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The 5 Best Surf Spots in Honolulu
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The 5 Best Surf Spots in Honolulu

Picture of Camille Carr-Harris
Updated: 9 February 2017
Honolulu is the capital of the Hawaii archipelago and is located on the southern shore of the island of Oahu. It is well known for its iconic crescent beaches, which surfers from all over the world flock to. Listed below are the best surf spots in the surf capital of the world.
Ala Moana Sunset l © Kyle Nishioka/Flickr
Ala Moana Sunset l | © Kyle Nishioka/Flickr
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Ala Moana Bowls

Local beach with amazing waves

The beach is a popular spot among local surfers, and is best suited towards intermediate and professional surfers. Waves are typically one to four feet high, but can occasionally reach up to 12 feet. The convenient location of the beach – between Sunset and Makaha – make it the ideal place to go after working in the city. The Magic Island side of the beach has a beautiful stretch of sand, while the Harbor side has the Hilton beaches. Overall, the Bowls are a fantastic place to surf!

Address: 1401 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI, USA

Surfing on the North Shore - near Sunset Beach
Surfing on the North Shore – near Sunset Beach l | © Daniel Ramirez/Flickr
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Sunset Beach

Famous beach with a spectacular vista

Surfers enjoy this beach, located on the north shore of Oahu, and revere the giant waves that come in the winter. It was home to the Duke Kahanamoku Invitational Surfing Championships until 1985, and therefore is quite well known. Today, Sunset Beach hosts the prestigious Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, which is part of the World Surf League. The beach is absolutely breathtaking, but not recommended for beginners due to the extensive coral formations that dot the coast.

Address: 59-104 Kamehameha Highway, Haleiwa, Oahu, HI, USA

Surfer at Banzai Pipeline
Surfer at Banzai Pipeline | © Mandolin Davis/WikiCommons
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Banzai Pipeline

Daring surfers take on big waves

Pipeline brings a diverse crowd of locals, professionals and spectators to its notoriously big waves during the winter months. Powerful waves often break over a sharp reef no more than a few feet from the ocean surface. These massive tubes make it one of the most dangerous beaches in Hawaii, but add to the adrenaline rush surfers get when riding an amazing wave.

Address: Ehukai Beach Park, Haleiwa, HI, USA

Sandy Beach - High Surf
Sandy Beach – High Surf l | © Daniel Ramirez/Flickr
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Sandy Beach

The best beach on South Oahu

This gorgeous beach is a great local hangout where experienced boogie boarders, bodysurfers and surfers gather to enjoy the crystal clear water. The waves are simply perfect – big enough to give surfers a great ride while also tame enough to give beginners good practice. While the currents can occasionally be rough, it is overall a great beach for all kinds of surfers.

Address and Telephone Number: 8801 Kalanianaole Highway, Honolulu, HI, USA +808 373 8013

Surfing during the South Swell
Surfing during the South Swell l | © Daniel Ramirez/Flickr
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Kewalos

The perfect place for beginners

The water is fantastic for long boarding, short boarding, stand-up paddling, and surfing. It is truly a hidden gem with a great location next to Ala Moana Beach Park and across from the Ward Shopping Center. The breaks are generally fairly gentle, making it the ideal place for beginners to start learning the great sport of surfing.

Address and Telephone Number: 1125 Ala Moana Blvd B1, Honolulu, HI, USA +808 587 1849

Camille Carr-Harris