The hybrid sport of Kayak Sailing is the latest kick on Kaua’i. Kukui’ula’s Island Pursuits team jumped on the new sport, quickly learning to put the Hobie Adventure Island tandem sailing kayak through its paces.
The kayaks aren’t the fastest sailing rig, according to Island Pursuits Manager Robert Miguel, but their steady pace is perfect for taking in coastal scenery. On two-person kayaks, steering and sailing can be controlled by either person, front or back, so no one has to assume all the responsibility for mobility and bearing.
Kayak sailing lets you get up close and personal with lots of Hawaiian wildlife. “We’ve seen whales, dolphins, turtles, manta rays, and seabirds up close, says Robert, who had lead runs along Poipu, down the Na Pali coast and along the east coast of Kauai.
Now that they’ve mastered the sailing technique, Robert and his team want to add a fishing component to the mix. “Next time, we’ll drag some lures to see if we can’t catch some Ono, Mahimahi or Ahi,” he says.
If after you watch the video, you decide that kayak sailing isn’t your type of adventure. Have no fear. There are plenty of other opportunities for thrill-seeking. Check out this list of 10 inspiring adventures and explore Kauai real estate for the perfect place to stay.