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Waiaha Rivermouth / Honls break guidePhoto by: LR

Waiaha Rivermouth / Honls Surf Guide

Honls in Big Island is an exposed reef break that has pretty consitent surf. Summer offers the best conditions for surfing. Ideal winds are from the northeast. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the south southwest. The reef provides both left and right breaks. It's sometimes crowded here. Hazards include urchins and rocks.

Waiaha Rivermouth / Honls Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
25.9°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Waiaha Rivermouth / Honls:

The best conditions reported for surf at Waiaha Rivermouth / Honls occur when a South-southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Waiaha Rivermouth / Honls (for consistent clean waves)?

julyBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Waiaha Rivermouth / Honls with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Summer and most often the month of July. Clean surfable waves are typically found 38% of the time in July while 54% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 8% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Waiaha Rivermouth / Honls Location Map

Interactive Waiaha Rivermouth / Honls surf break location map. View information about nearby surf breaks, their wave consistency and rating compared to other spots in the region. Current swell conditions from local buoys are shown along with live wind speed and direction from nearby weather stations. Click icons on the map for more detail. The closest passenger airport to Waiaha Rivermouth / Honls is Kona International At Keahole Airport (KOA) in Usa Hawaii Isl., 14 km (9 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Waiaha Rivermouth / Honls is Bradshaw Aaf Airport (BSF), also in Usa Hawaii Isl., 48 km (30 miles) away.

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Waiaha Rivermouth / Honls Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Friday, 9 June 2023, 18:34 Local Time
Friday 09Sat
Wave (m)
Period (s) 15 15 15 15
Wind (km/h)
Wind State on cross-

Swell History at Waiaha Rivermouth / Honls

Surf stats for Waiaha Rivermouth / Honls, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Waiaha Rivermouth / Honls

Wind stats for Waiaha Rivermouth / Honls, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

Waiaha Rivermouth / Honls Reviews:

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  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s33.0
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Kanaka from United States
“No one calls this Waiaha Rivermouth...it's called either Honls or Honos.

This is a historic site for bodyboarding: Tom Morey paddled out here in July 1971 on the first prototype Boogieboard to test his new concept which was loosely based on ancient paipo belly boards.

Taking off too deep on the right can be a gamble to get past the reef. I once saw a guy get pile driven headfirst onto dry exposed reef after an ill-advised takeoff that was too close to the point of the reef. He lived but I honestly don't know if he faced long term effects from it. The right closes out when it's too big. The left is short but hollow. I grew up surfing here and still have the scars.”

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    Reliability: consistent
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    Reliability: fairly consistent
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Wave Buoys Nearest To Waiaha Rivermouth / Honls:

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