I have nothing but great things to say about South Pacific Kayaks and the morning we spent doing the South Shore Explorer trip on sat. Sep 21st guided by Dan. We started the day at the beautiful bay known as Makena Landing where we showed up to learn that we really lucked out, learning we were the only couple scheduled that day. Dan already had the kayak ready to launch and combined with us being experienced kayak owners ourselves plus having our own snorkel gear meant that we wasted no time getting out on the water after his quick safety briefing.
We paddled up the coast to our first destination, offshore from Chang’s beach where we dropped anchor for the first snorkel session. We saw many colorful fish, lots of corals and several sea turtles here. Nest we headed south to the second destination known as 5-caves 5-graves where Dan proceeded to show us the underwater caves, again surrounded by lots of fish, corals and turtles as well as several scuba divers who were exploring the caves beneath us. We then paddled back to Makena Bay where again we saw more turtles than we could count, sometimes in groups of three or four at a time. After we had our fill of snorkeling, we returned to Makena landing and had a great sandwich lunch while sitting under the trees on a shady rock outcropping enjoying the exquisite Makena scenery.
It was an absolutely fantastic day blessed with a gorgeous blue sky to paddle under and crystal clear water at all three snorkel sites. Most of all though what made this such a great trip was our guide Dan who went above and beyond to make sure we had fun. Unlike other trips we’ve done where a dis-interested guide acts like he doesn’t want to be there, Dan was clearly enjoying the day as much as we were. He was alongside us all the way, describing the scenery, talking about life on Maui and snorkeling with us. Both above and below the water Dan took pictures of us on my waterproof camera so we could remember the day and several times he dove down to bring up unusual sea creatures from the depths to show us up close.
Having used other outfitters on Maui in the past I’m happy to say we will be sticking with South Pacific for our future trips and I have no reservations recommending them to others. Besides the organized trips they also offer simple rentals as well for those already experienced. That may very well be a good choice for some folks but having a guide like Dan makes the organized trip well worth the cost in my opinion.
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