The Mokulua Islands, also known as the Mokes, are two picturesque islets located just off the coast of Lanikai Beach on the windward side of Oahu, Hawaii.
The Mokulua Islands, comprised of Moku Nui (the larger island) and Moku Iki (the smaller one), are a pair of tiny, rugged gems in the cerulean waters of the Pacific Ocean. The name “Mokulua” means “two islands” in Hawaiian, which perfectly encapsulates their identity.
Moku Nui, the larger of the two, is renowned for its sandy beach and tide pools, making it a favored landing spot for kayakers and stand-up paddleboarders. The island is covered in lush vegetation, and it's home to a variety of seabirds, including the wedge-tailed shearwater, which nests in the rocky terrain.
Moku Iki, the smaller islet, is an uninhabited bird sanctuary that provides a critical habitat for a multitude of seabirds. It's protected by law, and visitors are not allowed to land there. Nevertheless, its pristine, undeveloped state contributes to the overall natural beauty of the Mokulua Islands.
The Mokulua Islands are often referred to as the “Twin Islands” due to their symmetrical appearance from a distance. They are a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. The surrounding waters offer excellent snorkeling opportunities, with colorful marine life and vibrant coral reefs. The backdrop of towering cliffs and sea caves adds an air of adventure to any exploration.
Whether you're paddling to Moku Nui for a day of beachcombing and bird-watching or simply admiring these islets from afar, the Mokulua Islands hold a special place in the hearts of those who seek natural beauty and coastal serenity. They are a testament to Hawaii's unspoiled allure and the harmony of land, sea, and sky.
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