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Mokolua Islands, Hawaii

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Oahu: Authentic Hawaiian Sailing Adventure to Mokuluas

1. Oahu: Authentic Hawaiian Sailing Adventure to Mokuluas

Sail Kailua with local watermen on the wa’a (canoe) while learning about its history and cultural significance to Hawaiian and Polynesian cultures. You will be given the opportunity to explore the ecosystem as you discover the coral reefs of Kailua with honu and other native species of fish. Enjoy the views of the Ko’olau range surrounding us as your guides tell the mo’olelo (stories) of various Ahupua’a (land divisions) that make up Kailua and the Ka Iwi coastline. Watch as the indigenous seabirds such as ‘Iwa (Great Frigate) and ‘Ua‘u kani (Wedge-tail Shearwter) fly close by. On Mokulua Nui, hike to the Queen’s Bath for a truly spectacular view. Back on the beach, taste some local treats, relax, and simply take in the serenity of the isolated beach.

Mokulua Islands Self-Guided Kayak Adventure

2. Mokulua Islands Self-Guided Kayak Adventure

Explore the Mokolua Islands on this adventurous self-guided tour. The island is a seabird sanctuary and the beach is also a resting spot for monk seals. You will get the opportunity to see native wildlife and maybe a sea turtle or two as you paddle out to the islet. Kayaking out to the larger island Moku Nui from Kailua Beach is for the more adventurous and can take over an hour which gives you a good opportunity to see lots of turtles and flying fish. For the short walk on the island be sure to bring some shoes or sandals to protect your feet if they are not used to the rough lava. Experience swimming in the queens bath, an eight-foot deep ocean water swimming hole on the backside of Moku Nui. This is the best self-guided kayak tour in Kailua, something you do not want to miss!

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(16 reviews)

We had an amazing time sailing. Our captains, John & Toby, were a wealth of information about the history/cultural significance of “the Mokes”. This activity included a bit of everything…beach time, wildlife (monk seal, birds & crabs), paddling, sailing, hiking and playing in the waves. The wa’a (canoe) was very stable and none of us felt in danger, even with the wind and big waves. Paddling the canoe was easier than we thought. We did get wet, but our stuff didn’t! They supplied quality dry bags for our items. Once at the island, we hiked up to Queens Bath. Even though John and Toby hiked up barefoot, you’re going to need no slip shoes of some sort. It’s very rocky, but easy if you follow the guides. I have double knee replacements and didn’t have a bit of trouble. It has an amazing view and well worth it! Not once did we feel rushed and were so relaxed the entire time. It was a great way to end our vacation. This was by far my 13-year daughter’s favorite activity.

This experience is a must! If you do one guided adventure on your next trip to Oahu, this is it. Spent the relaxing wind propelled time counting sea turtles - 6. Seeing Hawaiian monk seals was a special treat. The guides express not only a knowledge of the island but a true passion for what they do.

Such an awesome adventure! It was so cool to actively paddle at times during the sailing and the guides were soooo awesome and fun! The views while sailing and while on the island were breathtaking. Would definitely do it again, highly recommend!

We had a lot of fun. Simply a great trip with great guides. We would book again.

Instructor went above and beyond to make it a very memorable experience