The sport of surfing dates back to the 15th century AD when Hawaiians referred to it as "He'enalu" or wave sliding as it is translated. It is no secret that the Hawaiian people are considered to be the Fathers of Surfing. However, most people don't understand what an important facet of Hawaiian lifestyle that the sport really was.
In its beginning, surfing was revered as a sacred ritual and only higher society members were allowed to take part in the activity. The kings and queens of Hawaii were the original surfers, so to speak. However, it is ironic how surfing has evolved to the sport that it is today, as well as how it is enjoyed by people from all walks of life i the general population.
Despite the history, surfing is here to stay and the embodiment of the surfer's paradise can be found on the numerous beaches of Hawaii, but not just any beaches. Despite the fact that there are numerous people that will argue, claiming it doesn't matter what beach you travel to, there are several beach areas that hold the majority of the allure for the serious or competitive surfer. However, if you are truly desirous of an adventure into a surfer's paradise, the following tips will give you a better picture of the choices that abound in Hawaii.
The top destination spot on the list is (and probably always will be) found on the island of Oahu Waikiki Beach. Renowned worldwide for its amazing sunsets, proximity to Diamond Head, and white sand beaches, this two mile strip of beach is a magnet for surfers from all parts of the globe. The downside is that Waikiki is always crowded, so be sure to plan far enough in advance if you want that surfing vacation to be here. You definitely want to pre-book your vacation rentals in Waikiki enough time before your trip.
The number two destination on the list is Lanikai Beach and is also located on Oahu. Lanikai translates as heavenly sea and a truer statement has never been made, considering the sugary colored beaches and the turquoise blue waters that paint the beach landscape. The actual beach spans roughly a mile in length and the locals constantly praise how relaxing it is to swim in the water as well as surf in it.
Hanalei Bay Beach ranks third on the list of popular surfing destinations. Located on the northern shores of Kauai, there is a part of the beach that spells romance to those that are not just there for the sport itself. Considered to be one of the most romantic beaches in the Island State, Hanalei Bay was meant to be enjoyed by surfers and hopeless romantics alike. Amazing waterfalls, azure-blue waters, lush, emerald-colored mountains, and those bright white sands of the beach area are more than enough to entice anyone into spending time there. On top of that, there is an abundance of vacation rentals.
Finally, Kaanapali, a.k.a. the Black Rock Beach, is located on the western shores of the island of Maui which has become the most increasingly visited island of the chain. For years, it was only Oahu that was the primary destination with maybe a day's adventure planned as a part of the vacation. However, Maui and its charm have definitely altered that mindset in recent years. Kaanapali is a destination that targets and tempts the active vacationer with surfing, snorkeling, swimming, scuba diving, and jet skiing. It's definitely not a vacation spot for those who want to sit idly and watch.
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