Bodyboarding and bodysurfing at Sandy Beach on O’ahu.

Windward O‘ahu Water Sports

Onshore winds leave little in the way of consistent, good quality waves for surfing windward O’ahu. On the other hand, sports like sailboarding and kitesurfing that flourish in the windy conditions are popular in this region.

Rocks jut out of the sand at Hanalei Bay on Kauai's northern shore.

Best Beaches in Hanalei, Kaua‘i

The best beaches in Hanalei are along Hanalei Bay & Waikoko Beach, all excellent for sun, sand, and surf. Hanalei Bay is big, popular, and full of conveniences, while Waikoko is smaller and less-crowded but still located close to Hanalei’s amenities.

Spectators on the beach watch surfers ride Oahu's famous pipeline.

Wintertime Surf in Hawaii

Hawaii is known for its giant wintertime surf and December is one of the best months to be a surf spectator as waves on Hawaii’s north- and west-facing shores can easily reach 20 to 40 feet high.