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.

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.

A surfer on the waves at El Zonte in El Salvador.

Best Surf Spots in El Salvador

The rumors are true. El Salvador is a warm-water, right point haven with enough waves to keep everyone happy. The surf season here is March to October and coincides with the rainy season, when swells coming from the south can reach up to three meters high. For novices and experts alike, here are the best surf spots in El Salvador.

Sunrise at Playa Zipolite on the Pacific coast of Oaxaca state.

Playa Zipolite Beach, Oaxaca

Playa Zipolite, a wide, mile-long strand of brilliant golden sand enfolded by headlands and backed by palm groves, is simply stunning. Aside from it’s great surf, Zipolite is famous for being Mexico’s only nudist beach.

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.

Rocks jut out of the sand at Hanalei Bay on Kauai's northern shore.

Best Beaches in Hanalei, Kaua‘i

The best beaches in Hanalei are along Hanalei Bay & Waikoko Beach, all excellent for sun, sand, and surf. Hanalei Bay is big, popular, and full of conveniences, while Waikoko is smaller and less-crowded but still located close to Hanalei’s amenities.

Surfboards stacked in the grass near the beach at Amigas Surf Retreat in Nicaragua.

Surfing Nicaragua

The secret is out: Nicaragua’s breaks are perfect. Here are some practical surfing Nicaragua tips on where to make home base and recommended outfitters.