Diamond Head captures the timeless feel of Waikiki, and so does an outrigger canoe ride. On your next Hawaii vacation, head down to Waikiki for a ride you will never forget. Reservations are accepted online, and you must have at least 3 people with you in the same family or travel group. There are other health and safety measures in place, including stringent cleaning and daily employee wellness checks.
Try an Outrigger Canoe Ride with Your Family.
You’ll receive paddling instructions from your guide at the beginning. Then the teamwork starts, and everyone participates. You’ll move the outrigger to shallow water and take turns climbing in. It’s not a graceful movement that adds to the fun.
You’ll see Diamond Head as you paddle away from the shore. The waves take on a larger dimension close up. Now you are part of the ocean and feel its movement around you.
Outrigger Tradition: When the canoes are on dry land, the canoe’s nose points to the water. The early Hawaiians did this out of respect for the canoe and its spirit.
Your steersman (there’s always a pro onboard) sits at the back and expertly positions the canoe and waits for the best wave. At his call, you paddle with all the strength you can muster. The wave you catch feels exhilarating. This is what surfing is like. At that moment, it would be easy to forget to paddle and look behind as the wave lifts the outrigger towards the sky. But keep paddling! Everyone’s adrenaline will be on overdrive as you fly across the surface of the ocean, getting wet from its spray. One time we even tipped over but were all able to climb back into the canoe.
As you start to slow down, you’ll see Diamond Head, which could be your next adventure, waiting to be hiked. It’s just a short drive by car or The Bus and is one of Honolulu’s top-rated attractions.
Diamond Head Hike Overview: This family-friendly hike is something not to be missed. Kids are going to love the two tunnels and the old fire control station at the top. On the 1.6 mile hike, there are incredible views that stretch for miles. This is a great lower body workout with four staircases and 279 steps. You can even join those running laps if your legs don’t turn to rubber. This bargain activity will set you back only $10 for the entire carload. Included at no extra charge are some of the most stunning views ever of the Pacific Ocean and Honolulu. Take it all in as you hike this three hundred thousand-year-old crater.
Tips: Entrance fee of $5 per walk-in guest or $10 per vehicle. Closed Wednesdays. Gate open at 6 am, last entry is at 4 pm, and gates close at 6 pm. Wear hiking shoes and bring water!