Best Places to Surf in Honolulu

Tourists from all over the world come to Honolulu for the culture, environment, and most importantly, the surfing. But where do the locals say are the best places to surf? After some intense research, we believe we’ve come up with the perfect list.


  1. Kawela Bay

Kawela Bay (also known as Turtle Bay) is one of the most secluded beaches on Oahu. It’s not known for its large waves, but if you’re a beginner and just want to test out the waters, this is the perfect place to try. It’s also one of the best places on the island to do some snorkeling, offering visitors the chance to catch a glimpse of a honu (Hawaiian green sea turtle).

  1. Waimea Bay

Waimea Bay is a legendary surfing location on the North Shore. It was an influential surf spot during the dawn of big wave surfing back in the 1950s. If you’re looking for some great barrels to test out your surfing nerves, check out Waimea Bay.


  1. Sunset

Sunset beach is probably one of the most popular surfing locations in Honolulu, which means you’ll probably see a lot of tourists. Sunset beach makes up for it though with big waves, beautiful scenery, and the fact that it is the longest stretch of rideable surf spots in the world.

  1. Banzai Pipeline

Banzai Pipeline is not for the light hearted. In fact, it’s one of the most dangerous surf spots in the world. But it’s popular amongst the pros because of the powerful waves and large barrels. If you think you can handle a little danger, check out Banzai Pipeline.

Where is your favorite place to surf? Let us know in the comments or on our Facebook page.