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“Probably the most unique hiking experience i've ever had.”

Goat Island (Mokuauia)
Ranked #256 of 533 things to do in Oahu
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Newport Beach, California
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Probably the most unique hiking experience i've ever had.”
Reviewed April 18, 2013

I don't even know how to describe getting over to Goat Island. Definitely wear tevas/watershoes whatever. Sometimes I was walking, sometimes I was swimming. It seems like two currents were meeting right along the line we were trying to traverse to get to the island. You definitely need to be an experienced swimmer. But the effort was so worth it! The island is beautiful and varied in terrain. On one side there is a beautiful pristine beach, on the other a big reef with tide pools. Definitely recommended for anyone exploring Oahu.

Visited November 2012
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Seattle, Washington
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6 attraction reviews
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“One of Oahu's Best Kept Secrets”
Reviewed September 30, 2012 via mobile

Bring water shoes! If you do not, wait till you have them. As another review said, $10 a pair at the FoodLand down the road. Take a trek across the rocks, take your time especially in high tide because the waves will be high and move you around. Zip lock or water tight bag of some kind would help. After the trek, you feel like you are in another world. Worth the trip. Showers and changing areas available, free to park. Other than a few fishermen we were the only ones on the island. Not recommended for children under 5ft because of waves.

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127 reviews
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“Quick interesting ”walk” to another island”
Reviewed August 22, 2012

This was a cool opportunity to walk across the reef in low tide or swim about a quarter mile in higher tide and leave the island of Oahu for a bit.

It is small and mainly the center is off limits as it is a nature preserve for mating and egg laying sea birds. The beach however is open access.

Upon getting to the beach, we walked right up on a sleeping sea lion, great photo opp and he didn't mind we were there at all. You can climb the rocks to the other side of the island and see the waves crashing on the rocks, very pretty sight. It is free, no cost to go over and an enjoyable, quiet and private experience.

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St. George, Utah
Level 6 Contributor
254 reviews
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“Well Worth the Effort”
Reviewed June 25, 2012

I have made my way over to Mokuauia Island a number of times. A pair of water shoes is a must. You can pick up a reasonably-price pair from the local Foodland grocery story in nearby Laie. Swimming or paddle boarding with swim fins usually produces a few cuts from the coral as you are lifted and dropped by the criss-crossing waves. I find it best to walk gingerly across on the coral. The water has never been more that chest deep. Take your time and hold your position until the rippled water calms and you can see your next step. It takes about 15 minutes to make it from shore to shore. Once there explore the perimeter of the island. Each side of the island is quite different. The views are spectacular. There is a perfect swimming beach in calm water. The sand is very fine and soft. Interesting shells wash ashore. We encountered a sunbathing sea lion on one trip. The inner vegetated areas of the island are off-limits--protected habitat for birds. Eggs in nests were clearly visible. Walking the perimeter of the island gives me a glimpse of how life emerged from volcanic land masses. Most of the time you can be alone on the island, and often there are no other footprints in the sand but your own. Truly a unique experience worthy of the effort to cross the coral laden bay.

Visited June 2012
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New York
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121 reviews
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“Couldn't make it over there”
Reviewed August 5, 2010

I made it to the beach and saw Goat Island from a distance. The water was quite rough and the tide was high so I never got a chance to make it over there. It's near an average looking beach, no one was there.....From what I could see, I don't know what all the hype is.

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