Along the whole Kona coast, there is plenty of surf on tap! But what if I am new to surfing? Where is it safe? Where do I go? If you are a new to intermediate surfer on the Big Island of Hawai’i, this is the place for you!
1. Kahalu’u Beach Park
Kahalu’u is a dream for someone picking up this addicting hobby. There is plenty of parking with a decent sized beach to lay on. Easy access to get into the water with a lifeguard always on duty. The water is on the deeper side, but you can possibly still get cut on the reef. (very minimal chance) There is almost always a surf school or surf instructor(s) out. If you have any questions or want to rent out gear/lessons, they are a terrific choice. If all that hasn’t caught your eye, you can grab a quick bite and multiple food vendors near the parking lot area.
Pinetrees or the proper Hawaiian name “Kohanaiki Beach Park” is a Massive beach with tons of different surf breaks. There is plenty of parking with restrooms and fresh water to rinse the salt off with. The restroom is located on the south end of the beach, as well with the most friendly surf break. Towards the south end it is a bit more sandy, but still a rocky entrance. This beach has beginner to advanced surfers so please show your etiquette respectfully. Also be mindful of the rocks and reef; This place can get much more shallow in some areas than others!
3. Kua Bay
Last but definitely not least, we have Kua bay. This place has beautiful aqua blue waters and almost fully covered in sand! There is bathroooms, lots of parking, and tons of showers. This beach is the most family friendly out of the three, but can also be the dangerous. I would not recommend to surf here if you are new, but rather body or boogie-board. There reason this beach is potentially dangerous is the pounding shore-break. If the waves are on the smaller side you have nothing to worry about, but if they are above the waist level be CAREFUL!