Top 10 Places to Paddle Board in Hawaii


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Stand-up Paddleboarding is one of the fastest-growing water sports of today, and there’s no better spot to engage in this wonderful offspring of surfing than where it actually began. The activity dates back in the 1960s in Hawaii with the Beach Boys of Waikiki paddling out in their venture to take photographs of tourists learning how to surf. In line with the skyrocketing rise of the outdoor sport are people flocking from all over the globe to the place most sought after for its beautiful beaches and relaxed lifestyle. Hawaii, home to the worlds best SUP locations which you can find below, all with breathtaking scenery and flat conditions that will let you walk in the water!

1. Sunset Beach, Oahu

This majestic place is known for its big wave surfing during wintertime, hosting the worlds most popular surfing competitions. During summer, where the water has settled down and a lot calmer, it becomes a great spot for paddleboarding! The tranquil waters seem like a huge horizon where you can paddle for miles on end, where you can take a break and go snorkelling and swimming whenever nature calls for you.

2. Puaena Point Beach Park, Oahu

Right next to the Haleiwa Beach Park and the Waimea Bay side of the Anahulu Bridge is a safe haven for paddleboarding. The waters here are tame which makes it the best spot for beginners, most areas are flat but you can also try out paddling in the small waves. Bring the entire family since its also an ideal place for picnics and simply hanging out.

3. Keauhou Bay, Kona

A place great for SUP, kayaking, and snorkelling, Keauhou Bay will let you see the End of the World referring to their glorious sea caves and cliffs where you can jump to freedom. This historic site in the Kona District is built with a stunning harbour burrowed within a dried lava bed coastline.

4. Pops or Populars in Waikiki, Oahu

Dare to try the challenge of paddling in waves that are bumpy enough to make you both have more SUP experience and a hilarious time! This area is less visited and crowded compared to other Waikiki sites. However, you may encounter sharp reef edges or sea urchins, and it would be a good idea to wear booties.

5. Lanikai Beach, Kailua Bay

A hidden paradise within the astounding charm of Hawaii beaches, the place has the softest white sands and remarkable aqua blue waters. Lanikai means heavenly sea in the Hawaiian language, and upon setting foot you will realize why. Located on the windward coast of Kailua Bay, it can be tricky to find, but this presents you with the opportunity to paddle your way into this splendid area of the seas!

6. Kailua Beach, Kailua

The Kailua Beach itself in Kailua presents year-round serene SUP conditions, which is regarded as one of the best water sports destinations not only in Hawaii but in the whole world. It has been voted the Best Beach in America in various surveys, notably on its walking aspect. The surrounding areas include the Mokapu Peninsula at the north, the Mokulua Islands at the south, and Flat Island bird sanctuary swimmers and kayakers will fall for.

7. Twin Islands

Paddling towards this place is very rewarding as you breeze through sea turtle feeding grounds and colourful coral reefs. A sandy beach connects the northern island where you can also go camping, to the southern island which is the smaller of the two. The sheltered water right in the middle of the two islands is teeming with marine life, perfect for snorkelling and viewing.

8. Kawela Bay

Find this hidden beach and you will discover so much nature has to offer. The place is enveloped in a picturesque background, historical landmarks, and brimming with marine life. Beginners and advanced paddlers alike will have unforgettable paddling days at Kawela Bay.

9. Kealakekua Bay, Kona
Known for its famous Captain Cook Monument, this is another historic Kona site which doesn’t have any paved roads. You will have to kayak or SUP your way here. The Kealakekua Bay is the only underwater state park found on the Big Island, where you’ll see manta rays, green sea turtles, spinner dolphins, and more marine life.

10. Kahalu Bay, Kona
Home to what can be the largest collection of diverse tropical fish the Big Island contains, the Kahala Bay is regarded as one of the best snorkelling and surfing spots in Kona, Hawaii. It is also an excellent area for paddleboard users, where you can take on waves depending on your skills

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