Shark Lagoon
Lilipuna Pier
View from the beach house
Sandy Beach
Tiger Cowrie from Education Tank


All University of Hawaii campuses, including HIMB, are currently closed to the public due to COVID-19.  For the time being, we will not be scheduling any new tours.  Thank you.

The Center for Community Education at HIMB offers a unique opportunity for the public to visit Coconut Island.  All programs require that participants bring signed waivers and program fees (cash or check) on the day of the visit.  To make a reservation, download our Program Request Form and send via email to  Maximum group size of 40 participants.

Booking a Reservation

 Operation hours for scheduling are:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 8am to 12pm

​Please note, our new fee schedule will take effect August 1, 2019


Due to safety considerations, children and students must be 5 years of age and up to participate in the Community Education Walking Tours and programs. All participants need to be able to climb in and out of small boats, up and down several pier steps, navigate one to two small hills, walk on uneven paved and non-paved pathways, and for the walking tours, complete the entire ~ 1 mile tour at the pace of the group they are with.  


Shuttle Boats

Shuttle boats are necessary to transport to Coconut Island. Boat shuttle is free of charge for groups of 12 or smaller.  

Large groups (max 40 people) must take a vessel from He'eia Pier for an additional $175 boat fee, please contact for more details.



Monday-Friday, and weekends for groups of 12 or fewer

For individuals, families with children (ages 5 and up), and community groups.

The public is invited to take a private two-hour guided tour of Moku o Loʻe, home to the Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology.  


This features a boat ride followed by a guided two-hour walk around Moku o Loʻe.  Participants learn about the island's unique private history, stop at our invertebrate observation/touch table and shark enclosures, take in our highlighted coral reef research projects and see the island's facilities. 

Programs fees for individuals (groups less than 12)

1. $75 minimum for up to 3 participants; $25 per additional person, or $15 per additional Kama'aina, Military, and Senior (ID required)

Large Group Programs (12 or more participants)

2. $10 per person (40 max).  Additional $175 boat fee for use of the educational vessel.


***All Family Sunday tours have been book until 2020***

We offer two tours




Participants are given the same program as the weekday tour, but families will be mixed into a group of up to 12 people.  Reservations are on a first come first serve basis.  

Geared towards smaller groups.

Offered once a month on the third Sunday


$25 Per Adult / $15 Per Child.  

Kama'aina/Military/ Senior (ID Required)

$15 Per Adult/$10  Per Child


For larger groups looking for a hands-on learning experience. Grades 4 and above.


Participants become visiting marine biologists in this 3-hour program consisting of common research techniques used in Kane'ohe Bay, followed by a short visit showcasing some highlighted research stations. Labs include an invasive algae and invertebrate lesson and a plankton lab.

$175 program fee up to 10 participants,

$17 each additional participant (40 max)

Additional $175 boat fee for use of the educational vessel.

Please contact us 10 days in advance if you need a Sign Language Interpreter or special accommodations

Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology
Center for Community Education

46-007 Lilipuna Rd

Kane'ohe, HI 96744

Tel: (808) 235-9302