Kaneohe Bay


About Kaneohe Bay


Kaneohe Bay is the largest bay on the island of Oahu. Home to tropical sea life like reef fish, pufferfish, green sea turtles, hammerhead sharks, and thriving coral reefs. Located in the northern end of the bay is Chinaman’s Hat, and near the southern end is “Gilligan’s Island” which is a marine biology lab for the University of Hawaii.

A popular water sports and recreation destination, Kaneohe Bay has been a favorite for boaters because of it’s sandbar in the middle of the bay. On a low tide you can walk along the exposed sandbar and enjoy a day of fun in the sun. Many sportfishing charters depart from Kaneohe Bay due to the easy access to open water.

Nearly all of Kaneohe Bay can be seen from the Nu’uanu Pali Lookout.


Kaneohe Bay was formed when much of the volcano which formed the Ko’olau Mountains slid into the sea. Running along the central part of the mountain range, it is just one of many amazing geological formations like Diamond Head and Hanauma Bay to be created by the Ko’olau volcano.

Today, the shores of Kaneohe Bay are lightly populated and the scenery can be enjoyed on a country drive along Kamehameha Highway.

Facts & Trivia

  • Island: Oahu
  • Insider Tip: Check a tide chart to see if you'll be at the sandbar during a low tide and bring some beach toys!
  • Fun Fact: Every year during the Kaneohe Bay Airshow hosted by the Kaneohe Marine Corps Base Hawaii the Navy's Blue Angels perform over Kaneohe Bay delighting local residents with a spectacular view of the show.
  • Pop Culture: Coconut island in Kaneohe Bay is featured in the opening sequence of the hit TV show "Gilligan's Island".