Kāneʻohe Bay
Kāneʻohe Bay
4.5
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This hidden gem on the east coast of Oahu is home to unspoiled marine life and awe-inspiring vistas. After a gorgeous sunrise, idle the morning away on the beach at Secret Island. Then head to Kualoa Ranch, which served as a filming location to several iconic movies such as 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides'. The sandbar is perfect for snorkeling with sea turtles and multicolored fish, paddleboarding, and kayaking. Watch out for the coral reef, though. When hunger strikes, the southern section of the bay is dotted with restaurants specializing in seafood. – Tripadvisor
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Virginia44,720 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Kane'ohe Bay stretches from the Mokapu Peninsula, home of the U.S. Marine Corps, and is Mokoli'i Island or Chinamen’s Hat. The bay is the largest sheltered body of water in the Hawaiian Islands and is home to the largest saltwater sandbar in the world. It is known for fishing, kayaking and boating.
Written 16 May 2022
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN5,350 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
I drove from Hanauma Bay up the windward side of the island of Oahu passing Makapu'u Point and continued on the Kamehameha Hwy up and around to the North Shore. Many beautiful points along the way including when passing by Kane'ohe Bay. I found a nice viewpoint near Kahaluu Beach providing terrific views of the bay and of the Ko'olau Mountains across the bay which form the backdrop at Kualoa Regional Park.
Written 12 January 2024
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Lisa H
los angeles96 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Family
OK. I've been to Honolulu at least 10x and I've never heard of the Sandbar until 1 year ago on the plane, on my way to Maui. It's been on my list of things to do in Oahu so now I finally experienced this magical place. It's a beautiful stretch of white sand in the middle of the ocean. So amazing to be able to walk on the sandbar during low tide when the water is only 2-3" deep. Make sure you check the tide forecast before you go. We went the 1st week of April and 8am was the time to go for low tide. We spent about 1.5 hours at the sandbar and another hour snorkeling nearby. Great coral reef in the area. Total 4 hour excursion.

If you read all the reviews, there's only a few ways to get here:

1) Kayak
2) SUP
3) licensed charter
4) swim

We're a family of 4 (2 young kids) and originally we decided to rent 2 tandem kayaks and row our way to the sandbar (30 minutes). We would rent from Holokai Kayak and Snorkel, $70 for each tandem and additional $5 for an anchor. The thought of kayaking seemed easy since my husband and I are both is really good shape. This was way cheaper than paying almost $500 for Captain Bob's sandbar excursion that included a 4 hour trip to and from the sandbar + bbq lunch and other snorkeling equipment. Luckily for us, we found a last minute deal on groupon for Kapu Kai Charters for a total of $220 for the family. Since we were traveling with another family of 3, our Total ended up being $400! (pay Amber direct so she gets the money) Yes, still more $$ than renting kayaks but we are SOOOO GLAD we paid for the charter. It was easy coordinating with Amber and she brought an ice chest and some snorkeling equipment for all of us. As you approach the sandbar, you see a large stretch of white sand in the middle of the ocean. It was so dreamy and beautiful. Surprisingly not crowded. Felt like we had the entire stretch to ourselves. We brought our own floats and beach chairs and took amazing pictures. After 1.5 hours, Amber took us to a nearby spot maybe 10 minutes away to see some sea turtles and snorkel. We were supposed to stop by Gilligan's island but I got really seasick after snorkeling so unfortunately we had to head back to shore. (This was the main reason why I'm so glad we didn't kayak. I would've been too sick to kayak my way back LOL)

OVerall, I really recommend going to the sandbar. Everyone should experience it at last once in their lifetime.
*Bring a light jacket, food/snacks, sunscreen, hats, water*
Written 13 April 2019
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Cris M
Toronto13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Family
After finding out that our original plan of taking a boat tour (captain bobs for 5 ppl $597, private charter $900) to Kanoehe Bay Sandbar was fully booked the week we were on vacation, we were happy to find out from locals that kayaking there was another option.($180 for 5 of us) We walked in, didn't online book and she explained the different options to us, and we were able to rent 2 double seat and one single kayak for our party of 5 including a child, we were given life jackets, a map, additional backseat for comfort, an anchor and we were on our way. It was about 30-40 min kayak to sandbar, faster coming back to shore but the staff and the experience were amazing, the views and water spectacular, not to mention budget friendly, thank you Tina and the guy (sorry I forgot your name) who gave us a briefing and got our kayaks good to go at shoreline before we set off. Thank you again, I would do it again and highly recommend this company!
Written 18 August 2017
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AyasFun
Cudjoe Key, FL76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2012 • Family
The best snorkeling place in Oahu! There are no waves and it is the warmest water in Hawaii. If you like the Caribbean style ocean this is the Hawaiian spot for you.
Written 17 June 2012
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JupiterFLMom
Jupiter, FL154 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Family
We took a Hobie Cat tour out of He'eia State Park into Kane"ohe Bay. The sandbar was amazing. We also snorkeled two areas with abundant large sea turtles. The highlight of our trip. Simply beautiful and amazing!
Written 14 June 2019
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KalolaG
Franklin Square, NY44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017
This has to be one of the most beautiful places on earth....away from the frenzy of Waikiki. If you visit Oahu, rent a car and make sure to drive around the island every chance you get and really get to enjoy the island. Waikiki beach is a crowded tourist area. Kaneohe is the Hawaii you flew across the ocean to get to.
Written 5 February 2018
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JoR7
Oak Harbor, WA54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013 • Friends
Kaneohe Bay is on the windward side of the island, making the water and waves mostly calm. Great for paddle-boarding, kayaking, snorkeling and enjoying the sand & coral beach.
Written 7 May 2013
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belwells
Norah Head, Australia530 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Family
We stopped here on the way to Ranch. It was raining so we didn't go for a swim. The beach was easy to access. The car park is short walking distance to beach. The park near beach is clean and has toilets for changing into swim gear. The beach was calm, clean and beautiful. Great family beach. Will be coming back to this beach for a swim
Written 23 April 2019
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Mercedes
Long Beach, CA46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
My boyfriend & I rented kayaks from our amazing hotel (paradise bay resort) which is right off of Kaneohe Bay and it was so beautiful out there! The sand bars were super awesome at low tide because you could literally get out of your kayak and feel like you’re standing in the middle of the ocean. We saw lots of sea turtles and other fish too so it probably would’ve been a good spot to go snorkeling as well. Highly recommend for anyone that wants to cruise around in a chill bay with no waves!
Written 6 December 2018
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