Big Wave Season on Oahu
Grab your surf boards and binoculars — Big Wave season has officially rolled in! World famous for picturesque vistas and astounding surf competitions, Oahu has nothing but the best beaches to offer to visitors year-round. From late October to mid-March, things really get exciting as Northern Pacific storms send big swells our way. From the annual Van’s Triple Crown of Surfing to the seldom-held yet always exciting “The Eddie” surf competition the island is booming with big waves. Visit The Aloha Surf Guide for the latest information on this season’s surf competitions all over Oahu.
If you find yourself wanting to explore the surf, sand, or marine life, we have compiled a list of some of the most exciting beaches to visit during big wave season here on Oahu:
1.Hanauma Bay :
Have you ever been to a beach nestled in a volcanic crater, and home to some of the world’s most beautiful tropical sea life? Hanauma Bay, one of Oahu’s most popular snorkeling sites boasts both of these unique characteristics. This beach is definitely a must-see. Just keep in mind that the Bay is closed every Tuesday to give the fish a traffic-free day in their natural habitat. There is a large parking lot ($1 per car) that fills up early in the day. This beach charges $7.50 admission per person (13 and older). Admission is free for children, residents, and military stationed in Hawaii. A shuttle to and from the beach to the parking lot is available for $1 each way, making this beach handicap accessible. Please call 808-396-4229 for a recorded message with all current fees, times, conditions.
2. Kaimana Beach
, also known as Sans Souci (French for “without a care”) is a popular beach located on the South Shore of Oahu. The water is shallow and tends to be calmer nearshore, making this a good spot for families, swimmers, and beginning kayakers.
3. Looking for a relaxing day in the sand and surf?
Then head over to the windward side to Kailua Beach and Kailua Beach Park. Once rated the best beach in the entire country, this slice of paradise is sure to impress both first-time and repeat visitors to Oahu, particularly those looking to escape the hubbub of Waikiki.
4. Makapu’u Beach
and Beach Park is the Eastern most point on all of Oahu. This beach is popular for body surfing, but the surf changes frequently and can be quite dangerous in the winter. Relax on the beach or walk up to Makapu’u point lookout on the cliffs above for breathtaking vistas as the sun rises over the ocean and sets behind the pali. Sealife Park is located less than a mile away for a closer look at marine life, or for an evening Luau.
5. Check out Sunset Beach
on the North Shore for some of the biggest waves on the island. This beach is the site of many surf competitions and surf films. While you might want to stay out of the water here in the winter due to the size of the waves and unpredictability of the currents, you’re sure to see some monstrous waves and seasoned surfers gracing the waters.
Please keep in mind that big waves are only for the pros, and conditions change frequently. Please click here to see current conditions on Oahu’s various beaches.
For those who prefer to wade in the smaller waves, the lagoon and Duke’s Beach right outside of the Ilikai are tough to beat for their tranquility, ample space, and convenience. Lounge on the sand or grass, or rent a stand-up paddle board or kayak if you are feeling adventurous. For more information on water activity rentals at the lagoon, please click here. We hope to see you soon, on the beautiful beaches of Oahu!