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Hawaiian Canoe Tour

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Includes:
Life Vest
Professional Tour Guide
Description:

Everyone LOVES the knowledge that is learned and the experience of paddling a Hawaiian Canoe! We begin with 30-minutes of instruction and equipment review, along with a history of the double-hull Hawaiian canoe. Riders will then hop into the canoe and learn for themselves the ancient art of open-ocean travel. This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for tourists and locals alike to learn REAL Hawaiian history, geography and folklore and see the “other side” of Diamondhead, along with the majestic cliff-line of Koko Head Crater.

The HSA double-hull canoe fits 11 passengers, and will be lead by a professional instructor that is lifeguard certified. Riders will be paddling the canoe and taking in the beauty of Maunalua Bay for up to 1.5 hours. Riders can paddle as much OR as little as they like, allowing all levels of fitness to enjoy the tour. Life jackets are available upon request.

 
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Itinerary:
Detailed hourly tour description after it starts

Activity
Duration
Equipment review and instruction30 minutes
Paddling tour of Maunalua Bay (there are SEVERAL breaks during this time, along with the chance to get out of the canoe and swim around)2 hours 30 minutes
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Schedule
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Daily2 hours 30 minutesVarious check in time throughout the day, click the "book it" button to see live availability calendar & check in directions. See map below for approximate location.
Frequently Asked Questions
They take pictures of the tour and if you would like to purchase you can. But you are also more than welcome to take your own camera, I would just make sure it is waterproof!
Click on the red "Book It" button and you will see live availability. Keep in mind availability changes constantly, so make sure to book in advance!
H Tours Hawaii is a "one stop shop" for all the best activities in the Hawaiian Islands. Since we work with many providers, reservations are necessary. WE HIGHLY recommend making reservations, as many activities are at a discount when you reserve in advance. Some providers even charge higher for those "walking in" because they know chances are you're not going to walk away. Finally, a reservation ensures you have a space on the tour. Trust us you don't want to spend so much time and money to come to Hawaii and then miss out on an activity because they were booked out!
Choose the tour you are interested in, click the red “Book It” button adjacent to the tour information, and complete the booking form.
While we can usually accommodate most last-minute bookings, we highly encourage those that are checking out our website far in advance to book 2-3 weeks prior to desired date. You never know if there's a convention, special event, or an increase in overall visitors in town, and it would be a shame if the activities that you want to do are sold out because you waited until the last minute. Basically, if you know you want to do it, just book it!
Gratuity is never required but if you enjoyed your experience, a tip is always greatly appreciated!
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Check In Location
Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, United States 96825
Payment & Cancellation
Cancellation Policy: Standard Policy
  • Cancellations made 2 days before Date & Time will be fully refunded.
  • Cancellations made at a later date will not be refunded.
Terms & Conditions
  • Students under 18 can attend lessons unsupervised, but a guardian must be present prior to the lesson to sign a waiver
  • See booking page for exact terms, conditions, & cancellation policy details
Reviews
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Was the tour accurately described on the webiste? In other words did it meet your expectations?
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My hubby and I wanted to do a physical excursion in the water, so we found Hawaiian Surf Adventures. We elected to do the double canoe ride which was a workout, but really fun and informative. We were out on the water for about two hours and our guide was Lissa, who was a great instructor and really sweet. We had about six adults on our tour, and one child. We had a good group that was really interested ... morein the stories and history Lissa shared with us. I've been on a lot of these tours/excursions and I can tell you that the tour guide can make or break this experience for the tourists. Lissa was great.

The conditions were perfect on the day we went out. There were low winds and it was sunny, but not too hot. It was beautiful. We did our test run in the canals of Hawaii Kai, then we made our way over to Moanalua Bay, which was pretty cool. I am ashamed to say I've never really explored Moanalua Bay, but it really pretty and provides great views of Hawaii Kai. Lissa was a great tour guide and spoke a lot about the history of the Hawaiian Islands and the Hawaiian people. It is a great story for people to hear because Hawaii is definitely not all mai tais and luaus. There is a rich history filled with traditions and turmoil that most people don't bother to learn. I enjoyed the history lesson a lot.

We saw a turtle pop its head out of the water during our tour, and we learned how to properly paddle. It was fun and while we did get our moments to rest, it was a great workout. You can't coast on this excursion. Everyone needs to paddle and contribute to the cause. It was a lot of fun and we got a great deal on groupon...win-win!
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Wife got us for a two-hour canoe tour, which actually turned into a three-hour canoe tour. If you're going on the canoe tour, be advised that this is not a sit-back-and-enjoy-the-view sort of tour -- you are going to have to work for it! This was perhaps even more so in our case, as we had the minimum number of people (6) that they would take out, and it was a bit on the windy side.... more

Despite the exertion (and the sore back the next day!), this was a great experience. Once we had paddled out into the bay, we were able to do a little swimming, and then our guide gave us a lesson on how the islands were formed (I'll never look at Oahu on a map the same way!), and the rich heritage of the Hawaiian people.

This was definitely the most educational calorie burn I've ever experienced!
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The outrigger canoe trip is great if you're interested in history/culture. You get to paddle quite a bit, but we spent about an hour and 1/2 on the water listening to the history of the islands and polynesian culture.  The guide is very passionate and knowledgeable. Everything he said was interesting but both my wife and I would have liked to do more paddling. My in-laws, and seemingly everyone else ... moreon board seemed to be really into his stories, however. I think we're maybe more action-oriented people than most.

If you want to learn about the islands and culture, and/or you're looking for a casual paddling experience definitely sign-up for this trip.
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The double-hull canoe tour was definitely the highlight of our Oahu trip!!! This tour is good for adults, kids, newbies, and experienced canoe-ers. Tour takes a little over 2.5 hours. First, the shop is located in a big shopping center plaza (same plaza as Kona Brewery). You kind of have to go to the back towards the water to find it. There is a big parking lot, but arrive early so that you can find ... moreparking - it can get tough in the middle of the day.

I corresponded with Lisa via email to book our tour and she was always prompt with responses and very friendly and accommodating. Once we arrived, everyone was very nice and helpful.

Nobie led us on the tour, which included a short lesson about the canoe and how to row properly. Nobie is awesome! You can tell that he is very passionate about canoeing and knows a lot. After you learn about canoeing, Nobie will lead you onto the canoe. You work as a team and go into the ocean. The day we went, the water was gorgeous!!! So many different shades of blue. You get to stop at a certain point in the ocean and jump off of the canoe. You'll canoe out some more and head back to the shop after a couple of hours at sea. While you are canoeing, Nobie will tell you the history of Hawaii - probably my favorite part of the tour. He's super knowledgeable and really makes the tour great.

Nobie takes pictures along the way. At the end of the tour, you can buy them for $30. It's totally worth it because of the quality of the pictures. They take credit card, but don't forget to bring a cash tip!!!
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It was my first time in a canoe (same for the other 10 people in our group), but the instructor was awesome. He was so friendly and went through all the details of how to hold the paddle and perform the strokes in the most efficient manner.  The whole tour was a pretty nice pace. Training was thorough, but not too long. We didn't rush to board the canoe (he made sure everyone was comfortable). We ... morepaddled out to "open ocean", stopping a few times to take breaks. On some of the breaks he encouraged folks to jump in the water and swim around (it was too cool and windy for me to wanna do that though!) and some people did. The water is SO clear and the views are beautiful. Wish I'd taken more pictures. 

The instructor talked a lot about the history of Hawaii and how our islands came to be. Very interesting! I've lived here most of my life, but I still learned a lot. (I hadn't read the Yelp reviews so the history lesson was a surprise!) 

I wish I'd known ahead of time that we were likely to run long (we got back 30 minutes late) because some friends were baby-sitting my kids at a nearby beach and I couldn't call them to let them know we would be late. Overall though, I had a great time and would gladly do it again!
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Loved the double rigger canoe trip! Nobi was very informative & passionate about native history and culture, and as we paddled in the traditional double-rigged canoe he built, we learn about the history of the island and the peoples that inhabit it. The cultural aspect really enriched the trip - elevating it from an average, I'm-a-tourist-in-Hawaii kind of thing, to a history lesson and a lesson in ... morerespecting ways of the past.

He was a great teacher - patient with those that had trouble keeping the rhythm, and made the experience really fun. The tour lasted about 45 minutes longer than scheduled, so I don't recommend it if you are a tight schedule, but it's definitely worth while. We had the chance to swim which tied to a bouy out in the bay and saw several sea turtles near our canoe.

The surf shop is hidden on the backside (facing the marina) of a strip mall on the outskirts of Honolulu. We had a bit of trouble finding it with our Garmin directions, but the staff was really friendly and laid back when we checked in. We used a Travelzoo voucher that made the trip 1/2 price, but I think it'd be worth full price (I thinks it's ~$48?) to get a great history lesson from a native Hawaiian trained in the traditions of his ancestors. We really loved it and it was great way to finish off our trip to Hawaii.
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Awesome experience. Our guide Nobi was extremely friendly. The canoe adventure is suitable for adults of all skill levels. One of the best parts of the entire trip was the history and information Nobi shared with us about the Hawaiian culture. He is clearly someone who enjoys doing this and sharing it with other people. ... more

I would recommend this for ages 15+
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We did the stand up paddle and the canoe tour. I highly recommend the canoe tour. Overall, Hawaiian Surf Adventures did a great job in accommodating us. Lovely staff members. Remember to bring sun block - it is a must unless you are immune to UV rays. Stay hydrated as well. Our tour guide, Nobi, did a fantastic job in taking us around and explaining the history of Hawaii. I'm a big history nerd and ... moreI can tell you Nobi knows his stuff. I remember spending at least half an hour just talking to him about history. Once you walk out of the tour, you will gain a deep appreciation for Hawaii. 

Nobi, I do not know if you remember us. But we were the couple talking about the Kava plant (since we are pharmacists). From a New Yorker, mad props to your brother. Mahalo to you and Hawaiian Surf Adventures. Highly recommended.
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In hindsight, I came to learn how to catch a wave on a stand up paddling board, and granted I was not very good at that. Hawaiian Surf Adventures excels at getting the surfer newcomers to ride a wave But they are not really set up to address catching a wave on the SUP board. Instruction was poor, and the SUP wave positioning was second class (surfers had the good wave location). ... more
So I give them 5 stars for what they do well and -1 for what I wanted. I recommend one should go other places if they want to learn how to catch the wave.
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Wow! We enjoyed the canoe experience. So much fun, and Nobi was a wonderful tour guide and instructor. We learned more about our islands then I ever had, and really had fun paddling. As one reviewer stated: " ... one of the best Hawaiian Cultural -Geographical-Geological History lessons I have ever heard ANYWHERE on the island." I will definitely be back, especially if we have mainland visitors, or ... moreif we just want to spend some beautiful time on the bay.. Perfect way to learn about the islands and get in some fun exercise.
Yes, it is good for kids, but only ones who are strong enough to paddle and can follow directions.
Mahalo!
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I enjoyed paddling out to the sandbar as a kid in Kaneohe. My boyfriend and I are local ~ and really really enjoyed the double hull canoe excursion. Plus I'd rather paddle in Maunalua Bay rather than ...theAlawaiorKeehiLagoon*cough* I was a little worried because all of the reviews were from out-of-towners but don't fret. Nobi is an amazing story teller - EVEN IF YOU'RE FROM HERE, YOU'LL LEARN A LOT. ... moreI'm pretty sure you don't remember a lot from your Hawaiian History class at UH anyway. 

I really liked that Nobi let us know about getting Croakies as to not lose our sunglasses AND asked if anyone in the group had plans after the tour- so he knew if he had to keep the tour on a strict timetable or if we had wiggle room. We ended up staying until 5, probably because we asked a lot of questions and played in the water. I appreciate that Nobi gives an authentic view of our islands to the visitors that were on the tour- it's not a prepackaged Aulani or PCCC plastic luau feel- his message of aloha, island life and history are the real deal. 

The bottom line: if you want to get in touch with your inner Hawaiian, this tour is great for tourists, great for locals and a good deal. You might want to allow time after the tour in case it runs over. Ask for Nobi. He's awesome.
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Nobie was really knowledgeable and passionate about his culture. The instructions he gave for rowing were easy to follow. I learned a lot about Hawaii from this activity!  My friends and I would recommend Hawaiian Surf Adventures to people visiting Oahu. Tip: There isn't room for any bags on the canoe so you can leave it in your car or they will lock it up in the store for you. Also hats and sunglasses ... moretend to fall in the water during the canoe ride so be careful if you bring it along :)
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