Sailing in Kuakini

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Surf Honolulu gives clients the lessons and equipment to conquer the white-capped waves off Oahu's shores. Lifeguard- and CPR-certified instructors impart tide-riding techniques during surfing lessons conducted at four beaches selected because their waves are seldom clogged by other surfers or porpoises riding kickboards. Each lesson includes 30 minutes of safety instruction led by both English- and Japanese-speaking surf instructors. For a more leisurely jaunt over the waters, guests can take advantage of standup-paddleboard rentals or guided tours through Kailua Beach or Kahana Bay. Surf Honolulu also offers a wide selection of surf equipment and apparel for those on the market for a new board or looking for a swimsuit upgrade.

1020 Auahi St
Honolulu,
HI
US

With more than 22 years of experience as a professional surfer and parasailer, Greg Longnecker knows how to master unruly waves and harness coastal winds. He shares his adrenaline-charged experiences with clients with the aid of USCG-certified crews at X-Treme Parasail. They lead many of their ocean voyages aboard the Honolulu Screamer, a vibrant water-propelled jet boat powered by twin C-12 engines.

The vessel cuts through coastal waves at up to 40 miles per hour as musical beats pump from its 20-speaker sound system, just below the decibel range of Poseidon's hearing. Greg and his captains alternatively provide tours up the Waikiki coastline, as well as jet-ski training and parasailing tours, which can send customers soaring up to 850 feet above the water's surface. On most excursions, participants may lay their eyes on Diamond Head and the Ko'olau Mountains, or turn seaward to gloat obnoxiously at green sea turtles and spinner dolphins.

1085 Ala Moana Blvd
Honolulu,
HI
US

On his webpage, iDcard CEO Shawn Dohmen explains that his title stands for "Cheap Executive Officer"?a joke that references his fondness for finding deals on everything from restaurant tabs to golf games. Shawn's knack for saving money spawned the idea for his company, which provides discounts on goods and services from hundreds of businesses in Hawaii and elsewhere. It was his desire to save trees, however, which led to the iDcard. Instead of carting around a cumbersome coupon book in a baby stroller, customers redeem their deals by handing their iDcards to the many merchants that accept them.

Participating businesses in the iDcard network include restaurants, hotels, gyms, nightclubs, and pet groomers. Customers can show their card to sponsors over multiple visits, and receive the same discounted massage or meal each time. A downloadable phone app even alerts them to valid sponsors nearby, allowing them to easily locate opportunities for savings.

PO Box 75327
Honolulu,
HI
US

Hidden beneath the waters surrounding Oahu, swirling masses of green sea turtles, eels, eagle rays, octopuses, and fish weave in and out of the coral reef. Ocean Legends equips visitors with the scuba training and knowledge that they need to not only slip beneath the waves, but also responsibly explore these marine ecosystems. In addition to offering all levels of diver-certification courses and advanced rebreather training, the guides and instructors also lead regular outings for groups seeking recreational scuba experiences. These trips leave throughout the day to view the nearby reefs and lava tubes, follow the shoreline, or explore the wrecked ships, planes, or Atlantean submarines lying on the ocean floor.

By giving guests an up-close view Hawaii's intricate ecosystems, Ocean Legends also hopes to inspire a greater sense of environmental awareness and a passion for conservation. Featuring more than 7,000 species of aquatic life, the island's waters teem with the sort of biodiversity that Ocean Legends wishes to simultaneously witness, share, and protect. Guides teach groups how to minimize their impact upon various habitats while still exploring everything that those habitats have to offer.

111 Sand Island Access Rd. R-10
Honolulu,
HI
US

Since its founding in 1901, The Hawaii Yacht Club has been considered one of Hawaii's best-kept secrets. That's because its grounds, nestled in the Ala Wait Boat Harbor against the Pacific, provides a wide spectrum of sailing, fishing, class, family, and social activities for its members. The group's territory encompasses a clubhouse, a well-stocked bar, and The Galley—an onsite seafood restaurant that offers spectacular views of boats cruising amongst a sunset backdrop. In addition to affordable libations, live music, and late-night dancing being available up to three evenings per week, the weekly Friday Night Racing Series allows members to closely witness the finish of boat competitions as they pull into the harbor. Patrons may also solicit the space for private parties of up to 200 people.

1739 Ala Moana Blvd
Honolulu,
HI
US

Though they both prize the feeling of wind in their sails, there's no way that 15th-century mariners ever had as much fun as the crew of Maita'i Catamaran. Maita'i's leisurely voyages begin from Waikiki Beach, where passengers board the 44-foot, twin-hulled catamaran before breezes catch the specially designed wing mast and carry the boat out onto the water. As the vessel glides across the crystalline waves, the gregarious crew invites guests to relax with beer, champagne, or mai tais as they soak in the sun and sea breezes to a soundtrack of catchy island melodies. For slightly more immersive oceanic experiences, Maita'i Catamaran also leads snorkeling excursions where passengers can swim amid butterflyfish and parrotfish and challenge humuhumunukunukuapua'a fish to spelling contests.

2255 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu,
HI
US