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Maui Kayak Tours

Whale Watch Kayak Tours

If you’ll be in Maui between December and April then whale watching is probably on your list of things to do. If you’re reading this section then you’re about to have an experience unlike most whale watching tours on Maui. On a private whale watching tour you’ll paddle out on kayaks to see humpback whales up close and personal. To see a humpback whale from a kayak, hear them breathe and then gracefully dive back down can be a life changing experience. An added benefit of kayak whale watching is that you’ll get to be physically active while whale watching. How far you paddle, and at what rate, is up to you since it’s a private tour and during peak whale season there is no shortage of humpback whales. If you would like to spend some time snorkeling at the end of your whale watching kayak tour let us know when you make your reservation and we’ll let your guide know, you can always change your mind mid-tour if you’re having too much fun whale watching.

South Maui Turtle Town Kayak Tour

Launching kayaks from historic Makena Landing in the center of Turtle Town you’ll have iconic Haleakala in the background. With dozens of independent reefs throughout Turtle Town, your kayak guide will lead you away from the crowds to snorkel with green Hawaiian Sea Turtles. This South Maui location includes some reefs with underwater caves and arches commonly known as “Five Caves” and “Turtle Arches.” These reefs and many others in Turtle Town have resident sea turtles who can be found year round, if you know exactly where to look and our guides will lead you there. As you kayak along the Makena and Wailea coast you’ll enjoy scenic views of Puu Olai, Molokini Crater, Lanai, Mauna Kahalawai (West Maui Mountains) and Kahoolawe. During Maui’s windy summer months, Turtle Town is usually protected from the wind in early mornings making this the ideal summer location. Shallow, well-lit reefs and calm conditions make this a great location for families with small children and first time ocean enthusiasts, but don’t let that deter you if you’re an active traveler, Turtle Town offers something for everyone!

West Maui Coral Gardens Kayak Tour

After a water safety and paddling orientation we depart from Olowalu Beach under the backdrop of Mauna Kahalawai (West Maui Mountains). As your guide navigates you through the shallow coral gardens you won’t help but notice the vivid reef structures everywhere you look. This shallow water playground opens to slightly deeper water where your guide leads you to a ‘turtle cleaning station’ with an abundance of turtles and marine life. The shallow, sandy bottoms with patches of vibrant coral make this a favorite snorkel spot for visitors to Maui. Due to the sometimes windy conditions, this tour is best for older children and adults who are comfortable in the ocean.

Molokini Kayak Challenge

Most people take large snorkel boats…. but a few PADDLE there!This Maui kayaking tour is not for everyone, only those looking for a challenge.* We’ll meet early in the morning at Makena Landing and go over water safety and paddling orientation. Then we set our course for Molokini Crater. You’ll glide across the calm waters as the sky slowly turns purple, pink, red and orange while the sun slowly rises over the summit of Haleakala. Experience views only available from sea or one of our neighboring islands. After a healthy 3.5 mile paddle you’ll arrive at Molokini Crater, before the large snorkel boats, and enjoy an uncrowded snorkel in the crater. If you’ve been there on a boat before you’ll understand the value of the last statement! If conditions allow, we’ll paddle around the back side of the crater. The breathtaking back wall of wind and wave-swept stone is a sight you’ll carry with you for a lifetime, and one that very few ever see. As we paddle back to Makena you will start to appreciate the name of this tour: Molokini Challenge. Don’t worry, our guides promise no matter how tired you get on the way back, we’ll hit land…. somewhere!

*It is physically demanding and paddlers must be healthy and in good physical shape. Conditions apply.

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