Kayaking on Hawaii Island

Used by Hawaiians mainly for fishing and transportation, outrigger canoes are now commonly used on Hawaii 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. Kayaks are also a popular water sport on Hawaii Island, especially within the protected waters within the pali kai (breakwall) of Hilo Bay or to explore 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.