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Experience the best Hawai’i has to offer with a trip to the Kaneohe Bay sandbar

kaneohe bay banana boat ride

Any trip to Hawai’i means you will be faced with an amazing array of memorable trips and tours to all parts of the islands, and the beautiful, crystal-clear waters that surround them. So, doesn’t it make perfect sense to choose a tour that combines many of the most popular holiday pastimes?

A Kaneohe Bay watersports tour needn’t involve watersports

It may seem strange to suggest that a watersports tour needn’t involve any watersports, but a trip to the Kaneohe Bay sandbar offers something unique. You see, while holidays, and especially family holidays are all about relaxing, having fun and filling your memory bank with unforgettable moments, not everyone enjoys doing the same things. That’s why a trip to the Kaneohe Bay sandbar is so popular with everyone.

Kaneohe Bay Sandbar Aerial

Depending on the state of the tide, the sandbar may or may not be submerged. At six miles long and half a mile wide, it is reported to be the largest saltwater sandbar in the world and when the tide is out, there is plenty of space to just lie down and soak up the sun while taking in the wonderful views of the Ko’olau mountains as a backdrop on the one side, and the Pacific Ocean on the other. While you do that, everyone else can do the more energetic stuff!

This Oahu, ocean tour includes paddleboarding, snorkeling, thrill-seeking, water volleyball, and music!  

To reach the sandbar requires the use of a boat, or in this instance, a 70’ catamaran, and that’s just for starters. Once you reach the sandbar the options available will depend on the state of the tide. You can contact us before booking your tour to find out whether a morning or afternoon trip will provide what you want.

How does snorkeling with green turtles or manta rays sound, and if you are lucky, there may even be a few monk seals around to join in the fun? Then there’s the option of looking down into the water from the safety of a paddleboard if spending much of your time submerged in warm water looking at all the amazing fish which frequent the sandbar doesn’t appeal. If team sports are your thing, then how about a game of water volleyball?

Kaneohe Sand Bar Activities

As for the music, well you have local Hawaiians to thank for this as once you reach the sandbar and settle down on the new floating platform, you will then be able to enjoy the sounds of authentic local music to let you know, in case you had forgotten, that you are in Hawai’i.

Now, about the thrill-seeking…

One of the options of the morning or afternoon tour to Kaneohe Bay sandbar is the inclusion of something a little less sedate – having fun astride a giant, inflatable banana or holding on tight to a bouncing, oversize rubber ring as they are being towed behind a speedboat. Who’d have thought that after visiting a group of islands famous for pineapples that you’d be talking about a giant banana as the highlight of your trip?!

What’s included in the Kaneohe Bay ocean sports tour?

Tours are available either for the morning or the afternoon and usually last approximately three and a half hours, excluding pickup and drop-off, beginning at either 9.00 a.m. or 12.30 pm. Once aboard the catamaran you will sail out to the sandbar where paddleboards and clean and sanitized snorkeling equipment will be provided free of charge, though you can bring your own snorkeling gear if you wish. If you have opted for the all-inclusive Kaneohe Sandbar tour, then that will also include rides on the inflatable banana and oversized inflatable ring. In addition, if you have booked an afternoon tour, that will also include a picnic-style late lunch comprising a delicious spread of croissant sandwiches, pineapple, salad and chips. For all tours water and juice are also provided.

To find out more about one of the most popular tours, give us a call at Lea Lea Tours and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.