Hawaii is an archipelago of volcanic islands nestled in the middle of the North Pacific Ocean. Located 2390 miles away from California, Hawaii is a hotspot for tourism. The year-round warm climate combined with its picturesque beaches attracts visitors to Hawaii throughout the year. There is no shortage of accommodation in Hawaii; you can either stay in the splendid mansions in Hawaii or you can take your pick from the countless hotels.
Although the archipelago is made up of 132 islands stretching over an area of 1500 miles, only eight islands are suitable for human settlement. These eight islands are Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe, Maui, and the largest of all, the island of Hawaii (also known as the ‘Big Island’). These islands decrease in size as one moves from northwest to southeast. The pristine water bodies surrounding these islands provide the perfect opportunity to take part in some thrilling water sports. In fact, Hawaii is the ideal destination for outdoor sports enthusiasts possessing an adventurous spirit. Below we have listed five exciting water sports you should definitely try out during your stay in Hawaii.
1.- Scuba diving
The warm tropical waters surrounding these islands provide some of the finest diving sites in the world. The divers enjoy perfect underwater visibility and also get a close look at tropical fishes, green sea turtles, eels, dolphins, stingrays, and sharks. The coral reef is stunning and divers also get to explore underwater tunnels, remnants of shipwrecks, and caves. It doesn’t matter if you’re an amateur with no prior experience in scuba diving; there are plenty of diving companies in the islands which provide diving adventures to both beginners and experienced divers. Some of the amazing diving spots include Makaha Beach and Shark’s Cove in Oahu, Molokini in Maui and Tunnel’s Beach in Kauai. You can also head over to Kona Coast in the Big Island for the best diving experience in Hawaii.
Snorkelling is another favourite water activity in Hawaii which is perfect for coastal exploration. Two Steps in the Big Island with its pristine water, healthy coral reefs, and variety of tropical fishes provides the perfect snorkeling destination. Turtle Town in Maui is home to a dense population of Hawaiian green sea turtles and snorkelers are treated with the unique experience of swimming alongside these marine animals. Another great spot for snorkelling can be found in Captain Cook Monument in Kealakekua Bay which provides a fantastic view of diverse marine life.
Have you ever dreamt of flying over the sea? Parasailing will make that dream a reality! It’s a popular recreational activity where you’re attached to a parachute and towed away in a motorboat. Parasailing adventures are available on all the major islands of Hawaii. It’s relaxing and provides a stunning view of the Hawaiian waters and breathtaking landscapes. The different categories of rides vary in height and duration. So you can choose how far up and for how long you want to go.
If diving underwater or soaring above the water doesn’t intrigue you, surfing is the best choice for you. Did you know that Hawaii is the birthplace of surfing? Here, surfing is not considered as just some recreational activity, it is a legendary sport. A visit to Hawaii is incomplete without riding the waves at least once. Winter is the best time to go surfing in Hawaii as the best swells occur between November and February. The best surfing spots can be found in Oahu’s North Shore where some of the biggest surfing competitions in the world, including Vans Triple Crown, are held between November and December. During that time, surfers from all around the world arrive in Oahu to observe the pros in action.
Kayaking is an easy, thrilling water sport which can be enjoyed by people of all age groups. Amazing kayaking spots can be found on all the major islands of Hawaii, but Oahu is home to some of the best kayaking destinations. Kaneohe Bay is a beautiful beach which is a great place for beginners to try their hands in kayaking. The two barrier reefs located in the archipelago form the biggest attractions in the area. Some of the common fishes in the Kaneohe Bay include hammerhead sharks, parrotfish, mahimahi, and aku. This place is a special treat for the fans of the Pirates of the Caribbean films as “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” was shot here. Experienced kayakers can head over to the Kailua Beach and Lanikai Beach for an unforgettable experience. In Kauai, kayakers can paddle along the stunning Napali Coast and pay a visit to Fern Grotto. The necessary kayaking equipment can be easily rented from the beach.
These were just some of the water sports available in the beautiful islands of Hawaii. Besides these, some of the must do things in Honolulu , is that you can try wakeboarding, water skiing, boating, jet skiing and many more. If these adventure sports seem a bit too extreme for your liking, you don’t need to feel disappointed. Hawaii has something for everyone and you can easily try out some of their land activities instead. You can lie on the pearl-white sand beaches and bask under the sun, take a stroll with your loved one on a volcanic crater in Thurston Lava Tube or go on a hike with your friends to the summit of Leahi – you’ll never run out of things to do when you’re in Hawaii.
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