One of our bucket-list items for this trip to Hawaii was a venture out to Goat Island. It is a small island off the shore of Northern Oahu (Laie) that can be accessed by walking or swimming from Malaekahana State Recreation Area. The waves enter the area between Oahu and Goat Island from both sides, so they form a crossover pattern that can be a little difficult to navigate but worth it once you’re across.
Prepared with water shoes, boogie boards, and wet bags, we made our way across to the island in about 10 minutes. The water was a little difficult to manage with the swells being so large, but as long as you don’t try to fight them and take your time it will be fine. We hung out there for a couple of hours, playing in the calm waters of the cove, looking for sea birds (it’s a protected nesting ground, so don’t cross the barriers!), and following little sand-colored crabs around.
When we made our way back the water was much easier to navigate. The best path to take is the one that looks the shortest. The water is less deep and the waves colliding actually help you get back to shore. Once we reached the shore, we came across from sea grapes perfect for snacking on.