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South Maui Kayak and Snorkel Tour with Turtles
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South Maui Kayak and Snorkel Tour with Turtles

By Aloha Kayaks Maui
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Combine two favorite Maui activities in one day on this kayak and snorkel adventure from Makena. Paddle in calm, protected waters with great views of Maui’s South Shore and then explore beneath the surface of the famous “Turtle Town” coast with provided snorkel gear. Green turtle sightings are guaranteed year-round.
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Ages 7-75, max of 15 per group
Duration: 3h
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Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • Snorkel and kayak along Maui’s famous Turtle Town coast
  • Get fantastic views of South Shore mountains from the water
  • Snorkel in the clear waters of Makena, one of Maui’s best snorkel spots
  • Guaranteed green turtle sightings—a must for any Maui vacation

  • Professional guide
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Transportation to/from attractions

Meet your guide in Makena in the morning to beat the heat and crowds, and set off in a kayak to explore Maui’s South Shore. Paddle along the coast just south of Wailea to get gorgeous views of Haleakala and the West Maui Mountains. Conditions here are protected from wind and swells, so it's an ideal spot for both the kayaking and snorkeling. Entering Turtle Town, swap your kayak for a mask and fins to explore life below the water’s surface. The calm, clear waters offer opportunities for all levels of snorkelers, and you're guaranteed to see Maui's famous green sea turtles. Also keep an eye out for passing pods of spinner dolphins and, during the winter months, migrating whales.

Start:
  • Makena Road, Makena Rd, Hawaii 96753, USA
    Makena Landing Beach Park Address: Makena RdKihei, HI 96753 Directions: Hono'iki St Return point: Returns to original departure point
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 15504P1

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    How much is South Maui Kayak and Snorkel Tour with Turtles?
    South Maui Kayak and Snorkel Tour with Turtles price starts from $135.00. Discover and book South Maui Kayak and Snorkel Tour with Turtles on Tripadvisor
    What is the South Maui Kayak and Snorkel Tour with Turtles cancellation policy?
    South Maui Kayak and Snorkel Tour with Turtles cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book South Maui Kayak and Snorkel Tour with Turtles on Tripadvisor
    Which company provides South Maui Kayak and Snorkel Tour with Turtles?
    South Maui Kayak and Snorkel Tour with Turtles is hosted by Aloha Kayaks Maui. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Aloha Kayaks Maui on Tripadvisor. Discover and book South Maui Kayak and Snorkel Tour with Turtles on Tripadvisor
    How much time do I need for South Maui Kayak and Snorkel Tour with Turtles?
    On average, this experience will take approximately 3h. Discover and book South Maui Kayak and Snorkel Tour with Turtles on Tripadvisor

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 15504P1

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    • Aloha Kayaks Maui
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      Kihei, Hawaii
      Joined in January 2012
    • tahitiBB
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Coolest thing we did on Maui
      We had an amazing morning on the water with Griff. It was the end of whale season so we didn't have super high expectations for seeing tons of whales, but thanks to Griff's knowledge and patience we were able to spend hours observing a pod. He's a great guide, helping all members of our family stay engaged and entertained. Kids and parents had a blast. Hard to imagine there's a better whale watching experience on Maui.
      Written April 7, 2024
    • courtneyjQ777NI
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Kayak and snorkel adventure
      What a fun experience! I booked this tour over others because of the reviews, and they were not wrong. Griff was an awesome guide. He talked to us about the Hawaiian culture and the importance of learning and showing respect when you visit places. Griff was knowledgeable about marine life and shared the information he’s learned over the years. He was super chill and relaxed. It made us feel relaxed. The kayaking was work, but enjoyable. We saw a couple different whales, and happened upon a pod of dolphins. That was super cool. They swam all around us and flipped in the air. The snorkeling at the end was fun. My kids really enjoyed that. My younger son was a bit hesitant about the snorkeling. Griff helped him out and was patient with him. It made my son’s experience better and he ended up really liking it. We enjoyed our time with Griff. It felt like we were out having fun with a friend, nice conversations and beautiful scenery. Would definitely book again with Aloha Kayaks!
      Written March 23, 2024
    • M3009MSerict
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Intimate experience with whales - amazing guide
      My brother and his family went out with Griff in 2021 and highly recommended we book with Griff when I was taking my family to Maui this year. The expectations were high and the morning adventure exceeded our expectations in spades. Despite some potentially challenging weather, Griff called us the night before to modify our launch location to give us a better shot at a great day. And within 15 minutes of paddling we happened upon a baby whale and it's mother. We had an epic morning with many close encounters with whales - at one point we didn't even know where to look as we were surrounded by whales. We were fortunate to be in the right spot, at the right time, to be able to see sooooo many whales - babies, mothers, guardian males, singing males, breaching, fin slappers and so much more. While we were thankful for the bounty of the whales, what really made the trip was Griff himself. He was an amazing guide - humble, incredibly knowledgable, funny and genuinely a really nice person. He also shared knowledge about the Hawaiian culture and the respect for nature. If you are looking for an intimate experience in the Hawaiian outdoors, I can't recommend Aloha Kayaks enough. While we were out on the water, we saw another kayak group out there and the guide had music blaring from a speaker on his kayak and he was shouting loudly to his customer. It was a totally different vibe and I was glad we didn't book with them. Griff really wants his customers to have an intimate, respectful experience with the whales. We really appreciated this and throughly enjoyed it. It was the highlight of our trip and one of the best outings our family has experienced.
      Written March 14, 2024
    • 718kristens
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Best whale watching experience!
      Fantastic whale watching experience. We were blessed with some amazing whale sightings. Griff, our tour guide, was top-notch from beginning to end. He kept us safe and knew exactly where to take us to get the best experience. He gave us all kinds of information about the island and culture of Hawaii and taught us about the whales. We hope to take another tour with Griff during our next visit to Maui!
      Written March 9, 2024
    • 257troyf
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fantastic whale watch and snorkel kayak tour!
      We used Aloha Kayaks for an awesome kayak tour out of Makena, Maui. Griff was a wonderful guide, very knowledgeable and friendly. He knew exactly where to look for whales (we saw a bunch!) and a great snorkeling spot with lots of fish and sea turtles. He provided a fantastic personal experience. I would definitely book with Aloho Kayaks again.
      Written February 29, 2024
    • kwp-klp
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A Day to Remember
      Griff in a word - ohana. He truly made the day for my wife and me! Great at sharing education, history and lore of the island. The whales were out and happy...it was a day to remember. Just my dumb luck to forget my go pro. Thanks Griff
      Written February 22, 2024
    • 42cindyz
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      Best Kayak Whale Watch Guide on Maui
      Griff is amazing. This tour was fantastic. Griff is happy to share interesting facts about the ocean, the whales, and the islands. The highlight was his use of the Hawaiian language and his obvious, tremendous respect for the culture/history surrounding Hawaii and Maui. He is easy- going yet alert and aware. He was relaxed and made everybody in the group feel comfortable and safe. We got to listen to the whales singing so loudly right below us and then surfacing nearby. No big breaches this day but lots of wonderful sightings and the singing was amazing. Thanks Griff. Mahalo Nui Loa!!
      Written February 18, 2024
    • Stephen G
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Absolutely amazing adventure!
      The BEST way to experience whales; an intimate encounter with these gentle giants. We listened to whale songs (by ear, no hydrophone!), watched everything from newborn whales to mommas to full-grown males, and even saw turtles, man-of-wars, and a rare deep-sea ray, all while learning the history of Hawaii and its culture. A must-do activity!
      Written February 14, 2024
    • larrybox2
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Tears of Happiness
      My wife and I celebrated her 70th Birthday with Griff of Aloha Kayaks. We had a wonderful experience! Griff is amazing with his knowledge and love of what he does! We will be back for more adventure!
      Written February 12, 2024
    • Flyer695382
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      Best Kayak Guide Ever!!!
      We have been doing the Whale Watch Tour with Griff for over 15 years, I won't book with anyone else! We have had whales and dolphins so close to us and every trip is a priceless adventure. He has so much knowledge of the Hawaiian culture, language, Maui and whale behavior that you will be much smarter than you were before you started your tour.
      Written January 27, 2024
    • themac3s
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      Watching whales from a Kayak!
      We had an incredible kayaking trip this morning with Griff. It was a low effort kayak trip and Griff made it interesting with all the whale and Maui information not to mention getting to see a whale her calf and the escort. It is wonderful to see Maui shore from the ocean too.
      Written January 26, 2024
    • adamalsoltani
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Top notch tour
      Loved the tour. Saw a bunch of whales. Gryff was a great guide. Definitely recommend giving Aloha Kayaks Maui the chance to enhance your Maui experience.
      Written January 14, 2024
    • rk0ssik
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great snorkel with friendly knowledgeable guide
      Really nice trip. Grif is a great guide, who identifies all the fish. Saw turtles of course, but highlight was seeing a monk seal. We will do this trip again next time we go to Wailea.
      Written December 10, 2023
    • daachase
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Highly recommend this activity
      We were only in Maui for a week, but I went kayaking and snorkeling on a Wednesday, and then came back again the folllowing Monday because I enjoyed it so much. Saw and swam with lots of turtles and other marine life, and the kayaking was great too. Griff (the owner and our guide) was super. He: - was energetic and happy to share his expertise on marine biology, the geology of the islands, and the history - adapted the trips seamlessly base on individual needs of his guests and the conditions to ensure that everyone enjoyed the trip - modeled both the aloha spirit and a concern for the environment - picking up debris from the ocean floor and calling in a rescue team for a turtle that was wrapped up in fishing lines. I will go out with Aloha Kayaks Maui next time I am in Maui - no two trips are the same.
      Written October 20, 2023
    • charlottesweb327
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      Fantastic Family Adventure
      John was a fantastic guide! He helped us to create memories that will last a lifetime 🌺🌴🐢🐠🐟. Informative attentive & fun. Will recommend to all 🌴🐢👍
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    Chris G
    Springfield, MO1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Griff was a great guide. Very knowledgeable about the islands and the culture. We had the best time we have ever had in a kayak, mainly due to the friendliness of our Guid and his knowledge of where to go to have the best snorkeling in tree he area. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is interested in ocean kayaking and snorkeling.
    Written April 17, 2021
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    Huda M
    Bethesda, MD5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2019
    so fun- the guides knew so much about the area and the history and they were engaging and fun. The kayaking was in one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen. Snorkeling was great- saw and swam with lots of cool fish!
    Written January 7, 2020
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    erin m
    Brooklyn, NY3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2021 • Couples
    I don’t know how this is not the #1 activity in Kihei. Griff was an incredible guide. He taught us all about the history, culture and language of the native Hawaiian people. As a former marine biologist myself, I was also VERY impressed by his knowledge of the humpback whales and marine life. He is someone who is very passionate about Hawaii. He clearly loves what he does and hopes you walk away feeling the same as he does. I would highly recommend his tour without any hesitation.
    Written March 8, 2021
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    lynnieonthego
    Brooklyn, NY49 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Griff was great. He was knowledgeable about Hawaiian history and marine biology. He also can Sight a turtle from more than 50 feet. We also appreciated his care for the environment and his clients. He was an excellent guide that I would recommend to anyone.
    Written July 31, 2021
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    wendyandjim98
    Zimmerman, MN10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sep 2023 • Family
    Had a terrific trip with Griff! Our group was grandparents, parent, kids ages 14, 12, and 8. Griff was extremely patient and informative especially with kids with little kayak/snorkeling experience. It was a great experience. Grandparents have kayaked with Aloha Kayaks on 3 trips, and will be back again!
    Written October 11, 2023
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    What a great way to spend quality family time. A lifetime of memories for the entire crew! I am glad I could be a small part of making that happen. Mahalo Nui for choosing AKM!
    Written January 2, 2024
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    Deanna
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2021
    Griff is an enthusiastic, thoughtful, knowledgeable guide and has great energy. I learned a ton about Hawaii's culture, history and natural beauty. We saw amazing sea life with respect for the animals and he extended our trip so we could spend more time with the whales who seemed to come to us!
    Written March 8, 2021
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    Brendan W
    California13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2020
    This was a super fun tour. The guide was very chill and made us feel comfortable at all times. He talked us through the equipment and the kayak launch procedure. On the tour he was very knowledgeable about Maui, the water, and the sea life. He had a plan from the beginning and did not just follow the other tour groups.

    We saw whales and multiple dolphin pods while paddling between islands and in a cove on Maui. It was totally worth getting up early!

    We were not able to snorkel as the water was too murky for us to swim safely. Kudos to the guide for checking a few areas and making the tough call. No controlling mother nature for sure.

    Would go again!
    Written December 31, 2020
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    The whales and dolphins really saved the day for us!! Mahalo Nui for joining me on the water. Griff
    Written January 21, 2021
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    Jeannine A
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2020
    My fiancé and I were so glad that we decided to book this tour! We had never been to Hawaii and have very little snorkeling experience.

    Mikey, our guide, was super energetic and made us feel comfortable and welcomed from the start. During our short paddle to our snorkel spot, Mikey educated us on Maui and the surrounding islands.

    We arrived to our snorkel site and easily dismounted into the water. And wow, we saw so much! The coral reefs were so beautiful, colorful fish, manta rays...and sea turtles! These awesome creatures were the highlight of our trip for sure. What an honor it is to swim with them, they are so mesmerizing. A really unique experience.

    We would both absolutely sign up for another Aloha Kayak tour. Enjoy!
    Written October 29, 2020
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    Mahalo Nui for the kind words and more so for helping with the "rebuild" of Maui's crippled economy. We are grateful you guys decided to choose our locally owned business for your Maui kayaking experience!
    Written October 30, 2020
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    Tim W
    Minneapolis, MN4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2023
    Aloya Kayak Maui is 100% great because of Griff! He does great job taking care of his clients and making sure the adventure is safe, enjoyable and a great learning experience! He is also the whale whisper for anyone looking to see and experience whales, Griff just knows how to find them and puts into a great position to experience and enjoy the local wild life. We have gone out with Griff 3 times and he never disappoints. He mixes in teaching and talking about the wildlife, the environment and most importantly the Hawaiian culture and language. I always learn something new! Highly recommend an intimate and very personalized experience, again just AWESOME!
    Written January 9, 2023
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    Emily_in_Dallas
    Dallas, TX1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    May 2021
    I recently went on Aloha Kayaks Maui's 3-hour Makena Kayak & Snorkel Tour with my husband, and let me just say, it was fantastic and beyond expectations. The 3-hour length was perfect and allowed enough time in the afternoon to partake in other activities during our short stay on Maui. Griff was our guide and was awesome! He was a great instructor and incredibly knowledgeable. We appreciated the historical and ecological information he shared with us. The waters around Makena were very calm and incredibly clear. We saw many tropical fish, corals, and sea turtles.

    Aloha Kayaks Maui provided snorkeling gear, life jackets, snacks, and dry bags for your personal belongings, so no need to bring anything other than your swimsuit, reef-safe sunscreen and sunglasses, and desire for a fun morning adventure. (FYI this is a public beach and does get a bit crowded. Be sure to get there early to find street parking and the right tour company as there are many companies that offer tours from this beach.)

    Griff and Aloha Kayaks Maui were the highlight of our trip! I highly recommend this tour/company and would definitely sign up for another one of their tours on my next Hawaiian trip.
    Written June 10, 2021
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