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A guide to Hawaii's best beaches for bodysurfing

Hamoa Beach


Hamoa Beach (West Maui outside of Hana, off Haneo'o Road)

Lifeguard on duty? No
For beginning/experienced bodysurfers? Both

Conditions for beginning bodysurfers are best here during the summer and fall. Larger winter and early spring surf, however, should be left to the more experienced.

Maluaka Beach & Po'olenalena Beach (South Maui, off Makena Road)

Lifeguard on duty? No
For beginning/experienced bodysurfers? Both

Among a string of white sand beaches along the coast of the Makena Resort area, these two are the best for bodysurfing when the waves are up.

Hulopoe Beach


Hulopoe Beach (South Shore, adjacent to Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay)

Lifeguard on duty? No
For beginning/experienced bodysurfers? Both

On a recent trip to Lanai, we found the island’s best beach for all manner of water activities (snorkeling, swimming, scuba diving) also one of the best we'd seen for beginner bodysurfing.

Have we missed any of your favorite Hawaii bodysurfing beaches. Leave a comment here, or on our Facebook or Twitter pages.

Photos: AP (pg. 1), Wikipedia Commons (pg. 2), Hawaii's Big Island Visitor Bureau (pg. 3, top), Maui Visitors Bureau/Ron Dahlquist (pg. 4, top), Hawaii Tourism Japan HTJ (pg. 4, bottom)
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