Kane’ohe Bay is a beautiful and serene place. Located off the coast of the greenest part of Oahu, the windward side not only has some of the best forested hikes on the island but also some of the best beaches. Neighbors Kailua and Lanikai beaches boast world fame as being listed top 100 beaches in the world. Equally beautiful is what lies out in the eight-mile bay. In the middle of the bay lies a 3-mile by 1-mile stretch of submerged land known as the Sandbar.
The Sandbar sits about two-miles off the coast with access being difficult depending on the tides. Weather including the Kona winds can limit access and sea states in the harbor can still be somewhat hazardous. Two points of approach are through renting boats or kayaks out of He’eia Harbor pier, or finding friends with military base access and licenses to rent out boats from the MCCS Marine Corps Base Outdoor Adventure Center. Tours and charters run expensive, but are viable as a last ditch effort. Kayaking two-miles IS extremely dangerous in bad weather conditions, only experienced ocean-capable kayakers should try from the Coconut Island piers.
Holidays find the sandbar packed with kayaks, pontoons, boats, and paddleboards as people head out for grilling, swimming, snorkeling and fun. Note: Alcohol is not allowed, so don’t get caught with an open container. Citations run into the hundreds of dollars.
It’s hard to find a reason not to come out and enjoy crystal blue waters. If you get the chance to head out with the Barefoot Hikers, my social hiking group, you will have the time of your life. Puffer fish, honu (turtles), and loads of sea life await.