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Makena Tours

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Makena
Many of South Maui's indigenous people originated from Makena, and it is heavily steeped in ancient history and culture. It’s a dry, volcanic stretch of rocky shore where travelers can still catch glimpses of the island’s past, and its proximity to some of the island’s best beaches makes Makena a base for outdoor adventure.
 
The Basics
Although Makena is only a 10-minute drive from the mega-resorts of nearby Wailea, it retains a rural charm. Big Beach, located within Makena Beach State Park, is one of the few undeveloped stretches of Maui coastline, while nearby Little Beach serves as the island’s clothing-optional hangout.
 
Head to the waters of Keone’o’io off the coast of Makena for excellent snorkeling and the chance to spot spinner dolphins, or join a kayaking tour on Makena Bay where you’ll see green sea turtles swimming through a protected volcanic cove beneath the shadow of the West Maui Mountains. Most kayaking excursions include time for snorkeling as well.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Makena makes an excellent base for adventure travelers and those who prefer a more rural setting.
  • Don’t forget to bring sunscreen and a change of clothes on snorkeling and kayaking tours.
  • Consider bringing a waterproof camera to document your Makena adventures.
  • Nudity is prohibited within the state park, even though Little Beach is frequently used for this purpose.
  • Be careful when swimming at Big Beach, as the current can be deceptively strong.
 
How to Get There
Makena is located off the Piilani Highway, south of Lahaina. The easiest way to get there is to drive; there’s almost always plenty of free parking.
 
When to Get There
There isn’t really a bad time to visit Makena, as the weather tends to be sunny throughout the year. Head out early if you plan to snorkel in popular spots like Turtle Town, and spend the hotter afternoon hours cooling off at an area beach.
 
Maui’s Only Black Sand Beach
Though Big Beach gets the lion’s share of attention in Makena, the area is also home to Maui’s only black sand beach, Oneuli Beach. An offshore reef and lava rocks create an ideal habitat for fish, sea turtles, eels, and even the occasional shark, so don’t forget to bring snorkeling gear.

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11 Tours and Activities to Experience Makena

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Turtle Reef Kayak Tour of Makena

Turtle Reef Kayak Tour of Makena

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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.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$84.95
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US$84.95
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Kayak and Snorkel - South Shore Turtle

Kayak and Snorkel - South Shore Turtle

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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.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$75.00
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US$75.00

Maui South Shore Premier Kayak and Snorkel Tour from Makena Beach

Maui South Shore Premier Kayak and Snorkel Tour from Makena Beach

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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.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$106.45
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US$106.45

Deluxe Makena Kayak Turtle Snorkel Tour

Deluxe Makena Kayak Turtle Snorkel Tour

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Paddle out along the shores of Makena on the south side of Maui for a guided, 4-hour kayak and snorkeling adventure 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.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$118.75
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US$118.75

South Maui Kayak and Snorkel Tour with Turtles

South Maui Kayak and Snorkel Tour with Turtles

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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.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$89.86
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US$89.86

Maui Private Guide - Anywhere in Maui Just for Your Party

Maui Private Guide - Anywhere in Maui Just for Your Party

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Visit Maui on your own terms, with your own private guide. You'll see the island through the eyes of a local, learning about the area's history and culture as you go. Best of all, you'll get to see what you want and leave out the rest with this fully customizable experience.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
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US$346.98
Price varies by group size
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US$346.98
Price varies by group size

Kahului Shore Excursion: Tropics of Maui & Rainforest Valley

Kahului Shore Excursion: Tropics of Maui & Rainforest Valley

PRIVATE TOUR: PRICE IS PER VEHICLE - HOLDS 1-6 PASSENGERS. Cruise ship friendly tour with Kahului Port pick up by mini van at 10:00 am. Come explore the highlights and secrets of West Maui! Includes Iao valley, Iao needle, historical sights, beautiful beaches, Makena lava flow and much more! This tour is perfect for groups or couples wanting a personal experience of Maui. The vehicles offered are clean comfortable mini vans that hold 1-6 passengers. If you have more that 6 passengers we can simply add on another mini van.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$800.00
per group
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US$800.00
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Private Tropics of Maui & Rainforest Valley: Kahului, Wailea, Kihei pick up

Private Tropics of Maui & Rainforest Valley: Kahului, Wailea, Kihei pick up

PRIVATE TOUR: PRICE IS PER VEHICLE - HOLDS 1-6 PASSENGERS. Tour picks up from your location of stay in Kahului, Wailea or Kihei. Private mini van tour 1-6 passengers per vehicle at 10:00 am. Come explore the highlights and secrets of West Maui! Includes Iao valley, Iao needle, historical sights, beautiful beaches, Makena lava flow and much more! This tour is perfect for groups or couples wanting a personal experience of Maui. The vehicles offered are clean comfortable mini vans that hold 1-6 passengers. If you have more that 6 passengers we can simply add on another mini van.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$800.00
per group
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US$800.00
per group

Molokini Crater Zodiak Adventure Snorkel & Turtle Cove Swim

Molokini Crater Zodiak Adventure Snorkel & Turtle Cove Swim

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Snorkel in the crystal-clear waters of Molokini Crater during this half-day tour. Enjoy a continental breakfast at the dock before heading off on your snorkel adventure. Sail out to the crater and snorkel among tropical fish and colorful corals. If the weather allows, enjoy a “float snorkel” at the back of the crater. Enjoy a delicious deli lunch over in Turtle Town and see some Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles in the cove.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$146.20
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US$146.20
Taking safety measures

Private South & West Maui Beaches Tour

Private South & West Maui Beaches Tour

With 120 miles of coastline, Maui boasts over 30 miles of beautiful beaches. On these world-famous shores, you’ll find white, black and red sand beaches, renowned surfing and windsurfing spots as well as some of the best beaches in the world to swim, snorkel and sunbathe. Many are easily accessible beach parks with lifeguards, picnic facilities and restrooms. Others are undeveloped, "secret spots" found off the beaten path. Let Maui Legend Tours take you to the very best of these beaches in your own private luxury vehicle. Since Maui is the only island in the Hawaiian chain surrounded by satellite islands, our beaches boast some of the most amazing views imaginable. Your day can include swimming, beach exploring, snorkeling, boogie boarding, or you can simply lounge in the tropical sun. Most guests even see green sea turtles weighing upwards of 400 pounds!
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$1,068.30
per group
From
US$1,068.30
per group

Private South Maui Beaches Tour (5 Hours)

Private South Maui Beaches Tour (5 Hours)

With 120 miles of coastline, Maui boasts over 30 miles of beautiful beaches. On these world-famous shores, you’ll find white, black and red sand beaches, renowned surfing and windsurfing spots as well as some of the best beaches in the world to simply swim, snorkel and sunbathe. Many are easily accessible beach parks with lifeguards, picnic facilities and restrooms. Others are undeveloped, "secret spots" found off the beaten path. Let Maui Legend Tours take you to some of Maui’s epic South side beaches in your own private luxury vehicle. We know all the best spots. Since Maui is the only island in the Hawaiian chain surrounded by smaller satellite islands, our beaches boast some of the most amazing views imaginable. Your day can include swimming, beach exploring, snorkeling, boogie boarding, or you can simply bask in the tropical sun. Most guests even see green sea turtles weighing upwards of 400 pounds!
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$638.83
per group
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US$638.83
per group

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