Surf school - a group of surfboarding students headed into an ocean swell/

Best Surf Spots in Lahaina

Lahaina and the areas south of Lahaina have small waves breaking during most of the year, but you’ll find summer has the most consistent surf and the best swells. From beginner to expert and every skill level between, here are the area’s best surf spots, the types of waves waiting for you, and rentals if you need them.

A surfer rides a wave at Koki Beach in Hana, Maui.

East Maui Surfing

Surfing in East Maui is reserved for only intermediate and advanced surfers. Here’s where to go for the best surfing in Pa‘ia and Hana, where to rent boards, and schools in the area that cater to more skilled surfers.

A surfer tests his mettle against a large wave at the Eddie Aikau Invitational.

The Eddie Surf Tournament, O‘ahu

Learn about The Eddie, an annual yet elusive one-day event that honors the late North Shore waterman Eddie Aikau and the surfers who dedicate their lives to riding giant waves.

Surfboards for rent on Waikiki Beach.

Best Surf Spots in Waikiki

Synonymous with surfing, Waikiki is home to a host of excellent surf spots. Whether you are a longboarder, shortboarder, experienced, novice, or first-timer, there’s a number of breaks that suit all abilities. Here are the best of the best for everyone.

Hulopo‘e Beach on Lana‘i, Hawaii.

Best Surf Spots on Lana‘i

The best surf spots on Lana‘i cater to more experienced surfers for the most part, but that doesn’t mean beginners are out of luck. With one exception, getting to these locations is going to take more than simply parking at the beach, and the trade-off there is that you won’t have the same crowds at the more accessible beach. With all that said, here’s where to go, plus rental shops and lessons.

A surfer on a longboard turns into a crumbling wave.

Costa Rica’s Best Surf Spots

For many, the search for the perfect wave has ended in Costa Rica, the “Hawaii of Latin American surf.” You’re spoiled for choice, with dozens of world-class venues and no shortage of surf camps, surf schools, and rental outlets. Out of them all, for beginners to experts and all through the year, here are the best places to catch a wave in Costa Rica.

Surf boards in red and white on a Maui beach in Hawaii.

Best Surf Spots in South Maui

It’s the southwest swells of summer that bring the best waves to South Maui, but large northwest winter swells can also wrap into select areas to provide the occasional out of season surf. Here’s where to go for beginner, intermediate and advanced surfers.

A surfer gets out in front of an enormous wave on the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii.

Surfing in Hale‘iwa and Turtle Bay

Dubbed the “Seven Mile Miracle,” O‘ahu’s North Shore has more high-quality surf breaks packed into the scenic coastline from Hale‘iwa to Turtle Bay than in any other place in the world. Here’s where to join surfers from around the world on these legendary waves.

Lei-covered statue of Duke Kahanamoku in Waikiki.

Hawaiian History: The Story of the Waikiki Beachboys

If there’s something about Waikiki that sets it apart from other tropical sea destinations, it’s the Waikiki beachboys. Hailing back a century, the Waikiki beachboy culture has evolved with the changing face of tourism in Hawaii, but the gentlemen in the red shorts still practice the same core values of sharing the sports of surfing, outrigger canoe riding, and aloha with visitors.