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Kayaking on Hawaii’s Big Island

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Used by Hawaiians mainly for fishing and transport, outrigger canoes are now commonly used on Hawaii’s Big Island for both sport and recreation. For a fun family adventure, visitors are encouraged to rent a six-person canoe, take a guided tour of the Kona Coast or Kohala Coast and ride the waves back into shore. Kayaking is also a popular water sport on the Big Island, especially in the protected waters within the pali kai (breakwall) of Hilo Bay, or when exploring the numerous coves that dot the Kohala and Kona Coast. You can rent a kayak or canoe and head off in a group, or take lessons and a guided tour with someone who knows the best views along Hawaii’s coastlines.