None of the sites presented
below, commercial or otherwise, have solicited a listing with
HuiWaa.Org - we are merely offering their links as a convenience,
and do not assume any responsibility for them. Inclusion
here is not to be construed as an endorsement of any company,
or its preference over any other.
This list is by no means complete - most of
this information is gleaned from search engines, and we all know
how that goes. If you have a good experience with an unlisted
operator or outlet, find a useful resource site, or launch your
own personal kayaking page, please email
the link to me. Also please let me know ASAP if you find a broken
link, 'cause these sites constantly move or close.
Catch-22 applies to commercial sites - they
can't ask to be included, they have to be referred, preferably
by a member. (They can, however, contact me to update an existing
listing). I reserve the right to be totally arbitrary with my
choice of listings.
Links Checked & Updated August 8, 2010
Site additions up to April, 2012
Sales and Rentals
†Kayak Kauai's comprehensive
page of Stuff You Ought To Know About Kayaking Na Pali has been taken down, for some reason, but a similarly introductive article on Backpacking in Na Pali Coast State Park is available here. - Anyone interested in doing the coast and/or Park for the first time is encouraged to read it.
(Please note that many of the rental shops listed above also offer
|Adventures In Paradise
|Coastal Kayak Tours
Hawaii Pack & Paddle
Captain Cook, Hawaii
|Kelii's Kayak Tours
|South Pacific Kayaks
Tradewind Kayaks Maui
||No web page - call them
Big Kahuna Adventures
|Kayak Kadavu (Fiji)
||Fiji Kayak Kadavu
Kayaking-related pages & Sites:
- American Canoe Association (ACA) - the umbrella organization that provides insurance for most of the U.S. & Canadian kayak clubs and groups, and offers certification for kayak instructors and guides
Kayaking.com - the definitive resource for open-top paddling,
by authors and out-of-state members Tom & Athena Holtey
- WikiPaddle - a wiki of world-wide paddling destinations
Jennings - kayaking photographer/videographer in Tasmania
- Audrey Sutherland - the Mother Of Us All
- "By example she inspires, while at the same time shaming the rest of us for our compromises" - John Dowd
- Sea Canoe Magazine - a review of Jeff Bennet's book about the wonders of inflatable kayaks
Kayak Clubs and Groups of Interest
- AquaHunters - Isaac has a group on the Oahu and the Big Island that takes fishing REALLY seriously!
- Big Island Kayak Club - still in its early stages, lightly organized, paddles & hikes all areas of the Island
- Pacific / N. America:
- California Kayak Friends (CKF) - an information-heavy site of a club of seayakkers, lake and whitewater paddlers
Sea Kayak Club - a club that kayaks in, umm, Seattle, I think...
Boating.com - Not a club per se, but a good page of links
to many other clubs and kayak resources around the world
- Thurseve Paddlers - a casual group in the Bay Area that, among other things, does night paddles (on Thurs eve, of course)
Area Sea Paddlers - GASP! Gulf of Mexico, that is.
- UKC Kayak Polo - student group from Univ of Washington, they even have rules!
Camping, & kayaking- or ocean-related general interest:
- All of the (non-GoogleEarth) aerial photos on this Site came from National
Ocean Service's Mapfinder
site. Recently all the data was transferred to the University of Hawaii's SOEST site full of Hawaii Coastal Photographs, making it much easier to preview and retrieve specific areas. A must for off-island trip planning
- more than everything you ever wanted to know about any fish,
- Australia Museum also has a big database on fish.
- Polynesian Voyaging Society - Historical,
contemporary, mythical and factual information on the Hawaiian
canoe and its role in the Pacific.
- Plenty of Knots and how to tie them!
- And for the textually-challenged, like our recent President (ahem), here is an animated knot-tying site! You can even download them (for a fee) to your laptop, and practice on the plane to Washington! (There's a lot more here than just knots. Dig around and see...)
- Hawaii Beachcombers has a mountain of information about Hawaii's ocean activities, and a couple of pages of particular kayaking interest: hawaii-kayaking.html and kayak-fishing.html
- One of the premier kayaking destinations in Hawaii is the Na Pali Coast State Park on Kauai, accessible from May to September, usually. Here is the DLNR's official page of information about the park, including restrictions and permit costs.
- The State now has a secure site for online State Parks camping permits, reservations, and payment thereof. You must register first, then you will be able to check on permit availability for different parks and dates.
- And not to be outdone, the City & County of Honolulu has a website for information about the parks and campsites on Oahu. To get a permit, start at this Seach Page, to check out availability on a given date, then continue on to make the rez. Permits on Oahu are in extremely high demand and short supply, so pre-register and do some deadline research first before you attempt to apply. Most campsites only become available at 5:00 PM on the Friday two weeks before the target date, so you need to have your fingers on the keyboard when the clocks roll around. Try and practice on a lesser-known campsite first, so you know the process - it's not really logical or linear, and involves some jumping back and forth between pages - and you can cancel the permit after you're done. Also, be aware there is a new plan to charge for various (hitherto free) campsites, but (as of Spring 2012) there has been no implementation of a payment method. Time will tell if it becomes real. There is a step-by-step instruction sheet here (PDF).
Kayak Sailing, Kiting and The Windbag Regatta:
- Clubs and Sailors:
- Sails for Sale:
There are so many fishing sites out there now (see the remarks on our own Fishing Page) that I have only included Pacific and tropical sites, and occasionally some others of particular general interest. At the moment, I'm trying to avoid commercial and retail-only websites.
- Aquahunters - Big Island and Oahu yakkers join forces for big-game and "extreme" fishing
- Coastal Kayak Fishing of Malibu, CA claims to be the first online KF site
- Kayak Fish Nation (So. Cal.) - okay, I just like any group that calls itself the Plastic Navy!
- North Wales Kayak Fishing - who said the Welsh only eat melted cheese on toast?
- Kayak Fishing Zone (So. Cal. & Baja) - A wild combination of product reviews, travelogues and how-to tips, Paul Lebowitz's gabby website reads like a three-dot column for KFers.
(These sites may have absolutely nothing
to do with kayaking, Hawaii, or even the ocean - I just found
them interesting, and in my capacity as Sitemaster, I merely offer
them as a pleasant diversion)
- Does anyone in Hawaii really care what time it is? Try the National Institute of Standards Atomic Clock and never
be late to a paddle again.
- irrefutable documentation for just about every conspiracy
theory since the assasination of Julius Caesar, and maybe even earlier.
- Don't know what vexillology
is? Can't even pronounce it? Check out this deep site about all
kinds of flags and pennants.
- Both The Presurfer and Dark Roasted Blend (DRB) are great ways to start off your Internet day, but be careful: it may take you a couple of hours to get back to work!
- And of course, for computer screen wallpaper that is literally out of this world, you just gotta start with the Hubble Telescope