Explore Maui Nature
Explore Maui Nature
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7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Explore Maui Nature is the only birdwatching tour company on Maui, and one of the handful of companies who can take you hiking in Haleakala National Park! We also offers fully customized private tours for up to 11 passengers. We craft the perfect itinerary for you, based on your interests, so you can truly experience the BEST of Maui at your own pace. With your own HTA-certified tour guide at the wheel, take the best photos (and let us photograph you!) and experience everything this amazing island has to offer.
Kihei, Hawaii
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2022

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brianbyungsunkoh
New York City, NY13 contributions
May 2021 • Family
We did a private tour to Haleakala Crater and Ioa valley and it was one of the best tours we've ever been on. Wendy was our tour guide and she was absolutely incredible. We were traveling with young kids and Wendy was extremely accommodating and patient and kept the kids engaged the entire time. Wendy made our tour perfect and was Laser focused on all of our needs from the ride up the windy road to Haleakala to providing snacks and water and refreshments throughout the 8 hour tour.

We recommend explore Maui nature specifically Wendy with the highest level of enthusiasm and without any reservations.

If you want to see Haleakala or Ioa valley or any other places in maui, you have to reserve a private tour with explore Maui nature !!!!!
Written May 9, 2021
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Mahalo nui loa for the praise for our guide Wendy! She is the best, so happy she showed you a good time around the island :-) Aloha!
Written March 20, 2022
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ilac318
102 contributions
Jul 2022 • Friends
My friend and I took a tour with Explore Maui and had a wonderful time! Wendy was our guide and she was incredibly knowledgeable, helpful and fun. We had 12 days on Maui and our hiking and sunset trip with them was honestly the best trip of all in all aspects - food, professionalism, communication, safe and comfy transport, guide knowledge and flexibility. We had a delicious catered meal and Wendy had plenty of snacks and beverages to keep us energized through the afternoon. 12/10 recommend Wendy and Explore Maui for any excursion you’re doing in Maui, and especially up in Haleakala NP!
Written July 18, 2022
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Thank you so very much for the compliment--there are many tour companies on Maui and we're very honored to have hit the point for you with this trip :-) Mahalo!
Written October 12, 2022
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Dan G
Berkeley, CA12 contributions
Apr 2021
We hired Explore Maui Nature for a birding and natural history tour. It was super-great, though we are not avid birders. Hawaii has a mostly-isolated ecosystem with unique birds, so the story of its birds are the story of natural migration via wings, water, and wind. Polynesian and European migration and trade also changed evolution on the island.

Wendy, our tour guide, was a former Maui Haleakala National Park ranger, who first sang a song about our tour (hilarious), then provided many interesting facts and anecdotes about Maui, Hawaii, volcanism, evolution, and, of course, birds. I was entranced by her thoughtful descriptions, and her wide-ranging knowledge. We saw many bird species unique to Hawaii, and learned how the environment impacts them.

Though I have been to Maui many times, this tour has changed how I think about wetlands and birds. I can now identify many bird species, and I understand how they eat, reproduce, and otherwise interact with their environment.

I loved this tour. I'm now recommending it to my visiting friends.
Written April 26, 2021
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Mahalo nui loa for the detailed review of our birding tour! I can tell someone was paying attention when Wendy talked story about Hawaii's unique ecosystem ;-) So happy that you gained a new perspective on how special our archipelago really is. Aloha!
Written March 20, 2022
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Sarah from MN
Saint Paul, MN2 contributions
Nov 2022 • Family
Our guide, Wendy, was extraordinarily knowledgeable, friendly, and attentive. She went way beyond knowledge of birds to talking about Hawaii/Maui culture and history and even sang to us and chanted for us at the top of Haleakala. We couldn't have had a better experience. Highly recommended!
Written November 7, 2022
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Thank you so much for your review! Wendy is indeed a gem, we're so happy to have her and glad she showed you a wonderful time up the mountain :-) Aloha and a hui hou!
Written December 20, 2022
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daviddean2022
Rochester, NY1 contribution
Aug 2022 • Family
Explore Maui Nature gave us memories we will not soon forget! We (tor adults and two teens) were picked up at our hotel in ka’anapali promptly and immediately offered snacks, drinks, and hot coffee. Marla was our guide and she did a great job describing everything we saw and gave us fantastic history, ecology, geography, and nature classes along the way. She is super knowledgeable and such a wonderfully nice person. We had a great visit to the top of the volcano and walked into the calvera for about 45 min. How beautiful. We don’t do much hiking so Marla really did a good job to let us go at our own pace. We never felt rushed and she made us feel like we could do anything. She was great. After this we spent some time birdwatching on a short hike in a forest halfway down the mountain and had a delightful lunch. We could not have been happier with the trip. Explore Maui Nature just made everything so simple. We will definitely do it again!
Written October 19, 2022
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Thank you so much for the kind words and detailed review! We're so happy you had a good time with us up Haleakala--it is truly an exceptional location :-) A hui hou!
Written December 20, 2022
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penrose53
Austin, TX9 contributions
Oct 2021
Wendy was a wonderful guide, very knowledgeable, kind and flexible. We got to see many wonderful birds in several different locations, had a yummy picnic lunch with vegan options and she even sang to us in the van! She has a lovely voice and has a great playlist of bird related songs. She kept in touch with us afterwards and sent us the list of everything we’ve seen and the bird related playlist. I highly recommend doing this tour no matter what your level of experience is. You’ll learn a lot and have a great time!
Written November 5, 2021
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Mahalo nui loa! So glad you enjoyed Wendy's singing talents--she's the best and we're so lucky to have her!! Aloha and a hui hou!
Written March 20, 2022
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Stay60504
7 contributions
May 2021 • Family
Fantastic Hike with lore and humor led by Wendy. Her extreme attention to detail and the fact she was well prepared beyond anything you could think of made this a fantastic and unforgettable day. The hike was a good challenge for our group with views that were breathtaking. Wendy taught us much about the unique flora and wildlife of the area. She even sent an email after the tour reiterating what we covered that day. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge, enthusiasm and talent!
Written June 4, 2021
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Mahalo for your detailed review! Yes, Haleakala does indeed take one's breath away, both literally and figuratively :-) Aloha!
Written March 20, 2022
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zigneous
Berkeley, CA14 contributions
Aug 2021
We did a full day private bird/animal tour with Wendy. Wendy put.a lot of thought into what my three- and six-year olds would enjoy with multiple consultations with me. We had a great day! My kids were engaged the whole time with the animal spottings and the stories in the car. The adults enjoyed it too. Both kids said it was their favorite thing we did in Hawaii (beating the beach, pool, shave ice, etc etc). We don't normally do such expensive activities but this was absolutely worth it.

The van was also very nice and well set up for car seats and we all loved the snack drawer as well.
Written August 11, 2021
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Mahalo nui loa! So happy to read that your little ones loved it even more than shave ice and the beach ;-) Can't think of a better compliment for Wendy! Aloha!
Written March 20, 2022
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jmtrout1
Mishawaka, IN97 contributions
Feb 2020
I was looking forward to getting out in nature and doing some birding on Maui and my trip with Delphine and Laura of Explore Maui Nature really fit the bill. We explored several locations in Haleakala National Park, the Kealia Ponds National Wildlife Reserve and several other sites known for their unique birds. They were very well equipped for every eventuality, including extra binoculars, rain gear, snacks and all types of beverages. We enjoyed a delightful picnic lunch at the midpoint of our day-long trip and both Delphine and Laura regaled us with tales about how Maui snared the sun and how he made the islands. They also provided us with loads of information about the birds that we saw and facts about the island. We saw between 20 and 30 different bird species and I added twelve new birds to my life-list. I had a great time and would highly recommend this experience to anyone or any family looking to get out and see what Maui has to offer.
Written February 7, 2020
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Mahalo for the kind words!! It's always such a pleasure sharing our love for Maui and its bird life with enthusiastic birders from around the world :-) Aloha and a hui hou!
Written February 29, 2020
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SzP
1 contribution
Dec 2022
Our family joined Wendy for a private birdwatching excursion in December. Wendy picked us up early at our hotel and shared her expert knowledge of Hawaiian trees, birds, and plants as we traveled to the summit of Haleakula. We stopped at the summit and could see steam from the Mauna Loa eruption. We stopped at places on the way down where we watched native Hawaiian honeycreepers sip nectar from flowers in their natural habitat. Wendy is very personable and hospitable; we had an amazing day!
Written January 30, 2023
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Aww, thank you so much for the kind words! So grateful that Wendy showed you such a good time :-) A hui hou!
Written February 7, 2023
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