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.