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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.


  • 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

What You Can Expect

Turtle Reef Kayak Tour

Turtle Reef Kayak Tour

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.

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Customer Reviews

ruoying m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

great experience, the tour leading is very nice. we did have good time


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was so so much fun. We had an excellent guide/instructor. The kayaking was easy and fun - no need for high level skills. Snorkeling the reef was awesome, saw 4 sea turtles and many, many colorful fish. The reefs themselves were beautiful! Would definitely do this again.

Jacques G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

This is definitely a five-star experience. Ours was a small group, only six people plus Rusty, our guide. The trip was magical at every moment, from the departure at sunrise to the paddle to the reef and eventually the reef itself. Rusty knew where the green sea turtles should be and he didn't disappoint us. I have snorkeled with sea turtles in the Galapagos, but this experience was even better.

Robert G R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

The guide Garrett Jaros made all the difference. He made it special and safe.

Michelle V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Great experience! We had a such a knowledgable and wonderful guide!

Kevin B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

This was fantastic! I would do it again in a heartbeat! The tour guide was very knowledgeable and fun!

Amanda M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

This trip was one of the best things we did during three weeks on three different islands in Hawaii!

Our guide was so awesome, down to earth, very personable, and seemed to let us just kind of go with the flow. We got to hear whales singing, swim with turtles, and touch some sea urchins. Loved it.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

Our guide Garette was awesome! Great experience!

Julie S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

We loved this "tour." The visibility wasn't great, but our guide made the most of the conditions, and we saw many fascinating fish, several turtles - and a manta ray! The guide was informative and clearly had a strong interest in the environment. He informed us without being tedious, and his knowledge certainly enhanced our experience. We were pleased we did it this way rather than with a larger group off a boat.

Ryan C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Really great Tour. Had Steve as our guide he was funny and knowledgable of the area and the marine life, great guy. Would definitely recommend doing. The snorkelling was great and we were able to see heaps of turtles up close

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