Stand up paddle boarding on Oahu is often tricky because there aren’t too many places where the water stays smooth and calm regardless of wind or swell. But that’s exactly why Ala Moana Beach Park is so perfect. It’s protected by an outer reef that causes any waves to dissipate by the time they reach the lagoon, and thus the water is almost always flat, making it the perfect spot to learn how to SUP.
This park is usually home to locals as opposed to tourists, which is ever changing due to the growth of Waikiki and the expansion of the Kakaako neighborhood. We’ve seen the beach grow more and more crowded over the last 5 years, and it’s sure to get worse. Regardless, there is still tons of room for everyone, especially when you compare Ala Moana to other beaches around the world.
If you’re looking to try stand up paddle boarding, or you’ve done it before but want to do it in the warm waters of Hawaii, Ala Moana is the place. The water is no more than 8 ft. deep in most places, and often less, and the currents are usually close to nonexistent.