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Turtle Reef Kayak Tour of Makena

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Turtle Reef Kayak Tour of Makena
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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

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
Gratuities
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.
Q:
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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Q:
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.
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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.
Q:
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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  • "Loved first experience with kayak in the ocean and we definitely nailed it!" See review
  • "If you listen closely while snorkeling you can hear the whales song." See review

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Kayaking tour
Lindy_F
, Jul 2021
My favorite part was swimming up close to a turtle. Our Guide John was awesome! He was very nice and funny and made us all feel like a team. I would definitely like to come back and have him for our guide again. Thanks for the great experience!!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Sounds like you were on the same tour as Nicole... lots of turtles and our great guide "Big John". Thanks for taking the time to review and share. Mahalo and enjoy Maui - see you again sounds like !
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Beginners survived !!
Nicole_G
, Jul 2021
My husband and I are on our honeymoon and did the 2.5 hour tour from Makena landing at 7:15am our instructor was John. I can't say enough amazing things about John. I haven't kayaked in over 10 years and my husband & I have never snorkeled before, needless to say I was nervous going into this experience. John was so knowledgeable and intuitive- we both felt extremely safe in his care. Any questions I had he was able to answer and make me feel comfortable during the experience. If you are debating snorkeling and kayaking, the views above the ocean and under the sea were breathtaking I highly recommend!! If you're debating the 7am or 10am time, I suggest doing the 7am - the wind changes frequently and the water was rough on the paddle back so I think the 7am was an enjoyable experience and the 10am might have rougher waters. We saw 10 sea turtles up close while we were snorkeling and kayaking. John was able to show us several cool spots and identified a ton of fish by the coral reef. Hands down the best experience on our honeymoon ! Thanks again John :)
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
So glad you enjoyed your outing with us. You're so right on the 7am versus 10am....7am the better experience with calmer waters. Makena Bay (aka "Turtle Town") lived up to its name yet again....we love Makena! Glad John was a good fit for you and got to have a good time.
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Great Tour!
Mary_Hall
, Jul 2021
Fun kayaking tour! We also stopped to snorkel and saw 5-8 turtles! The turtles come right up to you and it’s so much fun! Highly recommend.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Aloha Mary - I'n guessing you took our south Maui kayak tour to "turtle town".... always a favorite!.
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Great Tour
Heather_C
, Jul 2021
Scuba Steve was a great guide! He has a lot of great knowledge to share and made the trip really fun!! Saw some great turtles and fish! Highly recommend!
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Perfect Excursion
Nicole_M
, Jul 2021
Arjuna (not sure if I spelled that correctly) was amazing! He was super informative, made us feel safe, and we had an excellent time kayaking and snorkeling! Would 100% recommend and definitely do it again!
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Turtle cove
Jessica_J
, Jul 2021
John and Maddy were knowledgeable and fun! We had a great experience.. we were able to see a manta ray, a turtle, and dolphins from a far.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Aloha Jessica and thanks for taking the time to review. Maui and Makena in particular is an exceptional area for kayaking & snorkeling with an array of sea life second to none. Combine this with the scenery and its a gem of an area!
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Great kayak and snorkel time!
Peter_M
, Jul 2021
Jake was our guide and he did an awesome job covering all the kayaking basics. Took us to a great spot to snorkel making adjustments to our area when the tides became too strong where we planned to be. Only improvement would be to have an extended time to this. Our family loved it!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Aloha - Good to hear you enjoyed your time out with us and in particular Jake. Lots of great snorkeling and sea life.
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Kayaking and turtles
Ali_G
, Jul 2021
Was so much fun! Saw lots of turtles and a second reef with good variety of fish. Our guide Kyle was very good and made the trip enjoyable and easy.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Glad you had fun and got to see the very interesting Green Sea Turtles. Kyle is a great guide and has so much to share. Mahalo
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Exemplary
GloryjeanAllen
, Jul 2021
Awesome time and an exemplary guide John who genuinely showed what “Aloha” spirit is all about. Definitely well worth the trip/adventure. Highly recommend this company.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Aloha... So glad you were able to join us for a great morning kayaking and snorkeling. John shows Aloha to each and every guest. Mahalo
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Devon_W
, Jul 2021
Fantastic! John was a great instructor and very funny and entertaining. He clearly loves what he does and it shows! We were lucky enough to see 2 sea turtles as soon as we launched!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Aloha - John is a really great individual and exceptional guide. Glad the turtles got to see you early in the outing and hope the rest of the tour was just as fun!
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