The Essential Guide To P-Pass
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Pack Up & Head For P-Pass
It’s North swell season and the staff in the World Surfaris office have been getting a lot of questions about that mystical wave in the west pacific, P-Pass. To help ease their workload during this party season we thought we would post the answers to the ten most common questions regarding the one and only Palikir Pass.
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1. Is it always big and scary?
That’s the most common question! Those big swells that get posted all over the internet and the covers of magazines are a once or twice a year event. The rest of the time we expect waves between 3-6ft. Typically low tide will be heavier and more hollow, while high tide is softer and more rippable. You can surf P-Pass at any tide.
2. Does it get crowded?
No. Not really. Is fifteen guys a crowd? The only busy times are usually the days around a big swell that pro’s have flown in for. But as I already mentioned these are once or twice a year. This month (Dec) the most guys I have seen in the lineup were eight.
3. Is it consistent?
Between late October and mid-March we expect to have some waves every week. The massive swells are quite rare, but the small and mid-sized swells happen regularly.
4. Can you paddle out from the island to the wave?
No definitely not, but we have the best fleet of boats on the island. If the surf is on, there are PSC boats going to the Pass every day.
5. What size boards do I need?
Your usual board, plus a couple step-ups will do. We also have some boards here to hire.
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6, How many other waves are there nearby?
There is a wave we like to surf when the Pass is massive and for pro’s only. It’s a long right, usually a quarter of the size (of P-Pass) but so perfect. Then there is Main pass - a great wave but extremely shallow and dangerous. Just up the coast is Lighthouse – a big shifty right, around the corner is Mwand pass – a good early and late season wave, and two or three secret lefts that we surf if the wind goes W/NW. Most days you are here to surf P-Pass but if the conditions are good for the other waves we will get you there!
7. How’s the fishing?
The fishing can be amazing. Marlin, Yellow Fin, Mahi, Wahoo, GT.
8. What about the food and nightlife?
This is not Bali! We have small island style bars and restaurants. It’s all we need! Guests seem to like it! If you like fresh fish - Pohnpei is known for the world’s best Poke!
9. Is it a luxury hotel?
Pohnpei Surf Club is comfortable and practical for a surf trip! It’s a one minute walk to the dock where you get on the boat each morning. We have a nice bar and sushi restaurant next door and café’s nearby. It’s definitely not the Maldives but it is clean and comfortable and there is free Wifi.
10. Will my wife enjoy it?
If she loves to surf /snorkel/fish/hike/watch you surf and be on a boat, yes! But remember that there are no beaches, and to go swimming/snorkeling requires a boat trip.
11. And finally! How do I get there?
Pohnpei is not the easiest island to get to but that’s why it’s so uncrowded. We think it is well worth the effort.
World Surfaris have the inside information on all the latest flight options, so let's get this trip happening! Call us for a chat today!
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