Top 5 Stand-up Paddle Boarding Spots in Kauai 

Stand-up paddleboarding (aka “SUP”) has been around for centuries in various forms all over the world.

But one of the many cool Hawaii facts is that the modern version of SUP has its roots in Hawaii, according to the history of stand-up paddling.

Nowadays, paddleboarding is the fastest-growing water sport. It’s easy to learn, has calming effects on the mind and body, and gives a gentle core workout.

Wailua River

If you’re looking for the perfect place for an epic multi-adventure day on Kauai, paddle the Wailua River. The river weaves through some of Hawaii’s most sacred grounds.



Kalapaki Beach

On the east coast near Lihue, this sheltered bay in front of the Kauai Marriott Resort is a great place for paddleboarding in Kauai – especially if you want to learn to SUP.


Hanalei Bay

One of the best places to SUP in Kauai on the North Shore is Hanalei Bay. Kauai’s largest bay, it’s some two miles long, fringed by a white sand beach. The waters of Hanalei Bay are typically smooth.


Hanalei River

From Black Pot Beach on Hanalei Bay, you can paddle up the Hanalei River for about two miles. You’ll pass underneath the historic one-lane Hanalei Bridge.


Anini Beach

This pristine beach on the North Shore of Kauai has an off-shore reef. About two miles long, it creates a sort of “lagoon” protected from the waves.

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