Paddle to Moku Nui

Lanikai Beach

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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Activities Stand Up Paddle, Chillin, Kayaking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Year Round
Features
Beach
Groups
Scenic

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Must Do!

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!

Back Side Mokuluas

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

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


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