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Romance - 6.2
Adventure - 7.6
- His Top Tips
2. Tie your bathing suit as tight as possible. I lost my trunks, and I wasn’t the only one.
3. The tides are stronger at Sandy Beach than Waikiki. Don’t swim too far from shore, or you can be caught by the currents.
Hawaii has a reputation for being one of the most peaceful, serene locations in the world. The temperature almost never deviates from the 23-28 degree (C) range, and 99% of the people who you meet in Hawaii are there to chill. However, it is also an adventure seeker’s haven. With countless waterfalls to scale and some of the best surfing in the world, there is no doubt there’s more to Hawaii than just golfing and the Waikiki sandbar.
Source: Unreal Hawaii
Watching the surfers paddle out to sea from Sunset Beach and tackle some truly enormous waves is incredible to behold, but for the good majority of us, it’s not something that we can take part in. These waves are for experts, not beginners. Of course, there are tons of spots scattered across Hawaii where beginners can rent a board and make the most of some easy surfing, but I’m a bit too much of an adrenaline junky to have the patience for that. (Hawaii isn’t quite the same as Tofino, B.C., where the water was cold enough to make me feel like I was living dangerously).
For those who of you who, like me, are about as good at surfing as Drake is at not being a total douche, but still want a bit of adrenaline, Sandy Beach will be right up your ally. Also, anyone who might be worried about the cost of renting a surfboard and paying for lessons, hitting up Sandy Beach will appeal to you as well. No board or lessons are required to bodysurf here.
Source: Unreal Hawaii
Source: Serge Dedina
The sand of the beach is actually situated above the water, which results in drastic waves that crash to the shore from a taller height and with more force than any beach that I’ve ever experienced. A short drive from Honolulu, this is a great spot to venture out to for a day trip and escape the towel-upon-towel crowds at Waikiki. Aside from the fact that they body surfing is a blast, the beach is gorgeous. But hey, it’s Hawaii… is there anywhere on these islands that isn’t?
Just make sure that you’ve fastened your bathing suit as tight as possible… I lost my trunks a number of times due to the force of the waves crashing me in to the sand, and I wasn’t the only one.