About Arrifana

This cresent shaped, cliff lined bay is probably the region's best known beach and has always been a popular spot for locals, visiting surfers and surf schools. It is one of the only protected spots on this stretch of exposed coastline, so is a good option in bigger swells or unfavourable winds. The undemanding beach works through the tides and is usually buzzing with surfers of all levels, from first timers to local rippers hussling over the mediocre left and right walls. On the northern edge of the bay is the right hand point which peels down the rocky fringe towards the harbour breakwater. It needs to be well over head high to clear the many boulders in the line-up, but once the swell fills in the wave lines up offering long, winding walls for experts only - there are still a couple of huge rocks to clear on the inside. It is a case of the bigger the better here.

Source: Arrifana Surf Guide

Ability Level

Intermediate - advanced

Beg Int Adv

All abilities on the beach - point for experienced surfers due to rocks.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

The point is focussed and competitive.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Beach is crowded - point is less so.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

High quality, heavy point break that is only really rideable when well over head high, offering long, walling righthanders with a couple of large boulders to negotiate near the end section. The beach is fun for all comers.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Long paddles to the point, heavy if caught inside.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty


Additional Information


The point is a serious wave with rocks in the line-up and on the inside, rips. Watch for big bailed boards at the beach.


There is parking on the road down to the beach, or in the cliff top car park.

Bring Your

Shortboard, bodyboard


Sand and rock

Best Season

Best in big winter swells December - February.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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