Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Places to Surf in Kona

Okay, it's not the North Shore of O‘ahu, or even Waikiki for that matter. But Kona does offer a few nice surf spots for beginners and advanced wave riders. What's more, most of the destinations are just a short drive down the hill from Holualoa Inn.

The best place to learn how to surf is Kahalu‘u Beach Park in Keauhou —there are several surf schools in the vicinity that offer private and group lessons, as well as board rentals. Kahalu‘u features easily manageable conditions on the inside, where beginners can get their first taste of standing up on a board or riding the white water. Right and left reef breaks can reach six feet, appealing to both shortboarders and longboarders.

Lymans, also known as Kamoa Point
Down the road on Ali‘i Drive, two popular surf spots attract intermediate and advanced surfers. A favorite of longboarders, Lymans needs a good-sized swell in order to break. In the winter, the best swells move westerly and hit Kona straight on. Overhead conditions are rare during the summer months anywhere in Kona, but there's always the exception.

Surfer enters the water at Banyans.
Just north of Lymans, Banyans offers fast waves for advanced surfers only. Showcasing right and left breaks over shallow reefs, Banyans is great for shortboard riding; catching a barrel is not out of the realm of possibility. Longboard surfing is also possible on small days.

From our vantage point above Kailua-Kona, Holualoa Inn offers sweeping vistas of the Kona coastline. You can even check out the surf breaks from our lanai. When you book a stay at our Kona Hawaii bed-and-breakfast inn, our friendly ohana can steer you in the right direction for your surfing safari.

Innkeeper Holualoa Inn

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