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A guide to Hawaii's best beaches for bodysurfing

Makapu'u Beach


Sandy Beach  (South Shore, off Kalanianaole Hwy)

Lifeguard on duty? Yes
For beginning/experienced bodysurfers? Both

This is Oahu’s most popular bodysurfing and bodyboarding beach, as waves here are generally always excellent for both activities. Beginning bodysurfers, however, should stay out of the water during high surf, as Sandy’s is also famous for a notoriously rough shore break and undertow. If you’re uncertain about whether you can handle conditions, ask a lifeguard on duty, or avoid the water altogether.

Makapu'u Beach Park (Windward Coast, off Kalanianaole Hwy)

Lifeguard on duty? Yes
For beginning/experienced bodysurfers? Experienced only

Makapu'u Beach is popular with skilled bodysurfers and bodyboarders for its consistently ideal waves, especially during winter months. The shore break and riptide here even on a day of mellow surf, however, can be challenging.

Waikiki Beach (South Shore)

Lifeguard on duty? Yes
For beginning/experienced bodysurfers? Both, but best for beginners.

Conditions are almost always good somewhere on Waikiki's beaches for bodysurfing ... especially for beginners. The simple rule here? Always take note of and obey posted warnings regarding surf conditions before heading into the waves.

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