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7 of the Best Big Island Paddle Boarding Rentals

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The beautiful bays lining the western shore of Hawaii are home to the perfect water conditions to get out and explore. That’s why we recommend paddle boarding on the Big Island. Keep reading to discover the best places to rent boards for the entire family! 

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The Top Big Island Paddle Boarding Rentals 

1. Kona Paddle Sports 

Kona Paddle Sports has everything you need to get out and enjoy your water adventure on the Big Island. Rent by the hour or day (or take a tour) and cruise on beautiful Keauhou Bay. 

2. HYPR Nalu Hawaii 

HYPR Nalu Hawaii sits in the heart of Kailua-Kona, just one block away from the Kailua Pier. This local surf is one of the top spots for paddle board renting on the Big Island. They offer three different types of rentals so you can choose which one suits you the best. 

3. Kona Boys Inc. 

This small roadside surf shack offers the quintessential paddle boarding experience on the Big Island. Kona Boys Inc. rents paddle boards, gives lessons, and provides tours.  

4. Kahalu’u Bay Surf Sea 

You can find the Kahalu’u Bay Surf Sea just north of the Kona Country Club. This local company offers hourly, daily, and weekly paddle board rentals in addition to lessons and semi-private lessons (perfect for beginners).  

5. Hulakai Surf & Paddle – Kamuela and Hilo 

If you’re staying near Puako or Hilo, the Hulakai Surf & Paddle Shop is one of the most convenient places to rent a paddle board on the Big Island. They provide daily and weekly rentals, which are perfect for those staying in a home or condo near the beach! 

6. Ocean Safaris  

For a taste of paddle boarding on the Big Island, head over to Ocean Safaris! This outdoor adventure company offers two-hour flat-rate rentals that you can cruise around the calm Keauhou Bay waters. 

7. Kona Town Surf Adventures 

Kona Town Surf Adventures offers a wide variety of outdoor fun, including paddle board rentals. Their Kona paddle board lessons are perfect for beginners or those looking to touch up their skills. 

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Why You Need to Explore a Black Sand Beach on the Big Island

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Hawaii is home to some of the best beaches in the world. While they vary in beauty, discovering a black sand beach on the Big Island is truly special. Formed by thousands of years of volcanic eruptions and weathered rock, these unique marvels are definitely worth visiting during your time in Hawaii. 

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Why Explore a Black Sand Beach on the Big Island?

The Big Island’s history of volcanic eruptions means that you’ll find plenty of volcanic rock around the shore, especially on the south side of the island. After years and years of erosion from water and wind, this rock breaks down into the marvel that is black sand. You can explore a handful of Hawaii’s unique black sand beaches during your time on the Big Island. While most of these unique stretches of sand aren’t great for swimming, they make for a fun and exciting morning or afternoon of exploring. 

3 of the Best Black Sand Beaches on the Big Island

Pololu Beach

Pololu Beach is one of the most scenic stretches of sand on the Big Island. It’s the only accessible black sand beach on the North Kohola Peninsula. You have to hike from Polulu Valley Overlook down a steep trail to the beach, where you can take a stroll along the expansive coastline. We recommend staying on land here, as the riptides are incredibly strong here. 

Tip: The Polulu Trail is very muddy and slippery, so use caution when hiking down to the beach.

Kehena Black Sand Beach

Kehena Black Sand Beach offers beautiful views of the Big Island coastline. You can spot spinner dolphins playing off the shore when the ocean is calm. This is definitely a can’t miss spot if you want to take a gander at a true black sand beach.

Tip: Nude sunbathing, while illegal, is quite common with locals here. 

Punalu’u Beach

Punalu’u Beach is one of the most renowned black sand beaches in the world. Draped along the shores of a small inlet south of Hilo, this beautiful stretch of sand is home to sunbathing Green and Hawksbill sea turtles sunning themselves under the hot Hawaiian sun. We do not recommend swimming at this black sand beach on the Big Island, given the rocky ocean floor and strong currents.

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Everything You Need to Know About Big Island Bike Tours

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Do you want to explore the culture, history, and natural beauty that Hawaii offers without having to sacrifice time spent in the beautiful outdoors? Well, you can trade your car for two wheels with Big Island Bike Tours! This local company offers an array of excursions around the island that allow you to immerse yourself in the best that the Big Island has to offer!

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The Best Big Island Bike Tours

Road Bike Tours

Big Island Bike Tours selection of road bike tours provides cycling enthusiasts with some of the most unique ways to experience the diverse landscapes of our island. Choose from excursions highlighting Kona coffee country, Waipio Valley, Wood Valley, and South Point Park. These exciting rides offer a thrilling opportunity to see some of the most beautiful sights on the island while enjoying a stimulating workout.

E-Bike Adventure

If you want to explore the Big Island on two wheels without having to worry about peddling up and down hills, then an E-Bike adventure is perfect for you. This great family-friendly activity allows you to cruise around on an electric bike with your group to either Anna Ranch or Mana Road. Easy off-road elements, waterfalls, and other stunning scenery are just a few of the highlights on these incredible Big Island Bike Tours.

Gravel Ride Tours

Challenge yourself to off-road biking with Big Island Bike Tours. Their gravel ride tours include the Hawi Gravel Challenge and the Mana Road Gravel Epic 46. Explore the birthplace of King Kamehameha, ride through the rolling hills of Waimea, and revel in the stunning natural scenery around you. While you’re at it, you’ll also get to sample of our world-famous Kona coffee. Not a bad way to start the day, eh?

Bespoke Tours

Dive into the rich Hawaiian culture of the Big Island with a special bespoke tour! Ride through the Wood Valley and South Point while stopping at local bakeries, coffee brewers, incredible snorkel spots, historic churches, and more! It’s the perfect mix of cultural immersion and outdoor activity.

Mountain Bike Excursions

You can cruise through the stunning mountains of the Big Island with four unique tours designed for bikers. Whether you’re a true off-road biker or enjoying a family ride, you’ll find the perfect tour for your group!

Multi-Day Trips

Do you live to bike? Well, you can circumnavigate the island with the most involved Big Island Bike Tours offering! This multi-day excursion takes you from coast to coast, showing you the best that Hawaii has to offer!

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