Pine Trees is one of west Hawaiʻi's best surfing breaks. The break stretches along a pretty beach that is rocky enough to make swimming difficult. The final bay gets the most consistent yet more forgiving waves. An incoming midtide is favorable, but as the swell picks up in winter these breaks often close out.
Get friendly with local regulars if you want in on the action – this hot spot draws crowds, especially on weekends. Where the access road to NELHA veers to the right, look left for a rutted dirt road leading about 2 miles further south. You'll need a high-clearance 4WD to make it, or you can walk, but it's hot. The access road gates are locked between 8pm and 6am.