There are many hidden gems on the North Shore of Oahu, come paddle with us and we’ll be sure to give you the inside scoops!
Ever wondered what to do after having the Most Fun on Oahu with your instructors on Rainbow Watersports Stand Up Paddleboars? Well since we got your blood pumping and endorphins have been released…why not continue on this natural high by going on a easy, breezy hike!
Papailoa Beach Walk
Enjoy a beach walk starting from the Rainbow van. Walk toward Pua’ena point, which is just to the right of the van. As you walk along the shoreline toward the point, take a peek inside the tidepools to see what you can find. Around the corner is Papailoa beach, or locally known as “Police Beach” because it used to be a private beach for the Honolulu police. This is also the location where the popular show “Lost” was filmed. This secluded beach is absolutely stunning, and will whisk you away to a tropical dreamland. Turquoise water, crashing waves, and cliff-like reefs entreat you along the trail. Enjoy traversing between the beach and the semi-marked trail that parallels the beach within the trees and grass. You can walk along this trail all the way to Lanikea beach park, nicknamed Turtle beach for all the turtles that tend to beach there. Also makes for a great morning beach run. Be sure to bring your camera!
Nestled in Kahaluu is an easy and popular walk to a beautiful waterfall called Hamama Falls, or Waihee falls. This walk is easy enough for young kids and, as the trail is wide and “paved” in gravel, is also doable with a durable stroller (umbrella strollers are a no-go). Expect about an hour walk up to the falls and a half-hour walk down. Be sure to go right under the falls and let the water fall down on your face – there’s nothing better! To get there, drive about 1.5 hours down the coast from the Rainbow van. Drive around through laie and Kaaawa and pass Chinamans hat and Kuuloa Ranch. Eventually you’ll take a right on Waihee road. The road ends at a metal gate which is where the trail starts. Just park anywhere on the street by the gate. Like anywhere, it’s wise to not leave valuables in the car.
Have a blast guys and enjoy the ‘aina!!
As we were paddling along the Haleiwa Bay, we heard shouts and yells coming from behind the boat harbor wall! It intensified as we came closer and just as we got far enough on the ocean to peer past the wall..to our surprise and delight a HUGE CRY exploded from the 2014 Reef Hawaiian Pro of the Vans Triple Crown Surfing!! How could we forget it was the time of year again to see the surfers from all over the world come join together for competitions held in Rainbow Watersports backyard. After the lesson, we raced over to join the commotion and cheer on all the contestants. We had famous, strong surfers ranging from John John Florence to Fredrick Patcchia and they all looked like they were having a blast on the water. In the end we congratulated Maui’s Sebastian Zietz for taking the gold!
Oh and I’ll tell you why sometimes it is easy to forget.. because the Anahulu River is just so calm! It is crazy the difference between the North Shore waves to the protected Haleiwa Bay that leads in to the River under the Rainbow Bridge. What an adventure! Come join us on the water!
As I know we all loved the Rainbow Watersports brightly painted van, but it’s time had come for the old, clankity girl to rest. We were sad to see it go with the VERY cool Map that showed where all of our paddlers came from!!
We have revamped a NEW and IMPROVED Van to show off our BEAUTIFULLY painted Rainbow to the World! Well, to everyone passing through Haleiwa Town. Since we are located right in front of Jameson’s Restaurant in the Haleiwa Bay, everyone can come see our Rainbow Van and see the new special features on it. We have painted some of our own paddleboard instructors on the sides, with a HUGE sun on the very front and a special surprise on the back… Dolphins and Turtles:)
Come to Haleiwa Bay and check out our new Van and take a Paddleboard lesson with the finest instuctors on the Island of Oahu! We all love teaching this new skill and confidence on the water… and in the Anahulu River. Safety is first, and then FUN FUN FUN!! Come Play With Us!!
Dolphins are frequent where we paddle during the months of July and August on the North Shore of Oahu.
Yesterday the ocean was like glass and as we dropped off the van at the bay, we could see spinner dolphins leaping out of the water and splashing all around. I, my mother in law, and three of my children quickly hopped on some boards and paddled over. It was AWESOME!!! Dolphins remind us humans to have fun 🙂
Of course, they’re wild and we cannot guarantee spottings, but if you want to have the BEST chance of seeing dolphins and being right up close to them, take the Coastal Eco-Adventure, especially during the months of July and August. Each morning they migrate from the west coast to Waimea Bay. We see them quite often this time of year because we paddle the same course they swim each morning.
You can check out the video here on our website at the Home Page!