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 Huaka'i Nā Mokulua 

3 Hour Semi-Private Sailing Canoe Tour to Na Mokulua (Twin Islands)

Take an adventure on a 3-hour guided tour in a Hawaiian Sailing Canoe! The journey on our wa’a (Hawaiian canoe) is an experience in its self. Sail the beautiful waters of Kailua with local watermen while learning about the history and cultural significance of it to our Hawaiian and Polynesian Cultures. Join us for Hawaii’s most traditional ocean experience unlike any other in the world!

Our unique tour offers a relaxing sea voyage to the Twin Islands. Sit back and soak in the breath-taking view as we journey together to the islands. Upon landing on the larger of the two islands, Moku Nui, you will be given the opportunity to explore the ecosystem as we swim through the glistening, clear coral reefs of Kailua. At KOA, we provided snorkeling equipment to our guests at no extra charge. We want you to see the stunning, colorful tropical fish and the many honu (sea turtle) sharing the Hawaiian waters with us.

Afterwards, relax on the shoreline of the island and enjoy the views of the Ko’olau range surrounding us as our watermen tell the mo’olelo (stories) of various Ahupua’a (land divisions) that make up Kailua and the Ka Iwi coastline. With indigenous seabirds such as ‘Iwa (Great Frigate) and ‘Ua‘u kani (Wedge-tail Shearwater) flying close by, the Hawaiian Monk seals that use the island’s shoreline for a sunny resting spot, and the various other native wildlife treasures that make the island their home, the journey to the Twin Islands is an amazing destination.

After exploring the island’s shoreline, hike to the backside of the island with us as we go for a refreshing swim in the stunning Queen’s Bath. This natural salt water pool carved into the side of the island offers a truly spectacular view that words cannot describe!

Finishing up our adventure on the island, head back to the beach and join us for some of the local Hawaiian treats and refreshments we provide as we relax and take in the serenity of Moku Nui’s isolated beach.

From sailing through the stunning Hawaiian waters on our wa’a, to exploring the beautiful native habitat of Moku Nui and taking a refreshing dip in the Queen’s Bath, our tours offer a Kailua experience like no other.  

Come cruise with us- Island Style. Aloha! 

To complete your adventure, we offer an option to upgrade your tour to include some ono grindz (delicious food) from Kailua’s long-time local establishment- Buzz’s Steakhouse. Located right across the road from Kailua Beach, Buzz’s is the hidden gem of the east side serving up locals for 55 years. Offered on our 11am and 3pm tours, it’s a relaxing way to complete your tour with us. Work up your appetite on our 11am adventure for some Buzz’s delicious beach burgers, or cap off our 3pm sunset tour in style with pau hana drinks and a steak dinner. Either one, it’s a great way for you to finish your adventure here in Kailua.

Buzz’s upgrade includes reservations and gift card at additional cost. Call to inquire.

We want you to have an amazing time with us, so our tour itinerary is very lax. Feel free to talk to your tour guides and let them know your preferences of activities we offer for your 3-hour adventure.

Max allotted number of guests per tour - 6. Call for larger inquires of more than 6

Transportation available upon request! Call for more information


7am, 11am, 3pm Tour Times: $149+tax Adult

(Children 3-12: $85+tax)


Wa'a he'e Nalu

2 Hour Hawaiian Canoe Surf and Island Adventure

Embark on a 2 hour guided tour close off beautiful Kailua Beach on a Wa’a (Hawaiian canoe) to explore Popoi’a Island, an offshore Island with a rich history to our fishing community in the Hawaiian Kingdom days. Experience the thrill of the Hawaiian roller coaster, canoe surfing the waves right off the island or take a swim through the reefs exploring the native fishes that inhabit the coastline.

Learn about the wa'a (canoe), history, and cultural of the people of Hawaii, as well as the proper Hawaiian paddling technique. Discover the rich history of Kailua as we tell the mo'olelo (stories) of Kailua and the Ko'olaupoko district, from the discovery of the Hawaiian Islands to the Hawaiian Kingdom Days to post World War II Hawaii. You will experience first hand the history and life of Kailua!

Relax and explore Popoi'a Island while learning about the ecosystems that inhabits it from Native Plants and Native bird species such as the Ua'u Kani. Enjoy the perfect, picturesque views of the windward side such as the Ko'olau range and Ulupa'u crater or jump in the water and snorkel with some native fish and Honu (sea turtles)!

Special Promo:

11:30am Tour Time: Adults $95 +tax

(Children 3-12: $75 +tax)


NĀ Mokulua Hoe Wa’a

3 Hour Paddling Tour to Na Mokulua (Twin Islands)

Looking for an action filled Hawaiian Adventure? Join us for a 3-hour guided tour in a Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe! Paddle your way through Kailua Bay with ease as our local watermen guide you safely through crystal blue waters to our destination; the Mokulua Islands. Along the journey learn of the history of Kailua and Hawaii and experience first hand the cultural significance of the Wa’a (canoe) to our Hawaiian and Polynesian Cultures. Gently gliding through the water, you’re surrounded with the views of the Ko'olau range, Mokapu Crater and Ka'ohao Coast (Lanikai) in a truly breathtaking experience.  This a paddle adventure you won’t forget!

Our paddling expedition begins as we disembark beautiful Kailua Beach. As our outrigger canoe makes way through the glistening waters of Kailua Bay, our guides direct you as you get to partake in a true Hawaiian hands-on experience; a paddle venture like no other. Experiencing up-close the surrounding openness of the Hawaii waters along the way is truly amazing!

The journey will just begin as we reach our destination; the larger of the two islands, Moku Nui. One of Hawaii’s Native Bird Sanctuaries, Moku Nui is a natural home for some of Hawaii’s most valued treasures. Blanketed with Oahu’s native plants and its nesting birds, you’re sure to encounter native wildlife. In fact, the island’s beach is known for the resting spot of a rare find, the protected monk seals.

The natural treasure finds continue in Moku Nui’s surrounding waters. The island’s blue waters offer a snorkeling experience to Oahu’s underwater sea life. You’ll have a chance to see Hawaii’s coral reefs, colorful tropical fish, and possibly a honu (sea turtle). And don’t worry, KOA provides our guests with snorkeling equipment at no extra charge, so you won’t miss out. Afterall, seeing a honu is a Hawaii experience!

Join us as we venture along the island’s natural terrain to the other side. There you will discover a true natural treasure; the Queen’s Bath. Naturally carved into the island’s east side, the 6-ft deep natural tidepool is an amazing find! The Queen’s Bath is truly one of Oahu’s hidden gems.

As we prepare to disembark Moku Nui, join us on the beach one last time and relax with some local Hawaiian treats and refreshments that our watermen have prepared for you.

Upon returning to Kailua Bay, if the conditions are right, our steersmen will guide the canoes onto the waves for an epic experience; He’e Nalu Wa’a (canoe surfing)! This unique Hawaiian canoe experience and thrill of wave riding is a cultural experience, deep in Hawaiian roots, that was once only reserved for Island Royalty. It’s an amazing Hawaiian experience! There is none other on the island quite like it.

If you’re looking to experience an exclusive Hawaiian adventure, book an action filled tour with Kailua Ocean Adventures! Come join our watermen as we paddle through the beautiful tropical waters of Kailua Bay.

Come paddle with us - Island Style!

We offer an option to upgrade our 11am and 3pm tours to include some ono grindz (delicious food) from Kailua’s long-time local establishment- Buzz’s Steakhouse. Located right across the road from Kailua Beach, Buzz’s is the hidden gem of the east side serving up locals for 55 years. Buzz’s lunch menu is served for the 11am tour upgrade. To complete our 3pm tour, Buzz’s dinner menu items will be served. Either one, it’s a great way to complete your journey’s end here in Kailua.

*Buzz’s upgrade includes reservations and gift card at additional cost. Call to inquire.

Max allotted number of guests per canoe - 10. Call for larger inquires of more than 10

Special Promo:

7am, 11am, 3pm Tour Times: $135+tax Adult

(Children 3-12: $85+tax)

Please note- Substitution of the Outrigger Canoe for the Sailing Canoe may be done in the case that a minimum allotted number of guests is not met. 

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Safety warning

The tours are physically demanding with the paddle and entering and exiting of the Wa’a (Canoe) in the water. Physical fitness is needed to perform these tasks. Women who are pregnant and those with preexisting medical conditions that hinder ability to perform the tasks required are not advised.

Our steersmen may cancel the tour if they feel certain conditions of the guests will impeded the safety of others and themselves. For further questions on if you fall under any of these restrictions, please contact KOA staff before booking. Children below the age of 3 are not allowed. Life jackets are mandatory of all guests. 

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