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Popoiʻa Island (Flat Island)

Suitable for:
Active traveller, nature lover
Insider tip or tourist spot?
Well known, but not overcrowded
TouriSpot
Insider Tip
Time needed: 1-2 hours
2 hours
Optimal arrival time:
Does not matter
Cost:
Free
Suitable for:
Active traveller, nature lover
Insider tip or tourist spot?
Well known, but not overcrowded
TouriSpot
Insider Tip
Time needed: 1-2 hours
2 hours
Optimal arrival time:
Does not matter
Cost:
Free

Current weather and surf conditions

Stand from: 24. November 2022, 02:55:03
weather
83° Fahrenheit
Overcast
Wind: East at 9.2 MPH (8 KT)
Surf Conditions
3-5 feet
Nearshore: na
Offshore: low

Popoiʻa Island (Flat Island) - Description

Only about 400 m from the coast of Kailua Beach lies this tiny island, also known as the Flat Island . Popoi'a Island is a breeding place for shearwaters, a bird species that have made the small island their own.

There are different options to see the island up close. If you want to paddle there by kayak, you can go to Kailua Beach to rent one at various places. This is definitely one of the easiest ways to reach the island with relative ease. If you want to go ashore onPopoi'a Island, you should leave the kayak at the small sandy section and try to keep a distance from the animals to disturb them as little as possible. A walk is possible only at the edge.

Another alternative is to rent a stand-up paddle, which is also available at Kailua Beach However, depending on the swell, this requires a little more fitness and possibly prior experience with this sports equipment.

The idea of simply swimming over to the island should rather be discouraged. The current and the waves are not to be underestimated, even though it seems that Popoi'a Island is only a stone's throw away.

What we say

Tommy
Paddling to the island by kayak is certainly the easiest and safest method. It is definitely a little adventure.
Our checklist & tips:
  • Parking at Kailua Beach
  • Rent kayak or stand-up paddle and pay 3$ Landing Fee Permit
  • Pack a camera

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Longitude: -157.721000000000
Latitude: 21.399300000000

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