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Turtle Reef Kayak Tour of Makena

Kihei, United States

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


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
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
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
  • 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.
What is the maximum group size during Turtle Reef Kayak Tour of Makena?
This activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers.

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Traveler Tips

  • "I would recommend the morning tour, it feels more peaceful and youll have more space before the other tours pick up." See review


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This is a good tour, but the guides...
Salvatore M
, Jul 2018
This is a good tour, but the guides were a little lackluster. They feed you and make sure you have drinks, but outside of taking photos that they tried to sell us afterwards and trying to upsell me on snuba, they were not very interested in interacting with us. The food is great though, the drinks are solid, and they take you to some of the most beautiful places to snorkel in Maui. I'd highly recommend.
Would highly recommend this tour! It...
Simona T
, Dec 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!
Nate was awesome. Nice and low-key...
Shelley D
, Dec 2017
Nate was awesome. Nice and low-key adventure in a small group. Saw turtles and lots of fish.
It took a little while to find the...
Ardis S
, Sep 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!
Loved this tour. Great kayaking and...
Michael S
, Aug 2017
Loved this tour. Great kayaking and awesome snorkeling. Beautiful scenery.
The snorkeling was great! Based on...
preston e
, Jun 2017
The snorkeling was great! Based on the description i thought there would be more kayaking and talking of history/maui knowledge. This was a snorkeling tour - saw tons of sea turtles and really good fish! great if you are just looking for a snorkeling tour.
An early morning outing before the...
Cynthia H
, Apr 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!
Would have like more time snorkeling...
Cathie S
, Dec 2016
Would have like more time snorkeling - while we had a number of whale sightings which was an incredible experience we missed out on some of the hands on experience that snorkeling provides
We had so much fun, the guide was so...
Michele K
, Jul 2016
We had so much fun, the guide was so knowledgeable and so helpful. My husband got a little seasick and Garrett was very sympathetic and got us back onto land as soon as possible.I would highly recommend this trip to anyone...
great experience, the tour leading is...
ruoying m
, Jul 2016
great experience, the tour leading is very nice. we did have good time

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