Turtle Reef Kayak Tour of Makena, Maui

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Turtle Reef Kayak Tour

From $118.84

Select Date and Travelers

up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Leave your cares and worries behind when you join this Maui kayaking tour, which casually paddles the turquoise waters above Turtle Reef in Maui. Launching out of Makena Landing just 10 minutes south of Wailea, this Maui kayaking tour hugs the shoreline of a historic volcanic cove. In addition to teeming with schools of fish, this area is home to everyone’s favorite—the endangered Hawaiian Green sea turtle.
  • Kayak tour off the south side of Maui
  • Snorkeling adventure in the tropical underwater world
  • Close encounter with marine life including endangered green sea turtles
  • Stunning views of Haleakala
  • Optional swimming or snorkeling adventure

What's Included

  • Beach Instructions and Safety Talk
  • Guide Assisted Launch and Landings
  • Quality Snorkel Equipment, PFD, and dry bag if needed
  • Light refreshments
  • Quality Touring Kayaks - Singles and Doubles Available
  • CPR and First Aid Certified Guides with Many Years Ocean Experience
  • Local taxes
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 5180 Makena Alanui
    5180 Makena Alanui, Kihei, HI 96753, USA

    *** Google / Apple Map "Makena Landing" **** DO NOT GO TO A RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS From Makena Landing parking lot, walk 100 yards over the little hill with ocean on right - you'll see kayaks there. Please google map "Makena Landing beach Park" or "Maluaka Beach Parking Lot" option B

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

This 2.5 mile (4km) Maui kayaking tour is a short and leisurely paddle, designed as a family friendly activity for paddlers 5 and up. It doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned pro or it’s your very first time in a kayak, as everyone who experiences this kayaking in Maui can appreciate the tropical beauty.

Hear the history of Makena Bay and get views of Haleakala volcano, with the main highlight being snorkeling with sea turtles as they casually float above the reef. Makena is one of the best spots for a family to go kayaking in Maui, where the warm, clear, protected waters are just waiting to be explored.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Paddling distance is approx 1.5 to 2.0 miles
  • The 10:30am tour is only available to guests who are 16 years and over.
  • The 7:15am departure offers ideal weather conditions, more active reef life, better visibility, etc. Best Experience!
  • 715 tour time ages 5+ / 1030 tour time ages 16+
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Featured review
Tyler was such a great guide. Easy going and knowledgeable. He made our family feel so comfortable we all had the best day. We kayaked, learned a little about the island. Snorkeled, saw beautiful turtles and fish. We saw an amazing rainbow. The 3 of us were all at different comfort levels with kayaking and snorkeling and Tyler made it such an enjoyable experience for each of us. I’d recommend this tour to all levels, we wore life jackets making snorkeling easy.


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Yeting_D, Jan 2024
Our guide Jeremiah did such a good job and had a great sense of humor. His instructions on safety were very clear. We saw so many whales while kayaking. This was the most memorable excursion of my Maui trip!
Great way to spend a morning in Maui!
Domonique_K, Dec 2023
Miah was an experienced, knowledgable guide. He captured phenomenal pictures of our trip and could speak to a variety of topics about Hawaii. We had a blast!
Best kayak and snorkeling experience in Maui
Ashley_N, Oct 2023
We had the best experience on our turtle reef kayak tour! Our guide was very experienced and was friendly from the beginning! The other people that were reserved for the morning trip did not show up so we had a private tour with the instructor. Niko was awesome! He explained everything in detail, provided functioning equipment, and guided us to a perfect spot to see turtles, fish, reef, and sea urchins. Our trip lasted around 1.5hrs and we saw so much! Would highly recommend doing this tour before doing any others! Niko even suggested local spots to eat and was very easy to get along with.
Ohana on the Sea
Amy_W, Oct 2023
Our guide, John, was knowledgeable and entertaining. He made sure everyone on the tour was comfortable and included. He shared the history of the area we were kayaking in, and made sure we all appreciated the beauty of the experience. He was well versed in Hawaiian culture and an excellent guide. We saw one fairly large honu swimming while we were en route to our first snorkel spot, but conditions were murky so we didn’t spot any others. Nonetheless, John made the trip a success and we’d definitely recommend his tour!
Great time!!
Joni_A, Oct 2023
We had a great time on the kayak/snorkel tour. We had never snorkeled and our guide Jeremiah was so helpful as well as fun and knowledgeable with lots of information and facts about the islands. We saw lots of turtles fish and beautiful reefs. I would highly recommend this tour and our guide Jeremiah.
Our tour guide was very...
christy_b, Sep 2023
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable of the island and the area. Full of energy and made sure we had all that we needed. Truly such a beautiful experience. Kayaking was easy and it’s such a gorgeous spot on the island.
Highly recommend!
Ronni_C, Aug 2023
Awesome morning trip with our guide Kyle. He was efficient and helpful as we paddled our kayak and snorkeled in beautiful waters. We got to see so many turtles!
Sarah_S, Aug 2023
Excellent excursion! We loved our tour guide Tyler. Very knowledgeable about everything we did. We will be back and I highly recommend.
Fun kayaking tour!
Shana_S, Aug 2023
We had a wonderful time! Our guide was very thorough and we felt very safe and prepared. There were many turtles and we also say needlefish, moray eel and humuhumunukunukuapuaa!
Great experience!
Deborah_M, Aug 2023
John was great! Gave us good tips on our kayaking techniques. He was very informative about the marine life and local culture. Felt safe and in good hands! Highly recommend!
Snorkeling with the...
Jessica_A, Aug 2023
Snorkeling with the turtles was a great part of the experience. We were able to catch the turtles at a good time.
What a great time we had!...
DeAnna_D, Jul 2023
What a great time we had! Madison was our guide, and she's awesome. Very knowledgeable about the local history and marine life. She guided us to a spot about a mile away for some snorkeling. Saw lots of different fish, and got to swim with about 6 sea turtles. Really cool! We had plenty of time to snorkel, and then Madison helped us back into our kayaks. (She's alot stronger than she looks!) :-) By the time we were on our way back to the beach, the waves were picking up and added a challenge to paddling. I recommend going on the 7am tour. The water is calm and clear. We would definitely do this tour again and will recommend it to our friends.
Nancy_H, Jul 2023
Our guide Kyle was amazing! He was knowledgeable and attentive during the while trip. Amazing to see so many turtles in one place. Great way to kayak the ocean.
Must see
Billy_P, Jul 2023
Swimming so close with the turtles was amazing, along with all of the other fish in the reef. Breathtaking and just too much to list. Our guide for the trip Nico did a great job getting me the pics I was hoping for of my kids having this experience.
Great time!
apjklee, Jul 2023
Had a great time. The kids were able to snorkel with the turtles. Niko was great, kept everyone involved. Would do it again.
Response from Host, Jul 2023
Mahalo. Thanks for choosing us as part of your Maui vacation - we sincerely appreciate it. Nico is a great guide and a great soul. We appreciate his skills
Flexible Rebooking
Diane_C, Jul 2023
At our scheduled time, it was too windy to go out. The company made it very easy to move our reservation to another day and we had an excellent time!
Response from Host, Jul 2023
Mahalo. Glad you could join us.
We went in a big group...
Ashley_V, Jun 2023
We went in a big group and originally we were supposed to go to the 10:30am but there were high winds so the instructor recommended we go at 7am. I was grateful that he was looking out for our safety and he provided a lot of information about places around the Kihei area to visit. I would recommend this activity to others, bring sunscreen and go to the 7am time slot .
Tyler was awesome
Michael_G, Jun 2023
Once we found the location our experience was awesome. Guide Tyler was full of local knowledge, personable, patient, and fun. Guided us kayaking to the perfect spot to see many sea turtles. Highly recommend.
Unfortunate miscommunication
Roger_C, Jun 2023
Changed time of tour. Then cancalled the tour time we were scheduled to meet for the event Not even sure I'll receive any kind of refund.
Response from Host, Jun 2023
Our 715 tour times are the best experience as the later tour times can be affected by weather (trade winds). We will send a text suggesting (no mandating) this to you if you've booked a 1030 (we want you to have a great experience). Moving your reservation we are happy to do so but this means we also allocate the necessary resources to accommodate this - not both. So, when you decide to join earlier, we move your reservation to this time slot from the other one.
Jeremiah is amazing!
Jennifer_C, Apr 2023
Jeremiah was amazing! It was the first time for me to kayak and snorkel. I didn't know how to breath through my mouth under the water. Miah explained everything to me and was so patient and knowledgeable to teach me. Because of his expertise and wonderful teaching, I learned quickly and was able to have the best first-time of kayaking and snorkeling! I really appreciate his patience and expertise! Thank you so much!

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