The Best Bodysurfing in Hawaii

Looking for the best bodysurfing in Hawaii? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Hawaii. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top bodysurfing spots in and near Hawaii

  • Honolulu, Hawaii

    Hike the Makapu'u Point Lighthouse Trail

    4.4
    2.5 mi / 708 ft gain
    If you're looking to get moving and get your heart rate up or want a place to snap great photos, start with hiking to Makapu’u Lighthouse. The lighthouse was built in 1909 on a 600-ft cliff, which overlooks Makapu’u beach. The hike is more of an uphill walk and can be done in sandals unless you’...
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  • Honolulu, Hawaii

    Cliff Jump at China Walls

    5.0
    I was told about this spot by a friend who lived there for a little, and it turned out to be amazing. The waves break and crash right against the wall where you can catch a wave or just jump right in. No long beach to walk on, few people, and amazing blue water.Head towards Koko Kai Mini Beach Pa...
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  • Lahaina, Hawaii

    Beach Day at Kaanapali Beach

    4.5
    Kaanapali Beach is about a 45-minute drive from Kahului Airport, and only two miles from Lahaina.  Nearly all of the seaside resorts here back right up to the beach, making it an ideal place to stay if beach time is your top priority.  If you are not staying on Kannapali, there are several pay-to...
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  • Kilauea, Hawaii

    Relax at Kauai's Secret Beach

    4.8
    Is a so-called ‘secret beach’ that sits on Secret Beach Road considered secret anymore? Perhaps not, but don’t let that deter you from exploring the depths of Kauai’s renown Kauapea Beach, more widely known as Secret Beach.The 3,000-foot long north shore beach is known for it’s size, privacy, and...
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  • Waimea, Hawaii

    Backpack Waimanu Valley

    4.3
    15.3 mi / 7300 ft gain
    Prep: Before you go, you must book purchase a permit/campsite for the number of nights that you wish spend. You can get the permits online from the State of Hawaii Department of Natural Resources Website. There are 9 sites located within the valley and some are most definitely better than other...
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  • Princeville, Hawaii

    Diving in Paradise at Hideaway's Beach

    4.7
    This beach is easily found by driving into Princeville and heading toward the St. Regis hotel. The trail to the beach is just before you arrive at the hotel. There is a small public parking lot on the right, which leads to the trail. If the lot is full, don't worry, the St. Regis Resort will vale...
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  • Honolulu, Hawaii

    Bodysurfing at Sandy Beach

    5.0
    If you’re looking to get away from the over-crowded beaches in Waikiki or you’re looking for a consistent bodysurfing spot with waves year-round, look no further. Sandy Beach is on the east side of the island and is exposed to wind swell most of the year. If you’re not a strong swimmer, we strong...
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  • Laie, Hawaii

    Bodysurf at Pounders

    4.2
    Pounders is located just south of La'ie Beach Park. Pounders can get big during winter months, with waves bouncing and barreling off of the cliff to the south. Mostly though, the waves are much more mellow and fun for just about anyone. If you continue to walk along the shore and round the corner...
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  • Koloa, Hawaii

    Explore Gillin's Beach

    4.5
    To get to this beach, first make sure your vehicle can handle dirt roads. Follow the road out of Poipu east (this is where it turns to dirt) follow until road until it "T"'s into another dirt road., turn right. After the security gate (public access is fine) there is a fork in the road, stay righ...
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  • 12-7194 Kalapana - Kapoho Road, Hawaii

    Swim at Kehena Black Sand Beach

    5.0
    This beach lives up to Hawaii’s stunning fame. You can park in the curved area that is set away from the road, or along the street. Follow the little signs down the trail to the beach. It’s a bit of a scamper down some lava rocks to get there, so be careful.  A highlight of this beach is that it ...
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  • Honolulu, Hawaii

    Bodysurfing Point Panic

    5.0
    Have you seen Come Hell or Highwater? No? You should and then you should head to Point Panic on the South Shore to see some of bodysurfing's best showing off. If you're a good swimmer with a fair amount of bodysurfing experience, grab your fins and head out for a few. Make sure you're respectful ...
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  • Waikoloa Village, Hawaii

    Catch a Sunset at Anaehoomalu Point

    0.5 mi / 20 ft gain
    This beach is a great if you're looking for a more secluded beach in Waikoloa Village.  Rarely are there more than ten people there even during sunset when people flock to the beach.   If you aren't staying at the Hilton next door then this spot is a little harder to access. There are two beach a...
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