The Haleiwa SUP Paddle is a fun & leisurely paddle — perfect for an overcast day on the bay or a short paddle in-between having lunch & heading to the beach. This paddle begins in the Haleiwa boat dock & traverses through the marina to the Anahulu river. From the Anahulu river mouth, we went under several bridges by coasting along the calm waterways. Haleiwa is a popular destination for locals & tourists alike due to the hub of shops, cafes, restaurants, surf & SUP rental options, as well as ample places to paddle & play.
The Haleiwa SUP Paddle is in a protected & guarded marina, which makes it a beginner paddle while along the Anahulu river. The river is 7.1 miles long, but at low tide it is difficult to go past some rocks that are 2-3 miles upstream. The option to head out to the open water is always there as well, so depending on the conditions or your experience, this paddle is highly customizable & has something for everybody.
|Best time:||High Tide|
Kamehameha Hwy is pretty much the only road in & out of Haleiwa. If you’re coming from town, get on the H1 & follow signs for the North Shore. It’s exit 8 if you go through Aiea. Coming from Waimanalo, Kailua or Kaneohe is even simpler. I personally like to take the scenic route along Kamehameha Hwy, but you can alternatively get on the H3 & take that to the H2 until you hit the North Shore.
Address for GPS: 66-105 Haleiwa Rd, Haleiwa, HI 96712
Parking in the Haleiwa Harbor boat ramp parking lot is free. Be sure to grab a spot that isn’t reserved. The lot may get crowded on weekends.
There are public restrooms available in Haleiwa beach park, just a quick walk from where parking is for the harbor. Nearby there are also several gas stations & grocery stores like the 76 Station & Woodland respectively should you need any last minute items before hitting the beach.
- A leash is always a good idea even if you’re doing a beginner paddle
- A life jacket or PFD is optional but not required
- Something to take pictures! The Haleiwa SUP Paddle is beautiful. You’ll feel like you’re adventuring through a tropical jungle, so have your camera or GoPro (& dry bag) ready!
Cautions & Hazards
Boats & Fishing
The Haleiwa SUP Paddle is one of the least hazardous paddles out there. Not much to worry about except for the occasional small boat or canoe, other paddlers on SUPs or surfboards, or fishermen casting their lines. This is a popular spot for catch & release.
For a harbor, the Haleiwa boat harbor is fairly clean. However, be careful walking around barefoot in the parking lot or even on the sand. There can be sharp glass or thorns from the Kiawe plant left washing up on shore from the water.
Tips, Links & Other Resources
Be sure to check out Tropical Rush & Surf N Sea for all the water gear you could potentially need for a fun day on the north shore. Both shops are located across the street from each other. They are next to the Haleiwa bridge as you are approaching or leaving town.
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