Hawaii, being the chain of islands that it is, obviously offers plenty of ways to get out on and in the water. You can surf, snorkel, dive, waterski, kayak, go on a whale watching trip, sail, or just lay on the beach and play in the surf. But if you’re looking for something a little more unique, try stand up paddleboarding.More challenging than kayaking and easier than surfing, it’s a good compromise for those who want to get active on their Hawaii vacation.
Standup paddle boarding in Hawaii is becoming very popular lately, with rentals and lessons available on nearly every island – some cheap hotels in Maui and other tourist-friendly spots offer rentals and lessons right from the hotel beach. You can paddle to calm waters to see the marine life below the surface, or if you are more advanced, you can actually surf the waves standing up on your board. Half and full day lessons can range from $75 to $150 per person, while rentals can be had for as low as $25 for those confident enough to go it alone.
You probably wouldn’t book a flight to Hawaii just to go standup paddle boarding, but if your travels take you to the islands, don’t miss this unique adventure.
Photo by Michael Dawes