Waikiki and the South Shore
South Shore Surf Spots:
- Ala Moana Bowls – Experts Only (Breaks in front of the Ala Wai Boat Harbor)
- Fours – In Front of the Army Museum
- Populars – Good Longboard spot, East of Fours
- Canoe’s – Good long board spot, straight out in front of Kuhio Beach
- Queen’s – Fun wave on the East end of the Kuhio beach park
- Public’s – Just East of Queen’s, which is pretty shallow
- Old Mans / Tongg’s – Outer reef for longboarding
- Diamond Head (West End near Makalei Beach)
Oahu’s North Shore
North Shore Surf Spots:
- Banzai Pipeline / Backdoor – Is the most famous break on the North Shore, and the world’s most dangerous surf break. It earned that reputation during the ‘60s and ‘70s when the “bullet” waves there were ridden by only the bravest surfers. It requires a long paddle out, and the waves are extremely powerful and unpredictable. The Banzai Pipeline can be accessed from the Banzai side. You’ll know once you see the crowd of people waiting to catch a glimpse of the surfers in action. The Banzai pipeline is best for experienced surfers. The “Backdoor” is a break almost directly opposite the Banzai Pipeline. It’s the calm water behind Banzai Pipeline.
- Turtle Bay – This break is right in front of the Turtle Bay hotel, so it’s great if you’re staying nearby. It’s a break with small, gentle waves that are ideal for beginners.
- Sunset Beach – Is a long stretch of reef & sand where you can find a number of breaks to suit your skill level. The main Sunset break is for experts only, as the surf goes XL here in the winter and is challenging for the best surfers in the world. There is an inside section towards Haleiwa called Keiki’s, which is usually a bit more tame than the main Sunset break.
- Waimea Bay – This is a great place to watch XXL surf in the wintertime. The traffic comes to a stop here in the winter, when the swell is pumping, but it’s worth the wait.
- Rocky point
- Off The Wall
- Haleiwa Aliʻi Beach
- Chun’s Reef
- Ehukai Beach
West Coast of Oahu
- Makaha Beach Park – is widely considered to be one of the premier surf breaks in the world. The Makaha Beach Break is best for experienced surfers, but you can have fun on a longboard here. The rest of the east coast is good for more intermediate-level surfers. There are hidden gems on this side of the island as well if you’re willing to explore