Windsurfing Maui on a beautiful sunny day.

Kitesurfing and Windsurfing Lessons in Central Maui

Since Maui can offer some of the most exhilarating, yet challenging, conditions for windsurfing and kitesurfing, those who want to pick up the sports can save themselves hours of frustration by taking lessons from a pro. Here are schools in the area, the packages they offer, and rental shops for gear.

If you’re staying in Wailea, there are stand-up operators along Wailea Beach.

Stand-up Paddling in South Maui

For stand-up paddling in South Maui, there are plenty of instructors and outfitters ready to show you the ropes. Kihei is one of the best spots on the island hands-down, and you’ll find other good stand-up paddling around Wailea and beyond. Here’s where to go for lessons, rentals, and more.

The Kohala Coast from a stand-up paddleboard.

Water Sports in Kohala on the Big Island

Activity fees and rentals for water sports in Kohala tend to be higher when purchased through hotels; you’d be better off to go directly to the source to get a better price. With that in mind, here’s everything you need to know about locales and outfitters to plan a day in the water.

A paddleboarder sets off from Lahaina.

Stand-Up Paddling in West Maui

Stand-up paddling in West Maui ranges from perfectly laid-back to vastly more challenging, depending on the area. Either way, there’s plenty of opportunity to get in the water, and there are a decent number of rental shops for gear and a few schools for lessons and guided excursions.

Leleiwi Beach Park is one of the top spots for snorkeling and diving.

Hilo Water Sports on the Big Island

Although all water sports are possible in Hilo, it’s more difficult to rent equipment on this side of the island. Here are all the best locales for Hilo’s various sports, from kayaking to diving to surfing and more, along with the best outfitters to try for equipment if you don’t have your own.

Stand-up paddling, kayaking, and diving abound on O’ahu’s North Shore.

Other O‘ahu North Shore Water Sports

If you’re looking for fun on the water, there’s a lot more on offer on O‘ahu’s North Shore than its fabled surfing. Stand-up paddling, kayaking, and diving abound, and you can even rent water bikes or paddle boats.

Bodyboarding and bodysurfing at Sandy Beach on O’ahu.

Windward O‘ahu Water Sports

Onshore winds leave little in the way of consistent, good quality waves for surfing windward O’ahu. On the other hand, sports like sailboarding and kitesurfing that flourish in the windy conditions are popular in this region.

Lady Bird Lake in Austin

The greatest attraction Austin has to offer is the stretch of the Colorado River called Lady Bird Lake, where by taking just a few steps you can go from bustling, urban downtown to an alternative world that’s peaceful, beautiful, and natural. You can also find hike-and-bike trails that are some of the best urban trails in the country, plus crewing, canoeing, kayaking, and stand-up paddle-boarding.