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Big Island Surf

Detailed Big Island surf forecast maps and the latest eyeball surf report from local surfers in the region. Near-shore swell is shown on the map together with the surf forecast rating for spots in Big Island. Find the best places to surf in offshore conditions by selecting the wind option on the forecast map. Windsurfers and kite surfers can also use this option to find more favorable cross-shore conditions in Big Island. Our local Wavefinder indicates where some of the best conditions are likely to be found in Big Island over the next 7 days. Surf photos from Big Island and reviews of the best spots and surfing conditions have been provided by local surfers.

Big Island Surf Forecast

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Big Island Surf Forecast map for predicting the best wave and wind conditions across the region. For surfers, the map shows the most powerful swell tracking across near-shore open water and not the peak waves experienced by boats out at sea. Move your mouse over the ocean swell symbols or the surf breaks on the coastline to see a more detailed surf forecast including wave period and wind conditions. The forecast updates every 6 hours and most live weather reports update every hour. You can animate the Big Island Surf map or show live wind and wave conditions as reported from wavebuoys and local weather stations. Surf breaks shown along the Big Island coastline are also listed below.

Big Island Photos

Big Island Wavefinder

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Best forecast wave conditions in Big Island
Apua pointChocksBlonde reefApua pointBlonde reefBlonde reefBay frontBlonde reefHilo breakwallBay frontChocksChocksKapoho bayChocksChocksApua pointRichardsonsBlonde reef
Rating3
4
3
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3
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2
2
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Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
2.1

E
2.3

ENE
1.9

E
2.5

E
2.5

E
2.5

E
2.2

E
2.0

E
1.9

E
1.7

E
1.3

ENE
1.2

NE
0.6

S
1.1

NE
1.1

NE
0.7

S
1.9

E
1.4

ESE
Period(s) (?)9999101098888718771978
Energy(?)663738525106413251319792572481365187160227116109358381244
Wind
(km/h)
25 NNE25
15 ENE15
15 ENE15
25 NNE25
15 E15
15 E15
5 SE5
15 ENE15
15 ENE15
10 NE10
15 NE15
15 NE15
15 NNE15
10 ENE10
15 ENE15
20 NNE20
10 ENE10
10 ENE10
Wind State(?)cross-
off
cross-
off
crosscross-
off
crosscrossglasscrosscross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
oncross-
on
High Tide
/ height (m)

6:41AM
0.46
7:00PM
0.74

8:01AM
0.47
7:44PM
0.65

9:32AM
0.51

8:31PM
0.57
10:57AM
0.58

9:26PM
0.49
12:03PM
0.65

10:29PM
0.44
12:51PM
0.71

Low Tide
/ height (m)
1:06AM
0.09
12:14PM
0.12

2:04AM
0.16
1:19PM
0.23

2:48AM
0.07

2:47PM
0.32
3:40AM
0.06

5:00PM
0.42
4:30AM
0.04

6:18PM
0.35

5:18AM
0.02
7:25PM
0.31
clear
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
clear
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
rain showers
clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
Summary
clearclearsome cloudssome cloudsrain shwrsrain shwrsclearclearsome cloudssome cloudssome cloudssome cloudsrain shwrsclearclearclearsome cloudssome clouds
Rain (mm)
----11------1-----
High °C
262727272626252626242626252627272627
Low °C
262626262526252525242425242526262526
Chill °C (?)
262727272626252626242626252627272627
Sunrise
-5:50--5:50--5:50--5:50--5:52--5:52-
Sunset
--7:00--7:00--7:00--7:00--7:00--7:00
Swell1 (m) & direction
0.3

SSW
1.7

E
1.8

E
0.4

SSW
0.6

NE
2.5

E
2.2

E
2.0

E
1.9

E
1.7

E
1.2

NE
1.2

NE
0.8

ESE
1.1

NE
1.0

NE
0.8

ESE
1.4

ESE
1.4

ESE
Period (s)178915910988877877888
Swell2 (m) & direction
0.3

SW
1.3

NE
1.2

NE
0.3

SSW
0.1

S
0.1

S
0.7

NE
0.1

NW
0.1

S
0.1

SE
0.9

ESE
0.8

ESE
0.6

S
0.7

SE
0.8

ESE
0.7

S
1.1

NE
1.1

NE
Period (s)15101018202081113128818891976
Wind waves (m) & direction
2.1

E
2.3

ENE
1.9

E
2.5

E
2.5

E
2.5

E

-

-

-

-
1.3

ENE
1.1

NE
1.2

ENE

-
1.1

NE
1.3

ENE
1.9

E
1.1

NE
Period (s)99991010----877-7777


Big Island Surf Breaks

The Big Island is the southern most island in the Hawaiian chain and because of this gets swell from just about every direction. The scenery can be as nice as coconut lined white or black sand beaches and as stark as being completely surrounded by the backbone of the island...old lava. Shallow reef breaks are usually a requirement for good surf but there are a few deep water breaks and even fewer beach breaks. Winter is the season on our island with large swells from the north and west. Look for the occasional large southern swell in the summer and if you want the most consistent surf on island check out the Hilo side of Hawaii.....Erik

Kona is reefy and rocky with crystal clear warm water. SW swells in the summer WNW in the winter. If no surf on this side... head to Hilo... a short 2 hour drive.....Logan

FEATURE UPDATE: we now show red swell icons for 'open sea' swells that are travelling in an unfavourable direction for the surf break. In places, these swells may still wrap around coastlines and produce smaller waves at some breaks. They are also significant for windsurfers and other water users that tend to venture further off-shore.