Join us on one of the best Oahu kayak tours to the stunning basalt islet, Mokoliʻi. This guided ocean kayaking/hiking tour takes you to the reef-lined shore of Chinaman's Hat ... More info ›
Join us on one of the best Oahu kayak tours to the stunning basalt islet, Mokoliʻi. This guided ocean kayaking/hiking tour takes you to the reef-lined shore of Chinaman's Hat. If you're feeling adventurous, an experienced guide can lead you to the top for an amazing view. Otherwise, the guide can take you on an easy trek around the circumference to a secluded sandy inlet.
On this local-style tour, you’ll experience the adventure of kayaking on the ocean, a hike on Mokoli’i and get a great view of the Ko’olau Mountain Range and Kaneohe bay on the east side of Oahu.
The guide will meet you at the tour location just off Kamehameha Hwy where we'll launch from a small sandy beach. You’ll get a quick kayaking lesson, safety demo, description of the route and head out on your tour.
The water is clear and surprisingly shallow, so you’ll be able to see that turquoise blue hue that Hawaii is known for. Normally there are small rolling waves or no waves at all due to a small barrier reef and lava plain that extends out beyond the shore. This makes it easy to launch your kayaks and not have to battle large waves to get out to Mokoli’i.
You land on the west side of the island in a nice little rocky inlet. Be sure to have your shoes ready because you’ll be setting off to explore the island next. There are two options for the hike:
One is to follow the trail that goes around the circumference of the island, which is rather easy, but has plenty of rocks, so be sure you have shoes. You’ll arrive at a small sandy nook on the east side of the island for some great photo ops.
The other is to hiking straight up the island on a dirt and rock trail. You’ll be using your hands and feet to get up a lot of the inclines and this is not for those who fear heights. You don’t have to go all the way to the top, but the view gets better the higher you go. Near the top, there’s one last 10 ft bouldering section to get panoramic views of Kaneohe bay area and much of the east coast of Oahu.
All along the way, the guide will help ensure your safety, give you some more info about the area and share some local tips for your trip.