Kama’aina Kayak and Snorkel Eco-Ventures
Kama’aina Kayak and Snorkel Eco-Ventures
Kayak and Snorkel Rentals on Kane'ohe Bay, Oahu
Kayak and Snorkel Rental Options
Single kayak (for 1 person)
Aloha! And welcome to Kama’aina Kids Kayak and Snorkel Eco-Ventures at 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!
Kayak to the famous Kane’ohe Sandbar and spectacular coral reefs full of amazing marine life! This calm, protected bay provides ideal kayaking and snorkeling conditions, as well as breathtaking views of Oahu’s Ko’olau mountains that you can only get from the water. Your kayak is set up right on the water’s edge, where your adventure awaits!
The water was so clear. I was able to find my phone that I had dropped and paddled away from a few minutes earlier! read less
Our first contact was with Andy at the check in desk. Andy was assisting a couple from another country and included us in on the do's and don'ts of kayaking the bay. By the time Andy was done I did not have any questions because he touched on everything and more.
After we finished with Andy, we were directed down to the bayfront to get our kayaks and equipment. Kevin and another gentleman (I forgot his name, so sorry) greeted us with smiles. His instructions we very clear and left no doubt in my mind on what to do while on the water.
Living in Kailua, I had sailed/boated many times to the sandbar and over the reefs in the bay, but I have never snorkeled the bay myself. Kevin went the extra mile for us. We asked Kevin which reef spots were the best to snorkel. Like a ninja, Kevin took my phone and before I blinked he had entered in a multitude of pins on Google Maps of the best spots to check out.
We had a fantastic time on, and in, the water while on the bay. The employees made this experience one to remember. I highly recommend visiting them while on the Windward side of island. read less
kayak adventure on Kaneohe Bay. read less
We rented 2 kayaks one single and one double. Had they told us the... read moreWhat an AMAZING experience for all!
We rented 2 kayaks one single and one double. Had they told us the struggle with a double with 20 mph winds, we all would’ve had singles so mark my words, if the winds are high, go single kayaks. (We had previous kayak experience.).
The double kayaks tend to turn toward the wind making it VERY difficult to paddle except on one side. This exhausts you.
The kayak place itself is hard to find with the lack of signs and so is the sand bar .or the kayak place to bring them back. We did mention to the workers that a flag of some sort would’ve been helpful to find our way back. They told us the manager knows this but ignores their request. Do better manager! Just be very clear where you need to go to get back. We aimed towards the tall trees. Oh and they aren’t snakes sea cucumbers in the water. Lol.
Is it worth the experience OMG yes! You will experience something that cannot be described with words. Do it, hit a bucket list. read less
Depending on the tide and wind, the the paddling may be quite challenging. Adults paddling with small children in the bow will need some basic boat control skills to maintain heading as well a pay close attention to time management. The nearest productive reef is just under half a mile away. As a reference our two tandem kayaks paddled by four moderately skilled adult paddlers averaged about 2.5 mph. Do ask the helpful employees on their recommendations based on your party's skills and goals.
The only downside I can think of is the minor annoyance of the noise from private jets from the nearby airfield and military jets from a nearby air base while paddling. The jet sounds are barely perceptible while snorkeling. read less