Makena Tours

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As the population center for South Maui's original inhabitants, Makena is heavily steeped in ancient history and culture.  And although much of modern Makena has been developed with waterfront resorts and homes, this history is still evident at places such as Keawala’i Church—a Congregational church established in 1832—where sermons are still held in the Hawaiian language. Similarly, at the end of the paved road in Keone’o’io Bay (La Perouse Bay), the trailhead begins for the ancient King’s Highway, a rocky path that once wrapped around the entire island.

Makena is home to some of Maui's best beaches, including Big Beach—one of the only stretches of Maui's shoreline that has been entirely protected from development—and nearby Little Beach, which is known as the island's clothing-optional outpost and hosts drum circles led by sun worshippers. Snorkeling is also especially popular in Makena, and pods of spinner dolphins have been known to frequent the waters of Keone’o’io.

Although Makena is only a 10-minute drive from the mega-resorts of nearby Wailea, it manages to retain a rural charm that draws everyone from hikers to hippies and surfers to sightseers. It’s a dry, volcanic stretch of rocky shore where travelers can still catch glimpses of the island’s past along the southern coast.

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Kayak and Snorkel - South Shore Turtle

Discover Maui’s South Shore on a 2.5- or 4.5-hour snorkel and kayak tour. Led by a local guide, you’ll paddle through the scenic Makena Bay on your choice of single or tandem kayaks. Then, take a dip in the water and explore the underwater world on a snorkel tour. Keep your eyes peeled for green sea turtles and other bright marine life. This family-friendly excursion is suitable for all skill levels, and your guide will provide paddling instructions as needed. Lunch is also included on the 4.5-hour option.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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$75.00 USD
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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$75.00 USD

Turtle Reef Kayak Tour

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.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$79.57 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Maui Reef Adventure Tours aboard the Ocean Freedom and Reef Explorer

Snorkel in the crystal-clear waters of Molokini Crater during this 4-hour tour. Enjoy a continental breakfast at the dock before heading off on your snorkel adventure. Sail out to the crater and enjoy a “float snorkel” and swim among tropical fish, colorful corals, and possibly some Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles. Enjoy a delicious deli lunch over in Turtle Town and admire the beautiful coastal views throughout the day.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$129.00 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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South Maui Kayak and Snorkel Tour with Turtles

Paddle out along the shores of Makena on the south side of Maui for a guided, 3-hour kayak and snorkeling adventure in an area with green sea turtles. Enjoy the calm, clear water, with great views of Haleakala National Park and the majestic West Maui Mountains along the way. Plus, the turtle sightings are guaranteed on this small-group tour — not to mention whales in the winter and pods of dolphins from time to time. All snorkeling gear plus fresh Maui Gold pineapple and bottled water are included.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$85.00 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Maui South Shore Kayak and Snorkel Tour

On this Maui South Shore Kayak and Snorkel Tour, spend the morning swimming and snorkeling with schools of tropical reef fish, and keeping your eyes peeled for Hawaiian Green sea turtles that casually cruise along the reefs. This family friendly, Maui kayak tour is off the Makena coastline, an historic, volcanic section of shore that’s protected form wind and the waves. And, in addition to multiple snorkel stops, visitors will enjoy oceanfront light refreshments while dining with toes in the sand.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$106.45 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Paddle, Snorkel and Learn to Surf - All in a Day on Maui

The ultimate Maui adventure day for anyone who loves the water! Spend a full day kayaking, surfing, and snorkeling off Maui’s coast, beginning with a morning of learning to surf and riding across the waves. Later on, kayak across Makena Bay in search of fish and sea turtles, all while paddling above coral reefs in a protected volcanic cove.
  • Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes
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$140.00 USD
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  • Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes
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Waterfall Hike and Coral Garden Kayak Paddle

This Maui kayaking and snorkel tour is a chance to experience the best of both worlds by pairing snorkeling with hiking! Kayak and snorkel off South Maui and the historic Makena coastline, before taking a guided, cultural hike through ancient Hawaiian ruins. This combo tour is the perfect way to experience the Maui outdoors, and a great way to explore the island—by land as well as by sea.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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$175.00 USD
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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