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Get Wet: the Hawaiian Islands’ Top Water Activities

Hawaiian Islands

Year-round warm waters, beautiful beaches, some of the world’s best waves and incredible marine life: the Hawaiian Islands are an ocean’s lover playground just waiting for you to jump in.

Hawaiian Islands

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1: Surf Oahu

Famously, you can surf just about anywhere in the Hawaiian Islands. But in Ohau this sport holds a very special place: the island is the birthplace of surf legend Duke Kahanamoku, considered the father of modern surfing. A bronze statue of Duke welcomes visitors to Waikiki, where first-timers and pros alike flock to catch waves every day of the year.

Oahu is dotted with surf breaks named after people, landmarks and myths. Whether you are a pro or a beginner, the gentle waves of Waikiki Beach make it the ideal destination to learn the fundamentals of surfing or refine your abilities, and the numerous schools along the beach offer a variety of lessons suitable to all levels.

While the south shores see the best conditions during the summer months, the North Shore of the island – known as the big wave surfing capital of the world – really comes alive in winter. Home to the world’s premier contests including the prestigious Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, this is where you can admire professionals tackling some of the most impressive swells in the world.

Hawaiian Islands

Image Credits: Hawaii Tourism Authority

2: Snorkel Maui’s Molokini Island

The crystal-clear waters of the Hawaiian Islands count over 1,900km of coral reef and infinite tropical fish – and Maui, with its pristine waters and exceptional diversity of marine life, offers world-class opportunities for aquatic adventures.

Kaanapali Beach is one of Maui’s hotspots for swimming, but you will have to venture just 4km off Maui’s southwestern coast to reach a true marine paradise: Molokini Crater.

A small, crescent-moon shaped island brimming with a kaleidoscope of coral and over 250 species of tropical fish, Molokini’s waters are some of the calmest and clearest in the state, making this a remarkable diving and snorkelling location. Used as a bombing practice site during WWII, this small volcanic crater is now a Marine Life Conservatory District and Bird Sanctuary where divers, snorkellers and bird-watchers are all in their element.

Hawaiian Islands

Image Credits: Hawaii Tourism Authority

3: Sail Kauai’s Napali Coast

Blessed with waterfalls, tropical rainforest and jagged cliffs, the ‘Garden Island’ of Kauai hides beauty around every corner. With some parts of the island only accessible by sea, the best way to soak up the wilderness of this island is by boat, and setting sail along the Napali Coast at sunset is an island must-do.

Boat trips depart daily from Port Allen, taking you on a once-in-a-lifetime journey along this glorious coast, where you’ll admire untouched beaches, lush cliffs kissed by the afternoon sun, and waterfalls plunging into the ocean.

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4: Deep-sea fish the Island of Hawaii

The youngest and largest island in the archipelago, the Island of Hawaii is a hub for aquatic adventures: from swimming with manta rays to deep-sea fishing, water babies will find plenty to do here.

Regarded as the state’s centre for deep-sea fishing, the Kona district boasts a huge ocean drop-off located just a few kilometres offshore, sinking hundreds of meters deep and home to a wide range of coveted big game fish. Join one of the many charters available in the area and experience the thrill of deep-sea fishing in Pacific Ocean waters: catch yellowfin tuna or local mahi-mahi or if you’re really lucky, one of the blue marlin that populate the area – some weighing over 400kg!

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