Depart on a self-guided tour of our beautiful reef protected bay to enjoy your day of kayaking adventure!
Your adventure begins when you’re picked up in a comfortable van for your trip to Kailua. You will make a quick stop by our store to sign waivers and take part in our safety briefing with weather assessment, paddling map, and orientation of the paddling area. Next, you'll be escorted to Kailua Beach Park by an experienced staff member who will help unload your kayaks and give you a paddling lesson.
From there you will depart on a self-guided tour of our beautiful reef protected bay to enjoy your day of adventure in our calm turquoise waters filled with endangered sea turtles and sea birds. After lunch on one of three islands (bird sanctuaries), you can go for a gentle walk to secret cove, or if you feel adventurous, go kayak surfing! Then land your kayak on the tropical pristine white-sand beaches for swimming, hiking, snorkeling, and sunning.
When you come ashore on your deserted tropical island, the view of Oahu is breath-taking with 15 miles of white sand beaches fringed with coconut palms. The rolling hills and vertical green cliffs of the Ko'olau mountain range shoot into the sky, a sight almost never seen by visitors.
Take a swim, go snorkeling, then enjoy your lunch and a short snooze under an open sky with the soft breeze and sound of the surf. If you feel adventurous, go exploring around the island to find a secluded cove that will be all yours with memories that will last a life time.
Upon your return to the beach park at 2:45, you will be picked up in the same location you were dropped-off.
For your day's adventure, we have in our store the following items which you'll want to take with you: truly waterproof sun-screen (read the back of the tube - if it says "re-apply after swimming" IT'S NOT WATER-PROOF, no matter what it says on the front), hat, sunglasses, reef-walkers, water-proof camera, and a water bottle. A complete Lunch will be provided in a soft cooler and a dry-bag can be rented to bring a camera or other items.
What To Know
Time: 9:00AM - 3:00PM
Operates: Monday - Saturday
Kayaking tour 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 a 20 oz drink.
Included: Double or Single Kayaks, Paddle, Lifejacket. Lessons also provided.
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
When is the best time of year for paddling Kailua Bay?
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.
Make your plans flexible - when planning for a day of paddling allow for changes due to weather and ocean conditions.
Plan to do your kayaking soon after you arrive, then if the weather is bad, we can re-schedule so that you can go kayaking when the weather is better.
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. And then there's the wildlife...Green Sea Turtles abound and are easily approached. Summer is the nesting season for a number of rare sea birds that use these islands to raise their young. 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.
What is included in our packages?
Guided Tour - includes a kayak, life jacket, and paddle, picnic lunch, and a guide that will teach you paddling technique, guide you safely to off-shore islands, and tell you about the birds, marine life and histor of Hawaii. Also included in this package is snorkeling gear, a dry bag, and padded backrest for your kayak. Hotel transportation is also included in this package.
Adventure Package - 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.
Turtle Safari - includes mask, fins and snorkel, boogie board, picnic lunch and hotel transportation from Waikiki. Kayak rental is not included in this package.
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 should we bring?
Sunscreen, 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 alreay 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.
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!
Price and contents: subject to change.
To cancel or make changes to your reservation, please call (808) 721-1552.
*Waikiki.com shall not be liable to any individual utilizing these tour/activity programs for delays, injury, loss, accident or damage to persons or property beyond its control. Natural phenomena are random and out of the control of the tour provider. Prices, features and/or menu are subject to change without notice.