Kailua Beach

Kailua Beach: Our most recommended tours and activities

Oahu: Twin Islands Guided Kailua Kayak Tour

1. Oahu: Twin Islands Guided Kailua Kayak Tour

This kayak tour is led by certified lifeguards and true watermen and women, ensuring that your activities for the day go off without incident. During the day you will kayak to some of your guide's favorite spots, including secret, secluded locations throughout the bay where you can discover marine life, great snorkelling spots, a place to kayak surf, discover hidden tide pools, secluded coves, and visit a sea-bird sanctuary.  You will have the opportunity to snorkel with your guide in a live coral reef inside Kailua's turtle feeding grounds and enjoy the idyllic, tropical paradise settings. During your tour, you will collect marine plastics and learn how to positively interact with local wildlife. The local partner is a leader for sustainable tourism and incorporates eco-friendly practices into their tours such as eliminating single-use-plastics from their lunches.

Oahu: Best of Hawaii Photography Tour from Waikiki

2. Oahu: Best of Hawaii Photography Tour from Waikiki

Take beautiful photographs of Hawaii on a photo tour from Waikiki. Capture the stunning colors of the island with the help of a professional photographer guide. Bring any camera you like on our tour and see the best of Hawaii on a photography tour Visit scenic locations to see the amazing blue waters of the ocean and skies of the east coast. Go to picturesque locations, such as the marine reserve of Hanauma Bay and the Halona Blowhole formed by molten lava tubes from volcanic eruptions that happened thousands of years ago. Visit Sandy Beach and the Makapu’u Point Lookout on Oahu's southeastern tip. Admire Waimanalo Beach and the Ko’olau Mountains, and capture the stunning views from the Nuʻuanu Pali Lookout. Make a stop at Kailua or Waimanalo for lunch. It's a great tour for anyone who wants to see beautiful locations and spend some time capturing them on their cameras as ever-lasting souvenirs. It's also ideal for cruise ship passengers who want something different to do while in port. Tour at an easy pace to enhance your Hawaii experience and enjoy short walks through the dramatic landscape along the way. Stops will be made at: • Tantalus lookout • Pali lookout (admission included) • Ko’olau Mountains • Waimanalo Bay • Ono Steaks & Shrimp Shack (not catered)  • Makapu’u Beach lookout • Sandy's Beach  • The Blow Hole lookout • Lana’i lookout • Hanauma Bay

Kailua: 2-Hour Guided Kayak Excursion with Lunch

3. Kailua: 2-Hour Guided Kayak Excursion with Lunch

Perfect for beginners or travelers wanting to perfect their skills, this kayak tour has been designed to show off the very best that Hawaii has to offer. Follow a qualified guide to their favorite locations around the bay, visit secluded coves, discover Hawaii’s marine life, and find the best spots to snorkel. During the tour you’ll also protect the island by helping to collect marine plastics as well as learn how to positively interact with wildlife. The tour focuses on sustainable tourism and incorporates eco-friendly practices, such as the elimination of single-use-plastics at lunch. Get kitted out with all the necessary safety gear before hopping onboard your kayak and heading into the water. The first stop of the day is the beautiful Popoi’a Island, where you can admire and learn about the nesting sea-birds which are protected here. Next, follow your guide on an easy eco-hike around the island, and explore the tide pools that line the shore. Once you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite, replenish your energy with a snack break. While you eat, marvel at the magnificent landscapes of dormant volcanoes and the Ko’olau Mountain Range, which provide the perfect back drop to learn about Hawaii’s geologic history. Back on the kayak, soak up the tranquil atmosphere as you go in search of the green sea turtles that call these waters their home. Next, enjoy some free time to snorkel in search of colorful marine life, have a go at boogie boarding, or simply relax on the beach.

Kailua: Guided Kayak Tour to Popoia Island with Picnic Lunch

4. Kailua: Guided Kayak Tour to Popoia Island with Picnic Lunch

Paddle Popoia island and go for a guided walk at the bird sanctuary on this guided tour from Kailua. Visit the world-famous Lanikai Beach and use the high-quality snorkeling gear to search for tropical fish and the Hawaiian green sea turtle.  Meet at the activity supplier's office and use the provided straps and soft pads to load the kayak onto your car for the drive to the beach. Unload the kayak and set off on your kayaking adventure. Follow your guide from Kailua Beach on a 15-minute paddle to Popoia Island.  Disembark for a guided walking tour of the bird sanctuary. Learn about the area's volcanic geology, and enjoy a tasty lunch with a great view. Snorkel on the surrounding reef before paddling a short distance to Lanikai Beach and snorkel in a coral garden with fish and sea turtles. Have the option to learn how to catch a few waves on your kayak. Listen as your local guide shares stories and thought-provoking information about Hawaii. Return to Kailua beach and load the kayak back onto your car to drive it back to the activity provider's office.

From Honolulu: Kailua Shuttle with Hotel Pickup

5. From Honolulu: Kailua Shuttle with Hotel Pickup

Book a round trip shuttle to quaint Kailua and take advantage of plenty of free time to explore every corner at your own pace. This little town is home to excellent restaurants, cafes, antique stores, boutiques, breweries, and, of course, beautiful beaches. Leave your Honolulu hotel early in the morning and enjoy a short ride in an air-conditioned vehicle. Once in Kailua, treat yourself to local food, such as poke bowls and shaved ice. Sample different types of chocolate or rent a bicycle to explore Lanikai Beach and Kailua Beach. You can also experience the Lanikai Pillbox Trail, a popular trail on Oahu. Make the most of your time without a strict schedule and head back to your shuttle to be dropped off straight at your hotel.

Kailua: Guided Kayak Tour to the Mokolua Islands with Lunch

6. Kailua: Guided Kayak Tour to the Mokolua Islands with Lunch

Glide through the calm reef-protected waters of Kailua Bay with a naturalist guide on this tour from Kailua Beach. Learn about Hawaii's marine life, geology, and history. Snorkel in secret coves to see tropical fish, coral, and green sea turtles.  Meet at the activity supplier's office and use the provided straps and soft pads to load the kayak onto your car for the drive to the beach. Unload the kayak and set off on your kayaking adventure. Follow your guide from world-famous Kailua Beach along the coast. Paddle through the calm bay with a sit-on-top kayak, encounter endangered sea birds that are close enough to touch at Popoia island before snorkeling with the provided gear in a secret cove and taking a dip in natural tide pools. Stop along the way for a packed lunch on a beach. Keep your eyes peeled for one of Hawaii's most important residents, the Hawaiian green sea turtle. Listen as your local guide shares stories and thought-provoking information about Hawaii. Land on the sands of Lanikai beach to snorkeling in a world-class coral garden. Have the option to learn how to catch a few waves on your kayak. Return to Kailua beach and load the kayak back onto your car to drive it back to the activity provider's office. 

From Honolulu: Diamond Head Hike and Kailua Town Visit

7. From Honolulu: Diamond Head Hike and Kailua Town Visit

Join this day trip from Honolulu and start your morning with an invigorating hike to the summit of Diamond Head. Then, head to Kailua, a popular tourist attraction on the east coast of the island of Oahu. Enjoy the convenience of return transfers from Honolulu and travel in the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle. Hop aboard at one of the pickup points and set out on your Oahu adventure. First stop – Diamond Head State Monument. This iconic landmark sits near the eastern edge of Waikiki's coastline and boasts one of the island's most popular hiking trails. Set out to conquer this trail, making your way to the summit to admire breathtaking views of Waikiki, Honolulu, and the surrounding area. After your hike, it's time for some retail therapy. Hop back aboard your air-conditioned carriage and head to Kailua town. Make the most of 5 hours of free time to explore this popular tourist attraction, browsing the many boutiques and dining on delicious food at great restaurants and cafes. Shop at the local Whole Foods, visit the chocolatier and sample different kinds of chocolate, or hire a bicycle and ride to the stunning Kailua Beach. End your day with a convenient and comfortable transfer back to Honolulu.

Kailua: 2.5-Hour SUP Lesson

8. Kailua: 2.5-Hour SUP Lesson

Stand-up paddling combines the thrill of surfing with the techniques of paddling, which when combined create a match made in heaven. This activity offers a variety of conditions, from flat-water cruising and moderate chop to rolling waves.   Lessons generally stick to the calmest areas to practice basic strokes and techniques. Your lesson begins with paddling instructions and a brief introduction class at the beach center. From there you’ll head to the Kailua Beach Park, where your instructor will help you launch your board and eventually stand up. Your group will then head out towards Popo’ia, also known as “Flat Island”, where you will typically land to enjoy a break and island tour.

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What people are saying about Kailua Beach

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 97 reviews

Excellent. Our best tour operator yet. The itinerary was carefully thought through and well balanced. The trip represented great travel for the cost. Our booking was easy, the pre-information packet was timely and thorough. Everything worked like clockwork. However, it was the genius of the itinerary, coupled with our passionate guide, Drew (Andrew), that put this trip into the A plus category. Drew made sure we had a good time and we had a very good time. Our teenage son who did not speak much on the tour, loved it as well.

Our tour was amazing! Kurt was a very knowledgeable guide who showed us incredibly scenic spots, and made our trip so much fun! He gave us some background information on sights we were seeing, and shared his knowledge of how to take excellent pictures while enjoying Oahu’s natural beauty. Thank you, Kurt, for an all-around great day!!

Highly recommended!! This tour was the highlight of our stay in Oahu. Alicia was so great! We kayaked to the twin islands with her, it was so much fun! We learnt fun facts about the islands and snorkle in the blue waters of Hawaii. The kayak tour is a must if you’re planning to visit Oahu!

Great guide and trip. Got some amazing photos and saw an epic sunset. The stop for lunch was yummy garlic shrimp spot.

Kurt was fantastic! So much good energy, I had a great day exploring the east side!