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Kayak one mile off Oahu's coast to the Mokulua Islands.

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Oahu Kayak Tours

Kayak Tours on Oahu are among the most adventurous, active and beautiful activities the island has to offer.

Kayak tours are a treat on all islands but Oahu kayaking provides some of the most beautiful ocean excursions to be found anywhere in the state.

Perhaps the most interesting kayaking on Oahu is to be found on its eastern coastline in the Kailua, Lani Kai and Kaneohe areas but kayaking tours can also be found on Oahu's North Shore.

The eastern shoreline of Oahu is only about a half-hour drive from Waikiki through the tunnels in the center of the island.

What makes kayaking along this Kailua coastline so beautiful and intriguing are the Mokulua Islands immediately off shore and the spectacular coral formations and marine life to be found on these kayak tours.

  • The Mokulua Islands lie just one-mile off the coast of Kailua on Oahu's windward side. These islands are very small and very beautiful. Not only are these islands uninhabited by people but they are also a marine bird reserve protected by the government. Kayaking to these islands across the Kailua Bay is like entering another world. Standing next to your kayak on their pristine white sand beaches one can look back at the hubbub and activity on Oahu from the perspective of an outsider. The kayak tour across to the Moku'ula is a short one but you feel that you may as well be a million miles away. On most kayak tours here you will also be given an opportunity to hike about the island and on calm days you can actually kayak to the enclaves on the windward side of the Mokulua Islands themselves. Kayak Surfing along the coast of the Moku'ula is usually also an option.
  • The coral formations and marine life in the Kailua Bay which separates Oahu from the Mokulua Islands is some of the most beautiful to be found while kayaking in Hawaii. The water between the islands is shallow as you kayak right over the top of huge coral formations and the crystal clarity of the protected waters is usually supreme. The abundance of coral and shallow waters also creates a separate color of the whole marine area and the water you kayak through actually has an emerald green tint in relation to the blue waters off the coast of Waikiki.
  • Snorkeling on these kayak tours is also an excellent experience as you get an opportunity to skim right over the tops of this coral reef and view its formations in detail.

Kayaks are generally offered as a single or double, depending upon your preference and some of the kayaking companies also have special "see through" kayaks made of transparent material which essentially makes the inside of your kayak a giant face mask.

Turtles, Dolphins and Whales in season also can make this Oahu kayaking tour one to remember.

Some additional considerations about Oahu Kayaking:

  • No experience is necessary for your Oahu kayak tours.
  • Many kayak tour companies emphasize the eco tour aspects of the excursion.
  • Some kayak tour companies will also include pick-up from your Honolulu or Waikiki hotel.

Look for this symbol in the tour descriptions below to indicate if it is Pride of America compatible.

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Holokai Kayak Adventure

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Kayak off Kaneohe

Blessed with some of the most calm, clear and beautiful snorkeling waters in the state Kaneohe Bay is the location that is visited by Holokai Kayak and Snorkel Adventure. You will enjoy the bay and the sea life but will also get a chance to kayak out to the film location of Gilligan's Island. These guided kayak tours are wonderful but if you would like to rent a kayak on your own, that can be arranged as well.
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Windward Watersports

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Kite, Surfing, SUP, Board Lessons, and Kayaking Tours

If you are wanting to try any one of a number of water sports while visiting Oahu's windward side, a good choice for you would be Windward Watersports. Located in the town of Kailua just about 30 minutes from Waikiki, this Watersport shop will offer you a variety of Kayak tours, Surfing lessons, Stand-Up Paddle board lessons, and they specialize in a full range of Kite boarding lessons too.
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Twogood Kayaks Hawaii

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Kayak Tours

Bob Twogood is the man behind the amazing story of Twogood Kayaks. Bob has been a pioneer in the sport of kayaking on Oahu's windward coasts. His original interest in kayaking led him to be a former national champion kayak racer and in 1982 he brought his considerable skills and kayaking prowess into fruition culminating in the establishment of his burgeoning new enterprise, Twogood Kayaks Hawaii.
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Kailua Sailboards and Kayaks

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Kayak Tours, Beach Day, Surfing Lessons

Kailua Sailboards and Kayaks is located on the windward side of Oahu about an half-hour drive from Waikiki. They provide a variety of kayak tours which are either guided or self-guided and they have an interesting kayak/boogie board option as well. In addition they offer instructions in the 'hottest' new ocean sport of 'stand-up paddling'.
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E Noa Tours Honolulu

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Sightseeing tours, Arizona Memorial, Battleship Missouri and other highlights

Offering land tours on the island of Oahu with a variety of incredible places to see with lots of options for your family or special group to choose from, E Noa Tours wants to show you Oahu.
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Kualoa Ranch

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ATV Tours, Horseback Rides, Activity Club and Secret Island, Great Family Entertainment

Kualoa Ranch is located in one of the most beautiful and historically significant valleys in all of Hawaii. This picturesque location is the home of numerous activities including horseback riding, ATV rides, and a number of culturally based offerings including a Hawaiian fishing and garden tour, a jungle expedition, an ocean voyaging and navigation tour, a history of Kualoa tour and a movie tour which will take you to all the places famous movies were filmed in the valley.
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West Oahu SUP

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West Oahu SUP

West Oahu SUP and sport's mission is to be the premier ocean sport activity center on the Waianae Coast which is a beautiful coastline area where you will see nature at it's finest. This is the real country of Oahu. Away from the lights, noise of crowds from Waikiki and the North Shore.
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Hawaii Turtle Tours

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Hawaii Turtle Tours

North Shore Hawaii Turtle Tours prides itself in providing custom client relationships through our boutique Ohana-style tours. We believe in bringing out small groups and providing incredible encounters with Oahu?s wildlife and natural beauty. We are the only circle island tour that provides snorkeling as an option and the opportunity to swim with the noble Hawaiian green sea turtles on the north shore. Come with us to enjoy a full day of exploring everything Oahu has to offer.
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Well this video segment is about kayaking on Oahu. This is very popular, it's one of my favorite things to recommend.

It's one of the neatest things you can do, on Oahu, and it is very different than other islands. There's some unique characteristics about what's available on Oahu, that make it different than other islands for sure.

And, I guess the first thing I should say is that, although you can kayak in a number of areas on Oahu, the place that is really kind of a Mecca for kayaking on Oahu, in Kailua. Kailua Beach and the areas surrounding Kailua Beach.

This particular photo, perhaps you can see a lady launching from the beach, and she's heading out into the ocean. In the distance, you can see these very small islands, the Mokulua Islands. And they are the primary reason that Kailua is such an incredible area, in which to kayak. What typically happens is that we launch from the beach in Kailua, and then actually head over to, all the way over to these islands. These islands are only a mile off the coast. And the water in between Kailua and the Mokuluas is very shallow. And you're heading over a giant coral reef, lots of coral formations. And very clear. Water clarity is unreal. It's also kind of this aqua color water that we have there. And it is just a very beautiful place to enjoy kayaking.

But, we go from Kailua Beach. We actually go over and land on these islands. And get off, spend some time there before we come back. And so this is the unique aspect of something that we actually have on Oahu that doesn't exist on other islands. We can actually go to a place, go to another island and get off. Let me show you a little picture on the map here.

So, here's Oahu. You're primarily as a visitor going to be staying in Honolulu, Waikiki over here. But this area is Kailua, Kailua Beach. So you'll be going over to Kailua. And then off the coast, and you really can't see it on this map, are these couple islands, the Mokulua Islands. So, you can either drive over to Kailua, to one of the kayak shops and start there, or in many cases we could just pick you up at your hotel in Waikiki. And then take you over there.

From there you'll be driven over to the beach, and all the kayaks will be set up there and it'll be a little bit of instruction. Show you exactly what you need to know about riding a kayak. And the safety considerations and all that sort of thing, and then you're off. And they're gonna guide you, in your small group, out to the Mokulua Islands. And this is a real treat. As I mentioned it's very shallow. There's giant coral heads that you're seeing. Beautiful colors. The clarity of the water is unparalleled. You can really see, see very easily, right down ... to fish or anything that are in the little crevices. And you're just cruising over the tops of these coral heads as you're heading out to the Mokuluas.

You actually then land right on the beach, at the Mokulua Islands, and get off. And this is where you'll spend some time. You may have a lunch out there, a snack. You'll also have an opportunity to just kind of walk around and enjoy the islands. They have a leeward side and a windward side, just like big islands do. So the side that you're gonna be coming up on is the leeward side, which is all sand. But in the back, as you kind of cruise around, you'll be able to see all these inlets and kind of, more rugged parts of the island, that you'll be able to actually jump in these little pools and so on that are there.

It's also a seabird sanctuary there, so you'll be aware of the seabirds that are happening, but you can kind of walk around the island and see most of it, just in a very short period of time, because these are extremely small islands. But what's really nice about these kayak tours is that you start from one place, you actually have a destination you're going to, rather than just paddling around and enjoying that. You're actually able to get somewhere, get off and feel like you visited another place.

And of course these islands don't have any people, any cities, anything like that. They're totally remote, but what's very cool about it is that you're, as you're standing on the beach in this remote little area, this island, you're looking back at Oahu, a mile away. And here is this very busy island, with lots of residences and homes and cars, and you can see all this happening over there, just from the vantage point of a place that's so remote and distant. It's kind of a ... It's odd, that you'll be at such a remote place, looking at such a busy place, from such a short distance.

Anyway, that's the magic of the Mokulua Islands. So you get a chance to be out there, enjoy that, and then you'll be cruising back in a kayak. And seeing all the fish and coral formations on the way. Very, very fun day. Kind of a half day, pretty much, sort of a thing. There also kayak tours that can happen where they, where you go on your own. They essentially show you how to use the kayak, make sure you're clear on it, and then you can enjoy the day on your own, and then come back, to return the kayak. That can happen.

So that's the Kailua section of the island. But we also have kayaking in other areas, the Waianae coastline has a really unique kayak experience. This is only for people that are really ... that know, a little bit about kayaking, and, but more importantly, are more physically fit. Because this is a little bit more strenuous. Not incredibly strenuous, but this is not a trip for everyone.

Because, they take you up to this Waianae coast, they get you in the water, and then they cruise down. Usually they have the wind at your back, and you're moving in this direction, and you may go as far as 36 miles, on this trip. So you're definitely getting immersed in the world of the kayaks, and all the, everything that's happening around you, and the ocean. That's of course the coastline that we have a tremendous amount of Dolphins. So you're really gonna be seeing a lot of the marine life on this particular tour. So that's something that we offer. Also, kind of related to the kayaking, we have the double hole Hawaiian canoes. Rides that we can take, out of this area, the Koko Head area. And, so you're out, usually for a couple hours, on a single canoe, a Hawaiian canoe, with other people, and paddling, and enjoying the bay out there. And just having that kind of experience.

So kayaking is really a fun thing to do on Oahu. It's very popular, some really unique things that you can get involved in, with regard to kayaking. It's a good one.

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