Chinaman’s Hat Self-Guided Kayak Tour
Exploring Paradise: Kayaking to Mokoli'i Island, Oahu’s Famous Islet
Nestled just off the eastern shores of Oahu, Hawaii, lies a hidden gem that captivates adventurers and nature enthusiasts alike: Mokoli'i Island. Affectionately known as "Chinaman's Hat" due to its distinctive shape, this enchanting island offers an idyllic destination for kayaking enthusiasts seeking an unforgettable experience in the heart of paradise. Not only is this one of the most beautiful kayaking destinations in the world, but its for everyone! family friendly, and for experienced kayakers or not, come and enjoy this amazing once in a lifetime adventure. During your self guided tour we will also provide everything you need to have a safe and successful experience. Oh, and don't worry we add extra convenience to your trip by meeting you at the location with all the equipment. So all you have to do is show up ready to have fun!
*we do suggest this adventure to people who are comfortable kayaking in the ocean*
2-3 hrs approx.
Kualoa Regional Park
What's included on this tour
Beach Gears: Recreational kayak and equipment delivery(life vests, paddles, backrests, snorkel gear, a map with guided instructions, and a 10L dry bag)
Kayaking experience with a hike to chinaman’s hat (hike is optional)
Guided instructions before you set out from our amazing kayak deliverers which includes a map you get to take with you
BREATHTAKING views of the Kualoa mountain range behind you as you paddle
*We suggest adventuring at the bottom of chinaman’s hat near the beach to inexperienced adventurers. The hike to the top of chinaman’s hat is more for intermediate to advanced adventurers as the hike gets steep and rocky towards the top*
What should you do to prepare?
Wear sunscreen and make sure to bring extra that you can pack in your dry bag
Bring shoes that you are comfortable hiking in if you intend to do so
The self guided tour takes about 3 hours total to do if in no rush so make sure to bring water and small snacks! Please remember to pick up your trash as well
What should I expect on my Chinaman’s Hat self-guided kayak tour?
Get ready to experience the amazing waters and beautiful views of Oahu during this kayak self-guided tour to Chinaman’s Hat! Island originally known as Mokolii. Here is a couple things you should expect on your Self-Guided tour:
FIRST - You will meet the kayak deliverer at Kualoa regional park (closest beach park to Chinaman’s hat). where we deliver the kayaks and other gear to you making your trip stress free. All you do is show up ! The exact location and time will be given via email/text message before your arrival. Upon arrival you’ll be given a liability waiver each person in your party is required to sign. You will also be given activity instructions and best practice safety tips. The kayaks you will use are for beginners so they’re are stable and easy. They come with everything you will need for the trip such as life vests, snorkel sets, 10L dry bags, and tour map for kayaking, hiking, and snorkeling.
Second- You will set out on your adventure by beginning to kayak out to chinaman’s hat. The water to the islet is pretty shallow, especially depending on the tide that day and there are no large waves you need to worry about because of the reef about 100 feet from the shore, which makes it easier to get into the water with your kayaks.
On your way to the islet you will surely enjoy the blue waters that make Hawai’i so beautiful. Don't forget to pull our your camera from your dry bag to snap some instagram worthy photos with the Kualoa mountain range as your backdrop while you stop and enjoy the views! After 20-30 mins of kayaking you will arrive on the west side of chinaman’s hat where you can drag the kayaks up to the shore and take in the scenery. If you are a more experienced adventurer get ready for an awesome hike, However, if you prefer a more leisurely pace, you can simply relax on the island's shores, soaking up the warm Hawaiian sun and reveling in the peaceful ambiance. Enjoy a picnic on the beach, listen to the rhythmic sounds of the waves crashing against the shore, and let the island's natural beauty soothe your soul.
Docking area of the Chinaman's Hat
Hiking to the top of Chinaman’s Hat
The hike to the top of Mokoli'i Island is not for the faint of heart. It presents a moderate challenge, requiring a good level of physical fitness and agility. However, each step brings you closer to the summit, and with determination and perseverance, the reward awaits. As you navigate the trail, be prepared to encounter a diverse range of flora and fauna. The island's rich ecosystem showcases an array of tropical plants, including vibrant flowers, towering palm trees, and fragrant native shrubs. Keep an eye out for the native Hawaiian seabirds, such as the wedge-tailed shearwater and the red-footed booby, as they soar through the sky above. As you ascend higher, the trail may become steeper and more rugged. It's essential to wear appropriate footwear and take caution while traversing the rocky terrain. Yet, the challenging nature of the hike is more than compensated by the unfolding panorama that greets you with each step.
Reaching the summit of Mokoli'i Island is a moment of triumph. Standing atop this volcanic rock formation, you'll be rewarded with unparalleled 360-degree views of Oahu's coastline. The sparkling turquoise waters of the Pacific Ocean extend to the horizon, while the lush green landscape stretches in every direction. From this vantage point, you'll gain a newfound appreciation for the raw beauty and magnificence of Hawaii's natural wonders. While the view from the summit is undeniably captivating, it's essential to remember to tread lightly and respect the island's fragile ecosystem. Mokoli'i Island is a designated bird sanctuary, and many rare and endangered species call it home. Be mindful of your surroundings and follow any posted guidelines to ensure the preservation of this pristine environment for generations to come.
Choosing to hike or not, you are sure to experience unforgettable scenery that only Hawaii can offer.
LAST- After your exploring around the islet make sure to leave the island better than you found it and pick up any trash you see around you. Now you are ready to head back to the shore and end your self-guided kayaking tour to Chinaman’s Hat that you will be sure to remember for a lifetime.
Customers will receive a full refund or credit with 24 hours notice of cancellation. Customers will also receive a full refund or credit in case of operator cancellation due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Contact us by phone to cancel or inquire about a cancellation. No-shows will be charged the full price.
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Tandem Kayak at Sunrise