History of the Kaneohe Sandbar

With the Ko’olau mountain range serving as an impressive and rugged backdrop, Oahu's Eastern or Windward Coast is known for its scenic drives, verdant hiking trails, and of course, the islands' largest sheltered inlet: Kaneohe Bay.

Thanks to the barrier reef—it's the only bay in Hawaii to have one—Kaneohe Bay is protected from large swells, allowing sea turtles, rays, and plenty of fish to swim in its safe waters. Perhaps most unique is the presence of the Kaneohe Bay Sandbar, a mile-long Sandbar on the southwest side of the barrier reef that encloses Kaneohe Bay lagoon.

One of the first-ever mentions of the Kaneohe Bay Sandbar was recorded in a native Hawaiian chant that detailed Luanu'u's journey, the son of Chief Laka, as he transported his deceased father's bones back to their sacred burial site on Maui. Also known as Ahua a Laka (Sand Bank of Laka) in Hawaiian, the Kaneohe Sandbar is one of several places passed as they continued their seafaring journey back to Maui.

Double Rainbow at the Kaneohe Sandbar

Now a State of Hawaii Historic Monument, this three-acre strip of land in the middle of Kaneohe Bay only turns into a powdery, white-sand island at low tide. The rest of the time, aka high tide, you can expect the world's largest saltwater Sandbar to be waist-deep under the turquoise ocean waters.

Select Your Kaneohe Bay Sandbar Tour

Our Kaneohe Sandbar tours depart twice a day—at 9:30 am and again in the afternoon at 1:00 pm—every Monday to Saturday from He'eia Kea Boat Harbor in Kaneohe.

Onboard our comfortable Kaneohe Sandbar catamaran, expect a relaxed open-air sundeck, restrooms, and free guest WiFi.

Captain Bruce's Kaneohe Sandbar tours are one of the only licensed tours to have official Kaneohe Sandbar access . Our tours offer something for everyone and one of the best family-friendly things to do on Oahu. The indelible connection to Hawaii's diverse marine life will leave a lasting impression. Advanced reservations of our Captain Bruce Kaneohe Sandbar Tours are highly recommended as they sell out fast!

CAPTAIN BRUCE's Kaneohe Sandbar Tours