Oahu Water Adventures
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.