The Five Best Beaches on Kauai For Surfing

Hawaii is known as the mecca of modern surfing. Those looking for year round big waves head to the islands in the middle of the Pacific. One of the most popular islands for surfing is Kauai, which has also produced many of the world’s best professional and amateur surfers. The “Garden Island” receives both long distance swells and waves that result from surrounding winds on all four sides of the landmass. What makes Kauai also attractive for surfers of all ability levels is its variety of difficulty throughout the island and accessible beaches and surf spots.


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Kiahuna beach is best for the beginner surfer. Located on the southeast corner of Kauai, some of the best instructors in all of Hawaii work here to train you on the first few rides. The waves are the perfect size for novices and the environment is ideal for those not confident in their skills yet. Great swimming, snorkeling and boogie boarding are also the attributes of this beach to go along with the breathtaking scenery.

For the intermediate rider, Hanalei Bay is the place to be. This north shore beach is known for the most consistent waves on all of Kauai. Another quality of Hanalei Bay is the three different areas of swell that can provide a challenge for any level of surfer. For better skilled riders, the best time to surf Hanalei Bay is in the winter as the mild waves, perfect for novices come during the summer months. With a two-mile crescent beach and picturesque view of the mountains, this surf spot rivals any in all of Hawaii without the crowds associated with the more popular bigger island areas.

Surf’s up at Hanalei Bay

Surf’s up at Hanalei Bay

Shipwreck beach is another can’t miss area for surfing. This typically sunny area of Kauai is not as crowded as some other area beaches because of it’s rockier terrain and areas of sharp coral which makes it perfect for surfing and boogie boarding. Difficulty level is dependent on weather conditions as calm days have lots to offer the beginner and intermediate rider, while rougher days will attract more advanced individuals. Shipwreck beach is located just east of the southeast tip of the island and its long, jagged shoreline is unique.

More advanced riders may want to head to the most western point of the island to hit the seventeen mile, white sand wonder of Polihale beach. With a powerful current and bigger waves, surfing here is definitely not for beginners. If in a mixed group, the other members will enjoy a dramatic beach walk framed by the rock face of Na Pali on the northern end and huge sand dunes throughout. More serene waters can also be found in Queen’s Pond to get out of the rougher waves.

The beauty of Polihale beach

The beauty of Polihale beach

Another spot for more experienced surfers can be found at Haena beach, a sandy haven nestled among the mountains on the north shore. Though calm in the summer, the waves greatly grow in size to become giant in stature during the winter months. Described as one of the most beautiful beaches on all of Kauai, Haena beach is a must for surfers and the land locked alike.

With a drive time less than ninety minutes from one end of the island to the other, surfing the waves of Kauai will never be monotonous. Visiting the island is a once in a lifetime opportunity, but living on it would be dream. The properties of Kukuiula provide permanent residence on the southeast corner of the island, minutes away from many of the surfing spots listed above. This luxury real estate opportunity also provides golfing, swimming and a private club. There may be no better place for surfing enthusiasts to live.

Two additional surfing areas just minutes from Kukuiula are Kalapaki beach and Kealia beach. Both these beaches are along the eastern shore of Kauai with Kalapaki beach offering surf for a variety of ability levels in a natural harbor. Kealia beach is known for its constantly evolving sand bar and intermediate, but regular surfing conditions. These only add to the variety of conditions throughout the entire year that can be found in Kauai, one of the best Hawaiian Islands for surfing.


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