The Best Surfing in Hawaii

Looking for the best surfing 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 surfing spots in and near Hawaii

  • Haleiwa, Hawaii

    Turtle Beach

    5.0
    Laniakea beach or Lani’s, is a world-class surf break located on the North Shore. It is also referred to as “Turtle beach”, because this natural sanctuary attracts so many of the endangered Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle or “Honu”...making this the perfect place to see a few up close. If you're drivi...
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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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  • Honolulu, Hawaii

    Diamond Head Beach Park

    4.0
    Diamond head has a couple of good breaks close to town if you're looking to get away from the crowds at Waikiki Beach. There are easy trails down to the beach and channels to paddle out in - the paddle is a little long, so mentally prepare yourself. The two main breaks are Cliffs and Lighthouse. ...
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  • Kapolei, Hawaii

    Yokohama (Keawaula Beach)

    5.0
    Getting There:   Traveling from Honolulu, follow signs toward Waianae: the H1 turns into Farrington highway (93) as you reach the west side of the island. Continue on Farrington highway until you reach the yellow gate marking the end of the road and Yokohama will greet you. As you drive through t...
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  • Kailua, Hawaii

    Kailua Beach (Shorebreaks)

    4.5
    To get here, park at Kalama Beach Park parking lot and just walk down to the beach. The break is just off to the left, look for the surfers or bodysurfers. Shorebreak's is best primarily on a wind swell with the prevailing wind onshore. It can be hella fun and a good place to learn and also to ho...
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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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  • Ewa Beach, Hawaii

    One'Ula Beach Park

    5.0
    Oneula is a nice, slow break, excellent for beginners. The waves are like White Plains, but not nearly as crowded. There is plenty of parking right on the beach, so this is a family friendly location. The vibe in the water and beach is very friendly, with people saying hi in the water and aloha o...
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  • Waianae, Hawaii

    Makua Beach

    Getting There:  From Honolulu, head west on the H1 and follow signs for Waianae. Continue as the H1 turn into Farrington highway and drive along the coast. On your way to Makua Beach you will pass through Waianae and a couple small towns; depending on your schedule you may stop at a couple beache...
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  • Lahaina, Hawaii

    Surf Honolua Bay

    4.8
    Honolua Bay is one of the best waves on the northwestern coast of Maui and offers up great waves during the winter months. The break picks up Northern swells and produces a near-perfect right-hand point break with big barrels and turn sections. There are 4 main sections to the wave: Coconuts, Out...
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  • Kahuku, Hawaii

    Camp at Malaekahana State Recreation Area

    Want to visit the beautiful North Shore but on a tight budget? Camping is the trick. On my last two trips to Oahu this has been our primary base camp for our adventures. The campground sits only a 5 minute drive east of Turtle Bay resort, right next to the town of Laie. This means is only 10-20 m...
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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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  • Kapalua, Hawaii

    Snorkel Kapalua Bay

    There are only a few Hawai'ian snorkeling gems better than Kapalua Bay. Tucked into a narrow cover along the rocks of a long dormant volcano is a beautiful sandy bay that should be on any Maui snorkeling list. The neighborhood is quiet and relaxed that surrounds a picturesque beach. Getting here ...
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  • Hanalei, Hawaii

    Relax in Hanalei Bay

    5.0
    Hanalei Bay is one of the most scenic beaches on the north shore of Kauai.  It features mountain views and a pier.  In summer, the water gets calm and clear.  It's perfect for swimming, SUP, and diving.  During the winter, the it becomes a beautiful surf spot. There are small lots for parking sca...
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