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Island Water Sports
Hawaii means watersports galore, and one of the great things about Oahu is that so many activities are available. Ride the North Shore's mountainous waves or skim calmer waters in a kayak.
Drift above the ocean on a parasail, or dive into it with scuba gear or inside a submarine. You don't necessarily have to be experienced to try these water activities. Plenty of professional companies will equip you, teach you, and offer you advice. Look at the list below and see what appeals to you.
Surfing: Simply some of the best in the world. If you're a beginner, try a big board at Waikiki.
Body surfing and body boarding: Riding the waves with a boogie board is a thrill for people of all ages and skills. It's inexpensive and fun for all family members.
Windsurfing: Sailing through the waves is hot! Learn and experiment with the technique yourself or sail with the best.
Scuba diving: One of the most popular dive destinations in the world. You'll be dazzled by spectacular underwater sights.
Snorkeling and "snuba": Easy ways to gaze into the underwater world. "Snuba" gives you a breathing apparatus with a 20-feet hose.
Ocean kayaking: This is a very popular sport on Oahu. Guided kayaking tours are available to take you around the island.
Deep sea fishing: With marlin, tuna, swordfish and a host of others, this is one of the world's best places for big game sport fishing.
Sailing: Spend a day on the ocean or take a two-hour sunset sail. Perhaps you'd like to learn to sail yourself.
Parasailing: If you can you see yourself in a parachute which is being pulled by a speeding boat, go for it! It's a real adventure!
Boat tours: Many tours are available throughout the day and evening on many different types boats.
Submarine diving: Get up close and personal with tropical fish -- dive down 80 feet to 100 feet in air-conditioned comfort!
Whale watching: Charter boats will take you to watch migrating humpback whales, Hawaii's gentle giants.
Better Safe Than Sorry: Some Water Safety Tips
The waters around Oahu have an undeniable allure. However, everyone who plays in and around the ocean and rivers needs to realize that there are dangers, some obvious, others not so obvious. So along with your sunscreen, pay attention to and follow these tips, for a trouble-free time on the beach.