Water Activities in Oahu Hawaii

Water Activities in Oahu Hawaii
Oahu, Hawaii, is one of the top tourist destinations in the world for both beach lovers and adventurers alike. Featuring over 125 beaches to choose from, it's no surprise that tourist are flocking in from all over the world. Whether it's the biggest surf break or the calmest swimming beach you're looking for, Oahu truly offers something for everyone.


Oahu is famous for its stunning beaches and immaculate surf breaks. These include Waikiki Beach and Ala Moana Bowls on the South Shore, and they also include the world-famous Banzai Pipeline, Sunset Beach and Waimea Bay on the North Shore. There is no shortage of amazing waves.

Whether you're a beginner or pro, Hawaii offers surf for every skill level. If you have never surfed before--or are fairly new to the sport--first try paddling out at Canoes at Waikiki Beach. The break, which is situated directly in the middle of Waikiki, offers a slow and long ride best suited for a long board. Once you have mastered this break, take a drive up the coast and explore some of Oahu's serene coastal vistas. You'll find that surfing not only offers fun and exercise, but takes you to some amazing places.

Stand-Up Paddle Boarding

One of the newer trends in water activities is stand-up paddle boarding. The boards--which measure a little over 11 feet--can be rented in Oahu hotels and shops at reasonable fares. Stand-up paddle boarding is a great way to get exercise and explore the beautiful coastline that Oahu has to offer. The combination of upper body workout and balance and coordination exercise makes for a challenging and rewarding experience. It's no surprise that it is rapidly becoming one of the fastest-growing water sports in the Hawaiian Islands.


Snorkeling is one of the most popular water activities for tourists to Oahu. This is no surprise considering the crystal clear blue waters the island has to offer. One of the best places to do this is Hanauma Bay, located on the southeast shore of Oahu. Hanauma boasts some of the finest underwater visibility on the island, as it's tucked into a cove and features a long stretch of reef. The geographic location and reef make for prime snorkeling conditions as there is little to no wind or swell disturbance, less sand upwelling and an abundance of sea life. You're likely to see many tropical fish, sea turtles and maybe even an eel. On your next trip to Oahu, make sure to get out and enjoy the ocean. There are few places in the world that offer such amazing water activities!

Article Written By Tim Mendez

Tim Mendez is a freelance writer/photographer based out of Southern California. He specializes in travel and outdoor journalism. Aside from his recently earned degree from California State University Long Beach, his experience stems from traveling and learning from other cultures.

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