The Island of Oahu is the most populated of the Hawaiian Islands, often referred to as “The Gathering Place.” While it is not the largest island, Oahu certainly has the widest variety of kayaking destinations. From warm calm waters in Waikiki to the dense jungle of the river in Haleiwa, you will never get bored paddling around the island of Oahu. A few brave souls have even circumnavigated the island of Oahu by kayak, bringing camping gear and provisions for a week long journey leaving from Kailua. Renting a High Performance Kayak and a dry bag can make this a reality! Kayaking is a great way to explore while minimizing your carbon footprint. It requires little skill or experience, and is a great workout! The temperature on Oahu is a balmy 75F-85F year round and you never need a wet suit.
The wildlife you’ll see is an amazing combination of marine mammals like the Hawaiian Monk Seal, tropical fish like the Humuhumu nukunuku apua'a, and delicious game fish like the Ahi Tuna.
There are many opportunities to paddle kayaks on the ocean on Oahu, but often overlooked are the many rivers and canals that are navigable by kayak. The aforementioned river in Haleiwa is a beautiful secluded paddle through native Hawaiian plant and animal species, and the canal in Kahana Bay is famous for its winding river and spectacular mountain views. The beach at the mouth of the river is a great spot to hang out and gives an amazing 360 degree panorama.
Paddling in Hawaii Kai is very rewarding, with beautiful scenery and clear waters outside the harbor and a lot of interesting territory to explore inland. Plus when you are done you can have a beer at the local Hawaiian hangout Kona Brewery!
Some of the more popular destinations to paddle are Kailua and Kaneohe. Our shop is located just across the street from Kailua Beach Park and we provide wheels to transport the boat to the beach. This is the easiest and quickest way to get on the water on Oahu. If you are feeling more adventurous, we also provide free pads and straps for your car that allow you to take kayaks to Kaneohe Bay or anywhere on the island!
Come on in and get your adventure started.