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Address: 57-101 Kuilima Dr Apt 175, Kahuku, Oahu, HI 96731-2121
Phone Number: +1 808-381-4121
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 1:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Paddle through Kawela Bay in an area that in ancient times was reserved for...

Paddle through Kawela Bay in an area that in ancient times was reserved for the Ali'i or hawaiian royalty. View beautiful coral reefs, tropical fish, and WWII wreckage just 3 feet below the Peekaboo™ window on your kayak. Stop at a honu "cleaning station" and watch as some of our green sea turtles get cleaned. For adventure seekers you have the option to surf your kayaks on small 1' waves or try out the sport your guides invented: Stand Up Kayaking!

Explore the secluded Kawela Beach and hike through the jungle tunnel to explore the WWII bunker at Protection Point. Swim in the calm waters of the bay or bird watch for endangered species on one of the many hiking trails through the forest. Relax and enjoy the local refreshments provided for you by your guide. Your keiki will help you search for the buried treasure with the map they find on the trip. Along the shore you can see lava tubes, small sea caves and blowholes. While kayaking, watch out for the two dozen resident sea turtles the Turtle Bay is named after.

Visit the "Lost" Banyan Tree where the hit TV show Lost, Pirates of the Caribbean IV and Hunger Games 2 were filmed. Optionally you can decide to stay longer at Kawela Bay and your guide can provide you with a walking map of the 2 mile trail back to Turtle Bay Resort.

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Kayaks and Turtles Galore! A super fun activity for all!

Scheduled through the GuidePost at the Turtle Bay Resort. Prompt pick up at the Turtle Bay Resort the morning of the tour. Comfortable van ride over to the bay. Darin and Brian... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
morrison6
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Irvine, CA

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Oakland, CA
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13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were unlucky, only had two short turtle sightings but appreciate that the tour company has no control over that. That aside: Pros Beautiful bay, fun and knowledgeable guide (Parker), no hassle, easy to book and execute, guides picked us up from Turtle Bay and after a 5 minute van ride, had us in the sit-on-top kayaks in a very... More 

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Irvine, CA
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Scheduled through the GuidePost at the Turtle Bay Resort. Prompt pick up at the Turtle Bay Resort the morning of the tour. Comfortable van ride over to the bay. Darin and Brian did an excellent job getting everyone set up in their Kayaks. I was literally out in the water less than 3 minutes before a turtle swam up to... More 

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Thank morrison6
West Hartford, Connecticut
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had the most enjoyable time kayaking the bay and even spotted a sea turtle along with a rare monk seal. Our guide Scott was very knowledgable and Charlie was more than friendly to coast the waves with.

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Maui, Hawaii
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26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

Spent the morning on a very gentle kayak tour seeing Turtles and kayaking around the bay. Sean our guide was terrific. He has a great disposition for this type of thing. He was so helpful when one older couple turned over. We had two kids (10 and 12) one has an injured leg and she went with my husband in... More 

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Thank jilh2001
shakakayaks, Owner at Shaka Kayaks, responded to this review

Aloha, So glad your family and kids had a good time joining us to see the turtles. June is one of our 3 calmest months so you had the easiest conditions for kayaking but this is not always the case and is the reason we have 2 guides on every trip to ensure everyone is safe. Shaka Kayaks price is... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

Sean and Kerry were great guides! It was a nice relaxing kayak experience and we saw several turtles while we were on the water. The 2 hours flew by and I feel it is a great value for the money.

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Oahu's North Shore, Hawaii
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

Scheduled for morning. Woke up sick, tried to cancel hour in advance. No answer. Charged my CC 100. Then later offered to allow me to reschedule for 25$ more. Horrible business can't recommend this company for any bookings.

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shakakayaks, Owner at Shaka Kayaks, responded to this review

Aloha, In 7 years of operation we have never received a 1 star. You said you tried to contact Shaka Kayaks but I am up every day at 6am getting the trip ready and never received a phone call. The morning of the trip the guide had to call you when you failed to show up on time. It is... More 

Bozeman
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142 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016 via mobile

This was our first time in sea kayaks and it was so much fun! Made all the better by excellent guides Kanesha and Sean with his dog Charlie. We spotted a handful of turtles on the quiet side of Kawela Bay and then we're allowed to "kayak surf" out on the rougher waves and even allowed to stand paddle-board style... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

Sean and Kanisha really helped give my family a great day. I have 3 boys and 2 of them over 17 and they really enjoyed the whole trip. They said they liked that it wasn't so guided that you couldn't explore on your own a little but also they learned a lot about the turtles and the bay itself. One... More 

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Southern Maryland
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36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016 via mobile

1st time on a kayak. The guides Shawn and Kerry were great. Very friendly, helpful, informative. We ride some waves, saw turtles, saw some landmarks. All in all a great experience. It is a bit expensive but I'd do it again.

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New Jersey
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66 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016

So, this is kind of expensive at $100 per person, but I really felt this was worth it. The tour guides picked us up from the lobby of Turtle Bay Resort (small group < 10 people) and brought us to Kawela Bay (which was used as the arena for the Hunger Games, Catching Fire). We had about 2 hours on... More 

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