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Island of Hawaii Water Activities

With more miles of coastline than any other Hawaiian island, the island of Hawaii is a haven for marine life. The calm and clear waters of Kona are shielded from the winds by Maunaloa, making it a perfect place to snorkel, scuba dive or go on a manta ray dive at night. These waters are full of interesting marine life from honu (Hawaiian green sea turtles) to deep-sea game fish—which makes Kona a popular destination for sports fishing. Of course you’ll also find kohola (whales) that visit every winter, as well as the sperm whales, pygmies and false killer whales that are here year-round.

If you’re not interested in kayaking, surfing or parasailing, the beautiful beaches of the island of Hawaii are a great place to simply relax and dip your toes in the sparkling water. Experience a snorkel cruise with Fair Wind and always remember if you are exploring Hawaii’s underwater world, remember how fragile the ocean environment is and malama kai (take care of the ocean). More than a quarter of the sea life present in Hawaii is found nowhere else in the world so please don’t touch the living coral or the animals and plants surrounding it. Even though the honu look friendly, remember they are an endangered species and touching them could harm them. Have fun in the water, but with all marine life, keep a respectful distance—for their safety and yours.

Island of Hawaii Travel Tips: Ocean Safety

Island of Hawaii Travel Tips: Ocean Safety video
There are countless ways to enjoy the beaches on the island of Hawaii – and just as many ways to stay safe. Water safety expert, Iko Balanga, shares a few tips on how to navigate various beaches and changing water conditions while visiting the island.

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Fishing

Fishing

The island of Hawaii offers plenty of opportunities for sport fishermen from around the world.

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Kayaking & Canoeing

Kayaking & Canoeing

Take a paddle around the island in a kayak or canoe for a new perspective on the island’s rich natural beauty.

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Snorkeling & Scuba

Snorkeling & Scuba

You’ll find a variety of locations around the island to dive under the water for a closer look at beautiful underwater environments.

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Surfing

Surfing

Although the island of Hawaii isn’t as famous as some of the other islands for surfing, there are some excellent breaks here.

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Stand-Up Paddleboarding/SUP

Stand-Up Paddleboarding

Similar to surfing (but a bit more laid-back), SUP is a great way to explore the island's calm bays and beaches.

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