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“A little bit of everything!”
Review of Shaka Kayaks

Shaka Kayaks
Ranked #8 of 15 things to do in Kahuku
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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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St Paul, MN
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“A little bit of everything!”
Reviewed January 8, 2012

We booked a trip with Drew and Ryan through the Turtle Bay Resort. My wife and I each did a single kayak with the glass bottom. They take you to a bay just west of the property, and we had a blast. You paddle around the bay looking at the turtles (there were several and they are huge)! These guys also offer facts and tidbits about the turtle's environment, habits, etc, assisted by Drew's background in environmental studies. After about 45 minutes to an hour you RACE over to the beach for a snack at which point you can check out the old WWII bunker or head out to catch some waves on the kayaks. Since we had already seen the bunker my wife and I choose some kayak "surfing" with Drew. These guys are serious about safety and keep it fun. (Side note: you WILL get dumped doing the surfing, but Drew prepares you).

After that you do a little stand-up paddling, see some more turtles, and head to shore. There they take you to the banyan tree where the show "Lost" was filmed. Again, since we had already seen it we stayed behind while "Dr. Drew" tended to our minor cuts from the rocks during surfing. Overall, a great experience!

A couple of unexpected perks: they take pictures of you during the trip and email them to you that day, and they throw in a water bottle for the trip. No charge!

Lastly, Drew runs a blog called "Aloha Update" at www.alohaupdate.com. Anyone interested in learning more about the Islands, especially adventure types, will like this page!

Visited January 2012
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Buffalo, NY
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“Fun trip”
Reviewed January 5, 2012

We never Kayaked before so this was a great place to learn. We enjoyed the scenery along with the short hike they took us on to see the WW II bunker. The tour guides were great. It was a fun time, however we only saw 2 sea turtles so that was a little disappointing.

Visited August 2011
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Milwaukee, WI
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64 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Excellent turtle watching”
Reviewed November 28, 2011

Although limited to Kawela bay, the kayak tour is excellent for watching turtles while learning to kayak or do other tricks (if you are already an experienced kayak-er). The guides are very knowledgeable and competent. I enjoyed every second of his tour.

Visited November 2011
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Spokane, Washington
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Exciting and Beautiful”
Reviewed September 25, 2011

The Shaka guides were great, knowledgeable, and so helpful and interesting! Their instruction was comprehensive and understandable. They worked well together to make sure our experience was fun, gave us options, and shared experiences with us. The kayaks were comfortable, sturdy and steady and the safety vests fitted to us individually. Great job and great experience option for the resort guests!

Visited September 2011
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Morton, Illinois
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“If you've gone through the beach on horseback you've done half the kayak experience”
Reviewed September 8, 2011

We did the kayak tour near Turtle Bay Resort on one of the last days of our trip to Hawaii. While it was nice to actually see the sea turtles, kayaking through the bay was not for me. It was not physically demanding by any means, and even if that was not what you were in it for the same scenery can be viewed from a walk along the beach nearby (you stay within one bay the entire trip). During the first hour expect to be out in the ocean looking for sea turtles and possibly riding a wave on the kayak. The second hour we were probably out there for about 15-20 minutes total with the guides taking us to the banyan tree from "Lost" as well as an old World War II bunker (both of which you can see on the horse trail rides). I don't regret going and the guides, equipment and bay was excellent; however, having done this I'd probably recommend to others to save their $100 per person and do something else!

Visited September 2011
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