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Fishtraps ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.5

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Fishtraps Surf Guide

Fishtraps in Tongatapu is a fairly exposed reef break that has unreliable waves. Winter is the favoured time of year for surfing here. Offshore winds are from the southeast. Clean groundswells prevail and the ideal swell angle is from the southwest. There is a left hand reef break. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up. Take care of coral.

Fishtraps Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReefIcon  s43.5
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
inconsistent
27.5°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Fishtraps:

The best conditions reported for surf at Fishtraps occur when a Southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Southeast.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Fishtraps (for consistent clean waves)?

julyBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Fishtraps with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of July. Clean surfable waves are typically found 62% of the time in July while 22% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 16% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
62%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
22%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
16%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Fishtraps Location Map

Interactive Fishtraps surf break location map. View information about nearby surf breaks, their wave consistency and rating compared to other spots in the region. Current swell conditions from local buoys are shown along with live wind speed and direction from nearby weather stations. Click icons on the map for more detail. The nearest passenger airport to Fishtraps is Fua Amotu International (Tongatapu) Airport (TBU) in Tonga, which is 27 km (17 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Fishtraps is Haapai (Ha'apai) Airport (HPA), also in Tonga, 176 km (109 miles) away.

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Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
Icon legend windLive Wind Speed (km/h)
Please note that some surf spot locations are approximate to protect their exact location while others are not shown at close zoom level.
Fishtraps Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 11 April 2021, 10:03 Local Time
Sunday 11
10AM1PM4PM7PM
Wave (m) 0.8
SW
0.8
SW
1.0
S
1.0
S
Period (s) 14 13 11 11
Wind (km/h) 15
SE 15
SE 15
SE 15
SE
Wind State off off off off

Swell History at Fishtraps

Surf stats for Fishtraps, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Fishtraps

Wind stats for Fishtraps, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

Discover surf breaks near Fishtraps. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s43.5
    Reliability: inconsistent
    1km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s43.5
    Reliability: inconsistent
    1km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s43.5
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    2km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s43.7
    Reliability: consistent
    3km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s32.8
    Reliability: consistent
    4km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Fishtraps:

We hope you find the new 12-day forecasts and additional details useful.

Kudos to everyone who helped us debug this over the past 3 months.

Be sure to click on the Advanced Surf option to see extra details about the sea-state. Look out for crossing swells and short period local wind swells and chop that will often spoil a groundswell even if the wind is perfect. As yet there is no allowance for this in the swell rating. This is something we are working on.