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Oahu Water Adventures

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With warm waters and balmy weather all year long, Oahu provides endless opportunities for water activities. One of the most popular is taking a surfing lesson on world famous Waikiki Beach. Duke Kahanamoku and other Waikiki Beach Boys introduced the art of hee nalu (wave sliding) to the world in the waters of Waikiki Beach during the early 1900s. Former surfing champion Hans Hedemann of Hans Hedemann Surf School said this about Waikiki: “This short stretch of coast has more than 20 breaks gentle enough for the novice or just tricky enough for the experienced surfer. The waters are warm. The waves are forgiving and long enough to let you go the distance. Every visitor to Oahu should ride a wave.”

Beyond surfing you can also take a group outrigger canoe ride off Waikiki Beach. Snorkelling and swimming at spots like Hanauma Bay or at one of Oahu’s beautiful beaches can also be fun for the whole family. Take a sunset cruise or sailing excursion and you may even see a humpback breach during whale watching season, December through May. Sports fisherman can also charter a boat and fish for Pacific Blue Marlin, Ahi (yellowfin tuna), Ono (wahoo) or Mahimahi (dolphin fish).

Other popular water sports include jet skiing, parasailing, wind surfing, kite surfing, wakeboarding and bodyboarding (boogie boarding). Stand up paddle boarding — where surfers stand on a larger board using a paddle to manoeuvre — has also become a popular alternative to surfing in the islands. With so much to do, you'll see why adventure thrives in the deep blue ocean surrounding Oahu.

  • Beaches of Oahu

    Oahu is home to world famous Waikiki Beach, the legendary North Shore and other amazing off-the-beaten-track beaches.
    • Boating on Oahu

      Charter a boat, take a sunset cruise off Waikiki or go on a whale watching tour off the coast of Oahu.
      • Fishing on Oahu

        Oahu is a great place to sport fish, with charters available out of Honolulu’s harbors.
        • Learn How to Surf on Oahu

          Oahu has many amazing spots to learn how to surf, including the gentle waves of world famous Waikiki Beach.
          • Snorkelling and Scuba-diving on Oahu

            With a variety of beautiful beaches and popular spots like Hanauma Bay, snorkelling on Oahu reveals a whole new underwater world.
            • Surfing on Oahu

              From the timeless waves of Waikiki to the legendary North Shore, some of the best surf spots in the world are found on Oahu.
              • Things To Do in Waikiki

                From taking your first surfing lesson to getting your first taste of Hawaii Regional Cuisine, there’s a wealth of activities to pursue in Waikiki.
                • Watch Big Wave Surfing on Oahu

                  Watch Hawaii’s surfers during the winter big wave season at spots along Oahu’s world famous North Shore.
                  • Whale Watching on Oahu

                    From December to May, go on a whale watching tour or spot humpback whales from Oahu’s southern beaches and coastal areas.