Kayaking and paddleboarding are adventurous family-friendly activities to get outside, enjoy nature, and create a memorable experience. Tsue’s Farm on the North Shore in Haleiwa, HI, is your destination to rent kayaks and paddleboards; however, before you escape for a fun and peaceful trip down the Anahulu River, it’s important to make a game plan.
Here are four things to know before kayaking for the first time:
- Create a Float Plan: Like any outdoor adventure trip, it’s always a good idea to know a bit about the area you are going, how long you plan to be there, and what you’ll need for your paddle. Allow enough time to enjoy the trip, and take your time, and come up with a basic plan and route for your group. When you rent kayaks, ask for recommendations, and be honest about your comfort level with the rental staff. They are there to ensure your day is relaxing and fun, so take their advice and recommendations.
- Get Comfortable in Your Boat: Recreational kayaking is quite simple to learn, but it’s important to be comfortable before you get out on the water. Hop in on land and check that the boat feels comfortable. Then, stay close to shore and gently paddle around to get a feel for the equipment in the water. Kayaking makes for even better family fun when everyone is comfortable and confident on the river.
- Waterproofing Is Key: You’ll want to remember your trip, so a camera or smartphone to take some pictures is a must-have. You’ll be on a boat, however, so plan for everything to get a little wet. Heavy zipper bags are an easy storage solution to keep water out, or consider waterproof cases for your electronics.
- Take Care of Yourself: Kayaking on a lazy river may not seem like an intense workout, but anyone can get overheated and dehydrated. Drink plenty of water before you leave and bring a few extra bottles along. Don’t forget the sunscreen, either, as the Hawaiian sun can be intense.
Kayaking at Tsue’s Farm offers exciting family fun as well as one of the best plate lunches on the North Shore. Next time you’re looking for a different kind of family activity, call (808) 744-5428 or visit their website for information on renting kayaks and cafe menu options.