Looking for an adventurous way to hit the waves off Waikiki? Try an outrigger canoe, a modern version of the type of boat used by ancient Hawaiians for fishing and traveling between the islands.
You'll meet under the hau trees shading the Hawaiian Oceans stand near the Duke Kahanamoku statue for a paddling lesson and an introduction to the canoe, which was once used for competitive racing. Each canoe seats four, plus the captain and a guide, and you'll be assigned a seat and a role in the crew based on your size and strength so that all riders have as much fun as possible.
Your Hawaiian Oceans Outrigger Canoe Ride will last for just 2 or 3 waves—maybe 30 minutes—and just like the surfers around you, you'll have a few minutes of downtime to enjoy the scenery as you wait for the perfect crest.
No matter where you are in the canoe, be prepared to paddle hard and listen carefully to the guide as you hit the water. They'll shout out instructions to help you quickly get into the best possible position to ride the waves back toward shore.