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Oahu Water Adventures

With warm waters and balmy weather all year long, Oahu provides endless opportunities for water activities. One of the most popular is taking a surfing lesson on world famous Waikiki Beach. Duke Kahanamoku and other Waikiki Beach Boys introduced the art of hee nalu (wave sliding) to the world in the waters of Waikiki Beach during the early 1900s. Former surfing champion Hans Hedemann of Hans Hedemann Surf School said this about Waikiki: “This short stretch of coast has more than 20 breaks gentle enough for the novice or just tricky enough for the experienced surfer. The waters are warm. The waves are forgiving and long enough to let you go the distance. Every visitor to Oahu should ride a wave.”

Beyond surfing you can also take a group outrigger canoe ride off of Waikiki Beach. Snorkeling and swimming at spots like Hanauma Bay or at one of Oahu’s beautiful beaches can also be fun for the whole family. Take a sunset cruise or sailing excursion and you may even see a humpback breach during whale watching season, December through May. Sports fisherman can also charter a boat and fish for Pacific Blue Marlin, Ahi (yellowfin tuna), Ono (wahoo) or Mahimahi (dolphin fish).

Other popular water sports include jet skiing, parasailing, wind surfing, kite surfing, wakeboarding and bodyboarding (boogie boarding). Stand up paddle boarding — where surfers stand on a larger board using a paddle to manoeuver — has also become a popular alternative to surfing in the islands. With so much to do, you'll see why adventure thrives in the deep blue ocean surrounding Oahu.


Beaches of Oahu

Beaches of Oahu. Oahu is home to world famous Waikiki Beach, the legendary North Shore and other amazing off-the-beaten-path beaches.

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Boating on Oahu

Charter a boat, take a sunset cruise off of Waikiki or go on a whale watching tour off the coast of Oahu. Whether you’re looking for a romantic catamaran cruise or a fishing adventure, Oahu has a variety of charters and tours to choose from.

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Fishing on Oahu

Oahu is a great place to sport fish, with charter boats available to tackle some of the state’s biggest fish swimming just off its shores. Types of fish that can be reeled in include marlin, ahi (yellow fin) and mahimahi (dolphinfish, unrelated to the dolphin).

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Learn How to Surf on Oahu

Oahu has many amazing spots to learn how to surf, including the gentle waves of world famous Waikiki Beach.

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Snorkeling & Scuba on Oahu

With a variety of beautiful beaches and popular spots like Hanauma Bay, snorkeling on Oahu reveals a whole new underwater world.

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Surfing on Oahu

Surfing was literally the "Sport of Kings" in Hawaii. Ancient Hawaiian royalty showed off their surfing skills on Waikiki Beach and other surf spots around Oahu. In the early 20th century, legendary surfer and Olympic swimmer Duke Kahanamoku, who grew up in Waikiki, introduced the sport to the world.

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Things To Do in Waikiki

From taking your first surfing lesson to getting your first taste of Hawaii Regional Cuisine, there's a wealth of activities to pursue in Waikiki.

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Watch Big Wave Surfing on Oahu

The North Shore’s legendary winter waves attract the best surfers in the world. The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, considered the Super Bowl of surfing, is held on its shores every year in November and December at Waimea Bay, Haleiwa Beach and Ehukai Beach (Banzai Pipeline).

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Whale Watching

From December to May, you may catch a glimpse of a majestic kohola, or humpback whale in Oahu's southern seas. The gentle giants come to the warm Hawaiian waters every year to breed and give birth to new calves.

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