BIG ISLAND SURFING
Honolii is a very popular Big Island surfing spot. North of Hilo, it has limited streetside parking and a series of steps leading down the hillside to the beach, but ultimately visitors are rewarded with fun waves and a great place to sunbathe.
Isaac Hale Beach Park, also known as Pohoiki, is one of Puna’s favorite surf spots, with a break just off the oceanfront park’s boat launch. It is favored by shortboarders, who rip up the fast-breaking waves.
Lyman’s is one of the many breaks visible from Kailua-Kona’s coastal road, Alii Drive. Like many of the Big Island surfing spots along this coast, there is lots of jagged lava, so it’s best to check first with the local surfers on conditions and where best to paddle out.
SUN, SAND & SURF – ABOUT BIG ISLAND BEACHES
As the youngest island in the Hawaiian Chain, Hawaii Island has not had as much geological time to create as many beaches as, say, Kauai or Oahu. In fact, new beachfront property is being created along the southern coastline where fresh lava is pouring into the sea daily. And, yet, there are still plenty of great beaches all around the Big Island, if you know where to go, especially along Kona’s “Gold Coast.” The calm waters around Hilo offer fun snorkeling and safe swimming, while Hilo Bay sometimes gets good size surf in the winter months. Surfers also find their share of waves at Puna’s Isaac Hale Beach Park, at Honolii, a popular break just north of Hilo, and at various breaks along the vast Kona Coast. Seasonal surf comes to Hawaii’s south shores in the summer and to its north shores in the winter months. It is always advisable to swim only at lifeguard-attended beaches.
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