|We paddled out to the island on the left.|
I signed up for a guided kayak tour (click link for more info) out to Mokulua Island where the seabird sanctuary is located. Ocean kayaking is much more strenuous than I expected. Paddling the lake is tiring, but paddling against a current that wants to either push you in to shore or out to sea is exhausting. I believe I would have made it eventually, but I was slower than the rest of the group. Other than one of our two guides, I was the only woman in a solo kayak, the others were paddling tandem. I was grateful for the assistance when the guides hooked up a line to my boat and helped pull me along. It took around an hour to reach the island. I also got a little seasick. Thankfully, the guides had some Dramamine.
Once ashore, we hiked around to the back side of the island to view some of the birds and the Queen's Bath. There is a large tidepool around 6 feet deep that the queen and her children used to bathe in. Some of the guys jumped in. A few large waves hit, tossed them around, and bloodied their arms and legs. I would not recommend letting your children jump in unless they are excellent swimmers. There were several fledgling birds along the trail that seemed to not be bothered by our presence at all. I took a photo of a wedge-tailed shearwater that looked back at us from his resting spot among some rocks.
Next, we paddled to Lanakai beach for lunch. I caught a wave on the way. I heard it coming up behind me, paddled as hard as I could, and zoomed past the guide who said, "You didn't tell me you knew how to kayak surf!" I don't really. It was almost an accident. I caught another one completely by accident as I was landing on the shore.
After lunch, it was much easier to paddle back to Kailua Beach because the current was pushing somewhat in that direction and we didn't have to fight as much. The guides helped me out a little bit along the way, but I did most of the paddling myself. Even when they were towing, I kept paddling and didn't make them do all the work. I was exhausted. I went back to my hotel and went to sleep.