Kayaking Hawaii: Take a Kayaking Adventure

Kayaking Hawaii gives plenty of opportunities to explore the caves, gorgeous sea cliffs, beaches, and secluded bays by kayak.


Hawaii Kayaking

With its spectacular natural surroundings, there is certain to be a long list of great places to kayak in the state of Hawaii.

Kayaking Hawaii

Here are six of the popular places to kayak in Hawaii:

Kealakekua Bay

Kealakekua Bay is found on the Kona coastline and one of the top kayaking destinations for those interested in this recreational activity.

Paddling approx 1 mile across the bay gives access to the historic area of the Captain James Cook Monument. This spot marks the location of the first westerner to step foot on the island.

Plus, for those interested in marine wildlife, there are plenty of dolphins to be seen and admired in the bay.

Honolua Bay

Honolua Bay is in West Maui and gives access to some of the finest kayaking opportunities in the region. Paddle from Kapalua to the marine reserve at Honolua Bay to kayak above the unspoiled coral reef systems.

This marine reserve is also a great destination for those interested in snorkeling. A preferred time to kayak in these waters is throughout the summer months when the waves aren’t too out of control.

This area has recently undergone a cleanup program to maintain the pristine appearance of the reefs.

Huleia River

The Huleia River is situated in Lihue and 2 miles in length to provide a beautiful destination to go on a kayaking adventure.

In addition to paddling the river trail it is also possible to join the shore-based hiking trail which takes you deep into the jungle and tropical environment.

Na Pali Coast State Park

The Na Pali Coast State Park is situated in Kauai and a perfect destination for those interested in sea kayaking. A guided tour is the most practical option for the beginners.

The preferred time to tour these waters is throughout the summer months when the surf and swells of the northern ocean have started to subside.

If planning on an ocean kayaking session in Hawaiian waters, it benefits to get a weather forecast before setting out to ensure the ocean conditions are known.

North Shore Beach

A fun-packed adventure to Oahu’s must-see North Shore is certain to give access to a variety of recreational activities, including kayaking, snorkeling, surfing, biking, and hiking.

Kayaking North Shore gives access to the more protected waters within the bay, which also makes it possible to explore the upstream river after passing the well-known Rainbow Bridge.

For extra assistance for the kayak beginner, an instructor can be booked to help guide you through the basics of paddling on the calm waters.

Wailua River

The Wailua stretches some 20 miles in length and is situated on the eastern part of the Kauai Island.

It is a beautiful destination for kayaking adventures, but is quite popular throughout the height of the season which can leave the waters quite congested – although the river does start to quiet down once the area popular with commercial tourist boats is passed.

In addition to the kayaking session, it is also possible to step ashore and follow the hiking trail to the waterfall which gives truly amazing scenery.