Surfing on Kauai

Surfing, or “hee nalu” in Hawaiian, was once only reserved for alii (Hawaiian royalty). Today, the sport of surfing has spread throughout the world from Hawaii’s shores and you can find some great surf spots on Kauai.

Watch surfers hit the waves at spots like Poipu Beach on the South Shore, Nawiliwili Harbor in Lihue as well as Makua "Tunnels" Beach and Hanalei Bay on the North Shore. Big wave season hits Hawaii’s north shores from November through February so look for surfers charging these massive swells from the safety of Kauai’s best beaches. You can also see kite surfing (surfing using a kite for added power and aerial acrobatics) on the East Side as well as stand-up paddle boarding (riders stand upright on wider, longer boards and use a paddle to maneuver) at spots like Hanalei Bay and Kalapaki Beach.

You can feel the exhilaration of surfing yourself by taking a surfing lesson of your own on Kauai’s shores. Experienced instructors will take you to safe breaks and get you on your feet during lessons that last between 1-2 hours. Experience for yourself why surfing is the “Sport of Kings.”