Kayak to Moku Nui from Kailua Beach Park

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Kayak to Moku Nui from Kailua Beach Park is a 4.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Kailua, Hawaii that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for sea kayaking and is accessible year-round.

4.8 miles
59 feet
Out & Back

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This is a kayaking/canoeing route, not a hiking trail. On Sundays, visitors are not allowed to go to the islands or rent kayaks/canoes. However, on Sundays visitors can rent paddle boards.

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4 days ago

Great kayak trip

1 month ago

My favorite to do with my kayaker with a Hobie mirage. Go out and bring a lunch and something to drink. Enjoy watching the birds nest.

5 months ago

Great exercise

5 months ago

Definitely should not be rated as "hard.". Paddle out against the trade wind and current. Ride in is easy as you are going in same direction as trade and current. Have fun

6 months ago

Started about 11am today. Rented Kayaks from Kailua Beach Adventures for about $59 and ended up getting a waterproof bag for an additional $5. (highly recommended because we were soaked all the way out and back). From there we rolled our kayaks out to the beach and took off. It took us about 50 mins to get out to there and it was a little tougher than I had expected. We got out there and seen a seal and had some good luck snorkeling out there because we got close to some sea turtles. The way back was a little easier with the wind and not going against the current and took us 40 mins. Overall I highly recommend it! Bring some food and water for the Island!

8 months ago


This was not posted and of course, we went on a Sunday. However, on Sunday’s you ARE allowed to rent paddle boards. Although we didn’t make it onto the islands, this was MAGICAL. On our trip we went on countless hikes and swimming spots (touristy and off the beaten path) and this was by far my favorite thing that we did. Being out on the water surrounded by water, mountains and islands was the most breathtakingly beautiful experience.

I can only imagine how much greater it would have been if we had made it to the island. Rent a paddle board and GO!!!

I also recommend grabbing a 4-pack of Maui Brewing’s Two Tickets to Paradise from the market (between the rental shop and the beach) and packing a sandwich or two. Our little picnic on the water was perfect.


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9 months ago

Kayaked out from Lanakai today, much easier than going this route. .8 miles each way. 2 beautiful monk seals and plenty of sea turtles. I recommend hiking around the back of the island (to the left) and jumping in the amazing pool at the far back side. Such a fun little hike and swim. Be careful if you’re not an experienced swimmer though; it takes good timing for the jump and the exit from the water due to the currents and the swell.

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11 months ago

Quite a paddle out, watch that surf...Moks are great!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

moderate path depending on winds . will take about 30-45 mins. Saw the sea monk on the island..be respectful they can be mean.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Fun beach day activity to see the Mokes. Bring water. We rented kayaks from Kailua Beach Adventures. We saw turtles and a monk seal. It took us about 30-40 minutes of kayaking to reach the Mokes. Will definitely go again!

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Saw a monk seal and three sea turtles.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Fun time kayaking to the island. Took us about 30 minutes one way. The waves werent so bad today but getting on the kayak on the way out of the beach was a bit challenging fighting the waves. The makai side is full of tide pools. Will definitely come back again.

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Thursday, April 06, 2017

Beautiful . Cliff diving at moks was amazing.

Friday, March 31, 2017

great time! they had an advisory out saying only experienced ocean kayakers should go to the islands, but it was not too difficult

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Great time, effort depends on water conditions, some swimming holes around the south end

Wednesday, March 08, 2017


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Monday, November 21, 2016

If you launch from Lanakai you can cut off about two thirds of this. We even did it on a paddle board and were fine. It will still take about a half hour to get out there. The waves wrap around either side of the island and collide right in front of the beach which is fun to watch and play in. We saw sea lions out sunning on the beach, when we came back from walking around we found them sunning on top of our paddle board instead. One person said they see them out there about one in five times, so you might get lucky.

Go to the moke with the two humps.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Amazing. Watch out for the clap when beaching it!

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Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Beautiful. We didn't do whole hike but kayak was great!

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Find a calm day when the waves aren't too bad, preferably in the summer. Bring water shoes unless you have feet that can handle jagged rocks.

When you get to the island park your kayak on the beach and what we did was hike eastward around the back all the way to the north part of the island where the split is until we came to a halt where you couldn't walk further. At this point you have to jump down into the inlet when a surge of water comes in to avoid the coral (Really Fun) which takes you easily around a large rock protecting you from the ocean waves and into a nice calm inlet area. There is a rock you can jump off of about 10-15 ft up.


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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

We rented for a half day from Kailua Beach Adventures [next to Island Snow] - you tow your kayak down to the Kailua Beach Park bridge where you launch - the kayaks are on wheels so it's no big deal. From there you walk your kayak in the water up to the beach, and launch out toward the flat Poipoa Island Bird Sanctuary. Once you get out about 50-100 yards, continue down beach to the right staying between the coral reefs and the shoreline. As you get down to Lanakai Beach, you can start to make your turn to the left to get to Moku Nui. At this point there is safe passage as you are past the coral rocks - some debate on this because at high tide, there doesn't really seem to be any issue. You'll be fighting the waves head on from Lanakai as you get closer to the beach, but keep paddling and you'll make it. Once you beach your kayak - and a good idea to take water shoes - you can walk around the left side of the island [stay outside the bird sanctuary] and climb carefully over the rocks til you get to the cove where you can jump in if you are careful about not hitting the edges of the jagged rock and coral edges. This is truly an adventure, guaranteed to generate great memories!

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