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The world has discovered an ancient Hawaiian sport that has caught on like wildfire because it’s so fun and easy. Stand up paddle (SUP) boarding, known in the Hawaiian language as hoe he‘e nalu (paddle surfing), is a cross between surfing and paddling and was the original form of Hawaiian surfing. Even if you’ve never stood up on a board before, it won’t take long to get the hang of it. One of the best places in the world to paddle board is right here in Kona, where sunshine and warm, crystal clear waters await you and your SUP.
Kona Paddle Board Spots
Kona paddle boarding spots are the best on the Big Island, and the best time to get out on the water is in the morning. Keauhou Bay offers some of the best paddle boarding in Kona, and during the winter months you might even see majestic humpback whales playing in the open ocean beyond. Kahalu‘u Beach Park on Ali‘i Drive is wonderfully sheltered and has an abundance of marine life that is visible in the amazingly clear water. At Kailua Bay you can get a taste of old Hawai‘i as you paddle around Ahu‘ena Heiau, the temple of King Kamehameha the Great.
Kona Paddle Board Rentals
Steve and Kylie Jubina of Kona Paddle Sports specialize solely in SUPing and know everything there is to know about the sport. Located close to Keauhou Bay, Kona Paddle Sports’ super-friendly staff will help you find the perfect SUP and can meet all of your SUPing needs. Kahalu‘u Bay Surf & Sea also has a full range of quality gear and accommodates paddle boarders of all ages and skill levels. They’re located in the little orange shack across the street from Kahalu‘u Bay. Boss Frog’s across from the Kona Inn is highly reputable has loads of SUPs to choose from. Almost all Kona stand up paddle board rental outfits offer SUP tours and lessons.
Escape the Ordinary
Leave all your cares behind – and back on the land where they belong. Paddle boarding in Kona is the perfect escape from the ordinary, and exploring the Kona Coast on a paddle board is an experience that can’t be beat. To get ready up for an amazing Kona paddle boarding adventure, contact our vacation specialists today at Kona Coast Vacations.