Hanalei SUP paddling

HANALEI SUP - Fun, easy to learn, great exercise!

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HANALEI SUP - Friendly instructors help you have a great time

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HANALEI SUP - These instructors know what they are doing

Hanalei SUP instructor surfing

HANALEI SUP - Fun, easy to learn, great exercise!

Hanalei SUP paddling in the jungle river

Paddle on the Hanalei River or in the Bay

Hanalei SUP puddling with Aina

Our dog Aina likes to try out these events too!

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Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) is an ancient Hawaiian sport that has caught fire once again and has become extremely popular in the last few years. Kauai offers the unique opportunity to practice this sport both in the ocean and on calm inland streams. This Hanalei SUP lessons is on the north shore where you can paddle up the river and out into Hanalei Bay.

Some people do it because it’s the best workout on the water. Others do it to access surf spots that are difficult to reach when laying down on a board and paddling. The biggest reason this ancient sport has seen a modern revival in recent years is because it is a really fun way to experience the water. Stand Up Paddleboarding is not difficult because these guys will match you up to a board that is just the right size for you. It’s great exercise, and there is nothing like the feeling of paddling around on Hanalei Bay while looking down on coral heads just below the surface.

Lessons last 1.5 hours. You don’t have to haul the board somewhere on your car.  After checking in at their location in “downtown” Hanalei the boards will be transported for you to the location of your lesson. You can spend the entire time paddling on the flat water of the Hanalei River, or if conditions are good, you can paddle out on Hanalei Bay. It’s up to you!

At the end of the lesson students receive a discount coupon for 50% off SUP board rental if you want to go back out and paddle some more on your own!

General Information
Schedule: Monday through Saturday (closed Sunday), offered every hour starting at 8am. Last lesson begins at 2pm.

Reservations: Advanced reservations are required so that instructors are ready and available to serve you.

Check In: Hawaii Surfing Adventures store in “downtown” Hanalei

GPS: 5-5134 Kuhio Highway, Hanalei, HI 96714 Click to view map

Restrictions: Must be 13 years old for Group Lesson.

What to Wear: Surf attire

Note:  Groups larger than 4 who want to do a group lesson will need more than one instructor. A group of 5 will be charged for 4 group lessons and 1 private lesson. A group of 6 will be charged for 4 group lessons and a 2 person semiprivate lesson, etc.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be made at least 48 hours before the start of the event.

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The SUP Lessons are available in Hanalei in the late morning of day one for NCL passengers; a rental car is required as the drive is about an hour from the dock. We can arrange a rental car including shuttle pickup at the dock.

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Kevin Ditamore – Owner / Manager

It is hard to believe how quickly stand up paddleboarding has taken off here in the Hawaiian islands. It’s refreshing to see a sport that is so old and so little known suddenly make a resurgence. Five years ago it was rare to see someone doing this. Now my wife has a board and paddles around with our dog. The nice thing about SUP is that, unlike surfing, you don’t need to have big waves to enjoy this. As a matter of fact, most SUP’ers prefer calm flat water for just cruising around. It’s really strange these days to look out on a calm tranquil ocean and seeing a dozen people standing up a quarter of a mile off shore. SUP is not hard … as long as you get matched to a board that is the proper size for your height and weight. If the board isn’t big enough, balance can be tricky and your going to fall a LOT. If the board is too big, you couldn’t fall in the water if you tried. The best board for you is sized just in between. The constant micro adjustments that your body has to make to keep yourself balanced on the board is great exercise. It is a very healthy, low demand workout that uses muscles you didn’t even know you had (and previously never even needed). It’s very healthy, easy and fun. On a calm day with clear water and no swell, it’s just incredible to paddle around on the bay and look down at coral reefs just a few feet under the surface. And when winter swells sweep into Hanalei Bay, you can cruise on the flat water of the Hanalei River instead. The tour operator’s ideal location makes it easy to go either way. Want to see how popular this sport is? Jennifer Aniston was recently photographed paddling around on the Hanalei River. Check out photos here and here. Who knows how long those links will work. If none of them do, just Google “Jennifer Anniston SUP” and click on the image tab. You’ll find them. Another one is here. (That’s Kate Hudson and Jennifer Anniston SUP’ing). I could also cite photos of Pierce Brosnan and Matthew McConaughey that are literally “floating” around the internet. You never know who you’ll bump into on this river! For those staying on the south or central part of the island, consider the Jungle SUP Adventure Tour. It’s not just a SUP lesson … it also includes hiking, swimming and a fun water zip!