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Makena-Wailea Explorer Trip in Maui
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Makena-Wailea Explorer Trip in Maui

By Maui Kayaks
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$119.00
per adult
Lowest price guaranteeFree cancellation

Ages 8-99, max of 10 per group
Duration: 4h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: English
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  • Bottled water and snacks
  • Professional guides with lifeguard, CPR and first aid training
  • Use of kayak and snorkel equipment
  • Snacks
  • Bottled water
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off


Start:
  • Makena Landing Park, 5083 Makena Rd, Kihei, HI 96753, USA
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 31081P11

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for children under 8 years old
    • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled because of poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative tour date or full refund
    • 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 10 travelers

    • If you cancel at least 3 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    • If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

    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: 31081P11

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    Itinerary
    • 5083 Makena Rd, Kihei, HI 96753, USA
    • 1
      ***** Please check-in 15 minutes early at 6:45am for 7am start time. ***** Our deluxe trip! Kayak and snorkel the beautiful South Maui waters.
    About the operator
    Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator:
    • Maui Kayaks
      1,145
      Kihei, Hawaii
      Joined in January 2009
    • GoPlaces46236088415
      0 contributions
      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      Good, but need smaller groups
      Let me first start with the good. Our tour guide, Andres was fantastic. He was informative, fun and very engaging. He took great effort to make sure everyone was safe, happy and had what they needed. We saw turtles and enjoyed the snorkeling. The problem we had was the tour was advertised to have 10 people per tour. Our tour had 17 people. They did have an additional helper but he was not a true guide. It took us about an hour and a half to get everyone in the water. Additionally, it was advertised that we would snorkel in two locations. We only went to one. We ran out of time to go to the second stop due to the size of the group. I would recommend this company just make sure the group is under 10 people.
      Written July 14, 2024
    • christinelA5878KX
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Makena Kayak Experience: 5-Stars
      We had such an amazing day and experience with Andres and Gonzalo as our guides. We love to kayak and it was our first time doing so in Maui. A beautiful location accompanied by friendly and professional guides who took a lot of care and focus making the morning trip such a safe and memorable one.
      Written July 13, 2024
    • nicolekY5766LN
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      An incredible time in Turtle Town!
      My sisters, mom and myself had an amazing time on the kayak and snorkeling tour of Turtle Town in Maui!!! Andres is the coolest tour guide and made everyone feel super safe, confident and just made the whole experience a fun time overall! I highly recommend booking with Andres. You will not be disappointed. He took a ton of photos of us both kayaking and snorkeling and sent them to us the very same day and they came out fantastic. We saw a ton of cute sea turtles, fish and the coral reef was just beautiful- all in crystal clear blue water. I am already looking forward to coming back again! Thank you Andres!
      Written July 11, 2024
    • rubenrP7018GD
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      100% recommended
      The views were amazing and had an amazing tour guide! We got the privilege of seeing so many sea turtles and had some laughs along the way!
      Written July 9, 2024
    • Ebarnhi
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Epic Adventure with the Coolest Guides!!
      Epic adventure with the coolest guides!! What amazing energy!! We did the tour with Andres and Gonza and those dudes were so great. We are a family of eight and everyone had an awesome time. Nice kayak out to a spot where we saw about a dozen turtles. Beautiful water, incredible sea life and big smiles all around. They took a ton of pics that we are stoked to have. Thanks guys for a day we’ll never forget.
      Written July 8, 2024
    • 76szilviaa
      0 contributions
      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      Stay away! Cancelled the trip twice
      Stay away from this company! They cancelled on us not once but TWICE! Horrible experience for my family and my kids and I were so disappointed. There were tears shed and to remember your vacation like this is bad.
      Written July 4, 2024
    • grantcR186RN
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great turtles with a great guide!
      We went with John Shappell and it was such an incredible trip with a great guide! The turtles were awesome and John was the kindest and most patient host!
      Written June 28, 2024
    • O60OUangelas
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      THE BEST TOUR! OMG!
      I went on this tour and was a little nervous as the only non-swimmer. But my family was very excited and have kayaked more than I have. Kayaking was fun and when it came to snorkeling JOHN was AWEEEESOME He took TONS of pictures and video for us and also was SO helpful and made me feel SOOO comfortable in the water and I was able to snorkel!!!!! This was exciting!!!! It was something I didn't think I could do and I did it! John had snacks for us as well. The only small issue was arrival --we went to the wrong parking lot and there was also construction and we were right there at the location but there was no sign were we were and he keep repeating the same directions. When someone is lost I say "what do you see" as they are unfamiliar with the area and probably missing details I am familiar with. We arrived early and were literally two steps away .. Repeating the same directions can be frustrating. I almost didn't book this took because I was confused by the tour that was available --I know there fire but it isn't clear on the website if that tour is in operation --it says call and when I did the man was a bit short --I could be wrong but I think it was the same person for directions. The tour was AWESOME and John was patient and OUTSTANDING. But maybe be more patient to people calling in as it would be sad for anyone to miss out on this great tour. LOVED LOVED LOVED it.
      Written June 27, 2024
    • 899aussie
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      So many turtles
      We absolutely loved this experience! Andreas was an excellent guide, so helpful and knowledgeable. Snorkelling with Turtles was a highlight and the kayaking was so nice.
      Written June 9, 2024
    • gcross49
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      John was a great guide!
      John effectively taught us how to safely kayak and snorkel. He was sensitive to each of our needs. We saw dolphins and turtles. We had to work to stay away from the turtles. The spinner dolphins stayed close as we paddled to the turtles. We each took home memories for a lifetime.
      Written May 31, 2024
    • Connie M
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Best day on Maui!
      We can’t say enough about how much fun we had with John!! He’s thoroughly professional and also very attentive. He made kayaking on the ocean feel like the most natural thing, and took extra time with those in our group who were nervous about snorkeling. His joy for his work is evident!! Bonus: he’s an excellent photographer and took photos of us on (and in) the water for a reasonable fee.
      Written May 5, 2024
    • T2105NJdanit
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      No complaints! Great experience!
      Javier was such a fun tour guide. this was our first trip to Hawaii, and the kayaking really added to the experience, just getting out on that calm open water. we were unsure of what to expect (first time) and Javier was thorough and patient with our little group. Loved it! He even offered to take photos of each reserved client so they could fully immerse themselves in the experience and getting great souvenir photos (at an extra cost but worth it!).
      Written April 9, 2024
    • K3978ACmarym
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Worth every penny!
      We had such an awesome experience with our guide Javier! He was very fun and knowledgable about everything, especially the whales we were lucky enough to see at a close (and appropriate) distance!! He also took some great quality photos and videos of the whales and turtles we saw, as well as some great shots of us that we will be able to keep forever. Highly recommend!!
      Written March 19, 2024
    • Kristine B
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great experience and tour guide.
      Awesome experience even with dicey weather. Javier was fantastic and full of information about the whales and turtle town. Highly recommend, but remember you will be paddling for 2 hours. It’s a little work, but worth it.
      Written March 13, 2024
    • glennw409
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Sea Turtle Experience
      Excellent time, and a great experience. John, our guide, was very accommodating and informative. Highly recommended.
      Written March 8, 2024
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    Melanie W
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2023 • Family
    This tour was a highlight of our trip. The amount of kayaking was perfect for our family group ages 7-72. John our guide offered to take pictures and video of our tour for a reasonable fee. As the mom and usually photographer for the group this was appreciated because I could sit back and enjoy my time knowing that all our family photos were being taken care off. We also got to see plenty of turtles and fish. The time snorkeling and paddling was well distributed. Highly recommend this tour for a family.
    Written August 17, 2023
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    Megan
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apr 2022 • Couples
    We had an amazing time kayaking and snorkeling in the Makena/Wailea area! Carlos was our guide for the tour and he did an awesome job. He was friendly and knowledgeable about the area and we learned a ton about the island, the reefs, and kayaking/snorkeling in general. The weather wasn't the best on the day we went, causing the water to be a bit murky, but Carlos made sure we had an awesome time anyway. He also took pictures with his underwater camera, which made for nice keepsakes of the day. Overall, I would highly recommend for anyone looking for a unique way to experience the island and the ocean!
    Written April 19, 2022
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    Johnny G
    Hailey, ID3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nov 2021
    Carlos has been in the tourism industry for decades, mainland and Central America included. Fully immersed in the history and culture on Maui he directs your attention to Mountain View’s, islands in the distance and the world below the waves. Carlos gives his clients a simple “three golden rules” for their safety and well being during the tour. A great morning of kayak, snorkeling and seeing amazing sights.
    Written November 13, 2021
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    Tim O
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2024 • Family
    John was a fantastic tour guide and took amazing pictures! We took our 10 and 12 year old inexperienced kayakers and had a great time int he double kayaks. Our guide dove down and found a shark and brought up an octopus to show us. It was fantastic!
    Written July 4, 2024
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    Marci C
    Seattle, WA7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2020 • Couples
    John S was a great tour leader. We saw whales, dolphins and turtles in addition to lots of colorful fish. He gave us great tips for snorkeling. The water was a bit rough but I felt completely safe with him knowing we wouldn’t be out if it wasn't safe.
    Written January 9, 2020
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    Thanks for taking time out to give us a good review! Mahalo.
    Written January 15, 2020
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    Maia B
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apr 2022 • Friends
    Carlos our guide was fantastic! My friend hadn't kayaked in the ocean and was a bit nervous but Carlos was there to put her at ease. He took us to the best places at the best times and was very knowledgeable telling us all about the area. We got to see everything and swim with the turtles. Thank you!
    Written April 8, 2022
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    gratefulkatief
    Phoenix, AZ1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2021 • Couples
    Carlos was our guide, and he did an amazing job. Super attentive to everyone on the tours needs, and made sure we were safe. Not only was he an excellent guide on the tour itself, but he gave great tips on other places to see, and eat- which we did -
    And they were excellent suggestions. Carlos felt like a real friend not just a guide, and also did some underwater photography on the trip!! We saw sea turtles and many fish, all in all it was an excellent experience. I am a huge fan of kayaking so I loved that too! I wish I could remember what grocery store he mentioned!! Thanks so much Carlos and team! Mahalo!
    Written October 7, 2021
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    tina c
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Had an amazing time kayaking and snorkeling Makena Bay with Carlos. He was so personable and laid back, gently guiding us to each destination. With great humor, knowledge, and positive energy, he made the trip very memorable. We were able to see a LOT of fish, including different schools of fish feeding amongst the coral. We were able to swim with sea turtles which was just spectacular. I would highly recommend this trip for anyone.
    Written July 23, 2021
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    Robert R
    3 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apr 2024 • Couples
    No one from Maui Kayaks bothered to show up. We called and were told Javier might have had vehicle issues. That’s garbage. We asked for a call back to see if he would eventually show up and the dazed and confused person who answered the phone didn’t bother calling back. When we called him he told us, yeah, no one was coming. He gave us the option to rebook or receive a refund.
    I wouldn’t book with this dumpster fire of an outfit for anything. It remains to be seen if he refunded our money.
    Written April 8, 2024
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    Carrie M
    San Clemente, CA1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2023 • Couples
    What a great trip! Easy to schedule (and even re-schedule if necessary), easy to find and even easier to enjoy when they teach you to ocean kayak in a few short minutes with great instructions.

    John was a great guide, generous with his assistance and with lots of info to share. So many turtles to see and great snorkeling spot too! We even flipped the kayak, but still had an amazing time! Thanks Maui Kayaks for a great morning adventure!
    Written July 16, 2023
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