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Special anchorages are in the SE and W parts of Kāne’ohe Bay. Anchoring in Kāne’ohe Bay outside of these areas is limited to 72 hours. To obtain authorization for longer durations, contact the Harbor Master at 808-233-3603.
The bay is by far the best locality for the operation of small craft on O’ahu. Many permits are being obtained by property owners to dredge small-boat basins and channels through the reefs. Numerous docks, including the Kaneohe Yacht Club, are in the bay.
He’eia Kea Small-Boat Harbor just N of Kealohi Point about 0.9 mile N of He’eia, is open to the public. In 1999, the controlling depth in the harbor was 6½ feet. The fuel pier has a reported depth of 10 feet alongside. Gasoline, diesel fuel, berths, water, ice, and launching ramps are available. Anchorage in the harbor is by permit only. The Harbor Master can be contacted at 808-233-3603.
Kāne’ohe Bay has an entrance width of 4.6 miles between Kualoa Point on the NW and Mōkapu Peninsula on the SE; greatest inland extent is 3 miles. The bay has low sand and coral beaches along which are many of the old diked fishponds, some which are still in use.
Islands, coral reefs, and sand shoals are numerous throughout the bay. Mokoli’i Island, Kapapa Island about 2.8 miles SE of Kualoa Point and in the center of Kāne’ohe Bay, and Kekepa Island mushroom-shaped and 4.4 miles SE of Kualoa Point, are easy to identify from seaward. These islands make for poor landfall.
Moku o Loe Island (Coconut Island) in the SW part of the bay, is the largest of the islands with reports of significant uncharted coral shoaling on all sides; the majority being found S of the island.
Kāne’ohe Bay is a Naval Defensive Sea Area. Naval control over entry into Kāne’ohe Bay Naval Defensive Sea Area has been suspended, except for a 500-yard prohibited area around the perimeter of Mōkapu Peninsula where only authorized vessels may enter.
Two channels lead through the reefs to the SE end of the bay. The deeper approach from the N end of the bay is through a dredged channel entered about 2 miles E of Kualoa Point. The channel is marked by lights, buoys, daybeacons, and a 227° and a 349°30′ lighted range with the front range tower common to both. Sampan Channel (Kaneohe Passage) to the SE, is entered about 0.8 mile NW of the N extremity of Mōkapu Peninsula. This channel intersects the deeper channel about 0.9 mile W of Mōkapu Peninsula and is marked by a 217°15′ lighted range, daybeacons, and lighted and unlighted buoys.
Crashboat Channel about 0.4 mile W of Mōkapu Peninsula, has been dredged by the Navy for search and rescue vessels. This channel is within the prohibited area and should not be used by pleasure craft as it may hamper aid to a needy vessel or downed pilot.
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