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For many, a trip to Hawaii is synonymous with surfing, as it should be. Hawaii is known by many as the birthplace of surfing, and some of the best surfers the world has ever seen came from the islands in the middle of the Pacific. The Big Island’s rugged terrain, where the natural landscape is molded by the rawness and beauty of lava rock makes for a different style of surf than many are used to. However, pristine beaches and crashing surf are plentiful, you just need to know where to look. Be careful, riptides and currents are especially strong so always surf with a buddy, and as always, respect the beach, the water, and the locals when paddling out.

For beginners, it is best to get a surf lesson before embarking on a surf session. Kona Town SurfKahaluu Surf & SeaHawaii Lifeguard Surf Instructors, and FBI Surf School all offer great lessons where you will be up on your feet in no time!

  • Kahalu’u

    This is probably the most accessible surf spot in Kona and most recommended for beginners. Located right off of Ali’i Dr. near the mile 5 marker at the south end of town, Kahalu’u is a popular destination for not only surfing, but also snorkeling. The park has amenities that most surf spots don’t, like a parking lot (with a snack truck regularly on location), bathrooms and showers, and lifeguards. There’s also a great little surf shop right across the street called Kahalu’u Bay Surf & Sea. There you can rent equipment and boards, and sign up for surf lessons.

  • Lymans

    When Lyman’s is breaking, you can usually find cars overflowing the small parking lot across the street from Lyman’s. This left break is a favorite for many Kona surfers because of its fairly consistent and clean-breaking waves. Access this break by traveling south of Kona town on Ali’I Drive about ½ mile past Royal Poinciana Drive. If you are a visitor or new to surfing, it is best to check out a more beginner-friendly wave like Kahalu’u or Pine Trees! Always remember to respect the locals in the lineup.

  • Pine Trees

    Head north on the highway out of Kona and a few miles before you get to the airport you’ll come to a stop light at Hulikoa Drive. Take a left towards the ocean. Follow that and it will take you to Pine Trees. Known for its consistent waves and chill atmosphere, Pine trees is a favorite spot for local gatherings, celebrations, and hang outs. It’s a beautiful beach and just far enough away from town to make it feel like a remote getaway.

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