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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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Fun way to spend a morning though a bit overpriced

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
jilh2001
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Maui, Hawaii

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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 4 weeks ago

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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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 

2 reviews
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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141 reviews
38 attraction reviews
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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32 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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London, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2016 via mobile

Really wanted to see the turtles and this was the perfect morning. Guides were really knowledgeable and I learned loads: environmental, history, waves, banyan trees .... Highly recommended!!!

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Birmingham, Alabama
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20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2016

We all enjoyed the kayaking adventure children to seniors. The bay was calm and the waters clear and lovely and the turtles did not disappoint. If you have never kayaked before you can learn quickly and throughly enjoy this adventure on the North Shore.

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1 Thank v0lladylin
Birmingham, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2016

My Partner and I absolutely loved kayaking and our guide Shaun was so knowledgeable and friendly. The wind was very high the day we did it but managed to get around the bay OK and see quite a few turtles. We also kayak surfed, which was so much fun as the waves were quite big (in my opinion). I do... More 

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