Friday, February 10, 2012

A Morning Kayak and Stand up Paddle off Waiohuli Beach, Kihei, Maui

The other morning my friend Julie and I went for an early morning paddle just off Waiohuli Beach in Central Kihei right across the road from where we live. We put the kayak on wheels and I pulled it while Julie carried her stand up paddle board to our launching place on the beach.

Julie putting the kayak on wheels

Ready to launch our vessels
It is quite shallow there for a long way out, so we had to keep a look out for coral heads as we tackled the relentless succession of waves to where the the ocean was flat and serene. Of course I couldn't take a photo of that part because I was too busy paddling for my life!

All around us were large turtles swimming and popping up for air sometimes right beside us.  I tried to get a photo of them, but wasn't quick enough.  Oh and the whales breaching and doing their thing in the distance. What a treat!!
As sat quietly and looked towards the pristine South Maui shoreline, I felt so grateful that this beautiful island is my second home!
I have to admit that I was a little nervous about the paddle back into shore, as this was only my second time in a kayak.  Julie instructed me to always go with the waves and to check behind me so I knew when they were coming. I was proud of myself that I made it to shore without tipping, but was I ever out of breath.  It was a good workout for sure!!!
I will look forward to my next kayaking adventure and welcome your comments about experiences kayaking or stand up paddle boarding.


  1. Hi Julie my compliments for going out with your kayak. The ocean seems quite calm when you were beyond the shore break.

    I know how deceiving that can be. I bet you when you said how tough things were for you you referred to leaving and coming back in through the breaking waves. Making it out is mostly the bigger challenge, against the big power of the winter waves. Hey you did it! Congratulations! Aloha, Pua

    1. Aloha Pua
      Thanks for your comment. It is nice to hear from you. You are right, it was only going out and coming back that we had to deal with the waves. Otherwise it was calm and flat. A simply beautiful morning!!

  2. It sounds awesome Julie..Love snorkelbuddy

    1. Hi Snorkelbuddy
      Can't wait till you get here to snorkel with me!!!!!