Oahu — Ocean Activities

Oahu is a water paradise just waiting to be enjoyed, with lots to do above, in and around Oahu's pristine waters.

Surfing Lessons

Surfing was a favourite past time of Hawaiian royalty. Oahu is the best place in Hawaii to learn to surf, to

Surfing Lessons
Surfing Lessons
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enjoy the surf and to watch surfing. Lessons are available from the Beachboys on Waikiki Beach, Aloha Beach Service, Hans Hedemann Surf School, Primetime or with fire fighters at the Hawaiian Fire Surf School. The North Shore challenges pros and the surf competitions entertain.


Oahu's windsurfing spots include Kailua Beach, Kalaeloa and Diamond Head Beach. To rent or learn, try world pro Robbie

Windsurfer off Kailua Beach
Windsurfer off Kailua Beach
Naish's school, Naish Windsurfing or Kailua Sailboards & Kayaks.

Snorkeling & Scuba

Oahu has abundant snorkeling and diving spots for beginners and pros — one of the best is Hanauma Bay marine preserve, where you can rent equipment. For dive lessons and boat dives, call Aloha Dive Shop or Aaron's Dive Shop while for personal guides and tours contact Clark's Diving Adventures.


There's excellent deep-sea fishing to be enjoyed. Boat captains down by Kewalo Basin charter fishing tours, while shore fishing is also on offer. For those who don't want to actually fish, the early morning fish auction is open on weekdays in Kakaako or tour the Garden & Valley Isle Seafood processing company.

Star of Honolulu
Star of Honolulu

Boat Excursions

Oahu offers a variety of boat excursions — including seasonal whale-watching, fun cruises, sunset sails, Friday firework cruises, dinner/entertainment cruises and personal cruises - smooth rides, good food and family fun. Royal Hawaiian Cruise's Navatek 1, Dream Cruises, Paradise Cruises offer a variety of excursion or why not jump on board one of the catamarans on Waikiki Beach for a quick sail.

Kayaks & Canoes

An invigorating experience coupled with incredible views of Oahu's shoreline and marine experiences. Rentals and/or tours available from Kailua Sailboards & Kayaks, Kayak Oahu, Kualoa Ranch and Primetime.