When we think of Hawai`i, one of the first images that come to mind is a gorgeous beach with swaying palm trees and a golden sun setting the blue Pacific ablaze as a brave surfer slices across a perfectly formed wave. While you might not be ready to tackle the giant winter waves of the North Shore just yet, any of our guests interested in the traditional Hawaiian art form of surfing have plenty of opportunities to try for themselves.
A Break For Everyone
O`ahu has surfing spots for people of all skill levels, from beginners to experts. Here, where surfing was invented, you can connect with the ocean as the native Hawaiians did when they first pioneered the sport. Staying with us at Beach Villas Hawaii you are close to beautiful Kalaeloa Bay, a great spot for beginners. Oahu Surf HNL offers lessons here, including an ohana package where you and your family can spend the day with an instructor.
The famed beaches of Waikiki – just 30 minutes away – feature gentle waves and easy breaks as well. Here, thanks to a plethora of Oahu surf shops and rental facilities, you can learn to surf in the shadows of Hawaiian legends.
Simply the Best
If you are seeking the pinnacle of O`ahu surf spots, you won’t want to miss these top 5 surf spots, in increasing order of experience required:
Kewalos is convenient to the residents of Honolulu and is not far from the beach resorts of Waikiki (it is about 25 miles from Ko Olina). With breakwaters and headlands, it features gentle and consistent breaks thanks to the offshore reef and south-facing coast line. It is a great spot for beginners as well.
One of the most popular spots thanks to its consistent conditions is Ala Moana Bowls. Located just off the protected sands of Ala Moana Beach Park in the heart of Honolulu (and on the edge of Waikiki), “Bowls” is perfect for intermediate surfers with 1 to 4-foot swells, with the occasional larger set (up to 12-feet) rolling through.
Sandy Beach, on the east coast, is famed for its vicious shore break, so it is not great for swimming. The perfectly sculpted waves, however, are heaven for surfers and boogie boarders alike and are good practice for beginners who are confident enough to get outside the break.
On the North Shore about 45 minutes from Ko Olina the aptly named Sunset Beach is a world-class and world-famous Ko Olina surfing spot. Sunset has consistent summer swells for intermediate surfers, but it becomes a different break – and beach – altogether when the massive waves of winter roll in.
Moving down the North Shore you come to Banzai Pipeline. The rollers here form massive tubes, crashing over coral just feet below the surface. This adrenaline rush is not for the uninitiated, but makes for great surf watching.
Oahu Surf Alternatives
If Ko Olina surfing is not for you, try your hand at standup paddleboarding (SUP) or outrigger canoe surfing. These activities still let you feel the ocean’s power and majesty, but with less exposure to the elements. Rentals and tours can be found across the island for you to enjoy during your Oahu vacation.