Hawaii Kayaking Destinations
Kayaking Hawaii can be as quiet as a solo canoe trip along a calm river or as wild as a rugged ocean adventure. Popular kayaking destinations can be found on Kauai, Maui, and Molokai. Some of the most beautiful places in Hawaii are extremely difficult to reach through land but kayaking gives paddlers immediate access to appreciate and enjoy nature’s beauty.
Kauai is the only Hawaiian island with a river suitable river for kayaking. Wailua River on the eastern side of the island is a preferred destination. The right side of the river is reserved for kayaking.
Wailua River Valley was once reserved for royalty. It is still considered sacred and rare by many. The river is usually gentle with little current.
Lush tropical trees, stunning exotic blooming flowers, ancient ruins, sacred waterfalls, old Hawaiian towns, virgin canyons and tropical rain forests are only a portion of the scenic beauty kayakers can encounter.
Several tour companies operate in the area. Single, double, and triple kayaks are available for sale. The Secret Falls and Fern Grotto are popular Hawaii kayaking destinations.
There are occasions when travel to one or more areas (such as the grotto) is limited but there’s so much more to see that kayakers aren’t left with time on their hands.
Maui kayaking tours include beginner tours, Makena tours and Honolua Bay tours. Kayak surfing tours are available and at least one tour company welcomes visually disabled kayakers.
Kayaking Makena Landing offers paddlers the chance to sea turtles, eels, octopus, coral sharks, tropical fish, and sometimes whales or dolphins.
The secluded and breathtaking Pali Sea Cliff area features rough shoreline, steep sea cliffs and spectacular coral reefs. Hawaiian green sea turtles are a highlight of kayaking Makena Bay.
Honolua Bay is a marine sanctuary. The coral reef teems with fish. Kayaking here does involve paddling into moderately powerful trade winds.
Kayaking Hawaii’s Molokini Crater helps kayakers to reach places powerboats can get to. Any of the island’s most beautiful marine life is said to be located here.
Molokai is best reserved for accomplished kayakers. Ocean swells and rough waves make paddling too difficult and risky for beginners. The island’s undeveloped north shore can be paddled from east to west but kayakers seldom paddle the return route. Ten mile-per-hour winds make the ride a rough one.
Kayaking Hawaii’s Kona coast offers paddlers the opportunity to discover Kealakekua Bay, Keahou, Ho’okena, Honaunau, and Kailua.
Kealakekua Bay is the most protected deep water bay and is declared a Marine Life Conservation District. The Bay was the birthplace of many Hawaiian Chiefs and is where Captain Cook landed. A Captain Cook memorial stands there today.
Across the harbor, kayakers can find pristine reefs where over 250 species of fish have been recorded. Glass kayaks can be rented in Kona, making kayaking Hawaii a truly beautiful and different experience.
Keahuou Bay, birthplace of Kamehameha the great, boasts calm waters. Kayakers paddling along the south cliffs will pass sea caves. One of the sea caves can also be reached by kayak, making for a special Hawaiian kayaking experience.
Kayaking Hawaii can be a tranquil experience or an adrenalin rush. From tropical waterfalls to raging rapids, from sea caves to ancient ruins, paddlers can choose the ideal kayak ride.