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Hawaii’s Most Famous Surf Beaches

The most well-known sport in Hawaii is surfing, and the sport has always been closely associated with the islands. On various breaks around Hawaii the sport has been cultivated, and even today, many of the best surfers in the world are from Hawaii. The ancient Hawaiians are credited with inventing the sport near Waikiki, and the legendary Duke Kahanamoku perfected riding the waves on the same breaks. Today, visitors come from around the world and take surf lessons from local pros on the same waves, and when the winter swells pick up, look out!

In the winter, waves reach mesmerizing heights and the massive breaks host some of the best surf competitions in the world. The Triple Crown of Surfing takes place each year and consists of the top events featuring surfers from around the world. Surfing and Hawaii just go together, and finding the beaches that are famous for surfing is easy. Even if there are no waves, the beaches are still incredible and a great place to spend a day.

Oahu’s top surf beaches are found on the North Shore, and include:

  • Waimea Bay
  • Banzai Pipeline
  • Sunset Beach
  • Waikiki Beach

Oahu is where the most well-known beaches are found, but it isn’t the only island that features incredible surf spots. One of the most treacherous, and biggest, surf breaks in the world is on Maui at Pe’ahi, where the waves reach dizzying heights and have seen some of the biggest waves on record.

Maui’s most famous surf beaches are located around the island, and include:

  • Jaws (Pe’ahi)
  • Honolua Bay
  • Olowalu
  • Ma’alea
  • Ho’okipa

Though the Big Island and Kauai do feature surf beaches, these are more known among the locals. They may not be the surf spots that created the legends of the surf world, but locals have been riding these breaks for as long as they have lived here and the sport of surfing ha been around.

Big Island’s surf spots include:

  • Banyans
  • Pine Trees
  • Lymans
  • Kahalu’u
  • Honoli’i

Top surf breaks on Kauai include:

  • Anahola Bay
  • Hanalei Bay
  • Nawiliwili Bay
  • Hanapepe
  • Kekaha

Get out and find your destinations best surf beaches and if the waves are up, get ready for a treat. The waves draw crowds and surfers from around the world, and seeing these giant waves will be a highlight of your trip. Even if you are just staring out at a beautiful beach, the sites will be well worth the trip.

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