I booked a private kayak tour through HPS while in Maui recently. My guide, Josh W, was knowledgeable and personable. (Also very interesting -- he also guides kayak tours in Alaska, for example.) When I saw my own private kayak waiting for me on Makena Landing, I took a couple of deep breaths -- how was I going to maneuver this thing on my own? And could I possibly have the flexibility to don snorkel gear and get in and out of the kayak in the middle of the Pacific Ocean? No problem! -- Josh's calmness engendered a similar calmness in me as he led me through each step.
We didn't have any luck with whales the day we went out, but the snorkeling was great -- ended up swimming next to a giant sea turtle, for example. The feeling of being all alone in the middle of the ocean was wonderful. And doing a private tour meant that *I* set the agenda.
Josh had 2 cameras with him and got exciting pictures of what we saw and of me in the kayak, me snorkeling, and me swimming with the turtle.
I have nothing to add to the very thorough and complete guidelines the company sent me about what to bring. Great experience; great guide; great company. Use them!
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