Choose us when you are looking for Chinaman’s Hat kayak rentals. Experience the beauty of Oahu’s windward coast and one of its signature islets, Mokolii, from the water and from its peak. It’s a true one-of-a-kind Oahu adventure. We will help you experience the whole package with our Oahu kayak rental delivery services.
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What it’s like to Paddle & Hike Chinaman’s Hat
In our opinion kayaking and hiking Chianaman’s hat is one of the best adventure experiences on the island. Here are 3 reasons why kayaking and hiking Chinaman’s hat is one of the beast Oahu adventures:
- Kayaking to Chinaman’s hat is accessible. We can drop off the kayaks right at Kualoa Regional Park or a similar beach across from Kualoa Ranch and you can paddle from there.
- Kayaking and Hiking Chinaman’s hat is challenging (but not too challenging). Only about a 20-minute paddle to get to the islet and a 3-hour round trip total.
- The views from Chianamn’s Hat are epic. It’s no wonder that so many movies are filmed along this coastline. It’s amazing! You’ve just got to experience it for yourself.
Rent a Kayak and Paddle to Mokolii
With our Chinaman’s Hat kayaks and rental delivery services, you can explore one of Oahu’s signature landmarks and film set to numerous movies such as Jurassic Park and 50 First Dates. You’ll paddle across the crystal clear waters and glimpse some of the offshore reefs and maybe a sea turtle or two along the way while paddling in your ocean kayak to Chinaman’s Hat.
Once there you’ll land on a sandy inlet and get ready to check out the offshore islet. There are trails around the circumference as well as several paths that head straight to the top.
Hiking Chinaman’s Hat
There are 2 options when it comes to hiking Chinaman’s hat:
- Go around the circumference of Mokolii – We suggest this safer option
- Hike up higher to get a better view and all the way to the top if you are adventurous*
*Going all the way to the top of Mokoli’i is dangerous. Only do it if you are experienced and willing to take responsibility for your choices
Hiking around Mokolii
Hiking around Chinaman’s hat is much easier than going straight to the top, but each has plenty of rocks and will require you to put on some athletic shoes.
The backside of Mokolii has some tide pools and a nice mini inlet where you can sometimes land your kayak, but only on super calm glassy days.
Hiking up Mokolii
Hiking up the islet is also dangerous. So, be responsible, watch your footing, hold on tight and be safe. You are required to sign liability waivers before using any of our equipment.
The trail up to the top of Mokolii is steep, but not too long, rocky, and sometimes slippery but plenty doable if you are looking for great views of the windward coast. You don’t have to hike all the way to the top to get great views from Chinaman’s Hat.
Views from the Top of Mokolii
Finally, after a tricky bit of climbing, you can get to the top of Chinaman’s hat with a panoramic view of the East side of Oahu (Windward Oahu). You might recognize the mountains from Jurassic Park or some other epic movie backdrop. Also, don’t forget the amazing breeze you feel on top. After sweating to hike all the way up, it’s refreshing to step up to the top as you feel that fresh ocean breeze washes over you. Totally worth it. Here are some pictures of the view at the top of Mokolii:
Furthermore, If these photos didn’t do their job at inspiring you to rent a kayak and paddle away, check out these videos. They are calculated to get you pumped to head out here and take advantage of our Chinaman’s Hat kayak rentals: