After five hours flying time from Los Angeles, you land in Hawaii, where the eight main islands provide an endless number of boating and watersports activities. Here are just a few:

Take a glass bottom boat reef tour, steer a Hobie Cat off the beach, or relax on a sunset cruise with a drink in hand. Try your hand at fly fishing, sportfishing, even shark fishing. Kayak, stand-up paddle, snorkel, or scuba dive. Go parasailing, whale watching or get in the water and swim with dolphins and turtles. And of course, you'll want to hit the beaches for surfing lessons—long board, short board, windsurf, kitesurf, even kitesurf foiling.


The north shore of Kauai demonstrates Hawaii’s volcanic origins in a dramatic fashion. Local tour boat and charter operators can give you the chance to get up close and personal with this landscape as well as a seascape of whales, dolphins, turtles and more. Neil Rabinowitz photo


On the southwest side of Maui, Makena Beach is wide and two-thirds of a mile long. Nearby you can find kayak and stand-up paddleboard tours and snorkel charters. Neil Rabinowitz photo


Not every watersports experience in Hawaii requires surfing a wave like the famous Jaws surf break at Pe’ahi, on the north shore of Maui, but if you love the water and you’ve got a heartbeat, we knew you’d enjoy this shot. Neil Rabinowitz photo

Water, sand, and surf are plentiful in these islands, and they’re waiting for you. Our thanks to Neil Rabinowitz for this week's tour of warm-weather destinations for boaters, which also included Puerto Rico and the Spanish Virgin Islands, Cabo San Lucas, the Florida Keys, U.S. Virgin Islands.