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Kailua Beach break guide

Kailua Beach Surf Guide

Kailua Beach in Oahu is an exposed point break that has reasonably consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. The best wind direction is from the southwest. Clean groundswells prevail and the optimum swell angle is from the northeast.. When the surf is up, it can get quite busy in the water. Beware of jellyfsih and rocks.

Kailua Beach Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
25.3°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Kailua Beach:

The best conditions reported for surf at Kailua Beach occur when a Northeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Southwest.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Kailua Beach (for consistent clean waves)?

marchBest Season: spring
The best time of year for surfing Kailua Beach with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Spring and most often the month of March. Clean surfable waves are typically found 6% of the time in March while 44% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 50% 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 Kailua Beach Location Map

Interactive Kailua Beach 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 Kailua Beach is Kaneohe Bay Mcaf Airport (NGF) in Usa Oahu Isl., 6 km (4 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Kailua Beach is Honolulu International Airport (HNL), also in Usa Oahu Isl., 22 km (14 miles) away.

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Kailua Beach Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 28 May 2022, 01:40 Local Time
FriSaturday 28
Wave (m)
Period (s) 6 6 6 6
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-

Swell History at Kailua Beach

Surf stats for Kailua Beach, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Kailua Beach

Wind stats for Kailua Beach, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

Kailua Beach Reviews:

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Based on 13 votes.
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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KalamaKid from United States
“So Kailua Beach Park is great for families and floaties, lovely views and nearby bathroom and shower. Lifeguard tower about in the middle.
Kalama Beach Park is further down Kalaheo and does have some pretty decent surf at certain times of the year. Boogie boards (body boards) and surf boards are allowed. Also has parking, bathrooms and showers, but no lifeguard. Growing up in Kailua I have had to be an ad hoc lifeguard many times at Kalama, if you are not a strong swimmer, or have small children, Kailua Beach Park is a much better bet.
Occasionally in the summer the red seaweed may be around, its unusual but it happens. Also sometimes during heavy winds, or for whatever reason (scientists aren't even quite sure), we do get Portuguese man'O war which have a nasty, but not lethal, sting. These are jellyfish that are blue and look small but have really long stingy tails. If you see one floating near you, give it a path to the beach and stay out of its way. Signs will be posted for this or listen to local weather forecasts on TV they will tell you. Not quite the same timing as the box jelly fish on the Waikiki side that come in about 8-11 days after the full moon, sometimes almost none, sometimes lots. Those have a nastier sting and people tend to have more allergic reactions to them. Again, read the signs. There are no box jelly fish on windward beaches.
Kailua and Kalama (all the same beach really) are great walking beaches, you can get miles in, with lots of dogs most of them off leash but well behaved. If you don't like dogs this may not be the beach you want to be hanging out on, just saying.”

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    Reliability: fairly consistent
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    Reliability: very consistent
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