Water activities in Hawaii
If you admire water and ocean, then Hawaii will enjoy you with a variety of water activities. Local climate is mild and relaxing all the year round, and the temperature does not get lower than 27,2C while in winter it rarely drops under 24,4C. Apart from surfing, bodyboarding and snorkeling you can try kayaking, diving or parasailing.
The most popular location for kayaking on the island of Oahu is Kailua. This bay is protected by reef, passing which you will reach the island of Mokulua. You will meet sea turtles and other inhabitants of the sea world in the bay. Kailua is the best location for kayaking due to its warm and calm sea waters all the year round. But keep in mind that the island weather can change any moment and the waves may become extreme. That is why if you expect a calm kayak tour, then we recommend choosing the tour down the river Waimea, running in the northern part of the island of Oahu.
If you like the Waikiki Beach, then you can choose a canoe trip, which is a popular entertainment in this place.
If you visit the island of Kauai and want to enjoy a kayak trip, then the best choice for you is Hanalei Bay: in summer, when the waters are rather calm — at the north coast of Na Pali, and in the winter — at the southern coast of Poipu.
Visiting the island Kauai, you will surely get enjoyed with a kayak trip down the Wailua river. This adventure will provide you a chance to enjoy innocent nature of the island and to reach spectacular waterfalls.
Maui island is rich in places for breathtaking kayaking. Among the most popular locations there are Makena Landing in the south of the island; Olovalu coast, near which you will discover one of the biggest reefs, and the coast waters of Pali and Honolua Bay. During slow kayak trip across the shores of Maui you will enjoy amazing underwater sights and reef inhabitants.
The best places for kayaking in Big Island are scenic Keauhou Bay (the place of birth of the king — Kamehameha the Great) and Kuamoo Bay, where you will meet turtles, dolphins and devil rays. Kuamoo Bay is surrounded with numerous underwater caves and cliffs, arches and tunnels formed with lava.
You can rent all necessary equipment for kayaking in the Hawaiian waters. However if it is your first visit to Hawaii and you are not sure in safety of coasts, then it is better to book a tour. Then a company will provide you with all necessary equipment and experienced coach. The ocean can be choppy and dangerous. If you are a beginner, then it is better for you to choose river kayak trip or to get accompanied by the coach.
Scuba diving is a popular entertainment in Hawaii. There are many companies offering scuba services for beginners and experienced divers. Also the companies provide all necessary scuba equipment for rent.
Hawaii is the perfect place for scuba diving all the year round as the ocean is warm there all the time. The water is clear and divers can see lots of underwater inhabitants: colorful tropical fishes, green sea turtles, eels, rays, sharks and dolphins. Coral reef impresses the divers as it keeps shipwrecks, underwater tunnels and mysterious caves.
The best places for scuba diving in the Oahu island are Kahuna Cavern near Mokuleia at the northern coast of the island, Ala Moana Park, Hanauma Bay and Sharks Cave.
In the Maui island scuba fans can visit Molokini park to witness unusual reef formations and to meet various sea inhabitants.
If you are a fan of extreme diving, then the island of Kauai is the best place for you as it keeps the best scuba diving locations on earth. Visit Sheraton Caverns, located near the coast of Poipu, or attend Black Mountain near Kipu Kai. Another place to visit is an aquarium near Nawiliwili and do not forget about Brenneckes Ledge.
Kona coast in the Big Island is a perfect location for scuba diving as well. You will discover deep blue and calm waters there with rich underwater world.
Parasailing (a type of kiting with parachute when a person is towed behind a boat) is a funny entertainment and a kind of sport for those who want to fly high (90-245 meters) above the ocean. Just imagine what a spectacular sight you will discover from that height. During kiting you will be able to see everything, and the flight will give you much new emotions and pleasure. Local companies will offer you parasailing on the islands of Oahu, Maui and on the Big Island.
In Oahu there are several companies which are licensed to provide this type of service and which use the top of the notch equipment for parasailing. Some companies will ride you above Ala Moana and Waikiki beach, while others will offer you a flight with parachute over Koko Marina and Kona coast.
Apart from mentioned above entertainments you will find many other water sports as water ski, kite-surfing and exotic fishing.