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Finest Hawaiian Surfing Spots

When you think of Hawaii, surfing is probably one of the first things that comes to mind. And for good reason. The waves are outrageous on many of Hawaii’s beaches, attracting both professional and amateur surfers from all over the world. Check out these top surfing spots around.

Jaws, Maui:

It’s said that the waves here reach up to 120 feet! As such, it’s one of the most extreme places to catch a wave on Hawaii.

Banzai Pipeline, Oahu:

The shallow reef indicative of Banzai Beach means you get some of the best tubes anywhere on Earth. This place isn’t for the faint of heart: eight surfers just in the last five years alone have been killed here.

Ke’ei, Kealakekua Bay, Big Island:

On an island with the least amount of awesome surf spots compared to the other ones, the Big Island boasts the glory of Ke’ei Beach, with a 300-yard underwater reef and consistent waves.

Ma’alaea Pipeline, Maui:

Known locally as the world’s fastest rideable wave, you can have quite a time surfing here thanks to the southern trade winds. In winter, check out the humpback whales that migrate to the area.

Ho’okipa Beach, Maui:

Let the pros handle this prime spot, as it’s got a rocky bottom and rough conditions. It’s actually a popular windsurfing spot as well.

Lopa Beach, Lanai:

Same goes for this location. Rocky and rough conditions are best left to the pros, but if you can sit and watch them for awhile, it’s pretty impressive. If you’re a beginner, don’t try the waves, as there’s a pretty strong undercurrent.

Hanalei Bay, Kauai:

Flanked by a crescent-shaped beach spanning two miles, this beach was actually said to be one of the best in the country back in 2009. The surfing is best in winter, as the summer’s waves are way too calm for any good surfing.

Ala Moana Bowls, Oahu:

Spanning a whopping 76 acres, you’ll find this spot near Waikiki, featuring big bowls due to the beating the shallow ground takes from the constant waves. Paddling 200 yards out to the reef is the hard part; the rest is gold.

Diamond Head Lighthouse, Oahu:

Part of the volcanic rock that encircles Oahu, this spot is shielded from the trade winds, making for some decent four-to-six-foot waves perfect for beginners.

Grab a board and head out for some surfing in between tours and excursions organized by Hoku Hawaii Tours. Need help finding the best surfing spots? We can help!