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 1900’s. 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 of Waikiki Beach.Snorkeling 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 maneuver — 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.

Beyond world famous Waikiki Beach and the legendary North Shore you’ll find other off-the-beaten-path beaches on the Leeward and Windward coasts.
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Charter a boat, take a sunset cruise off of Waikiki or go on a whale watching tour off the coast of Oahu.
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Oahu is a great place to sport fish, with charters available out of Honolulu’s harbors.
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Oahu has many amazing spots to learn how to surf, including the gentle waves of world famous Waikiki Beach.
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With a variety of beautiful beaches and popular spots like Hanauma Bay, snorkeling on Oahu reveals a whole new underwater world.
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From the timeless waves of Waikiki to the legendary North Shore, some of the best surf spots in the world are found on Oahu.
Surfing on Oahu
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.
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The North Shore’s legendary winter waves attract the best surfers in the world. The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, considered the Super Bowl of surfing, is held on its shores every year in November and December at Waimea Bay, Haleiwa Beach and Ehukai Beach (Banzai Pipeline).
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From December to May, you may catch a glimpse of a majestic kohola, or humpback whale in Oahu's southern seas. The gentle giants come to the warm Hawaiian waters every year to breed and give birth to new calves.
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