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“Discovery Tour (Makena)” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Maui Eco Tours

Maui Eco Tours
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Owner description: Exclusive kayak snorkel tours in Maui - both south and west Maui. Come join us and see turtles, dolphins and whales in a private, small group setting. Learn to Surf or Stand up Paddle while on Maui - what better place. Gentle rolling waves and warm sunshine. A must do activity. If your into more extreme sports, try windsurfing or Kite Boarding. Excellent conditions make Maui one of the worlds best spots to learn. Hike a rain forest, see waterfalls up close, visit a Bamboo Forest - Maui is blessed by mother Nature. Maui Eco Tours - Whats your adventure?
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Discovery Tour (Makena)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

We went kayaking and snorkeling with Steve from Maui Eco Tours. Departure was from Makena Landing around 7.30 am after we received some paddling instructions right next to the beach. Steve kept using/teaching us Hawaiian phrases. It was a lot of fun and he had a great personality! We were five people including him.

Out in the ocean we stopped and snorkeled at two different locations, both part of the "five caves" area. The coral formations here were beautiful. There was no abundance of fish but instead we got to swim up close with giant sea turtles and that made it all worth it to us. Steve had brought water, snacks and soft drinks. Oh, and we saw spinner dolphins too. The length of the trip was perfect. We were a little bit cold after 2,5 hours and wouldn't have wanted to go to a third snorkeling spot anyway at that time.

This was really a great morning activity! The price was right too. I just wish I had brought an underwater camera!

Visited August 2012
1 Thank Sofie J
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“Skip the Sea Cliff Adventure, Not worth the money”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2012

First off big shout to our excellent guide, you rock!!! Unfortunately getting to meet you was the only worthwhile part of the tour. My wife and I took the sea cliff adventure tour in June '12. Even if the water had been smoother and the sun was actually out, it still wouldn't be worth the money. We expected to utilize the kayak to access snorkeling locations that would normally be too remote to reach from the beach. We parked the kayaks close to a shoreline that is only inaccessible because of the cliffs and highway. We booked the advanced trip looking for a challenge and didn't get one. The guides wouldn't let us get the boats into the waves, which we were hoping for at least at the landing. The thing that really stings though was the complete misrepresentation of the so-called totally non-existant Hawaiian lunch. We read on the website that the company had partnered up with a local catering company to provide lunch at the end of the 5 hour excursion. The excursion went about a mile up the coast and back, and only took 4 hours. At the end, there was no lunch. There wasn't even a half-assed sandwich and a bag of chips. Nothing. We paid $200. It wasn't worth half that. I would not recommend this trip to anyone.

Visited June 2012
3 Thank Suzy G
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“Excellent kayak and snorkel experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2012

I wanted to kayak and snorkel while in Maui, and after searching online, decided to book with Maui Eco tours - they provided both kayaking and snorkeling all in one trip. This company books with a smaller group so the experience is more personal; including the guide, there were only five in the group the day I went. The guide was very helpful and knowledgeable, even pointed out which islands we were looking at. If you haven't snorkeled or kayaked before, the guide gives a quick, yet informative, teaching before you head out into the ocean.You get to enjoy kayaking into the ocean, and snorkeling right off your kayak. We snorkeled at two spots - even got to see about 8-10 turtles too! Highly recommended activity to do when visiting Maui. The whole trip was about 3 hrs total.

Visited May 2012
1 Thank Jules D
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“great kayak experience”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2012

first time in ocean kayak. great experience with a group. we were more focused on whale watching and some of the group was more interested in snorkeling. Did get a good whale experience. Felt very comfortable & safe in kayak. Even with the wind that day had great control over kayak. Wish i had e-mail addresses of all our group. am attaching some shots taken!!

Visited February 2012
1 Thank erin j
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“Great way to get close to the whales”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2012

In past years, we'd always gone out on whale watching trips on large boats full of tons of people. We wanted to have a smaller, intimate, quiet, ecologically-friendly experience this time, so we chose Maui EcoTours Whale Kayaking tour. We have a 9-year-old and a 14-year-old, and we are all beginners, so this seemed like a good option for us. On the morning of our tour, the weather was not cooperating in Makena, so we were rescheduled for two days later. Unfortunately, the weather decided to be uncooperative AGAIN and we were forced to reschedule one more time. Luckily we'd scheduled the original date for early in our trip and this left plenty of room to move dates around if needed. Third times a charm, because day three ended up being absolutely beautiful and calm.

Our guide, Chris, was very friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. He explained everything we needed to know to have a safe, successful, and fun trip in an easy-to-understand yet not-at-all-condescending way. He provided a lot of very interesting information about the geological history of Maui and the surrounding islands, and knew an awful lot about the humpback whales we were there to try to see. After multiple trips in the past with cheesy tour guides who are constantly cracking jokes and acting as patronizingly nice to you as possible to try to earn a good tip, it was refreshing to have Chris' straightforward, genuinely friendly attitude.

Immediately after we all left the beach in our kayaks (a total of four kayaks, plus Chris'), we spotted some whales spouting and Chris didn't hesitate to get us going in that direction. Our main reason for going kayaking was to get close to the whales, and I was a little worried that the tour would seem hurried, but once we got within a "legal" distance to where we'd last seen the spouting, Chris had us stop and was incredibly patient while we all sat quietly and waited--about 15 minutes--until the whales (3 large males) surfaced again. When they appeared, they were within about 30 yards of the kayaks, and the sound of them breathing through their blowholes at that range was indescribably magical. It literally took my breath away. Once they dove back under, Chris didn't rush us off to the next spot, but instead allowed us to hang out and patiently wait for them to surface again.

After moving on to the next group of whales and repeating the same patient waiting as before, we kayaked back towards shore and did some snorkeling around some rocks that are notorious for having lots of green sea turtles, and we were not disappointed. We saw at least 5-6 turtles, some resting on the bottom, others swimming around and periodically surfacing for air. Then it was back to the beach where we'd departed from for a quick snack of granola bars and juice.

Overall, we thought this was a great way to experience the whales (and natural beauty) around south Maui. If you are looking for something that doesn't include a lot of other people and is quiet and relaxing, I would highly recommend Maui EcoTours kayaking trips. If you are more into the crowds and the jokes and the beer and snacks that you can get on the bigger boats, then maybe this isn't your thing. I, however, cannot wait to go kayaking again.

Visited March 2012
5 Thank janetbj
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