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Where to See Hawaii’s Big Waves

With the significantly cooler temperatures, and the harsh weather that has hit the Mainland, we’re happy to report that we are still experiencing warm and sunny weather throughout the Hawaiian Islands. Though we’ve had some rain, the weather remains perfect and we’re happy to be living life in Hawaii. However, the most exciting time of the year is upon us, and the big waves are pounding the island’s shores!

During Hawaiian winters, surf swells shift, bringing large waves and the best surfing to the northern shores of the island. All over Hawaii, surfers are riding big waves at some of the best beaches in the world, including the trio of beaches along North Shore Oahu. The big waves and ideal surf conditions means the top surfers arrive for the most renowned surf competitions in the world, known as the Vans World Cup of Surfing. And the surf isn’t limited to Oahu. All islands, see the bump on the North Shore, including Jaws on Maui.

At this point, you may be asking yourself “how do I see these big waves?!?” We have the answers, and the best way for you to catch a glimpse of the legendary surf breaks that have helped to make Hawaii the surf mecca that it is.

The best way to see the surf beaches on Oahu is by taking a tour of the island, with stops along the North Shore beaches that host the competitions. Stops at Haleiwa Ali’I Beach Park, Banzai Pipeline, and Sunset Beach show off the stunning beaches of the country, and beginning in early November, show off the incredible waves that are breaking just offshore. These events draw large crowds, hoping to watch their favorite surfer score big on some of the biggest waves you will ever see, and even if there aren’t any competitions, you can still see incredible waves and locals surfing these breaks.

Each island has its own great locations to catch big waves and marvel at surfers who have grown up on these breaks. While the waves are up, and the surf is an amazing site to see, it is advised to stay out of the water as the currents are very strong and the crashing waves create conditions that only the most experienced surfers and expert swimmers should tackle. Enjoy the island’s top beaches for the big waves and discover the breaks that Hawaii is known for with us during your trip to Hawaii.

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