Unlike the traditional four seasons of weather, the Hawaii waters are a little different. There are really only two surfing seasons (winter and summer) due to the ocean temperature stays relatively consistent throughout the year.
Although there are only two surfing seasons in Hawaii, it will impact the beaches in different ways. During the summer, some beaches can be as calm as a lake, while in the winter the waves can reach monster heights. Understanding the surfing seasons can help you better pick which side of the island you’d like to visit.
Summer Season: May – October
If you’re looking for awesome swells, then summer may not be the best time visit. For the most part, summer is typically calmer across all beaches on Maui; however, the south shores are prone to large swells to winter storms coming from the southern hemisphere. While summer is generally calmer, you should never let your guard down!
- North Shores: 0-2 feet, beaches facing northeast can be vulnerable to increased surf
- East Shores: Strong winds can create choppy conditions
- South Shores: Typically known for large waves, Big Beach is the perfect example
- West Shores: May see increased wave size if the swell wraps around from the north
Winter Season: November – April
During the winter season, beach goers will definitely need to be keeping an eye on the shore break and must remember not turn your back to the ocean. Strong pacific storm coming out of the north create the large swells Hawaii is known for. Waves will typically be at their peak during this time of the year, with some swells reaching more than 30 feet.
- North Shores: Consistently large swells with the potential for life ending conditions. If in doubt, don’t go out.
- East Shores: Strong trade winds can create large, rough waves.
- South Shores: In contrast to the summer, waves are usually at their smallest
- West Shores: Swells from the north can wrap around to create high surf
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