• Activities:

    Stand Up Paddle, Chillin, Kayaking

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Year Round

Beach
Groups
Scenic

See Oahu from a new perspective by jumping on a paddleboard or in a kayak and heading out to this iconic island. Take a picnic or grill in your kayak and enjoy an afternoon at the beach.

There are two islands off the coast of Kailua known as the Mokulua or 'Mokes'. The island on the right, Moku Iki, is off-limits. However, the larger of the two islands, Moku Nui, is accessible via a 30 minute kayak, SUP or outrigger.

You can push off from Kailua Beach Park for a longer paddle or head to Lanikai Beach for a more direct route. The island's small, sandy beach area is perfect for a BBQ or picnic lunch, so don’t forget to load up your kayak with food and beverages.

On the backside of the island is a rugged trail that takes you to a cove where you can swim and cliff jump. However, you must ensure that the surf is down before venturing back here as large, rouge waves can sweep you off into the ocean. If in doubt, do not go out.

Pack List

  • Kayak or SUP
  • Cooler with drinks
  • BBQ or lunch
  • Sunscreen
  • Swimsuit
  • Drybag for camera
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Definitely try to go on a calm day, took us about 45 min to paddle to the island and 30 back. Bring your snorkel gear, we saw a sea turtle and plenty of fish. Hike around the back side of the island to see some awesome reefs and do some cliff jumping. I didn't bring my mask and snorkel to the cliff jumps but the water back there is unreal and wish I was able to check out what it looked like under water. Amazing reefs on the way to and from the island!

4 months ago
4 months ago

Go on a calm, flat day. Kayak out and hike around to the back side. Beautiful pools and cliff jumping. Only flat days

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

If it's hot outside, make sure you bring an umbrella of some sort...it get's baking!

over 4 years ago
over 4 years ago

Shauna Simons

PNW native adventuring around Oahu and beyond with my other half.

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