• Location: Maui, Hawaii
  • Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
From USD $ 79.57 View price calendar

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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

Simona T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Would highly recommend this tour! It was my second time kayaking but it is perfectly suitable for beginners, not very strenuous. It was my first time snorkeling and I had a very positive experience! Our guide, Nate, made sure first-timers were looked after and took along a professional camera to make pictures with the sea turtles and other sea life, should you wish to purchase them later. We had plenty of time to snorkel and explore, didnt feel rushed at all. I would recommend the morning tour, it feels more peaceful and youll have more space before the other tours pick up. After the excursion, Nate was kind enough to give us suggestions of activities around the island, such as hikes and insider tips of when to get there, what is most worth doing, etc. Overall, it was an amazing experience, you wont regret going - especially if youre a fan of turtles I had six sightings! Big thank you to Nate and the team!

Shelley D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Nate was awesome. Nice and low-key adventure in a small group. Saw turtles and lots of fish.

Ardis S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

It took a little while to find the turtles, but when we did it was AMAZING!! Our guide Steve was very knowledgable, he's been a guide for 17 years, so I felt very comfortable with him. Unfortunately my cheap underwater camera didn't work, so no pictures. : But the memory of floating around with the turtles will always be with me! Thank you Steve for a great trip!

Michael S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Loved this tour. Great kayaking and awesome snorkeling. Beautiful scenery.

Cynthia H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

An early morning outing before the tradewinds take hold, this was fantastic. We kayaked for about half an hour before getting out and slipping into the water to be surrounded by sea turtles! An amazing sight!

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 M United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

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

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