Hawaii Big Island Revealed Guidebook:
Ocean kayaking: Excellent on the normally calm Kona coast. Snorkeling: There are a surprising number of fish in Kailua Bay. We’ve seen super-schools numbering in the many thousands. The beach is possibly the safest and gentlest water on the island. This is where King Kamehameha chose to spend the last years of his extraordinary life. SUP: Extremely popular with residents and visitors. It really pays to take a lesson to learn proper techniques.
Lonely Planet Guidebook:
SUP, the latest trend, takes coordination to learn, but it’s a lot easier than regular surfing. It’s a sweet blend of intense exercise, aquatic adventure, and marine-biology lesson. It delivers a core workout accompanied by dolphins, turtles, tropical fish, and very meditative, Zen-like paddling techniques. It’s the perfect way to slow down and drink up the mana (spiritual essence) of the Big Island.
The west coast areas of the Big Island have ideal, near-shore kayaking conditions. Kailua Bay is a nice place to launch kayaks. The water here is especially calm and the surroundings are historic and scenic.
Kona Boys: Fodor’s Choice
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