Top 3 Surf Spots on Oahu for Beginners

Surfing is a favorite pastime in Hawaii and a popular tourist activity for visitors. There is surf on all the Hawaiian islands but Oahu is world renowned for having some of the best surf on the planet!

There are tons of beaches for surfing on Oahu. There are surf breaks for everyone from experts to beginners. Below are 3 surf spots that we recommend for beginners, intermediate surfers looking to fine tune their skills, or spectators hoping to enjoy the action!

Surf spots

Queens Beach

Queens, located in the heart of Waikiki, is on the south side of the island. Queens is great for beginners with gentle rolling waves making it easy to paddle into and catch. There are surfboard rentals and Beach Boys readily available to provide surf instructions and private lessons. Queens is perfect introduction to the Hawaiian surf scene.

Chun’s Reef

Located just outside of Haleiwa, on the North Shore, Chun’s Reef is a popular place for new surfers to take surf lessons and learn the basics. It’s a fantastic place for the whole family to gather and enjoy the picturesque surrounding while learning a new sport. Want to find other North Shore surf beaches? Click here.

White Plains

30 minutes west of Honolulu, White Plains offers the ideal conditions for beginners and intermediate surfers. Away from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki take a picnic and spend the day here while you enjoy the serene beaches and fun surf. This is a fantastic spot to fine-tune your surfing skills after a surf lesson or enjoy the beautiful white sand beaches!

Quick tips

Before heading out to enjoy the beaches on Oahu, there are a few things you should know:

  1. Depending on where you are on the island, some of these beaches may be over an hour’s drive away. Please make sure that you are aware of this before heading out and plan accordingly.
  2. Make sure to take plenty of water and some snacks if you are planning to stay awhile. Also make sure to clean up after yourselves when you leave, as the local environment is incredibly important and relies on us to take care of it.
  3. When surfing at these locations, be aware of other local surfers and know proper surfing etiquette. The less you know, the more dangerous it can be for yourself and others around you.
  4. “When in Doubt Don’t Go Out.” Always check with lifeguards for surf conditions before entering the water. Never surf waves that are big and if you are unfamiliar with the surf break and currents. Don’t try and surf waves above your experience level without proper guidance and instruction. Safety is a priority here!

Ask a professional

Do you want to learn more about the best surf spots on Oahu for beginners? Ask us!

At Surf N Sea, our Ocean Experts have been providing rentals, lessons, beach gear and ocean activities for over 50 years. Surf N Sea is Hawaii’s Ocean Sports Headquarters. Come experience Hawaii’s only surf shop right on the beach. Not only do we provide surf lessons, but we can also offer real, professional advice on all things Oahu.

What are you waiting for? Give us a call today, we’ll have you feeling like a local in no time!