magine gliding across the azure waters of the Pacific, the waves lapping against the hull of your kayak, the warmth of the sun on your face, and the cool trade winds on your back. No matter your destination – or lack thereof – O`ahu’s sheltered bays are perfect for kayaking, with offshore reefs and barrier islands keeping the waters calm and clear. For a day of adventure, one of our favorite things to do is venture out to one of the many offshore islands, enjoying their remote beaches only a short paddle from shore.
Kayak rental companies can be found across the island, but the best kayaking Oahu is on the eastern shores of the Windward side. So whether you are in need of a single or a double, whether you prefer self-guided exploration or guided Oahu kayak tours, read on for more information on island-wide kayaking, the perfect ocean adventure during your stay with us at Beach Villas Hawaii.
With consistent trade winds and miles of sandy beaches and protected waterways, the Windward side is ideal for kayaking Oahu, and no spot is better than the two picturesque twin islands of Mokulua. Just a short paddle from the beaches of Kailua or Lanikai, the islands rise like a vision from the warm shallow waters. While their interior is a protected bird nesting ground, their beaches offer a sunny respite after you make the journey out. Along the way you will cruise through crystal clear water over colorful coral heads, spotting turtles and admiring the palisades of the Ko`olau Mountains.
If you are in search of a more leisurely trip, the aptly named Flat Island – guess which one it is! – is a very short excursion from Kailua Beach. Beach your kayak and circle the island on the small trail (bring footwear!) while keeping a careful eye out for the nesting shearwaters that are protected here. Take in the sights and sounds of a bird colony, relax on the small beach, or surf the small waves on either side of the island (conditions may vary).
For a longer day trip, Kaneohe Bay is home to more than 40+ patch reefs. While here you can watch turtles visit cleaning stations, see the famed “Gilligan’s Island,” or visit the large sandbar between the bay’s two channels. Come at low-tide and watch as boats of all kinds pull up and visitors and locals alike enjoy lounging in the acres of shallow water in the heart of the bay, listening to music, playing water sports, and snorkeling around the fringe reefs. The scientifically curious can tour the marine research facilities on Coconut Island on Saturdays (check availability).
In the summer months, Haleiwa Bay, Mokuleia, and the North Shore beaches are suitable Oahu kayak tour destinations as well. Explore the quiet bays, watch the surfers, or take in a sunrise or sunset.