A Handy Honolulu Surf Shop Guide

Photo of a Man Shopping at a Honolulu Surf ShopVery few tropical locations rival the island of Oahu, particularly the large beach city of Honolulu. Couples, families, and groups return time and time again to immerse themselves in the historic and cultural significance as well as bask in the sumptuous sophistication inside a high-end hotel, such as Prince Waikiki. This luxuriant, oceanfront respite is within walking distance of the world’s largest outdoor mall, countless five-star restaurants, and, of course, pristine Waikiki Beach. The beach itself is a magnet for shrewd travelers and beaming locals alike, especially for those who enjoy people watching, snorkeling, and paddleboarding. Waikiki Beach is, however, also the preeminent spot to learn how to surf thanks to its consistent moderate waves. Because novice surfers flock to Waikiki, Kahanamoku, and Ala Moana Beach to catch waves, there’s a classic Honolulu surf shop seemingly around nearly every bend in the road.

A Honolulu Surf Shop Around Every Corner

Just because there’s a highly-praised Honolulu surf shop on seemingly every city block, doesn’t mean that they’re a dime a dozen. In fact, four local companies stand out among the competition. And, remember, Prince’s highly-trained concierge team is always there to point each guest toward a top-of-the-line Waikiki surf rental.

1. Blue Planet

Kaka’ako’s Blue Planet is the premier Honolulu surf shop, especially for those in need of a spontaneous surfboard rental near Waikiki Beach. The exterior has been dressed beautifully via paintbrush by a local artist who depicted a massive point break behind the shop’s logo (a prehistoric fish with its mouth agape). The shop itself is light on apparel, but the selection of new and used surfboards is unrivaled by its competitors.

2. Hawaiian South Shore

Hawaiian South Shore is yet another Kaka’ako staple that’s within a half-mile of Salt At Our Kaka’ako, Honolulu Beerworks, and countless street art murals. This surf shop is a bit messier than some others, but the selection of new boards, fins, and apparel is a surfer’s dream. And it’s hard to find a Honolulu surf shop with this much square footage.

3. Quality Surfboards

Prince Waikiki’s guests will love Quality Surfboards’ Ala Moana Boulevard location—it’s only a seven-minute walk from the hotel. This small but artsy boutique is known for its $20 all-day surfboard rentals, a price point that thrillseekers won’t find at any other Honolulu surf shop.

4. Big Wave Dave

Big Wave Dave is truly unique—where on else on the island can travelers sip on a steaming cup of joe while browsing through colorful, cutting-edge boards? Most visitors stop in for a rental or lesson, but don’t be surprised to leave with a kitschy gift or new rashguard. Ala Moana’s Hawaiian Island Creations is also a good option if these four selections weren’t up to snuff.

The Best Resorts in Hawaii: Prince Waikiki

Photo of Two Women Admiring the View at Prince, Just Minutes from the Best Honolulu Surf ShopOver the past several decades, Prince Waikiki has evolved into one of the premier Honolulu hotels. This opulent, oceanside haven is known for its pristine infinity pool, fine dining, unmatched hospitality, and countless VIP amenities. To learn more about the best Waikiki Beach surf lessons, historical landmarks, and picturesque waterfalls, please read through Prince’s “Travel Tips.” Please call 1-855-622-7558 to get matched up with an ocean-view accommodation that perfectly encapsulates island culture.