Ala Moana Beach Park in Oahu has low wind and flat water for those new to the sport or looking to work on their technique. Anini Beach (Kauai), Anaehoomalu Bay (Hawaii Island), and Kapalua Bay (Maui), all have still waters for beginners.
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SUP-ing in Hawaii: Sport + Sightseeing
To stand-up paddleboard (SUP) in Hawaii is to gently move across clear blue water, in a picturesque location, all the while noticing colorful fish, curious sea turtles and maybe even humpback whales. In other words, it’s a fun sport and great perspective all at the same time.
For those who are not familiar with SUP, it’s a modern day Hawaii-born sport that is taking waterways all over the world by storm. While you can surf waves on a SUP, most prefer to leisurely paddle on calm waters. It is fairly easy to learn and a great core workout.
Spot whales while you SUP in Kihei, Maui. Kihei has many locations like the Cove, where you can spend a serene day drifting along the water. Other great intermediate places to SUP include, Hanalei Bay (Kauai), Keauhou Bay (Hawaii Island), and Lanikai Beach (Oahu).
SUP with wind at the only underwater state park on Hawaii Island, Kealakekua Bay in Kona. The water here is so clear, you can see dolphins, fishes and manta rays. You can SUP like a pro at these spots as well: Wailua (Kauai), Napili Bay (Maui), and Sunset Beach (Oahu).
Molokini in Maui is up to 150 feet deep and not for amateurs. The one-of-a-kind partially sunken volcanic crater is home to more than 250 species of unique fish, many of which exist nowhere else on earth.
Respect the ocean. Try not to touch the coral while snorkeling. They are delicate and essential to Hawaii’s reef ecosystem. A broken coral takes years to grow.
Paddle in Kona and see an abundance of marine life, like spinner dolphins and sea turtles, in Kahaluu Bay.
SUP-ers in Maui can paddle close to sea turtles in a mountain wrapped scenery. Kihei is the most popular SUP destination on the island.
Go with the flow of Hanalei River on Kauai. Idly paddle along this tree lined forest on a sunny afternoon.
Oahu, the birthplace of modern SUP-ing, has stretches of white-sand beaches, like Ala Moana Beach park, that are protected from major swells and perfect for paddle boarding.
"I find so much zen paddling in the shadow of Diamond Head. The time I spend on the board is all the spiritual healing I need."