“I first drove through the pass right in front of Beran Island on my exploratory trip through the Marshall’s in 2006. For some reason it felt like home. As it turned out, it was the best place in the atoll- with a combination of location, surf out front, and a perfect anchorage. We were really lucky to be able to secure it and the rest is history. We didn’t realize the true extent to how good the waves off the island were, we were mainly stoked on what a great anchorage it was. Most surf resorts don’t have great anchorages, although you spend all your time getting off and on boats.” – Martin Daly
Beran Island is about 45 Acres. A typical atoll sand island, covered in coconut palms, with many substantial hard wood trees as well. Beran is truly central to all the surf in the atoll, and we can see the two most consistent breaks from our new lodge. Over the last 4 years, we have been building infrastructure on the island. We have put in two miles of roads, a concrete wharf, and our main building with our off grid power station, large workshop, and 8 really comfortable rooms for up to 16 guests.
Currently we have the MV Indies Trader 2 a 45 ft fly bridge sport fisher/ day boat, a 23 foot Noosa Cat fast day boat, and 4 jet skis based at the island.
The normal routine is to range out from the island on day trips on one of the craft, depending on personal requirements. If it looks like we have a big swell that is going to last a few days, we may take one of the larger boats or both up to one of the further away passes and stay overnight or as long as the swell lasts. There is surf and great kite boarding right at the island, the most consistent waves Amnesia and the Bowl are 4 Nautical Miles East and West of Beran ( 10-15 Minute boat ride from the wharf ). Maybes – our most demanding and powerful wave is about 11 Miles to the break and Nirvana our most classic point setup is 12 Miles from the wharf. We can do day trips to both these places and always do if there is swell.
The surf in our atoll, Ailinglaplap, is the best in the Marshall’s. In 2006, Martin spent 6 months going to every single atoll and reef pass in the Marshall Islands. While we found breaks in other atolls, the waves around Beran are by far the best.
Most people try to make comparisons to Martin’s greatest discovery, the Mentawai Islands. The surf in the Marshall’s gets as good as anything in the Mentawais on the better days. We don’t get the oily calm conditions as often (though it does happen), but the swell is comparable in consistency and size. The trade winds blow from the last week in November usually the end of March. The wind blows East to North East (for the Rights) and a bit less rarely from the South East (for the lefts). As a result the wind is pretty well always offshore or side offshore. The kiters and wind surfers rate the Marshall’s as possibly the best surfing location in the world. During the season, average wind speed is usually 15-20kt range.
The Marshalls enjoys a cooler more temperate climate than Indonesia during the winter season. Temperatures are brought down by the constant North East trade winds. These winds blow pretty well constantly from November – March at between 10 and 25 knots sometimes hitting 30 knots on the odd day. Most of the surfbreaks handle the wind well, particularly at low tide with the wind being side offshore at the takeoff, becoming more offshore as the waves bend around the reef. The water temperature though remains in the 80’s. Mosquitos are not a problem and there is no malaria. Generally speaking, the islands and the surrounding reefs are a pristine marine environment.
The areas on and surrounding Beran Island are a waterman’s paradise. Surf off the island, follow the swell by taking one of the boats to a reef pass, dive wrecks and pristine reefs, fish for marlin, explore empty sandy coconut islands. We guarantee you will never have a lack of activities and will always be stoked.