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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
Blonde reefBlonde reefBay frontBlonde reefBlonde reefBlonde reefBay frontBlonde reefBay frontHilo breakwallTombstonesBay frontChocksChocksBlonde reefChocksChocksApua point
Rating3
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Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
2.1

E
2.0

E
1.9

E
2.1

E
2.1

E
2.2

E
3.0

E
2.5

E
2.3

E
2.1

E
1.9

E
1.7

E
1.3

ENE
1.3

ENE
1.1

NE
1.0

NE
1.1

NE
0.7

S
Period(s) (?)888899101098888777719
Energy(?)6105534936166417521509122284263050037419316911699128362
Wind
(km/h)
15 ENE15
15 ENE15
5 N5
15 ENE15
15 ENE15
5 ENE5
15 E15
15 E15
5 ESE5
15 ENE15
15 NE15
10 NE10
15 NE15
15 NE15
5 N5
15 NE15
15 NE15
20 NNE20
Wind State(?)crosscross-
on
glasscross-
on
crossglasscrosscrossglasscrossoncross-
on
cross-
off
cross-
off
glasscross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
High Tide
/ height (m)

6:17PM
0.83

6:47AM
0.61
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
Low Tide
/ height (m)
11:20AM
0.00

1:06AM
0.09
12:19PM
0.24

1:56AM
0.08
1:19PM
0.23

2:53AM
0.17

2:47PM
0.32
3:40AM
0.06

4:38PM
0.36
4:30AM
0.04

6:18PM
0.35

clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
rain showers
rain showers
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
clear
Summary
clearclearclearclearclearrain shwrsrain shwrsclearclearclearclearclearsome cloudssome cloudssome cloudssome cloudsclearclear
Rain (mm)
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High °C
272725272725262625262624262624262726
Low °C
262625262625252624252524242624252626
Chill °C (?)
272725272725262625262624262624262726
Sunrise
5:50--5:50--5:50--5:50--5:50--5:52--
Sunset
-7:01--7:00--7:00--7:00--7:00--7:00-
Swell1 (m) & direction
1.9

E
1.9

E
1.9

E
1.7

E
1.8

E
2.2

E
2.5

E
2.5

E
2.3

E
2.1

E
1.9

E
1.7

E
1.3

ENE
1.3

ENE
1.1

NE
1.0

NE
1.1

NE
0.8

ESE
Period (s)88889910109888877778
Swell2 (m) & direction
0.6

NE
0.7

NE
0.8

NE
1.3

NE
1.2

NE
1.0

NE
0.5

NE
0.1

S
0.1

S
0.1

NW
0.1

S
0.1

SE
0.9

ESE
0.8

ESE
0.8

ESE
0.8

ESE
0.8

ESE
0.7

S
Period (s)11101010109920191113128888819
Wind waves (m) & direction
2.1

E
2.0

E

-
2.1

E
2.1

E

-
3.0

E

-

-

-

-

-

-
1.2

NE

-

-
1.1

NE
1.4

ENE
Period (s)88-89-10------7--77


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.