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Turtle Reef Kayak Tour of Makena

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Kihei, United States

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Leave your cares and worries behind when you join this Maui kayaking tour, which casually paddles the turquoise waters above Turtle Reef in Maui. Launching out of Makena Landing just 10 minutes south of Wailea, this Maui kayaking tour hugs the shoreline of a historic volcanic cove. In addition to teeming with schools of fish, this area is home to everyone’s favorite—the endangered Hawaiian Green sea turtle.
  • Kayak tour off the south side of Maui
  • Snorkeling adventure in the tropical underwater world
  • Close encounter with marine life including endangered green sea turtles
  • Stunning views of Haleakala
  • Optional swimming or snorkeling adventure
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Beach Instructions and Safety Talk
Guide Assisted Launch and Landings
Quality Snorkel Equipment, PFD, and Where Required, Water Socks
Light refreshments
Quality Touring Kayaks - Singles and Doubles Available
CPR and First Aid Certified Guides with Many Years Ocean Experience
Local taxes
Hotel pickup and drop off

Departure Point

5230 Makena Alanui, Kihei, HI 96753, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
This 2.5 mile (4km) Maui kayaking tour is a short and leisurely paddle, designed as a family friendly activity for paddlers 5 and up. It doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned pro or it’s your very first time in a kayak, as everyone who experiences this kayaking in Maui can appreciate the tropical beauty.

Hear the history of Makena Bay and get views of Haleakala volcano, with the main highlight being snorkeling with sea turtles as they casually float above the reef. Makena is one of the best spots for a family to go kayaking in Maui, where the warm, clear, protected waters are just waiting to be explored.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Paddling distance is 2.5 miles
  • The 10:30am tour is only available to guests who are 16 years and over.
  • The 7:15am departure offers ideal weather conditions, more active reef life, better visibility, etc. Best Experience!
  • Not recommended for child aged 4 and under
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY South Pacific Kayaks & Outfitters

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during Turtle Reef Kayak Tour of Makena?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Turtle Reef Kayak Tour of Makena?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Turtle Reef Kayak Tour of Makena.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Turtle Reef Kayak Tour of Makena?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Turtle Reef Kayak Tour of Makena.
What is the maximum group size during Turtle Reef Kayak Tour of Makena?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Turtle Reef Kayak Tour of Makena.

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  • "If you listen closely while snorkeling you can hear the whales song." See review


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Kayaking and snorkeling in South Maui
, Jun 2021
Relatively easy to find the starting point. Equipment (kayaks and snorkeling gear) was well maintained. With our mixed group (ages 15-75), the pace was leisurely with frequent stops for the tour guide to review Hawaiian history, culture, and prospects. Despite the tour name, we saw no sea turtles but moderate numbers of diverse fish in singles and small schools among the coral reefs. The physical challenges were limited to getting in and out of the kayak without flipping it.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Makena Bay is affectionately nicknamed "Turtle Town" with a very high concentration of Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles (AKA Honu). While not seeing any turtles is very rare, it does occasionally happen... Mother Nature. Glad you have the opportunity to see some corals and reef inhabitants.
Turtles galore!
, Jun 2021
Overall would recommend this experience. Beautiful scenery and knowledgeable guide. We saw four turtles up close during snorkel session! My only critique is the kayak launching point at the park is pretty congested as it is a public beach as well. Lots of traffic and pedestrians to be mindful of.
Two thumbs, way the F up!
, Jun 2021
Jake was awesome!! He was cool and gave us some facts about the island. He took us to a spot where we got to see a bunch of turtles. At one point, my daughter and I had about 5 turtles around us. It was an awesome experience!
, Jun 2021
Our instructor had a few issues with equipment but overall it was a blast, Branden was a great guide and very engaging with the group! A+
A must!!!
, Jun 2021
Such an amazing experience! Kalem (sorry for the spelling) He was fun and chill! Loved first experience with kayak in the ocean and we definitely nailed it! I'm not a bit swimmer usually agree out in the snorkeling area. Not this time!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Aloha Craig and thanks for the great review. Keilen is one of our newest additions and he is dong great! Born and raised in Maui, he has a lot of stories and fun facts about the islands. See us again.......
So-so experience
, May 2021
Nice to learn about the area. The snorkeling was fair. Guide was humorous but not particularly helpful. Would not recommend for younger children since there is no beach. Just have to sit in kayak when done snorkeling. Lots of other Kayak tours in the same area so felt crowded.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Aloha Kristi, Makena Bay is a very beautiful area and yes, it can get crowded just as resort pool does. It's a great area for kayaking as its pretty protected and offers great sea life viewing and lots and lots of turtles. The ocean is somewhat warmer than normal and some folks will take advantage of this and stay out snorkeling a little longer.
Great time!
, May 2021
Our guide was very knowledgeable and made our day so fun! We saw quite a few turtles and other sea creatures and even learned some history!
, May 2021
My husband, along with our son and wife enjoyed a beautiful kayaking and snorkeling trip with an amazing guide, John Hess. His knowledge of the island was great. Great personality with a sense of humor to match. When we book again, we will only do it with John. I don’t swim, but John made me feel totally safe. His knowledge of the coral and sea life was great also. We were very fortunate as he knew right where to go for the best experience. We saw sea turtles and the turtle “car wash!” Book your trip and ask for John.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Aloha Mary. So glad you enjoyed your tour with us. Please see us again next time on Maui. Mahalo
Beautiful, informative, exciting
, May 2021
Kyle was awesome! He gave us some great historical Info of the area and took us to a reef where we saw all sorts of underwater animals !! We had a great time
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Kyle - The big tall guy...... we love Kyle. A great happy person with lots of character. Glad he was able to show you all the great things to see on a kayak and snorkel tour. Mahalo and hope to see you again one day.
, May 2021
Excellent experience!! Definitely a must do when you’re on the island!! The guide was great and knew so much local lore!! Apparently I got sea sick and vomited in front of Billy Idols home!!
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Well...Happens to the best of us! Sounds like you still had some fun. Well let Mr. Idol know to stay out of the water for the morning.

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