Depart on a self-guided tour of our beautiful reef protected bay to enjoy your day of kayaking adventure! Land your kayak on a tropical pristine white-sand beach for swimming, hiking, snorkeling, and sunning.
Your adventure begins when you’re picked up at your hotel in Waikiki for your trip to Kailua. You will first go to our store to sign waivers and take part in our safety briefing which includes weather assessment, a quick orientation on the paddling area, and some basic paddling instruction. Next, you’ll make your way to Kailua Beach Park where you will get your kayak and paddling equipment. When you're ready to begin your adventure, one of our staff members will help you launch your kayak into Kailua bay.
From there you will depart on an unguided exploration of our beautiful reef-protected bay and enjoy a day of adventuring in the calm, turquoise waters which is home to endangered green sea turtles and sea birds. After lunch on an offshore island (Moku Nui bird sanctuary), you may go for a short walk to a secret cove or go kayak surfing! Then land your kayak on the tropical pristine white-sand beaches for swimming, snorkeling, and sunning. Upon your return to the beach park at 3:00, you will be picked up in the same location you were dropped-off.
For your day’s adventure, you’ll want to take with you: waterproof sun-screen, hat, sunglasses, reef-walkers, water-proof camera, and a water bottle. A complete lunch in a soft cooler and a dry-bag will be provided at our location. Reef shoes for walking around the volcanic rock can be rented at our location as well.
NOTE: If you do not have any of the above-mentioned items, we sell them at our location for prices much less expensive than you will find in Waikiki!
About Kailua Beach
Kailua Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches on Oahu. It offers calm reef protected waters and a number of very interesting small near shore islands within easy reach of Kailua Beach. With beautiful sandy beaches, calm clear water, Kailua Beach is a great place to spend the day sunbathing, snorkeling and bodyboarding. And then there's the wildlife...Green Sea Turtles abound and are easily approached. The very rare Hawaiian Monk Seal are known to come into the bay on occasion. In winter there's also a chance you'll see humpback whales just off shore. Kailua Bay enjoys the famously beautiful weather of Hawaii year round. Winter temperatures average in the high 70's and summer is in the mid to upper 80's.
What To Know
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Operates: Monday - Saturday
Packages include round-trip transportation to and from Waikiki at no charge starting at 7:45 AM. Please be ready for pick-up at guest pick-up point at hotel no later than 7:45 AM.
Lunch includes a french-style sub-sandwich, chips, and bottled water.
Includes a kayak, life jacket, and paddle. This is a self-guided package, so you get to explore on your own with the help of our map, orientation, and safety briefing! If you would like additional equipment, such as a dry bag, snorkeling gear, or a comfortable back-rest, we have it available for a small extra charge.
To ensure the most enjoyable day we suggest you bring the following: Please bring your credit card for a security deposit for the equipment you will be using. (We also recommend to bring some cash in case you may want to buy souvenirs. Please bring water-shoes or reef walkers which will allow you to walk freely in the tide pools. Please bring whatever you would normally bring to the beach for the day.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is included in our packages?
Kailua Self-Guided Adventure Tour - includes a kayak, life jacket, and paddle, picnic lunch and hotel transportation from Waikiki. This is a self-guided package, so you get to explore on your own with the help of our map, orientation, and safety briefing! If you would like additional equipment, such as a dry bag, snorkeling gear, or a comfortable back-rest, we have it available for a small extra charge.
Why paddle in Kailua Bay?
Kailua Bay may be the best destination for paddlers on Oahu. For the beginner it offers calm reef protected waters and a number of very interesting small near shore islands within easy reach of Kailua Beach. The experienced paddler will enjoy the waves outside the same reef that keeps the water calm near the beach. With beautiful sandy beaches, calm clear water, and multiple hiking options, these small islands make a great place to spend the day picnicking and exploring.
Should we go on a Guided Tour or take a Self-Guided Adventure Package?
If you are of average physical ability and enjoy exploring the outdoors on your own, you’ll have a great time on our Adventure Package. However, going on the Guided Tour can make the trip safer, more informative, and help you get the most out of your day. Our guides can take you places you may not find on your own and show you things you might have missed otherwise.
If kayaking is not for you but you want to spend some time on World Class Kailua Beach doing some snorkeling, body boarding,and playing in our warm waters, then the Turtle Safari would be right for you.
What should we wear?
Comfortable swimwear and shoes or sandals good for walking on rocks. Be prepared for a little exercise and to get wet.
What will be the highlight of the day?
Seeing turtles is always a highlight. Many of our clients have said the guided hike around the offshore islands was the highlight of their visit to Hawaii and one of the most interesting hikes they’ve ever been on, EVER!
What should we bring?
Sunscreen, towel, underwater camera, hat, sunglasses, and a eyeglass retainer strap if you wear glasses/sunglasses (all of these are available at our shop if you don't already have them). A Credit Card is required as a security deposit for the kayaks and other gear. Waterproof bags to keep your stuff dry are available to rent at $3.00 a day.
When will we be back at the end of the day?
You will be picked up at the launch point at 3:00 PM. This will get you back to your hotel at approximately 3:45 PM.
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