All of the Hawaiian islands are known as big-time surfing destinations. Surfing is a part of the culture on the islands, of course. And on Kauai, you’ll be able to find some of the best surfing you could ever imagine. In this guide, you’ll learn more about the best places to surf on Kauai, so be sure to read up and then get started planning a surfing trip of a lifetime!
On the island of Kauai, different locales will be better for surfing at different times of the year. So the best places to surf on Kauai will vary from summer to winter.
In winter, or from about November through February, it’s really the north shore that attracts the most attention. The waves get really big along the north shore beaches in the wintertime, in fact, they can even become dangerously huge and powerful.
That makes destinations such as Hanalei Bay, Kalihiwai and Haena some of the best spots to consider for advanced and experienced surfers looking for some big action and venture. Make no mistake about it, surfers come from around the world to take advantage of the big wave winters on the north shore. The north shore will have the biggest waves of anywhere on the island when they peak, typically around January, but they’ll bottom out to flat tides in the summer months.
Along the east shore, you’ll find fairly consistent small to medium-sized waves all throughout the year. This makes areas such as Nawiliwili Harbor a popular destination for tourists just learning to surf, or anybody more casual about surfing.
Once summer strikes, the south shore takes center stage. The prime months on the south shore are going to be from May to October. The waves may not get as large as they do in the winter on the north, but you’ll enjoy frequent, large swells.
All across Poipu Beach you’ll find some excellent surfing, with many different and well known individual spots along the way — surfers’ havens known as Acid Drops, PK’s and Centers, amongst many others. Of course, during prime months, surfing can get crowded at any popular destination.
Don’t forget that right here at Koloa Landing® Resort, you’ll find an on-site Kama’aina Surf and Sport location. This is your ideal place to rent a surfboard, take a private or group lesson, or even go on an offshore surfing excursion to different destinations.
You can also learn how to paddleboard, or be taken out on an unforgettable Jet Ski surfing excursion. So be sure to pay a visit to Kama’aina by our resort pool to get started taking advantage of the best surfing in Kauai!