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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.

Kailua: 2-Hour Guided Kayak Excursion with Lunch

2. 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.

Oahu: North Shore Adventure with Waimea Waterfall Hike

3. Oahu: North Shore Adventure with Waimea Waterfall Hike

Spend the day away from busy Honolulu and surround yourself in the beauty of Hawaii’s North Shore. Start the day with pickup from your accommodation, then head off on your adventure. Choose between two amazing options: Activity Option #1: Paddleboard or Kayak in Haleiwa on the North Shore with all equipment included. Activity Option #2: Enjoy a guided hike to one of the region’s most beautiful waterfalls, Waimea, and feel immersed in the gorgeous greenery that surrounds you. Then, cool off with a refreshing dip in the water. After the activity of your choice, enjoy a stroll along one of the North Shore's many white sandy beaches, sample some local coffee, and more.

Honolulu: Cultural Day Excursion on Polynesian Canoe

4. Honolulu: Cultural Day Excursion on Polynesian Canoe

Enjoy an immersive tour of Honolulu with a cultural day sail excursion on a one-of-a-kind Polynesian canoe. Listen to the history of the Hawaiian Islands through storytelling and song. Enjoy hands-on traditional activities and try local foods while on the beautiful ocean waters. Start your excursion with oli (Hawaiian chant) that welcomes guests to board. Follow with introductions, music, and storytelling. Hear about the history and stories of the islands as you sail along the coast from Kewalo Basin towards Diamond Head. Learn to make poi (traditional Hawaiian food) and enjoy locally grown pupus (Hawaiian snacks). Try out a hula lesson and make Hawaiian lei. Benefit from a teacher/practitioner on board for guidance. Between activities, relax and enjoy the spacious wooden decks on the Polynesian canoe that's 44 feet long and 21 feet wide. Lay in the canoe's nets while marveling at ocean wildlife, beautiful waters, and the colorful Waikiki coastline of O‘ahu. Enjoy plenty of shade under the large canopy covering part of the main deck and easy access to restrooms below deck. By the end of the tour, gain newfound cultural knowledge of authentic Hawaii with skills to share and remember forever.

Kaneohe: Self-Guided Sandbar Kayaking Experience

5. Kaneohe: Self-Guided Sandbar Kayaking Experience

Go kayaking in Kaneohe Bay, admire spectacular views, and experience standing on the sandbar. See underwater reefs and coral islands as you paddle. Start your tour at the meeting point in Kaneohe and receive all of the gear and instructions you'll need to enjoy your day. Load your kayak onto your vehicle and head over to the launching point. Paddle out to sea as you take in scenic views of the Ko'olau Mountains. Keep a lookout for underwater reef and coral islands. Arrive at the sandbar and step onto it for some amazing mountain views. Have the option of snorkeling to get better views of the underwater marine life. Use the provided kayak leash to keep track of your boat without damaging the coral. Return to the meeting point at the end of your experience.

Honolulu: Traditional Canoe Sunset Cruise with Dinner

6. Honolulu: Traditional Canoe Sunset Cruise with Dinner

Embark on an immersive tour of Honolulu with a cultural sunset dinner excursion on a one-of-a-kind Polynesian canoe. Listen to the history of the Hawaiian Islands through storytelling and songs. Enjoy hands-on traditional activities and try local foods while on the beautiful ocean waters. Start your adventure with a Hawaiian 'oli' chant that welcomes you as you board. Hear about the history and ancient stories of the islands as you sail along the coast from Kewalo Basin towards Diamond Head. Learn how to make authentic 'poi' and enjoy local 'pupu' snacks. Try out a hula lesson and make Hawaiian lei with the guidance of an onboard teacher. Between activities, you can relax and enjoy the spacious wooden decks on the 44-foot-long canoe. Lay in its nets while marveling at the ocean wildlife, beautiful waters, and the colorful Waikiki coastline of O‘ahu. By the end of the tour, you'll have gained newfound cultural knowledge of authentic Hawaii with skills to share and remember forever.

Oahu: Kane'ohe Bay Kayak Rentals

7. Oahu: Kane'ohe Bay Kayak Rentals

Explore the natural beauty of Kane’ohe Bay by kayak on a half-day or full-day adventure. The bay is protected from the open ocean current by Oahu’s only barrier reef, meaning the water is calm and ideal for paddling. After check-in at He’eia State Park, listen to a brief safety lesson from the professional staff. Then, take your waterproof map of Kane'ohe Bay, go out and explore. See how the barrier reef has allowed marine line to flourish. Grab some snorkeling equipment (for an additional cost) and experience one of the best snorkeling spots in the Hawaiian Islands

Honolulu: Morning Polynesian Canoe Voyage

8. Honolulu: Morning Polynesian Canoe Voyage

Sail along the beautiful Waikiki coastline, becoming immersed in the stories and history of the area. As you travel, learn about both the land and ocean from your classroom on the sea. Your cultural practitioner and crew will involve you in hands-on activities, using native materials to make food, clothing, tools, and other traditional items. Feel free to ask questions, explore the deck, nets and hulls, and take part in poi pounding. Alternatively, just relax and enjoy your experience out on the water. Enjoy local ukulele music and traditional chants accompanied by locally-sourced traditional food and drinks. At the conclusion of your day out on the water, your boat returns you back to your starting location.

Kailua: Guided Kayak Tour to Popoia Island with Picnic Lunch

9. 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.

Honolulu: Waikiki Kayak Tour and Snorkeling with Sea Turtles

10. Honolulu: Waikiki Kayak Tour and Snorkeling with Sea Turtles

Grab a paddle and cruise along the shoreline of Oahu and snorkel with the turtles and tropical fish at Turtle Canyon. Snorkeling and kayaking equipment is provided on this guided kayaking trip from Waikiki. Paddle along the Waikiki shoreline on a guided kayak tour with panoramic views of the coast from the water. Spot passing dolphins, rays, or even whales at certain times of the year. Arriving at Turtle Canyon, dive into the warm Pacific Ocean to find a colorful variety of tropical fish. Turtle Canyon is a popular spot to see green sea turtles resting, feeding, and getting cleaned by cleaner wrasse. Enjoy sharing the water with these mostly slow-moving marine creatures.

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Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 21 reviews

Great day for my daughter and I on the water. We got a nice workout at a really comfortable pace so we could enjoy being on the ocean and taking lots of pictures. The eco tour on the island was really fun, the tide pools, birds and "queen's bath." We had a really fun and energetic guide and a small group, which made it really fun.

Goose was amazing! Incredibly view throughout the trip and Goose was very knowledgeable. Highly recommend this trip for anyone who is interested in kayaking. We had a calm day so it was very doable, but definitely confirm with them regarding the difficulty depending on the time of the year.

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!

This was a very relaxing and educational tour. Captain and staff were accommodating and accepted. Cultural and historical program was enlightening. For anyone who wants to kill a couple hours near town and get out in the water, learn about Hawaii, this is the tour.

Jon was phenomenal and made a great experience even more fun, educational, and entertaining. My 17-yo daughter loved it. The highlight of a busy week on Oahu.