Best Neighborhoods for Surfing on Oahu

Hawaii and surfing are practically synonymous. While there are plenty of great surf spots all over the Hawaiian Islands, we have some of the greatest spots right here on Oahu. Start here for some of the best neighborhoods for surfers on Oahu.

Anyone who loves surfing knows that Oahu's North Shore is probably one of the best surfing spots in the world, but it's not the only one on the scene. If you're moving to Oahu and you're looking for some of the best neighborhoods to live in, especially if you love to surf, this is your go to website. Not only can I help you find the best neighborhood for your lifestyle and your budget, but the best neighborhood to satisfy that surfing itch you've always had.

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North Shore

We have to start with the best, right? Oahu's North Shore is globally known for its huge waves at Waimea Bay. Note this is the cradle of big waves surfing,  is one of the best spots anywhere in the Hawaiian Islands and even the world. If the perfect wave exists, you'll find it on the North Shore. This location draws in the pros and experts alike and is the mecca for some of the best surfers in the world.

Summer is perfect for smaller and gentler waves, ideal for beginners. The fall and winter have some of the most dramatic waves sometimes reaching up to 40 feet or more. These are dangerous even for experienced surfers and warning signs are prevalent during these times.

You have over 7 miles of beautiful beaches hosting surfing competitions and, the big one of them all, the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing in November and December. The three events that make up the Triple Crown are The Vans World Cup at Sunset Beach, The Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa Beach Park and The Pipe Masters at the Banzai Pipeline found at Ehukai Beach.

North Sure is just an hour north of Waikiki and home to a variety of accommodations including condominiums, the Turtle Bay Resort, and the charming surf town of Haleiwa Town. There are plenty of darling little shops, restaurants, coffee shops, and art galleries. 

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Surfing The Wave

Ala Moana

Located between Waikiki and downtown Honolulu is Ala Moana Beach Park. While the park itself offers sugary sandy beaches and a calm place to swim, just past the protective reef running along 1000 yards of shoreline are awesome waves perfect for intermediate surfers. This park has some of the largest and cleanest waves on the south side of Oahu.

Surfers will need to paddle out 200 yards to the reef, walk about 200 yards across the raised reef, and then another 400-yard paddle to the surf impact zone to reach the lineup, however, once you're there, the skies the limit on surfing.

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Waikiki Beach

Right down on the famous Waikiki Beach is the perfect place for beginners to learn to surf. If you've just got started in the surfing business or you're looking for some easy-going ways, this is a great place to start and, because it's Waikiki, you can find a lot of great condominiums and townhouses along this stretch.

Not only will you be just steps away from some of the best waves on the island, but you have the choice of relaxing on the beach, beachcombing, sunbathing, or even just swimming. The surf at Waikiki beach is gentle and good for practicing if you are a novice. Plus, this is a great spot for classes right on the beach to begin your lifelong love of surfing.

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Diamond Head

Diamond Head is a neighborhood in Honolulu on the southern shore of Oahu. It takes its name from the iconic Diamond Head Volcanic tuff cone towering in the background. This neighborhood is one of the most coveted in all Hawaii, with an ambiance like no other.

Residents of Diamond Head have access to multiple beaches, with a number of different spots for surfers of all types and levels. These surf spots are especially well known for having big surfs when the winds are light.

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Lanikai (Kailua)

Lanikai is a neighborhood in the beach town of Kailua, on the windward shore of Oahu. The waters are mostly calm, protected by an inner reef - but the nearby Mokulua Islands off the windward coast can get you some incredible surf during the winter time. It's a long paddle, but well worth it - where surf can reach over 10 Ft. Lanikai, its sister neighborhood Beachside, and Kailua in general are definitely a mecca for lovers of the water.

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Beach in Lanikai Kailua

There are a variety of homes, styles, prices, architecture, and even a few lots and land perfect for gardens and trees all close to surfing hotspots on the island of Oahu. Start browsing all available homes for sale in surfing neighborhoods on Oahu above or get started by filling out the form below or contacting us at or give us a call at 1-(808) 427-0867! We've got decades of experience helping people buy their perfect Hawaii home.

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