Whether you’re new to stand up paddling or can cruise over the water like a pro already, head to world-famous Waikiki Beach to perfect your balance and hone your skills. This core-strengthening sport was developed in the Hawaiian islands, where locals call it hoe he’e nalu.
With its gentle, rolling surf and the craggy backdrop of Diamond Head setting the scene, Waikiki is perfect for learning to stand up paddle. Start onshore, where your friendly instructor gives you a basic tutorial in paddling techniques.
Once you’ve gotten the rundown on balancing, turning, water safety, and using your equipment, make your way out into the calm and balmy waters of Waikiki. Flex your new skills, feel the sea breeze, and take in the sweeping tropical coastline, landmark hotels, and lively beach scene as you paddle across the waves.