Winter Surfing Haven. Summer Snorkeling and Swimming.
This famous surfing beach comes alive during the winter months when big ocean swells draw the best surfers from all around the world. At all times of years, the scenic beach is a joy to visit, and during the calmer summer months it can be a nice swimming beach, and snorkeling can be good on the northern end of the beach. The sandy bottom makes it pleasant for frolicking though there are some reefy areas near the lifeguard station. A point on the north side of Sunset is called Backyards.
Sunbathing, surfing (experienced only), people watching, snorkeling and swimming when surf is not too big.
During winter swells you can watch the world-class surfers on waves that sometimes reach more than 25 feet in height.
Need to Know
Unless the water is very calm (mostly in summer), it is best to find a more protected beach if you want to go swimming. The shoreline drops off fairly quickly, and there are often nearshore currents. Even during the summer months, there may be ocean swells that create dangerous conditions so always check with the lifeguards about the current ocean conditions. The famous “Sunset rip tide” had led to many rescues.
Picnic areas. Showers and restrooms across the street.
Sunset Beach is located on Kamehameha Highway in Paumalu. Due to limited parking, you often have to park on the road above Sunset Beach and then walk down to the beach.