KAYAKING TO THE MOKES (MOKULUA ISLANDS) FROM KAILUA BEACH - Journey Era (2022)

Kayaking to the Mokes is one of the top activities on Oahu and is great for all ages. A casual cruise across crystal clear waters to Na Mokulua Islands on either an outrigger canoe or a kayak is simply an incredible day-trip and a great way to explore the ocean of Oahu, Hawaii.

In this blog post, I will share with you everything you need to know about Kayaking to the Mokes, also known as the Mokulua Islands. I’ll go through the best tour, kayak rental options, how long it takes, difficulty, the best time of year, and what to see when you arrive at the Mokes.

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WHERE ARE THE MOKES (MOKULUA ISLANDS)

The Mokulua Islands are located on the east coast of Oahu. The closest beaches are Lanikai and Kailua. The best viewpoint of the Mokes is from the Lanikai Pillbox Hike. The drive to reach Lanikai takes about 35 minutes and then you will need to kayak out to the Mokes taking 45 minutes. I’ve pinned the Moko Nui Island on the map below so you can get an idea of where it is located on Oahu.

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BEST KAYAKING TOUR TO THE MOKES (MOKULUA ISLANDS)

Tour:Kailua Twin Islands Guided Kayak Tour

This small-group kayak tour lasts for 5 hours with round-trip transportation and lunch. From Waikiki, you will ride a van to Kailua Bay for half an hour. Once you arrive there, you will be provided with complete gear before the briefing. You can either choose a self-guided tourin whichyou will be briefed with the safety measures before you begin on your own or select a guided tour with a small group tour with a professional guide.

Both options give you the enchanting feeling and give you a chance to meet new friends while exploring Kailua Bay’s pristine and turquoise waters while watching sea turtles feeding on the rich corals of the bay.

You’ll be paddling from Kailua Beach to Mokulua Islands, Flat Island, and Lanikai Beach where you will have your picnic lunch. You can opt to kayak-surf, snorkel around, or simply just go for a swim. The best thing about this tour is they provide you with dry bags, shower amenities, and lockers for your stuff. One of the top-rated tours on Oahu!

Click Hereto check the rates and availability of this tour on the booking website

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO KAYAK TO THE MOKES

This question depends highly on the weather conditions. I advise you to only kayak to the Mokes on a calm day. If it’s nice and calm with low winds and easy swell, you can kayak to the Mokes in 45 minutes. On a day with higher winds and rougher swell, it can take you up to 1.5 hours. You don’t need to be a great paddler, these are average times for tourists who might have kayaked a few times throughout their life and are in decent shape.

(Video) Kayaking to the Mokulua Islands

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HOW FAR IS THE KAYAK TO THE MOKES FROM KAILUA

The total distance to reach the Mokes from Kailua is 2.4 miles (3.8km). This means it will be 4.8 miles or 7.6km for the full round-trip. Launching from Lanikai makes the journey much shorter but all of the kayak rental shops are in Kailua.

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BEST TIME TO KAYAK TO THE MOKES (MOKULUA ISLANDS)

The morning is the best time to kayak to the Mokes. You will usually have calmer waters and also avoid the strong heat that is already hitting hard by 10 am. It’s great to at least reach Moko Nui before the sun is in full power. If you set off relatively early, you can be back for lunch in Kailua, which has lots of great cafes and restaurants.

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OUR JOURNEY TO THE MOKES

Standing on the shore of Kailua beach, the sunlight reflects off the ripples of the crystal clear water. We are huddled together on the sand as we look out across the ocean towards two islets known as Na Mokulua (meaning “the two islands” in Hawaiian) or the “mokes”. We were joining an outrigger canoe for the day for a day trip paddling out, to explore Na Mokulua Islands.

Today we were going to paddle to Moku Nui, the island on the left. After a quick safety brief, we put all of our cameras and gear in the dry bags provided and slowly launched our six and four-man canoes from the Kailua Beach Park shore. Taking an outrigger is much the same as kayaking to the Mokes it really just depends on the exact type of adventure you want to have. I’ve done both and the experience was similar.

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Being out on the ocean and being able to look back at the shore is always a great change of perspective and this was no different. The crystal clear waters were painted with a backdrop of the Koolau’s, which is a stunning mountain range that extends almost the length of the entire island.

Our guide taught us the correct racing technique for paddling but ensured us this was a casual cruise to take in the sights. As we paddled our way into the open water, the clarity allowed us to see the bottom of the ocean. There were several Hawaiian Sea Turtles spotted during the paddle and extensive coral draped the ocean floor.

What are my favorite pieces of gear for the beach?

There are three pieces of gear that I simply never forget when I go on a beach adventure. These are three items that I using right now and this list gets updated every year! Here are my beach essentials.

  • PackTowl Quick-Dry Towel: A quick-dry towel is a must for travelers. It hardly takes up any room and dries in seconds.
  • Osprey Ultralight Dry Sack: The beach can be a great place to ruin your precious gear so having this ultralight dry sack for cameras, phones and valuables mean you have a safe place to store everything.
  • GoPro Hero 10: The best and easiest way to capture your underwater and snorkeling adventures.

As we cruised towards The Mokulua Islands, our guide shared traditional Hawaiian stories about land formations and how different landmarks were named. We also learned that Moku Nui, which is only .75 miles off Lanikai is actually a 225-foot volcanic cone, which is a bird sanctuary for shearwaters.

(Video) Kayaking to the Mokes | Things to do on Oahu, Hawaii

The islandsare a popular subject for photographers who combine palm trees and crystal clear water to capture their take on paradise. Na Mokulua Islandsare the centerpiece of the amazing view from one of the best sunrise hikes on Oahu; the Lanikai Pillbox Trail. Here is a photo I captured from the trail on a beautiful morning in March 2016.

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The paddling itself was relaxing as we kept a comfortable pace. I had imagined it would be much more tiring but we reached the shore of Moku Nui in less than 20 minutes after taking off from Kailua.

EXPLORING MOKO NUI, ONE OF THE MOKULUA ISLANDS

Moku Nui can often be crowded with kayakers and explorers, especially on weekends and public holidays. Luckily we went on a weekday when the weather was slightly overcast, which meant, for the most part, we had the entire island to ourselves.

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KAYAKING TO THE MOKES (MOKULUA ISLANDS) FROM KAILUA BEACH - Journey Era (10)

We began walking around the side of the island to find the Queen’s Bath, a small tide pool just deep enough to jump into. As we made our way along with the rock piles we saw a number of shearwaters in their nests. They seemed very familiar with humans and allowed us to get very close to take a photo although they are behind a roped-off area to protect them and their habitat.

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A jagged cliff face, small tide pools, and the Queen’s Bath face the vast ocean in what is a truly magical place. We could have spent hours relaxing here but instead, we decided to jump into the tide pools.

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There is one smaller jump of about 4 meters into crystal clear water, which was super fun and pretty safe. However, if you clamber up the cliffside there is one epic jump. I shot this snap of my friend making the leap from way up high. You can see the reef below but the gap to land in isn’t massive.

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As we walked back around to the front of the islandwhere we had left our canoeswe could see a ferocious storm brewing over Kailua and it was headed our way. The sky was darkening by the minute, yet we were still in the warm sunshine. These contrasting conditions made for some epic photos.

PADDLING BACK TO KAILUA FROM THE MOKES

Our roommate Just thought that it would be an appropriate time to bring out his T-Rex costume. The storm did finally hit us on the islandbut it passed after a small rain shower and some moderate wind. We messed around for a while longer before launching off into the ocean and heading back towards Kailua.

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From launch to landing the trip took around four hours but our guide was happy to let us stay longer on Moku Nui if we wanted. It felt great to have a tour guide who was totally focused on our experience and you could tell he wanted everyone to go home happy and full of stories to tell.

This would be a great day trip for a group of friends or a family. You can really push this adventure in a more extreme direction by jumping into tide pools and catching waves on the outrigger canoes or you can enjoy a calm, relaxing paddle and have a wander around the island. Whatever your style is, the scenery is amazing and as always, it is hard not to have a great time when you are out adventuring in Hawaii.

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WHERE TO STAY ON OAHU

  • Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort(Overall Favorite): In the heart of Waikiki, this high-end resort is right on the beach with a private lagoon.
  • Sheraton Waikiki(Luxury): A luxury resort with the most amazing infinity pool on the island, which overlooks the beach.
  • Ewa Hotel Waikiki: (Value):Ewa Hotel is just one block back from the beach and is just over $150 USD.
  • Waikiki Beachside Hostel(Budget Choice): A budget alternative, which is still in an amazing location.
  • Disney Aulani Resort (Family Choice):This is a resort your kids will never forget. It honestly feels like you are living in a theme park.

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FAQs

How far is it from Kailua Beach to the Mokes? ›

From Kailua Beach Park to the Mokes (Mokulua Islands) is about a 2 mile paddle, good for the adventurous and fit folks.

Can you kayak to the Mokes? ›

The most advanced kayakers will opt to kayak to Moku Nui, the larger of the two islands off of the coast of Lanikai beach known as The Mokes. No one is allowed to kayak to the smaller island on the right, Moku Iki. For a shorter paddle that ends in a beautiful destination, you can also kayak to Lanikai Beach.

How far are the Mokulua Islands from Lanikai? ›

Nā Mokulua, or just Mokulua (meaning, in Hawaiian, "the two islands") are two islets off the windward coast of Oahu in the Hawaiian Islands. The islets are often photographed, and are located about 0.75 miles off Kaʻōhao (Lanikai), a neighborhood of Kailua, Hawai'i.

Can you go to the Mokulua Islands? ›

Mokulua means 'two islands' in the Hawaiian language. You can see these two islands on Lanikai Beach on Oahu. Both islands are seabird sanctuaries protected by the state of Hawaii. You can see the Wedged-Tailed Shearwater birds on Moku Nui, the only island you can visit.

How long does it take to kayak to mokulua? ›

Once launched, it is a 2.5 mile paddle to reach the island and typically takes 45 minutes - 2 hours. On very calm days, it is a fairly easy paddle.

Are there sharks at Lanikai Beach? ›

Warning signs went up after Saturday's attack off Lanikai Beach, Oahu. A shark attack Saturday on a 44-year-old swimmer off Lanikai Beach, Oahu, was the sixth attack in Hawaiian waters this year, and the second off Oahu in eight days.

Can you kayak to Mokulua Islands? ›

One of the best day trips to take on Oahu is kayaking to the Mokulua Islands off of the shores of Kailua and Lanikai. A thirty-minute trip over the mountains from Honolulu on Oahu's east side brings visitors to the more quiet and residential side of the island.

Can you swim to the Mokes? ›

The two islands that you see from Lanikai or Kailua are the Mokulua Islands or as some call it the Mokes. One of the most adventurous and fun activities you can do on Oahu is go to the Mokulua Islands. You can reach them by kayaking, paddle boarding, paddling, or swimming.

Do you need a landing permit for the Mokes? ›

In order to visit the Mokes or Popoia Island you must have a permit. The permit costs $3 per person and allows you to land your kayak on the island.

Where can I kayak to the Mokes? ›

The closest beaches are Lanikai and Kailua. The best viewpoint of the Mokes is from the Lanikai Pillbox Hike. The drive to reach Lanikai takes about 35 minutes and then you will need to kayak out to the Mokes taking 45 minutes.

How long does it take to kayak to Flat island? ›

Duration: About 2 hours at Kailua Beach Park where you can kayak to Flat Island, snorkel at Lanikai Point, and eat lunch on the picnic tables at Kailua Beach. Amenities: No amenities at Flat Island, but restrooms and picnic areas at Kailua Beach Park.

Can you kayak between the Hawaiian Islands? ›

Can you kayak between Hawaiian islands? While seasoned kayakers can technically kayak between the islands, the average tourist cannot. The islands are MUCH further apart than most people realize and there are strong ocean currents. Instead, plan on kayaking off the coast and enjoy the scenic views.

What islands can you see from Lanikai Beach? ›

The beach is about a mile long and is one of the most popular beaches in Hawaii. From Lanikai Beach, you can also see gorgeous views of the Mokulua Islands, which are two small uninhabited islands located just offshore. The Mokulua Islands are also a popular spot for kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding.

Can you rent kayaks on Lanikai Beach? ›

The white sand, clear waters, and beautiful scenery make Lanikai beach one of the best on the island for renting a beach chairs, umbrellas, coolers, kayaks, or snorkel sets and just kicking your feet up. Weekends can be crowded but most weekdays are great for relaxing and taking in Hawaii.

What does Mokulua mean in Hawaiian? ›

Mokulua (meaning, “the two islands”) are two islets off the windward coast of O'ahu. They are also commonly known as “The Mokes” or the “Twin Islands.” They are about a mile off Lanikai. The larger island is also known as Moku Nui, Big Moke and Two Humps (13-acre land area.)

Is Stairway to Heaven in Hawaii Open? ›

Hawaii's famous Haiku Stairs, known as the "Stairway to Heaven," will be removed due to illegal trespassing and injuries at the site that have led to hefty costs. The stairs, built by the U.S. Navy in the 1940s, are now known to lead the best views in Hawaii, despite being closed to the public for over 30 years.

Can you kayak to Kaneohe Sandbar? ›

Paddling to the sandbar can take up to an hour, but it's well worth it. Once the water is shallow enough to walk, jump in and enjoy! Snorkel gear is a must, as the reef patches and wildlife like the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle in Kaneohe Bay are unparalleled.

Where is Turtle Canyon Oahu? ›

Turtle Canyons is just off the coast near Waikiki. On the surface, you see surfers and paddlers but as you drop down, a whole new world opens up. Comprised of finger reefs,Turtle Canyons is a great shallow dive where you'll sea green sea turtles being cleaned by schools of reef fish.

Are there sharks at Kailua beach? ›

Anela Rezentes was playing in the shallow waters in Kalama Beach in Kailua, Oahu on Sunday. The girl spotted the shark's fin and quickly made a beeline to the shore.

Is Lanikai Beach safe to swim? ›

Looking for a beach that isn't crawling with tourists? Head to this off-the-beaten path beach named Lanikai beach. Out in the water, there's an offshore reef that prevents strong currents from invading the water, keeping the ocean near the shoreline calm and relatively safe.

Where do shark attacks happen in Hawaii? ›

Well, sharks attacks in Hawaii are said to be rare, but they do happen.
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These Hawaii shark attacks in 2020 happened on the Hawaiian islands of Maui, the Big Island, and Kauai:
  • There were 3 shark attacks on Maui.
  • There were 2 shark attacks on the Big Island.
  • There was 1 shark attack on Kauai.

Can you hike Stairway to Heaven Oahu? ›

About the Stairway to Heaven

The stairway leads to an old radio transmitter at the top of the mountain. The stairs were open to the public until the 1980's when they were damaged by a storm and deemed unsafe. Now, the hike is illegal and there are guards posted at the bottom to deter people from trying to enter.

Where is Electric Beach Oahu? ›

Electric Beach is easy to reach, located not far beyond where the H1 turns into the two-lane highway, just north of Ko olina. There are some other names this area is know as. Most importantly, the southernmost small beach is known as Kahe Point Beach Park. This is where you will find parking and amenities.

Can you snorkel at the Mokes? ›

You can fish, snorkel, pick opihi or even paddle around the islets to get a taste of the deep blue sea that drops off just beyond the Mokes. If it's humpback whale season (winter), you could actually see some whales breaching not all that far away.

What are the Mokes in Hawaii? ›

Located off Wailea Point on Oahu's windward side, “The Mokes,” as they're called by locals, are a pair of tiny isles roughly a mile and a half off of Kailua Beach Park. Formed over a million years ago, they're part of the summit caldera of the Ko'olau shield—the balsatic volcano that formed the eastern half of Oahu.

Is Hanauma Bay open for snorkeling? ›

The snorkel concession is open from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays. The Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve (HBAY) is open to the public Wednesdays through Sundays, with entry allowed from 6:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

How do I get to Moku Nui island? ›

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.

How do you get to Popoia island? ›

Kayak. One of the easiest ways to reach the island is by kayak. If the conditions are right (check the surf before you go!), the quarter of a mile to the island will just breeze on by.

Where is Lanikai? ›

Lanikai Beach is found on the windwardside of O'ahu in Kailua, just south of Kailua Beach Park.

Can you swim to Flat island? ›

The paddle out to Popoi'a island (Flat Island) is an easy, family friendly kayak trip when wave conditions are right. It takes about 30 minutes to reach the island from Kailua Beach. The island is small, but fun to explore and has a small beach for people to swim or snorkel at.

Do I have to register my kayak in Hawaii? ›

Do you have to register a kayak in Hawaii? The quick answer is no. Kayaks, Canoes that have no mechanical propulsion (i.e., are paddled, poled, oared or windblown) are exempted from registration.

How long would it take to kayak to Hawaii? ›

This is the first year of the race, and participants are expected to take anywhere from one to three months to finish, said race director Chris Martin. Ed Gillet, the only kayaker to complete the route, completed the 2,200-mile trip in 63 days.

Can you kayak from Maui to Lanai? ›

MAUI, Hawaii - Cody Kalapana Ball, 5'2” 130-pounds, recently completed a solo paddle from Launiupoko Park on Maui to Manele Harbor on the island of Lanai. The 28-mile, 13.5-hour trip was a two-day journey.

Is Lanikai or Kailua Beach better? ›

Kailua Beach vs Lanikai Beach

Lanikai Beach is the better looking of the two beaches. It feels like a desert island beach, probably because it's not the most convenient to reach! However for the ease and facilities available, I think Kailua is the better option if planning a day trip.

How deep is the water at Lanikai Beach? ›

Both areas have depths between about 3 and 6 feet.

Is Lanikai one of the best beaches? ›

Visitors cast their gaze to one of two uninhabited islets offshore from Oahu's Lanikai Beach on the island's less-traveled windward side. Lanikai has been selected as one of the world's top 50 beaches.

Can you kayak in Kailua Beach? ›

Kailua & Lanikai are some of the best rated beaches in the U.S. making for an amazing kayak trip.

How much does it cost to rent a kayak in Hawaii? ›

+ Multi-Day Pricing
24-Hours | $1099 Days | $398
4 Days | $25712 Days | $446
5 Days | $30113 Days | $462
6 Days | $3452 Weeks | $485
1 Week | $3603 Weeks | $602
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Does Lanikai Beach have big waves? ›

Lanikai Beach, meaning heavenly sea, is a hidden paradise among Hawaiian Beaches, noted for the softest white sand and aqua blue sea. The water is calm year round and is one of the few beaches on Oahu with no shore breaking waves.

What are the Mokes called? ›

Nā Mokulua, meaning “the two islands” in Hawai'ian, are two islets off the windward coast of O'ahu. They are commonly referred to as the Twin Islands or The Mokes.

What are the names of the Mokes? ›

They are also commonly known as "The Mokes" or the "Twin Islands." They are about a mile off Lanikai. The larger island is also known as Moku Nui, Big Moke and Two Humps (13-acre land area.) The smaller island is also known as Moku Iki, Baby Moke and One Hump (9-acre land area.)

What does Moku Nui mean in Hawaiian? ›

Each island has its own name, Moku Nui meaning “large island” and Moku Iki meaning “small island.”

Is Stairway to Heaven in Hawaii Open? ›

Hawaii's famous Haiku Stairs, known as the "Stairway to Heaven," will be removed due to illegal trespassing and injuries at the site that have led to hefty costs. The stairs, built by the U.S. Navy in the 1940s, are now known to lead the best views in Hawaii, despite being closed to the public for over 30 years.

Can you hike Stairway to Heaven Oahu? ›

About the Stairway to Heaven

The stairway leads to an old radio transmitter at the top of the mountain. The stairs were open to the public until the 1980's when they were damaged by a storm and deemed unsafe. Now, the hike is illegal and there are guards posted at the bottom to deter people from trying to enter.

Can you kayak to Kaneohe Sandbar? ›

Paddling to the sandbar can take up to an hour, but it's well worth it. Once the water is shallow enough to walk, jump in and enjoy! Snorkel gear is a must, as the reef patches and wildlife like the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle in Kaneohe Bay are unparalleled.

Can you swim to Moku Nui? ›

One of the most adventurous and fun activities you can do on Oahu is go to the Mokulua Islands. You can reach them by kayaking, paddle boarding, paddling, or swimming. The largest island called Moku Nui is accessible by doing one of those things, however the smaller island called Moku Iki is off limits.

Where is Jurassic Park in Hawaii? ›

Jurassic Valley, where a series of Jurassic Park movies were filmed, is located at Kualoa Ranch on Oahu. Kualoa ranch is a 4,000 acre private nature reserve located on the east side of the Hawaiian Island of Oahu.

Why is the Stairway to Heaven forbidden? ›

Is the track actually forbidden in guitar stores? No, the track is not actually banned from guitar stores. It is highly doubtful that any guitar store owner would kick customers out simply for playing the introduction to Stairway to Heaven. It is simply a running joke in the guitar community!

Is Manoa Falls still closed? ›

6/1/21-MĀNOA FALLS TRAIL REOPENS ON NATIONAL TRAILS DAY

(HONOLULU) – One of Hawaiʻi's most popular trails will be reopening soon, just in time for National Trails Day. The DLNR Nā Ala Hele Trail and Access Program, part of the Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) will reopen the Mānoa Falls Trail on June 5, 2021.

How long does it take to climb the Haiku Stairs? ›

The hike can take anywhere from 4-7 hours depending on your skill level, endurance and the weather/conditions. Make sure to be prepared. This means checking the weather before you go, wearing the correct footwear (no slippahs) and bringing lots of water and snacks .

How many steps are there in Stairway to Heaven? ›

The boardwalk was built to protect the rare blanket bog from erosion caused by walkers in the Cuilcagh Mountain Special Area of Conservation. Located at the end of a 5.8 km limestone gravel track, the boardwalk is 1.6 km in length and features 450 steps.

How long does it take to walk the Stairway to Heaven? ›

Though the recommended time for the walk is 3 - 5 hours Tara Foy claims it took her just one hour to climb up and one hour to come down again. “In many ways the walk down is just as difficult. You think you are nearly there and then you come to another corner.

Are there sharks at Kaneohe Sandbar? ›

Does Kaneohe Sand Bar have sharks? Not to freak you out, but I think it's good to be aware that Kaneohe Bay is a breeding ground for harmless hammerhead sharks. In fact, Kaneohe Bay is known to be one of the largest breeding grounds in the world.

Are there sharks in Kaneohe Bay? ›

Near the middle of the bay is a sandbar (Ahu o Laka), a popular barbecue spot among local residents who have boats. The bay is also a breeding ground for hammerhead sharks. Thousands of them are born here every year and spend their first few months in the shallow water.

How long does it take to kayak to the sandbar? ›

Try Kayaking to Kaneohe sandbar for a fun way to enjoy being in the water! It usually takes about 30 minutes to kayak to the sandbar. Check out our kayak adventures!

Why is Moku Iki off limits? ›

What is this? Moko Iki (the smaller island to the right) is completely off limits to all visitors. You are allowed to visit Moko Nui but you have to stay along the perimeter of the island. Due to the presence of the protected bird sanctuary, venturing into the middle of the island is not allowed.

How do I get to Moku Nui island? ›

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.

How do you get to Popoia island? ›

Kayak. One of the easiest ways to reach the island is by kayak. If the conditions are right (check the surf before you go!), the quarter of a mile to the island will just breeze on by.

Videos

1. Kailua Beach Kayaks - Both Islands | Oahu, Hawaii
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3. Kayaking to Mokulua Islands
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4. Officials issue warning for those visiting Mokulua islands
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Name: Fredrick Kertzmann

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