Navassa Island

Navassa Island

Caribbean Sea
LAST UPDATED 29/08/2008
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Level of surfing


Quality of surf


Net code





8 km


Marine Tropical


Very Isolated, Difficult Access

Best Months

November - January


East Carribean Dollar (XCD) - East Caribbean dollars per US dollar - 2.7 (2006)

Time Zone


Special Requirements

Private Beaches, Special Pass / Permits, Lengthy VISA Process, Non tourist Friendly


Jonathunder: Navassa Island; 200

The Caribbean, she is a harsh mistress. All of the islands in the Greater and Lesser Antilles share at least some aspect towards the North Atlantic and therefore are exposed to any passing fronts that generate of the East American Coast and transit the North Atlantic. These fronts often pass a good way to the north and swell decay can be a problem.

Regular windswell is a constant on the east coast of all of the island groups and hence there is almost always something to keep you occupied and off the rum for a few hours. too much wind can be a bad thing though and onshore days are very common, no matter how early in the morning you manage to peel yourself out of your cot and stumble down to the beach.

The third source of swell in the region are from passing hurricanes. Some of the strongest storm ever recorded on the planet file through here regularly. Technically the season spans June to November with early September being the peak. The ideal scenario is for the hurricane mass to pass clear of any inhabited areas and sit well offshore in the deep Carribean for a few days prior to disipating. The result is typically 3-5 days of western swell that lights up the hidden western points and reefs of the Caribbean. The persistant NE/E trade winds will gently fan these breaks all day long. It is then that some of the rarer points and breaks of Navassa Island come to life. Surf exploration doesent get any better than this.

what to pack

Nordelch: Flashlight; 7 January 2005

First of all, if you manage to get there, take EVERYTHING with you, because you simply won't be able to get it on the island.

Trainers, loose clothing - everything for the hot weather. Definitely take along some bug repellent spray, good sunscreen and sunglasses! Take your medicines with you (esp. anti histamine tablets). All the gear you might need and a good protection for your camera from the sand. Take a few light and casual things, nothing fashionable – you won’t need it there. Camera, adaptor, good books to read and music. Oh, yeah, booties, helmet and top will be useful on the reef break, as it can get quite shallow.

Basically all toiletries as well as you will not be able to buy much from this island.

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