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.

A kayak launches in the water in Makena Landing.

South Maui Kayaking and Canoe Paddling Tours

There’s a lot to take into consideration when choosing a kayaking or paddling tour: the best areas, local weather patterns, outfitters, tour length, and more. Our expert authors are here with everything you need to know to pick the best tour for you, including this key tip: don’t let the food be a deciding factor.

White-water rafting with Glacier Guides and Montana Raft in Glacier National Park.

River Rafting in Glacier National Park

Together, two Wild and Scenic-designated rivers provide 219 miles of recreation, including scenery, wilderness, float sections, and white water for river rafting. Camping is permitted in certain areas, and you can use the park’s resources to plan a self-guided trip or take advantage of several guide companies in the area.

Hawaii Ka‘i Marina and Maunalua Bay are home to all the aquatic thrill rides available in this region for adventure seekers.

Hawai‘i Kai Aquatic Thrill Rides

Hawaii Ka‘i Marina and Maunalua Bay are home to all the aquatic thrill rides available in this region for adventure seekers. Wakeboard, water ski, and ride a Bumper Tube and Banana Boat at high speeds in the marina, or Jet Ski, parasail, and drive a sub scooter in the bay.

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.

Diving the First Cathedral in Lana‘i.

Diving Lana‘i’s Cathedrals

Those familiar with Hawaii diving will know that Lana‘i has some of the best diving in the state. While there are no fewer than 14 named dive sites along the southwestern coastline, the two which make Lana‘i famous are First and Second Cathedral.