Waikiki Surfing: Where to catch your next wave.
Aloha. Welcome to Hawaii and the start of your Waikiki surfing adventure. I’m guessing you have made your way to Hawaii for the translucent warm waters and to catch a few waves. Perfect! You are in the right spot.
Waikiki is home to the majority of tourism in Hawaii and its easy to understand why. Lovely beaches, endless shopping and a plethora of nightlife and dining options. Waikiki is also home to some easy surf that is perfect for beginners and enjoyable for all types of surfers. Let’s begin so you can get yourself a few party waves.
Where to Rent a Surfboard in Waikiki
You can rent a surfboard in Waikiki at Dive Oahu, Moku, Polynesian Hostel or a handful of other spots. Didn’t bring your board along for the trip? Not a problem. There are more than enough places to grab your surfing vessel and enjoy your time in the waters. Dive Oahu is located behind the Duke Kahanamoku Statue and can set you up for your daily adventure.
Waikiki Surfboard Rentals:
- Moku. A few blocks from the beach, Moku has knowledgeable and friendly employees that provide solid boards and good rental rates
- Polynesian Hostel is a popular hostel only two blocks from the beach and they can set you up for $12/day if your’e a guest and $15 if not.
Where to Surf in Waikiki
In Waikiki, you can surf from Pops to Queens to Canoes and all will vary depending on the conditions. Waikiki is blessed with plenty of small, leisurely waves that make up the beachfront, so access is quick and easy. Best bet is to head to the beach and evaluate conditions and see what fits your ability. If you’re still unsure, ask any outfitter or someone who looks like they have some surfing knowledge.
How Big are the waves in Waikiki?
The waves in Waikiki are not big and typically don’t pose a threat to anyone. The sizes usually are in the few foot range and really meant for beginners or someone looking to get out and have some fun. They don’t call Waikiki home of the party wave for no reason.
Where can I get Surf Lessons in Waikiki?
Just pop up! JK. If you need lessons ask at your board rental provider and they will make sure you are covered. The rental providers I listed above all have surf instructors.
Grab a beer or some food and relish in your accomplishments of the day. Some solid places to grab a beer or a bite include:
- Musubi Cafe IYASUME
- ABC Stores
- Paia Fish Market – $7 Taco and Beer combo is your best bet in Honolulu. Shoutout Steggs for the big kine advice.
- Foodland – Not the closest access in Waikiki but still doable
Waikiki Surfing & Beyond
Waikiki surfing is suitable for any and all. The long, gentle breaks make perfect for beginners and just as much fun for advanced. One of the best parts of about surfing in Waikiki has to be the views. Diamond head’s volcanic mountain sits in the distance, complemented by a beachfront of endless palm trees and tourists. If you aren’t enjoying the waves, relish in the postcard view from your board.
Have you surfed Waikiki before? What was your experience like? Need a bigger break or heading to the North Shore? Read 5 North Shore Stops You Wan’t To Make to discover the beauty of the north shore.
What else? Have you done any hiking while on Oahu? Oahu is home to some of the worlds most famous hikes and it would be a shame if you didn’t do at least one of them! Read here to see what Hikes in Hawaii are worth checking off of your list.
Hawaii isn’t just one big island! If you are feeling the need to spread your wings and get a different island vibe, do it. Options seem endless here because the activities never stop. Slow down the pace on the Big Island or head to Maui for the internationally recognized, Road to Hana.
Thanks for reading and hope to hear from you guys!