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Waikiki Surf Guide

Waikiki in Oahu is an exposed beach and reef break that has very reliable surf. Summer offers the optimum conditions for surfing. Works best in offshore winds from the northeast. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the best swell direction is from the south. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights together with both left and right hand reef breaks offshore. Best around high tide. Often Crowded. Beware of rocks, rips, crowds.

Waikiki Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beachBeach and reefIcon  s44.2
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
very consistent
26.6°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Waikiki:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

julyBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Waikiki 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 74% of the time in July while 2% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 24% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
74%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
2%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
24%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Waikiki Location Map

Interactive Waikiki 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 Waikiki is Honolulu International Airport (HNL) in Usa Oahu Isl., 11 km (7 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Waikiki is Kaneohe Bay Mcaf Airport (NGF), also in Usa Oahu Isl., 20 km (12 miles) away.

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Waikiki Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 11 August 2022, 05:34 Local Time
Thursday 11
5AM8AM11AM2PM
Wave (m)
2.3
E
2.2
E
1.9
E
0.6
E
Period (s) 8 7 7 8
Wind (km/h)
40
40
35
35
Wind State off off off off

Swell History at Waikiki

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

Wind History at Waikiki

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

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

Discover surf breaks near Waikiki. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon beach  redBeach and reef
    • Icon  s43.6
    Reliability: very consistent
    0km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s44.0
    Reliability: consistent
    0km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach and reef
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    0km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    1km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s44.2
    Reliability: consistent
    1km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Waikiki: