Chinaman's hat kayak tour, Mokolii

Chinaman’s Hat Kayak Tour

A True Oahu Adventure

Join us on one of the best Oahu kayak tours to the stunning basalt islet, Mokoliʻi. This guided ocean kayaking/hiking tour takes you to the reef-lined shore of Chinaman's Hat. You will be ocean kayaking and therefore we suggest this tour for intermediate or advanced individuals who are experienced in kayaking.

*All Chinaman’s hat kayak tours are operated by local guides or partner companies we trust.

58 Reviews       1.5 Hours       Kualoa
  • $80 – Visitor (12 years old and over)
  • $70 – Kama'aina / Military
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  • Ocean Kayaking Experience and Hike combo
  • Exclusive small groups, so it will most likely be just your party on the tour.
  • Moderate to advanced climb to the top for some amazing views
How to prepare
  • Wear Sunscreen
  • Bring/wear water shoes or athletic shoes if you want to hike around on Chinaman’s Hat
  • Life Jackets are provided and we will have a small drybag you can use during the tour
  • Please leave valuables at home

“We were looking for a non-tourist bus experience, wanted to explore and be guided for a fun day. It was fantastic”…”Would highly recommend for teenage families, outdoorsy mature couples and anyone with a sense of adventure.”

Melbourne, Australia

“Wow – the view is amazing! So glad we did this – we really felt like we accomplished a lot that day”…”the hike/CLIMB was challenging, but very rewarding!”


“What a great time we had on the tour! We had a beautiful morning and got to hike to the top of Chinaman’s Hat! Fabulous view of the mountains. Our guide David was very nice, very helpful and lots of fun.”

Lois S.
Honolulu, Hawaii
Activity Overview

On this local-style Oahu kayak tour, you’ll experience the adventure of kayaking on the ocean and get a great view of the Ko’olau Mountain Range and Kaneohe bay on the east side of Oahu.

Ocean conditions can change quickly and kayaking can dangerous. That said, this is one of the safest Oahu kayak tours in the ocean under normal or ideal conditions. We advice children over 12 years old to do this tour, but younger children may join the tour. Since it’s the windward side of the island, it’s almost always breezy and sometimes very windy. During summer months (End of May – Beginning of Sept) conditions are calmer and more predictable and the area is much more accessible to beginner or in-experienced kayakers.

The guide will meet you at the tour location near Kualoa Regional Park. The exact meeting location will be provided in the confirmation and reminder emails. Expect the guide to arrive at or a little before the tour reservation time.

Our guides often use their personal vehicles for tours, so expect a call or text when the guide arrives at the tour location.

The guide will be there at or a little before the tour reservation time.

You will be required to sign a liability waiver.

You’ll get a quick kayaking lesson, safety demo, description of the route and be helped into your kayaks.

The water is clear and surprisingly shallow, so you’ll be able to see that turquoise blue hue that Hawaii is known for. Normally there are small rolling waves or no waves at all due to the reef that extends for a good 100 feet or so from the shore. This makes it easy to launch your kayaks and not have to battle large waves to get out to Mokoli’i.

You land on the west side of the island in a nice little rocky inlet. Be sure to have your shoes ready because you’ll be setting off to explore the island next. There are two options for the hike:

you’ll have a great view of the windward coast from Mokoli’i.

All along the way, the guide will help ensure your safety, give you some more info about the area and share some local tips for your trip.

The best time to do this tour is in the morning. If you are an early riser, you can call to schedule a tour before our regular 9am tour start time depending on guide availability, so feel free to give us a call. On perfect days, the ocean is completely flat like glass and you can see the coral and fish below you while you are kayaking.

If there are storms or high winds we will notify you as soon as we know and can re-schedule the tour or offer a full refund.

Feel free to check out our Cancellation Policy for more info.

*All Chinaman’s hat kayak tours are operated by local guides or trusted partner companies

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