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Surfing in Pohoiki Bay, Puna, Hawaii USA

Skill level:
Beginners and Advanced
Wind direction:
Southwest, South
Pohoiki Bay is located in the region of Puna Hawaii, at the Isaac Hale Beach Park, close to Pahoa town. The park is small and remote, but during weekends there is usually a lot of activity with people having picnic's, fishing, surfing and relaxing.

Behind the boat ramp there is a path that leads to a small natural pond with hot water from the volcano and when you get in the sea, you can feel the thermals from the lava making the water very warm. The visitor can also explore the tidal pools formed along the shoreline and discover a vast variety of tropical fish, crabs and lobsters of all shapes and colors.

The bay is not suitable for swimming due to its rough water, which makes it perfect for surfing, for all skill levels. The wind direction is usually Southwest, South and the size of the swell starts working at 1.5 m/5 ft and holds up to 3 m/10 ft. The direction of the wave is right and left with ordinary power. The bottom of the sea is reef coral with sharp rocks and urchins.

Pohoiki Bay is a popular surfing destination, so during weekends is crowded. The park provides many facilities such as lifeguards, showers and picnic tables, but there is no drinking water or food available. Surfers should be careful of sharks.

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR FROM Hilo
30.3 mi / 48.7 km, 48 mins
Head south on Keaau Pahoa Rd toward Pahoa village. At the Pahoa - Kalapana intersection, turn left and head east on Kapoho Road, stay on the right as the road splits into two, continue driving on Pohoiki Road. At the end of this road, go straight for another 100 feet toward the ocean and you will see the park’s parking lot
BY CAR FROM Pahoa
10.1 mi / 16.2 km, 15 mins
Head Southeast on Keauu Pahoa Rd toward Kauhale Rd, turn left on Pahoa Kalapana Rd and continue driving until the end of the road by the sea.
BY AIR
Hilo International Airport,
5.3 mi / 8.5 km from Hilo Town

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