesn’t suffer from flat spells. The primary source of Southern Ocean swell arrives from April to October when SE-SW swells coming off Antarctica lows generate regular 3-12ft waves. In fact, these swells can arrive year-round and the most prevalent direction is SSE with moderate 10-12sec periods. From Nov-March Samoa receives NW-NE swells generated by major northern hemisphere storms, and are the same winter swells that rock the North Shore of Oahu. While NE is more common, NW-N swells also occur and the period can be much longer than the S coast, helping with wave-height. The islands are also open to occasional cyclone swells coming from any direction as the storm tracks are wildly unpredictable. The good news is that the E-SE trade winds are rarely too strong to surf, especially during the wet season when they are 15-25kph rather than 25-35kph in the middle of the year. ESE is the predominant direction, with the E to SE quadrant accounting for 31% of the time in Feb before ramping up to 84% in Sept. The slim shoulder seasons may provide the right blend of swell with lighter winds and both coasts can receive different swells at the same time. The tidal range never exceeds 1.5m, but even small changes effect the shallow reefs and many of the south coast breaks are mid to high tide only.
( Source: Stormrider Guide )