The hike is pretty short. They take you about as high as they can, then you hike up to a small flat to look at Chinaman's Hat where you'll kayak to. Along the way you'll get information about Hawaii and it's native plants and animals.
Once back down, you'll get out the kayaks and head toward Chinaman's Hat. It's much farther away than it looked earlier from above. You can do single or double kayaks. Other than a few big waves, there was nothing to it. Everyone made it and no one fell out.
We ate sandwiches as soon as we got there, then went snorkeling. When snorkeling, there are tons of rocks that will cut you, especially when the waves get a hold of you. This is basically unavoidable if you want to see the fish. They use the rocks as cover. My wife and I had cuts on our feet, legs, and hands, but we saw some beautiful fish.
We loved this adventure! It may have been our favorite day on our trip, but it is so hard to pick favorites when you are in Hawaii!
Matias was a friendly, knowledgable, and relaxed tour guide. His knowledge of the island, surfing, weather, and all things Hawaii was incredibly helpful. We used his recommendations for the rest of our trip. He was very happy to answer every question our small group threw at him. From the moment he pulled up to our Waikiki hotel for pick-up he made us feel welcomed, excited, and ready for the day!
The photos we took and Matias took for us are the best photos we have from our trip to Oahu. The hike is more of a short walk, but the views were amazing. The kayaking is doable for all levels. The snorkeling was fun, but do not reserve this as your only snorkeling trip while on Oahu. We saw many fish, but we didn't see what we expected to see while snorkeling in Hawaii. We were very happy that we drove over to Hanauma Bay another morning to see all of the colorful fish you imagine you'd see in Hawaii.
Overall, this trip is worth every penny. If you are looking for a relaxed, memorable adventure, reserve this one. If you are looking for something more intense, it seems this company also provides extreme biking and hiking tours!
This tour was awesome! Jeremy did such a great job! So many memories made!
It's a bit pricey, but our guide did an awesome job and I had a great day!!!
The tour was great, got to see a remote part of the island. Our guide Terri was awesome and he was a wealth of information. I would definitely book another tour with this company!
Had a fantastic time. The short hike to a small plateau with breathtaking view was amazing as well as the kayaking to the little island. It is simply mind blowing looking back to the island. I also wanted to thank Matthias for the outstanding guideance throughout the day. Whenever we come back, we will definitely take you up on the mountain bike trip :-).
The hike is only about 5 minutes each way to a beautiful view. You don't need shoes for this hike (sandals are fine). The kayak trip is about 20-30 minutes to a small island where you get lunch and time to snorkel. It was nice that there were tandem kayaks because I got to ride with my husband. We got to see fish along with other sea life, such as sea cucumbers, starfish and crabs. Our tour guide was awesome. He told us all about the island if we had any questions during the car ride. He also pointed out other good tour spots, which was helpful since we were planning to rent a car the next couple days. He also snorkeled with us and found different sea creatures like the sea cucumber and starfish mentioned earlier. The views are BEAUTIFUL so bring a camera.
The only thing I wish was different would be that the hike was a little longer.
This was more of a kayaking tour! But omg it was so fun!!! I loved it! The hike was only like 20 mins round trip! Not that bad. It was just to see a nice top view not too high. The snorkeling was kinda ehhhhhh
This trip was informative and fun. We had a great tour guide, Jeremy, who knew the history of the island. On our drive to and from the location he gave us a lot of information and facts about Oahu and the islands. The hike, kayaking, and snorkeling were a lot of fun. Recommended for those who like physical exertion on a vacation trip. My husband and I are in our late 50s and had no trouble keeping up. The young adults in our group loved the activities and folklore.
Love the motel pick up. Views from the ranch were awesome and the guide was great and he loved to take photos for everyone. He took some great shots from both the mountain and the island. Even knew how to use panorama on all the different cameras. Kayak was fun, easy and enjoyable. walked around the island and saw some great views, it was a little windy for snorkeling but didn't matter we enjoyed all the other stuff just as much. Guide had a lot of fun facts to tell and pointed out some different things. Even gave use great advice of where to go for dinner.
We had a lovely time on this tour. Matteus was a great host, full of lots of information, courteous and fun. The tour wasn't too strenuous for us but was definitely interesting and relaxing. Lunch was tasty and more than adequate. I would highly recommend this tour not only for the great time on the water but to see more of the Island than your usual tourist stuff. Thanks for the great beach tip, Matteus. It was as good as you said!
Incredible experience kayaking to Chinaman's hat. Can never forget the breath-taking views.
Tour guide was fantastic, truely wonderful day, only downside we didnt get chance to snorkle!
William T USA
This tour was great! It started with a short hike through the area of the island where most of Jurassic Park was filmed followed by a short kayak ride out to a small uninhabited island just off shore. It rained pretty hard the way out but wasn't bad. The only disappointment was the lack of fish while snorkeling in the water around the island but that may have been due to the rainstorms that swung through at times. We ate a light lunch on the island and kayaked back to shore. There was enough time to do all of the activites and our guide was great - he was knowledgable about the islands and was very helpful with the kayaking and snorkeling. Great day trip!
It was low-key, adventuresome and we packed a lot into one day! Also a yummy lunch! Highly recommended. Loved our guide!
A great and inexpensive way to see a beautiful part of the island. Our tour guide was awesome and very calm throughout the whole trip. The fact that this trip is a three-for-one is FANTASTIC. Snorkeling, Kayaking and Hiking, you can't get much better than that... plus lunch! Highly recommend this.
This trip was fantastic. The view from Chinaman's Hut of O'ahu was spectacular. The walk was an easy 5-10 minute walk. The kayak was more physically demanding and I wouldn't recommend it if your fitness levels are very low. Overall one of the best things we did in O'ahu. I Highly recommend it.
good experiance, kayaked to chinamans hat, the instructor cori was very helpful it was my first time kayaking, very good experiacne, would recommend. best kayaking on the island, only thing would like different is it had a place to change besides kualoa ranch
Loved this tour. Our guide Jeremy, was great. Nice lunch, enjoyed the kayaking, hiking and snorkelling. Magnificent scenery.
This trip was a highlight of our stay in Hawaii. Our guide was very friendly and looked after us very well. The Kayaking part was great, this trip is mainly about the Kayaking part. The little hike was good as the view we got was amazing but this trip was centred on the Kayaking. The lunch was very sufficient and the island is great, we even got to walk around and explore it more.
Excellent! Matthias and Jeremy made he trip fun but also informative
eat before you go! lunch was small but who cares..the trip was fun! The best part about it was the snorkeling!! Very fun although the kayak portion is way longer than anything else you do on the trip. Kind of a bummer because you'll be begging for more time snorkeling! The guide was awesomely helpful and definitely a cool guy. Very knowledgeable. Our trip was on September 19th. -daniel
Some content licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
© 1997–2016 Viator, Inc. CUR015 - 330216 All rights reserved. Viator is a registered trademark of Viator, Inc.
is a Service Mark of Viator, Inc. Travel with an Insider is a Service Mark of Viator, Inc.
Use of this website constitutes acceptance of Viator's Terms & Conditions.