Outrigger Canoe Surfing

Canoe 1

"Hoe ka wa'a"  (Paddle the Canoe)

The outrigger canoe ride of today was derived from the original sport that was beloved by the elite of old Hawaii – outrigger canoe surfing. Outrigger canoe surfing is a sport that is unique to Hawaii, and was widely practiced throughout Waikiki. In old Hawaii, Waikiki was the playground of Hawai'i's ruling class; outrigger canoe surfing was a privilege reserved solely for the aliʻi, or Hawaiian royalty. Waikiki Beach is currently the only place where a visitor can experience the thrill of surfing a wave on an outrigger canoe.

The outrigger canoe is one of the safest ocean vessels today. It is the only vessel that does not require life jackets by the US Coast Guard, making it the perfect activity for the whole family. Anyone can participate in this “royal” activity and experience the thrill of surfing from the safety of our outrigger canoe.

Outrigger Canoe Ride Options & Pricing (note: does not include HI State Tax):

  • Per Person Option: $25 per paddler  (*please note that there is a minimum of 4 people required to book this canoe ride option)


  • 1 Hour Canoe Charter: $300 per canoe (*no minimum pax required)

Additional Information

  • The outrigger canoe runs daily from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. These times are subject to change throughout the year due varying weather and/or surfing conditions.

  • Up to 6 people per canoe. 4 paddlers & 2 riders.

  • Ages 3+ welcome. All swimming and paddling abilities also welcome. Life jackets available upon request.

  • There must be at least 4 paddlers within your group to book the "per person" canoe option online. If you do not have 4 paddlers in your group, please visit our activity desk to make a same-day reservation and join another group.

  • Catch and surf two waves into shore under the guidance of 2 state certified canoe captains.

  • All online reservations must be made at least 24 hours prior to the date and time you would like to reserve.

  • Canoe charter guests will have the option to catch as many waves in the one-hour time period.

Outrigger Canoe Ride Cancellation Policy: A full refund will be given to any cancellations made up to 48 hours prior to your reservation date. Failure to contact us at least 48 hours prior to your reservation date will void your eligibility for a refund. Hawaii does experience bouts of inclement weather; any cancellations that must be made due to inclement weather or unsafe conditions will be refunded.