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When it comes to surfing vacations, one of the first destinations that probably comes to mind is Hawaii. Duke Kahanamoku is the famous father of modern surfing, and he hailed from the fiftieth state. The islands have quite a bit to offer for surfers, but when it comes to finding the right spot, Kauai is definitely a great lesser-known option. Not only are there great beaches that provide some great surf, there are also great resorts and jungle hikes that can make the trip a once in a lifetime experience. All of this is available without the huge crowds that can be evident on islands like Oahu.
If you're looking to get away for a surfing vacation, Kauai is a great option. Having visited the little island a few years back, it quickly became one of the best surf vacation destinations in recent years. Here are some reasons why you might consider coming to Kauai for your next surf vacation:
There are numerous beaches
on the island of Kauai and almost all provide access to the ocean. You can drive right up to many of these sandy spots that allow you to easily enter the ocean, but when the waves are up it's time to surf. If the water is calm, you can also rent snorkeling equipment and experience another activity that gets you close to nature. Beaches are also a great place to relax when you’re done with surfing for the day.
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Those who are looking to surf need to have waves to catch. Kauai does not disappoint in this regard. Depending upon the time of year, some of the beaches can see waves that reach 20 feet or more. Others will be great for beginning surfers with waves that are much smaller. The Kauai Ocean Report
provides some great information on current ocean conditions so that you can find some waves that fit your current level of surfing ability.
Kauai has a number of really impressive resorts that can make your vacation a truly luxurious experience. The best part of these resorts for those looking to surf is the fact that most of them are located right on the ocean with beach access. These beaches provide the perfect opportunity to paddle out into the surf and catch some waves without driving a lengthy distance. There are numerous rental opportunities who take care of absolutely everything
ahead of your trip, so all you need bring is yourself! Some resorts will provide rentals and lessons for those who are just getting started in the sport of surfing, in addition to pools and restaurants that can fill out the remainder of your time on the island.
If you're looking to take a break from surfing for a while, Kauai is known as the Garden Island. There are several different ecosystems that make up the landscape of Kauai. There are hills with rainy jungles that create streams and waterfalls that are beautiful sights to behold. A nice hike can help you get close to nature and provide a relaxing period away from the crowds.
Speaking of crowds, while your vacation to Kauai can provide some great opportunities for surfing, the island is much less developed than Honolulu. While Waikiki is one of the most famous beaches in the world and popular with surfers, the area is a crowded urban area. If you're looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and have some surf to yourself, Kauai is a much better option. There are nice resorts and restaurants, but little of the urban feel of Oahu or even Maui.
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