Active Oahu Tours

by | Mar 6, 2018 | All Day Rentals, Oahu, Oahu Tour Operator

Join us for an off the beaten path adventure to experience some of the best scenery and activities on North Shore Oahu. As an exclusive experience, tours will include just your group or family paired up with one or more guides. If you are planning on heading out on your own, we provide a rental delivery service and can suggest some of the best places to experience the island.


55-160 Naupaka St., Laie, HI

Hours of Operation

Monday: 8:30am–5:00pm
Tuesday: 8:30am–5:00pm
Wednesday: 8:30am–5:00pm
Thursday: 8:30am–5:00pm
Friday: 8:30am–5:00pm
Saturday: 8:30am–5:00pm
Sunday: CLOSED

Chinaman’s Hat Kayak Tour

Join us on one of the best Oahu kayak tours to the stunning basalt islet, Mokoliʻi. This guided ocean kayaking/hiking tour takes you to the reef-lined shore of Chinaman’s Hat. You will be ocean kayaking and therefore we suggest this tour for intermediate or advanced individuals who are experienced in kayaking.

On this local-style Oahu kayak tour, you’ll experience the adventure of kayaking on the ocean and get a great view of the Ko’olau Mountain Range and Kaneohe bay on the east side of Oahu. You’ll get a quick kayaking lesson, safety demo, description of the route and be helped into your kayaks.

The water is clear and surprisingly shallow, so you’ll be able to see that turquoise blue hue that Hawaii is known for. Normally there are small rolling waves or no waves at all due to the reef that extends for a good 100 feet or so from the shore. This makes it easy to launch your kayaks and not have to battle large waves to get out to Mokoli’i.

You land on the west side of the island in a nice little rocky inlet. Be sure to have your shoes ready because you’ll be setting off to explore the island next. All along the way, the guide will help ensure your safety, give you some more info about the area and share some local tips for your trip.

Monday–Saturday at 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm

1  8
1.5 hours

What’s Included:

– Suitable for intermediate or advanced kayakers
– Quick kayaking lesson and safety demo
– Experience ocean kayaking and get a great view of the Ko’olau Mountain Range
– Explore Mokoli’i island as your guide teaches you about the area


– Ocean Kayaking Experience and Hike combo
– Exclusive small groups, so it will most likely be just your party on the tour.
– Moderate to advanced climb to the top for some amazing views

How to prepare:

– Wear Sunscreen
– Bring/wear water shoes or athletic shoes if you want to hike around on Chinaman’s Hat
– Life Jackets are provided and we will have a small drybag you can use during the tour
– Please leave valuables at home

Meeting Location: will be provided after you have purchased your tickets

All Chinaman’s hat kayak tours are operated by local guides or partner companies, not Active Oahu, LLC.

River Kayak Self-Guided Tour

Enjoy a picturesque landscape of turquoise ocean, secluded beach, green-clad mountains and plentiful jungle. This Oahu kayak tour takes you up a calm river into the valley then out into the bay for a great view of the coast.

Since this is a self-guided experience, you will be receiving the kayaks at the meeting location and we can help you load the kayaks on your vehicle so you can transport them to the kayak launch location. Any 4 door Sedan, van or SUV will work fine.

This is the best Oahu kayak experience if you’re looking for epic green scenery or have kids that want to come on the trip too. Since the self-guided tour can be mostly on a river, it’s family friendly and great for beginners. You start out nestled in a valley between two arms of land that stretch out into the ocean to form a sheltered bay. You will be surrounded by green-clad mountains and a picturesque landscape; ocean, beach, mountains and rain forest. You will paddle up a calm river where you can be immersed in the wonderful landscape.

You will get to explore the rain forests of Oahu’s Windward Coast where you get a hidden Amazonian-like feel without the dangers of Anacondas or Paranas. If you are attentive you will often see wetland birds in the trees and schools of fish rippling under the water.

Monday–Saturday at 8:30am

1.5 hours

What’s Included:

– Self-guided kayak tour
– Family friendly and suitable for beginners
– Enjoy an abundance of bays, off-shore islands, sheltered, reef-lined shores, and inland rivers to explore
– For the more adventurous sort, there are plenty of rope swings along our route


– Great for anyone, easy to learn, relaxing and beautiful
– Scenic views and plenty of green
– Foam pads and straps will be provided to help with transporting the kayaks.

How to Prepare:

– Be prepared for an adventure
– Apply sunscreen
– Wear swimwear, you will get wet
– Please leave valuables at home
– Life vests, leashes, and all other kayak equipment will be provided

Meeting Location: will be provided after you have purchased your tickets

If you do not have a vehicle to transport the equipment, you can experience coastal kayaking from a beach access nearby the meeting place. You will get some great views of the mountains and windward coast of Oahu.

Self guided experience. Guests will need to transport the equipment to the kayaking location.

Surf Lessons

Learn to Surf or go on a Surf Excursion with one of our guides. Beginner or not, we have the surfing lessons for you. 90% of our guests are first-time surfers and we excel at teaching easy steps to get you up. For beginners, we offer lessons both as private or in a group. We teach surf lessons for both children and adults. You can be standing and surfing even if it is your first time. We also do surf tours for experienced surfers looking to sample the best breaks of North Shore Oahu. Reserve a private tour guide to take you around and hone your technique. Surf locations depend on the seasons, but expect to catch some waves and have tons of fun.

Monday–Saturday 9am, 12noon, 3pm

2 hours

What’s Included:

– Suitable for surfers of all levels, including beginners
– Surfing lesson with easy steps to get you up
– For the more advanced surfers, a surfing tour of the North Shore’s best breaks


– We teach beginners to surf
– Great beach for surfing or just relaxing with the family
– Long sleeve rash guard provided
– $20 discount on a board rental after signing up for a lesson

How to Prepare:

– Apply sunscreen
– Wear a swimsuit
– Bring a rash-guard if you have one, otherwise, we can totally supply one for you
– Please leave valuables at home

Meeting Location: Hukilau Beach Park in Laie, near the PCC and the Courtyard Marriott

For safety purposes and insurance requirements, everyone 13 years old or younger has to take a private surf lesson.

All Day Rentals

Select the equipment you want to rent, complete the Dropoff and Pick-up form when you book online and we can help you out. Beach Gear and Equipment we rent out: Tandem Kayaks, Standup Paddleboards, Surf Boards (All Sizes), Standup Paddleboards, Boogie Boards, Snorkel Gear, Umbrellas, Beach Chairs, etc.

Not everybody has a truck or extra hours haul equipment on their vacation from a rental shop. We offer a convenient and affordable solution to hire kayaks or standup paddleboards on the North and East sides of Oahu.

If you are staying at a vacation rental, we conveniently offer multi-day rentals with a special rate. Rent 3 days for any of our equipment and get 4 days free. The rental rates for 3–7 day rentals is the same as a 3 day rental.

Display price is for a single day surf board rental. Pricing varies depending on the rental item you select and length of rental period.

Monday–Saturday at 8am


What’s Included:

– Foam racks and straps available for transport
– Choice of pick up and delivery locations on the North and East sides of Oahu
– Choice of many different rental items

Rentals available:

– Surfboards Rentals ($45)
– Standup Paddleboard Rentals ($45)
– Snorkel Set Rentals ($12)
– Tandem Kayak Rentals ($55)
– Boogi Board Rentals ($12)
– Umbrellas ($10)
– 40 Qt Coolers ($12)
– Sand Chairs ($10)

Pick up and Drop off locations:

– Mokoli’i (Chinamans Hat)
– Kahana Bay
– Malaekahana
– Kawela Bay
– Sunset Beach
– Laie Marriott Courtyard and Turtle Bay Resort


Destination Yoga

Enjoy the serenity of Oahu and experience its natural beauty through destination yoga and meditation. You’ll take a short walk to a secluded area less frequented by visitors where we will do the practice. You’ll have the ocean at your front and the Ko’olau mountains all around. Enjoy a mixed vinyasa flow with an emphasis on meditation and being present. At the close of the session, you’ll have a short guided meditation.

Monday–Saturday at 9am

1.5 hours

What’s Included:

– Great for all experience levels
– Practice yoga in a peaceful outdoor location
– We can work with all experience and flexibility levels
– After the yoga session, you’ll get a bit of guided meditation to help re-center and balance your body, mind & spirit

How to prepare:
– Apply sunscreen
– Wear athletic clothing for yoga
– Wear athletic shoes if you opted for a mountain hike
– Beach towel or yoga mat provided
– Notify the instructor of any limitations you might have
– Please leave valuables at home