Kayak and Snorkel Rental Options
Tandem kayak (for two people)
Single Kayak (for one person)
Kama’aina Kids and He’eia State Park
Kama’aina Kids is a Hawai’i based nonprofit childcare organization. We are also the steward of He’eia State Park, one of Oahu’s hidden gems on Kane’ohe Bay.
We are proud to offer safe, eco-friendly kayaking and snorkeling activities for ocean lovers of all ages to experience Kane’ohe Bay. This is also nonprofit, and the proceeds directly fund He’eia State Park! We couldn’t do it without you, so mahalo for your support!
As you walk up to the main building, the restrooms will be on the left, the main building there will be a table out front with a staff member to check you in and sign paperwork. You'll have the option to rent a dry bag or a cell phone bag for extra $.
There is a beautiful grassy area in front of the building with tall trees and pretty plants. After check-in, you'll meet another staff member who will provide a brief explanation and introduction to the areas we are allowed to kayak and snorkel near - a map will be provided. From there you'll continue down a path that leads down to the water. Equipment such as life jackets, kayaks, and oars will be handed out there.
Tip: Be sure to bring your water shoes, snorkel gear, swimwear, a hat, sunnies, sunscreen, a water bottle, and a waterproof bag (or a bag that you don't mind possibly getting wet) to hold your personal items unless you choose to not bring them at all... like a camera - maybe a disposable / water camera / phone... whatever you choose for capturing those memories while you're out on your adventure. Bring a towel and a fresh set of dry clothes to change into after you arrive back (you can keep these in your car and grab them when you come back). The showers are located right behind the restrooms down a stone path.
My kayak was sort of crawling with ants, but we washed most of them off before I got it. There are a few different sized life jackets - I originally pulled myself a medium, but switched it for a small. There will be a place to tie your bag or whatever items you brought with you to either the front or the back of your kayak with bungee ties.
Paddling was easy and fun. Once we found a spot to drop the anchor to snorkel, we explored the shallow depths of the bay, avoiding getting too close to the coral as it will cut you. You'll also not want to drop the anchor over a large coral reef area nor ever step on coral. The hardest part would be getting back into your kayak if you don't have someone giving you a step in the water. At some point, I had accidentally touched coral with my ankle and it had gotten a small cut.
I was able to spot some fish under the sea and it was magnificent to see! I had a lot of fun and would recommend checking this spot out. We booked in advance - options to book a one or two person kayak. I booked a single person kayak.
Staff was great - 5 stars for the entire experience! read less
Tips: You can bring as much or little gear and bags as you want. They will get wet, but we had coolers, dry bags and snorkel gear -- saw plenty of turtles and fish. What was nice was that you could (almost) go anywhere around and on the sandbar, vs. a boat you are anchored to the edge only. read less