Oahu has a wealth of water sports opportunities; whether you are a pro surfer braving giant winter waves on the North Shore, and a recreational water-skier experiencing the calm waters of Hawaii Kai. You are able to kayak from Lanikai Beach to the Mokulua Islands or float above Waikiki with a parasail as a speedboat tows you blissfully through the air. If you have a product of an adventurous spirit, you might scuba dive the walls of the Kahuna Canyon, swim with clouds of ta’ape (blue stripe snapper), and see an occasional shark from the convenience of a passenger submarine. Regardless of your aquatic interests are, whether you are a newbie or a pro, you are able to get the appropriate sport when you lease a home on Oahu. Nearly all of our rentals are already provided with beach toys (like masks, snorkels and fins; boogie boards; surfboards; kayaks; and more). Great places to learn to body board are within the tiny waves of Waikiki Beach and Kailua Beach, as well as Oahu’s family beach park, off Kalanianaole Highway (Hwy. 72) in Waimanalo that is ready to accept the public on weekends (from noon on Fri to midnight on Holidays and Sun). To have here, turn toward the ocean on Hughs Road, and then right on Tinker Road, that takes you directly to the park.
Your Oahu beach rental is a wonderful jumping off point to scuba dive, particularly for those interested in wreck diving. One of the most popular wrecks in Hawaii is the Mahi, a 185-foot former minesweeper readily available just south of Waianae. Abundant marine life helps make this a great place to take photos — schools of lemon butterfly fish as well as ta’ape are very comfortable with divers and photographers they virtually pose. Eagle rays, green sea turtles, manta rays, as well as white-tipped sharks often cruise by as well, as well as eels peer out from the wreck. For non wreck diving, one of the best dive spots in summer is Kahuna Canyon. In Hawaiian, kahuna means sorcerer, wise man, or priest; this massive amphitheater, near Mokuleia, is a great example of a thing a sorcerer could conjure up. Walls rising from the ocean floor produce the picture of an underwater Grand Canyon. Inside the amphitheater, spiny lobsters, slippers, octopuses, and crabs abound (be mindful that drive them in summer is illegal), and massive trevally, parrotfish, and unicorn fish congregate as well. Outside the amphitheater, you are more likely to see an occasional shark within the distance. Since Oahu’s best dives are offshore, the best bet of yours is to book a two tank dive starting from a dive boat.