Planning a surfing trip to Hawaii may seem like a played out plan, and maybe it is. But however many tourists you have to bump into, or locals you have to heed to, surfing in the Hawaiian Islands has its merits. You can’t give up an opportunity like this, for Hawaii’s rich history of surfing culture is well worth it on its own.
The gentle temperament and laid-back attitude of the Hawaiians derived a culture of surfing that has helped the sport gain popularity among citizens and stretching far across the globe. What once was an ancient ritual is now a modern sport, and at the very least deserves our recognition and appreciation for what surfing has always been.
Whether you are just starting out, or in your prime years of surfing, there’s a place for you in Honolulu. Start off your trip by choosing easy hotel accommodations. Chances are, if you’re here to surf you will be getting up before dawn to beat the crowds and catch the hottest waves. That means that you don’t need a busy or fancy hotel, just a place to lay your head. We recommend finding a hotel with minimal kitchen accommodations so that you can easily pack lunches for the long days ahead of you. The Aqua Aloha Surf is a quality hotel that, like us, tips its hat to Hawaii’s surf culture and brings us great deals while it still can.
Waikiki is one of the best places to learn how to surf, as the wave sets break easy and leave lots of room for beginners and more intermediate surfers. You can check out any of the kiosks along the Waikiki beaches for local lessons, taught by Waikiki beach boys for generations and generations.
For more advanced surfers, our best tip for you is to rent a car. Any beach that the local buses and short walks can get to will be crowded with tourists and more intermediate/beginner surfers at best. If you want to get to the spots that you see on all the greatest surf movies, you’ll have to do your share of searching. Ask a local for advice, and not the concierge. You’ll find that Hawaiians don’t mind giving up a local spot to a friendly face. Use your intuition, surf culture isn’t as gritty in Hawaii as it is in other places like say, Santa Cruz, California, but it has an edge and appreciation that you won’t find anywhere else.
The North Shore in the winter is where you’ll find all the pro surfers from around the world tearing up Hawaii’s most famous waves. Check out these spots to catch some wisdom and true Mahalo spirit from the key players.
And last but not least, be adventurous! Hawaii has so much to offer in the way of surfing and other extreme sports like paragliding, windsurfing, and good old-fashioned boogie boarding. There are countless places to do these activities at inexpensive costs. When the world is at your fingertips my friends, you’ve got to seize the day and grab what’s yours!