Recent Searches
Clear

Travel update: We’re doing our best to help keep you safe and your plans flexible. Learn more.

Read More

Kaneohe Bay Tours

star-5
1 Review
Kaneohe Bay
Kane‘ohe Bay, an 8-mile-long (13-kilometer) reef-protected inlet located on Oahu’s Windward Coast, stretches from the Mokapu Peninsula to Mokoli‘i island. It’s home to four other small islands plus the world’s largest saltwater sandbar, and is a breeding ground for hammerhead sharks. The bay’s calm waters are ideal for kayaking and canoeing.

The Basics
While Kane‘ohe Bay isn’t great for swimming, the coral reefs surrounding Ahu o Laka—a beautiful sandbar about 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) from shore—are fantastic for snorkeling. Many tours include boat trips to the sandbar for picnics and exploration of the bay’s small archipelago, including Chinaman’s Hat (Mokoli‘i) and Coconut Island (Moku o Loe). Some visitors experience the bay by kayak or canoe—with many guided tours of the area offering kayak rentals with instruction—or even by helicopter.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Kane‘ohe Bay is ideal for nature and outdoors lovers.
  • A kayak or other boat is required to access the sandbar, which appears twice daily at low tide. Check a tide timetable to make sure you don’t miss it—and to avoid getting stuck.
  • You can hike to the top of Chinaman’s Hat, but there is no defined trail so be prepared with good hiking shoes and drinking water.
  • Kane‘ohe Bay is a nursery for scalloped hammerhead sharks. Snorkelers may encounter the shark pups, which like to swim in shallow water. Hammerheads don’t pose much risk to humans, but people are advised to leave the sharks alone and avoid swimming when they are present.

How to Get There
Kane‘ohe Bay lies northeast of Honolulu and Waikiki on Oahu’s Windward Coast. It is accessible by city bus and car, though traffic and parking can be time-consuming. Many bay tours include transport along with boat trips, kayak rentals, or other tours—which is helpful, as most islands and the sandbar are reachable only by boat.

When to Go
The bay is lovely year-round, despite a moderate rainy season from December through February. Hammerhead sharks give birth to their pups in May and June, when you’ll see more sharks in the area.

Visit a Local Marine Research Facility
The Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology operates a research facility on Coconut Island (Moku o Loe). The center offers walking tours of the isle with opportunities to see observation tables for marine life, a shark enclosure, and coral reef research facilities.
Address: Oahu 96744, USA
Read More

12 Tours and Activities to Experience Kaneohe Bay

Filter
Select Dates
Today
Tomorrow




Free Cancellation:Get a full refund up to 24 hours in advance on most experiences.See Details
Sort by:Featured
Catamaran Sailing and Snorkel Adventure on Kane'ohe Bay

Catamaran Sailing and Snorkel Adventure on Kane'ohe Bay

star-5
Snorkel in Kaneohe Bay off a small catamaran during this 3-hour cruise from Oahu. Leaving from He'eia State Park, visit Sunken City, Coconut Island, Turtle Canyon or the Sunken Island sandbar with an expert local guide. Learn how to sail or hop off the boat, using the snorkeling equipment provided, and explore Oahu's underwater world. Back at the beach, enjoy an included barbecue lunch with your small group, limited to 5 people to ensure personalized attention. Round-trip hotel transportation is provided.
More
  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$199.00
From
$199.00
Taking safety measures

Kane'ohe Bay Sandbar Self-Guided Kayak and Snorkel Discovery

Kane'ohe Bay Sandbar Self-Guided Kayak and Snorkel Discovery

star-5
Home to vibrant coral reefs and an array of marine life, Oahu’s Kane'ohe Bay is known for its beauty and calm waters—and this self-lad kayaking and snorkeling tour makes it easy to take advantage of the scenery. Meet your driver at your Waikiki hotel, or make your own way to He'eia State Park. After checking in, receiving a map and introduction, and grabbing your gear, you can kayak, snorkel, and spot wildlife all at your own pace. At the end of your excursion, enjoy a traditional barbecue lunch.
More
  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$109.00
From
$109.00
Taking safety measures

Kualoa Ranch - Hollywood Movie Site & Ranch Tour

Kualoa Ranch - Hollywood Movie Site & Ranch Tour

star-4.5
Enjoy a 1-hour Kualoa Ranch movie tour while in Oahu and see where famous films like Pearl Harbor, Jurassic Park and Magnum P.I. were shot. A local guide will lead you to the Hollywood hotspots and provide background on the history of the ranch. You’ll travel by vintage school bus past some of the island’s most stunning natural attractions, like Mokoli’i Island (Chinaman’s Hat), Kaneohe Bay and the Ko’olau Range, mountains which dominate the eastern half of Oahu. See why the top filmmakers in the business chose this stunning background.
More
  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$51.26
From
$51.26
Taking safety measures

Private Helicopter Charter - Oahu

Private Helicopter Charter - Oahu "Magnum Experience" (50 Minute)

star-5
Enjoy VIP luxury on a helicopter tour of Oahu with a maximum of four people. Experience the island from a birds-eye view and get unparalleled views of the azure waters, lush greenery and cascading falls. See the most beautiful natural landmarks with a complete circle island tour starting over the white sands of Waikiki and ending with a flyover of Pearl Harbor. A wonderful way to get your bearings if you’ve just arrived, or a grand finale to your Hawaii vacation.
More
  • 50 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$314.37
Price varies by group size
From
$314.37
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

4 Hour Half Day Island Jeep Tour

4 Hour Half Day Island Jeep Tour

The HALF DAY ISLAND TOUR is a 4 hour Half Day Hiking and Beach Adventure that takes you to some of Oahu’s most popular landmarks and lookouts, so you can quickly see what this Gathering Place is most famous for on this Island.
More
  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$144.23
From
$144.23

O'ahu Circle Island Helicopter Experience - Private Tour

O'ahu Circle Island Helicopter Experience - Private Tour

See some of Hawaii’s most popular landmarks and areas on this 1-hour helicopter tour around the island of Oahu. Board a helicopter, and soar up in the air as you pass by spots, such as Diamond Head, the Polynesian Cultural Center, Mokoliʻi, Hanauma Bay, and Makapu‘u Lighthouse. Listen to fun facts and commentary along the ride with comfortable headsets.
More
  • 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$3,510.00
From
$3,510.00
Taking safety measures

Oahu Reconnaissance - Private Tour of the Island

SPECIAL OFFER

Oahu Reconnaissance - Private Tour of the Island

There is only 2 places in the world where one can fly over actual Allied battlefields, this is one of them. This is, without a doubt, a bucketlist item you need to experience. Our full island experience! You'll see, from the back seat of the P-51 Mustang, many points of interest on the East coast of Oahu such as the Diamond Head crater, the old Bellows AFB, the Kaneohe Marine Corps Air Station, Kahuku Army Airfield, the ridge location of the Opana Radar Station, the path the Japanese flew when they started their attack. You'll pass over Wheeler field where the P-40s were based, and finally you'll get a great overhead view of the USS Arizona.
More
  • 30 minutes to 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
From
$3,200.00
$4,000.00
$800.00 savings
From
$3,200.00
$4,000.00
$800.00 savings

6 Hour Romantic Hawaii Jeep Tour

6 Hour Romantic Hawaii Jeep Tour

This 6 HOUR ROMANTIC HAWAII TOUR is great for honeymooners, anniversaries or when wanting to Pop the Question etc – We’ll greet you with Flower Lei’s and start our day exploring the most beautiful and romantic hidden gems of Oahu with a small Cooler of drinks and snacks like local cut fruit and macadamia nuts. On this Tour your guide will bring you to locations where just the two of you will be able to relax and be alone. Your Guide will also be your Professional photographer to capture all the special moments. Some of the more off the beaten path locations will be Kahala Beach, Spitting Caves, Halona Cove, Alan Davis Lagoon, Makai Pier, fish ponds, a waterfall Hike then we'll get lunch to go so we can bring it to our last stop at Secret Beach so the couple can be alone with amazing Beach and Mountain views.
More
  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$212.96
From
$212.96

8 Hour Circle Island Jeep Tour

8 Hour Circle Island Jeep Tour

OUR MOST POPULAR TOUR...This 8 HOUR CIRCLE ISLAND TOUR is designed to give visitors a full experience of Oahu. Oahu’s diverse landscapes are some of the most breathtaking in the island chain, with endless points of interest to explore. We'll explore all the sights and sounds of the South, East and North Shore of the island of Oahu.
More
  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$185.92
From
$185.92

Open-Door Helicopter Tour over Oahu

Open-Door Helicopter Tour over Oahu

star-5
Fly aboard an open-door helicopter over Oahu for unobstructed views of the island on this tour. Feel the high-flying wind in your hair and, with your camera out and ready to snap stunning photos, listen as your pilot narrates your flight over sights like Pearl Harbor, Honolulu Harbor, Hanauma Bay and the Halona Blowhole. This excursion includes a DVD of the flight and round-trip transportation from selected hotels.
More
  • 50 minutes
From
$269.00
From
$269.00

Private Oahu Circle Island Experience with Landing from Kapolei

Private Oahu Circle Island Experience with Landing from Kapolei

Covering the island of O‘ahu from above, our Circle Island Experience is the only full circle tour of O‘ahu by helicopter. See incredible aerial views starting with Pearl Harbor, bustling Honolulu harbor, beautiful Waikiki and iconic Diamond Head Crater. Heading further east, you'll overfly Hanauma Bay before sandy Beach and Makapu‘u Lighthouse.  Heading north, you will come across the fantastic coral formations of Kane‘ohe Bay, Mokoli‘i (Chinaman's Hat) and take a peek into "Jurassic Park" or, as it has been known locally for hundreds of years, Ka‘a‘awa Valley. Touch down at our exclusive landing zone and take in the vistas on display before you. Then see the world famous surfing spots of Sunset, Pipeline & Waimea Bay of North Shore.  As you round Ka‘ena Point, get a glimpse of the Wai‘anae Coast. Uncrowded and glorious beaches of Makaha and Poka‘i lace the coast. Historic Makaha Valley comes into view as you are a few minutes away from arriving back to Ko‘olina.
More
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$4,110.00
per group
From
$4,110.00
per group
Taking safety measures

Kualoa Ranch - Jungle Expedition Tour

Kualoa Ranch - Jungle Expedition Tour

star-5
Feel your adrenaline pumping on this 1-hour off-road tour around Oahu, led by an expert guide. Explore the wild areas of Kualoa Ranch, a cattle ranch running from the Kaneohe Bay to the Ko’olau Mountains. You’ll climb steep jungle trails on the back of a 6-wheel-drive Swiss Pinzgauer and take in fantastic views as you stop at remote lookout points over Oahu. Your driver will return you to your original departure point at the end of your adventure.
More
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$51.26
From
$51.26
Taking safety measures

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What's the best way to experience Kaneohe Bay?