Hawaii, Maui, Travel

Paddleboarding the 808

Hey guys! Okay, by now I’ve told you almost a million times that I love the water. One of these days (not soon enough) I will live close to the ocean so I can experience its magic on a daily basis, and until then, I’ll try to be patient and keep visiting as often as I am able.

With this love of water comes a desire to try all types of water activities: wakeboarding, water-skiing, snorkeling, swimming, scuba diving, surfing… I’m up to try anything out on the water, (anyone know where I can rent one of those jetboards??) 🙂 Anyways, as I was creating my 101 goals list for the second time I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to add a new water sport to the list: Paddleboarding.


Our oceanfront condo in Kahana was located along a nice beach with beautiful views of Molokai and Lanai just offshore. The calm waters provided the perfect place to try paddleboarding for the first time and I couldn’t wait to get started.

I made the call to 808 Boards and talked to Danny who happily asked what kind of paddleboard we wanted… uhhhh….. ?? Good question. How about one that floats and comes with a paddle. 🙂 When I explained that we had no experience and I didn’t know what board to rent, Danny suggested the perfect starter board (it’s a ten x 32 if you’re wondering). A 24-hour rental is $45, and the best part about it?? Danny delivered it right to our condo because we were so close to their location in Napili. Thanks, Danny!!

Paddleboarding in Maui

If you have ever tried surfing or wakeboarding, paddleboarding will be a breeze. I think the most difficult part for any first time paddleboarder is getting your balance as you cruise the waves. My husband and I spent almost the entire day out on the water playing; I could have easily spent DAYS out there enjoying the beautiful weather, the amazing scenery, and the turquoise, crystal-clear, ocean.

Paddleboarding in Maui

Would you try paddleboarding?

15 thoughts on “Paddleboarding the 808”

  1. Just did some paddle boarding while in Curacao. Had a blast as always, except this time I decided to use my new GoPro while out on the water… lets just say next time I need to get the right attachment… lost my balance trying for that perfect selfie and fell onto the side of the board which at this point was on its side and broke a rib, cracked another and partially collapsed a lung…. yep.. but I didn’t let that get in the way of our fun…. YOLO! lol

    1. Oh no!! I’m so sorry you got hurt! 😦 can I share a secret? We had the go pro mounted on our paddleboard as well and my husband decided to try paddleboarding for the first time.. within seconds of standing up he lost his balance and fell right onto our go-pro at the front of the board. Luckily there was a snorkeler near by who was able to dive down and retrieve the go-pro. When we got home we found out my husband bruised his rib as well. No broken bones or collapsed lungs though. I didn’t realize water sports would be SO dangerous! 😉 I’ll tell you the same thing I told my husband, next time, fall away from the board 😉 😉
      Hope you are feeling okay now!!! Can’t wait to hear all about your trip.

    1. If you get a chance, DO IT! I had a blast! 🙂 I found it easier than surfing and it was nice to jump off into the water to cool down and then hop back on and paddle around again. 🙂 Have a great weekend!

  2. So much fun. I want to rent two one day so we can both go. I wouldn’t necessarily call it easy. Lol, I think you know what I mean. I think I’m 0 for 2.

    1. We will definitely rent two next year (or maybe a handful since the family will be there with us) 🙂 You aren’t 0 for 2, you were doing your best. I really wanted to post that hilarious video, but decided not to… 🙂 although the post probably would have gone viral. hahahahaha!

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