Efoils and Marine Life

Efoils and Marine Life:

What You Might See While Riding with Hawaii Efoil Experience


Aloha! One of the most enchanting aspects of efoiling in Hawaii is the opportunity to share the ocean with an incredible variety of marine life. At Hawaii Efoil Experience, we often find ourselves gliding alongside some of the most majestic creatures in the sea. Whether you're a seasoned efoil rider or a first-timer, encountering these animals can be a highlight of your adventure. Here’s a glimpse of what you might see and important guidelines to follow to ensure a respectful and safe interaction with our ocean friends.

Note: our lesson site usually encounters sea turtles only, with few exceptions


Common Sightings: Turtles, Dolphins, and Sharks


  1. Sea Turtles (Honu):

   - These gentle giants are a frequent sight in Hawaiian waters. As you glide above the water on your efoil, you might spot a turtle leisurely swimming below or coming up for air. Watching these magnificient creatures move gracefully through the ocean is a truly serene experience. Please make sure to steer clear rather than approaching them.


  1. Spinner Dolphins:

   - Known for their acrobatic spins and playful nature, spinner dolphins often travel in pods. If you're lucky, you might see a group of them leaping and spinning out of the water. Their exuberance and speed can make your efoil ride even more exhilarating.


  1. Reef Sharks:

   - While the idea of sharks might sound intimidating, the reef sharks you might encounter while efoiling are generally non-aggressive and pose no threat to humans. These sleek, beautiful creatures are an integral part of the marine ecosystem, and observing them from a distance can be a thrilling sight. Always remember to stay calm when you feel the excitement of a shark swimming nearby.


Rare Sightings: Whales, Manta Rays, and Monk Seals


  1. Humpback Whales:

   - During the winter months, Hawaii becomes a hotspot for humpback whales migrating from Alaska. Seeing a humpback whale breach or hearing their songs underwater is a rare and awe-inspiring experience that you'll cherish forever.


  1. Manta Rays:

   - These graceful rays are sometimes seen gliding through the water near the reef. Their broad, flat bodies and wing-like pectoral fins make them look like they are flying underwater. Manta rays are a spectacular sight, especially when they gather to feed on plankton. The manta, or hihimanu in Hawaiian, is the selected image for our company.


  1. Hawaiian Monk Seals:

   - The Hawaiian monk seal is an endangered species and a rare sight. These seals can occasionally be seen resting on beaches or swimming near shore. Their presence is a special treat and a reminder of the importance of marine conservation. They can be aggressive, so please ride clear of these mammals for your own safety.


Respectful Observation: Best Practices


While encountering marine life can be one of the most magical parts of your efoiling experience, it’s crucial to respect their space and follow the guidelines to ensure their safety and yours. It is unlawful to approach any of these animals, and the best practices include:


  1. Slow to a Stop:

   - If you see any marine animals while efoiling, reduce your speed and come to a stop. This minimizes any potential disturbance to the animals and allows you to observe them calmly and safely.


  1. Choose a Direction Away:

   - Instead of heading towards the animals, steer your efoil in a direction away from them. This ensures that you are not encroaching on their space and helps maintain a safe distance.


  1. Observe from a Distance:

   - Use the opportunity to appreciate these creatures from afar. Your phone camera has zoom capabilities to allow you to capture images without getting too close physically.




Efoiling with Hawaii Efoil Experience offers not just the thrill of riding above the waves but also the chance to connect with the ocean’s rich biodiversity. From the common sightings of turtles, dolphins, and sharks to the rare glimpses of whales, manta rays, and monk seals, each encounter adds a unique element to your adventure.


Remember, the key to a magical and respectful marine experience is to observe these magnificent creatures responsibly. By following the best practices and legal guidelines, we can ensure that these marine animals continue to thrive in their natural habitat, providing awe and inspiration for generations to come.


Mahalo for joining us on this journey, and we look forward to sharing the waves and the wonders of the sea with you at Hawaii Efoil Experience! Drop us an email at hawaiiefol@gmail.com if you want to be added to our monthly efoil group ride. Aloha.

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