Kayaking in Moloka‘i

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Molokai's south shore is enclosed by the largest reef system in the United States—an area of shallow, protected sea that stretches over 30 miles. This reef gives inexperienced kayakers an unusually safe, calm environment for shoreline exploring. Outside the reef, Molokai waters are often rough, and strong winds can blow you out to sea. Kayakers out here should be strong, experienced, and cautious.

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South Shore Reef. Inside the South Shore Reef area is superb for flat-water kayaking any day of the year. It's best to rent a kayak from Molokai Outdoors in Kaunakakai and slide into the water from Kaunakakai Wharf. Get out in the morning before the wind picks up and paddle east, exploring the ancient Hawaiian fishponds. When you turn around to return, the wind will usually give you a push home. Kaunakakai, HI, 96748.

Equipment, Lessons, and Tours

Molokai Fish and Dive. At the west end of Kaunakakai's commercial strip, this all-around outfitter offers guided kayak excursions inside the South Shore Reef. One excursion paddles through a mangrove forest and explores a hidden ancient fishpond. If the wind starts blowing hard, the company will tow you back with its boat. The fee is $69 for the half-day trip, which includes sodas and water. 53 Ala Malama St., Kaunakakai, HI, 96748. 808/553–5926. molokaifishanddive.com.

Molokai Outdoors. This is the place to rent a kayak for exploring on your own. Kayaks rent for $42 per day or $210 per week, and extra paddles are available. 9 Hio Pl., Kaunakakai, HI, 96748. 808/553–4477 or 877/553–4477. www.molokai-outdoors.com.

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