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  • Location: Waikiki, Oahu
  • Duration:  Varies
Explore the gorgeous beaches, islands and wildlife sanctuaries around Kailua Bay by kayak with your choice of a guided or self-guided tour. You can paddle to the Mokulua Islands or Popoia Island (Flat Island) to see bird sanctuaries, snorkel with green sea turtles at Lanikai Beach and enjoy incredible views from the water. Have time to relax on the beach and swim in the ocean as you discover the natural treasures of Oahu during this day in paradise. All kayak and snorkel equipment, lunch and round-trip transportation from Waikiki are included on this small-group tour.


  • Self-guided or guided kayak tour at Kailua Bay, from Waikiki
  • Kayak to the Mokolua Islands or Flat Island to see bird sanctuaries, pristine beaches and hidden coves
  • Look for green sea turtles in the warm waters off of Lanikai Beach
  • Swim in Queen's Bath, a freshwater pool in a lava tube on Mokolua Island (if option selected)
  • Snorkel over pristine coral reefs where you look for colorful fish and sea turtles
  • Includes round-trip transportation from Waikiki, all equipment and lunch
  • Enjoy small-group tours with 6-8 people and choose a 1-person or 2-person kayak

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What You Can Expect

Kayaking Tour of Kailua Bay with Lunch

Kayaking to Mokulua Islands from Kailua Bay

Your Kailua Bay kayaking adventure starts with hotel pickup in Waikiki. A 30-minute drive brings you to the kayak shop at Kailua Bay where friendly staff outfit you with all the necessary equipment, including kayaks, life jackets, snorkel gear, dry bags and lockers. Receive a thorough safety briefing and kayaking instruction before you set out on the water.

After kayaking, feel free to use the provided shower facilities and changing rooms before your driver returns you to your hotel in the mid-afternoon. All tours include full gear, lunch (see sample menu at the end of Itinerary section) and round-trip transportation from Waikiki.

Choose one of the following guided or self-guided options:


Self-Guided Kayak Tour (4 Hours):
From the expert staff, receive a thorough briefing of the area and recommendations for your trip. Then set out on your own to explore Kailua Bay. A barrier reef shelters the bay and allows for relatively easy paddling from Kailua Beach to the Mokulua Islands, Flat Island and Lanikai Beach. Have your choice of several places to land, including the Mokulua Islands where bird sanctuaries protect the nesting wedge-tailed shearwater, which is indigenous to Hawaii. Look for green sea turtles as you paddle and admire the coral reef, colorful fish and other marine life, all set against the majestic backdrop of the Ko'olau Mountains. Lanikai Beach features a pristine long white-sand beach with calm turquoise waters that is a favorite for kayaking and snorkeling. Suitable for all experience levels and ages.

Guided Kayak Tour (5 hours):

See more of Kailua Bay on this 5-hour tour with a small-group and an experienced local guide. Once you have your gear, set out for the Mokulua Island sea-bird sanctuary, located about one hour away by kayak. Land on the island’s deserted beach then hike around the island to see nesting birds and other highlights, including the freshwater pools at Queen's Bath—an open-air lava tube that is filled with cold freshwater. Take a refreshing dip in the pools before returning to your boat. Next, paddle across to Lanikai Beach and have time to snorkel in turquoise waters where you might see green turtles feeding near the coral reef. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the picturesque white-sand beach and have the option to try to kayak-surf, explore the beach or go for a swim. Your guide shares informative commentary about the flora and fauna as well as favorite ‘secret’ spots to visit in Kailua Bay. This tour is suitable for fit and adventurous kayakers, including children ages 13 years and older.

Guided Kayak Tour (2-hour Kayak Tour + 2 hours of Beach free time):

Join a small-group with an expert guide who takes you to Kailua Bay’s closer destinations on a 2-hour kayak tour. Visit Popoia Island where you look for the nesting wedge-tailed shearwaters in the island's bird sanctuary and Hawaiian green sea turtles in the water. Learn about the geology and natural history of Kailua Bay and the Ko'olau Mountains, which form a stunning backdrop to the bay. After a 2-hour guided kayak tour, return to the shop for a hot lunch. Then set out again with your choice of snorkel gear or boogie boards for two hours of beach fun. This option is ideal for beginning kayakers who would like a Hawaiian kayaking experience with a knowledgeable guide. Suitable for all experience levels and children ages 8 years and older.

Lunch, Sample Menu:
For guided tour:
  • Freshly prepared picnic lunch with deli sandwich, tropical fruit juice or bottled water, fresh fruit and granola bar
For self-guided tour (choose one):
Pizza or calzone with your choice of toppings and one fountain drink, OR
Hawaiian-style plate with one tropical fruit juice, choose one:
  • Beef curry
  • Loco moco
  • Hamburger and fries
  • Mahi-mahi fish
  • Chicken katsu

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Super beautiful, almost unreal but VERY worth it

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

This tour was challenging but fun. Our guide was excellent and truely gave us our time's worth. This was truely the highlight if our trip!

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