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Kaneohe Bay
Kane‘ohe Bay, an 8-mile-long (13-kilometer) reef-protected inlet located on Oahu’s Windward Coast, stretches from the Mokapu Peninsula to Mokoli‘i island. It’s home to four other small islands plus the world’s largest saltwater sandbar, and is a breeding ground for hammerhead sharks. The bay’s calm waters are ideal for kayaking and canoeing.

The Basics
While Kane‘ohe Bay isn’t great for swimming, the coral reefs surrounding Ahu o Laka—a beautiful sandbar about 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) from shore—are fantastic for snorkeling. Many tours include boat trips to the sandbar for picnics and exploration of the bay’s small archipelago, including Chinaman’s Hat (Mokoli‘i) and Coconut Island (Moku o Loe). Some visitors experience the bay by kayak or canoe—with many guided tours of the area offering kayak rentals with instruction—or even by helicopter.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Kane‘ohe Bay is ideal for nature and outdoors lovers.
  • A kayak or other boat is required to access the sandbar, which appears twice daily at low tide. Check a tide timetable to make sure you don’t miss it—and to avoid getting stuck.
  • You can hike to the top of Chinaman’s Hat, but there is no defined trail so be prepared with good hiking shoes and drinking water.
  • Kane‘ohe Bay is a nursery for scalloped hammerhead sharks. Snorkelers may encounter the shark pups, which like to swim in shallow water. Hammerheads don’t pose much risk to humans, but people are advised to leave the sharks alone and avoid swimming when they are present.

How to Get There
Kane‘ohe Bay lies northeast of Honolulu and Waikiki on Oahu’s Windward Coast. It is accessible by city bus and car, though traffic and parking can be time-consuming. Many bay tours include transport along with boat trips, kayak rentals, or other tours—which is helpful, as most islands and the sandbar are reachable only by boat.

When to Go
The bay is lovely year-round, despite a moderate rainy season from December through February. Hammerhead sharks give birth to their pups in May and June, when you’ll see more sharks in the area.

Visit a Local Marine Research Facility
The Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology operates a research facility on Coconut Island (Moku o Loe). The center offers walking tours of the isle with opportunities to see observation tables for marine life, a shark enclosure, and coral reef research facilities.
Address: Oahu 96744, USA
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Catamaran Sailing and Snorkel Adventure on Kane'ohe BayCatamaran Cruises

Catamaran Sailing and Snorkel Adventure on Kane'ohe Bay

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Snorkel in Kaneohe Bay off a small catamaran during this 3-hour cruise from Oahu. Leaving from He'eia State Park, visit Sunken City, Coconut Island, Turtle Canyon or the Sunken Island sandbar with an expert local guide. Learn how to sail or hop off the boat, using the snorkeling equipment provided, and explore Oahu's underwater world. Back at the beach, enjoy an included barbecue lunch with your small group, limited to 5 people to ensure personalized attention. Round-trip hotel transportation is provided.
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Kane'ohe Bay Sandbar Self-Guided Kayak and Snorkel Discovery

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Home to vibrant coral reefs and an array of marine life, Oahu’s Kane'ohe Bay is known for its beauty and calm waters—and this self-lad kayaking and snorkeling tour makes it easy to take advantage of the scenery. Meet your driver at your Waikiki hotel, or make your own way to He'eia State Park. After checking in, receiving a map and introduction, and grabbing your gear, you can kayak, snorkel, and spot wildlife all at your own pace. At the end of your excursion, enjoy a traditional barbecue lunch.
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Feel your adrenaline pumping on this 1-hour off-road tour around Oahu, led by an expert guide. Explore the wild areas of Kualoa Ranch, a cattle ranch running from the Kaneohe Bay to the Ko’olau Mountains. You’ll climb steep jungle trails on the back of a 6-wheel-drive Swiss Pinzgauer and take in fantastic views as you stop at remote lookout points over Oahu. Your driver will return you to your original departure point at the end of your adventure.
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