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Jul 17, 2019
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  • 3 hours (Approx.)
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Overview Overview

Observe Hawaiian green sea turtles in their natural environment on this family-friendly 3-hour eco tour. From Makena, you'll travel to Turtle Town via kayak, paddling on South Maui’s calm, clear waters, before you plunge into a protected reef and snorkel alongside sea turtles, dolphins, rays, octopuses, and eels. Small-group tour limited to eight people. 

Highlights
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Ideal choice for families
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
Inclusions & Exclusions Inclusions & Exclusions
Inclusions
  • Bottled water and snacks
  • Professional guides with lifeguard, CPR and first aid training
  • Use of kayak and snorkel equipment
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure & Return Departure & Return
Departure Point

Makena Landing Park, 5083 Makena Road, Kihei, HI 96753, USA

Departure Time

7:00 AM

Operates

Daily

What to Expect What to Expect

Meet your professional guides and small group of 8 people or less at South Maui’s Makena Landing, where you’ll be provided with a kayak, snorkel gear, life jackets, bottled water, and a snack. Following a short safety briefing, you'll set out for a relaxing paddle along the coast, relishing the area’s calm, clear waters and stopping along the water to snorkel and observe local marine life.
You’re guaranteed to see some of Hawaii’s green sea turtles, along with occasional sightings of Manta and Eagle rays, octopus, eels, dolphins and even humpback whales (December - April).
After three hours exploring Turtle Town's underwater wonderland, your tour concludes back at Makena Landing. 

Hotel Pickup Hotel Pickup

Not Available

Additional Info Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for children under 5 years old
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled because of poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative tour date or full refund
Cancellation Policy Cancellation Policy

If you cancel at least 3 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Reviews

15 Reviews
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Cally L

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5/5
03, July, 2019

If you don’t get a chance to explore the ocean with John, I genuinely feel sorry for you. We kayaked by a pod of dolphins, saw beautiful coral and fish, and chilled with a sea turtle. John is incredibly intelligent and well educated - psych and anthropology background plus a marine scientist for 15 years and an experienced kayaker. We learned so much more than we thought we would and we’re thrilled about it.

We felt super safe the whole time. John gave clear directions and was also just super fun to be around. He connected all 10 of us (we were three and joined a family of 7) together so we felt like we were just out on the water for the day with a group of friends. Would do this every day if I could!

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Rachel Z

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03, July, 2019

John is the best tour guide you could ever ask for. He is fun, so helpful, experienced, and simply loves his job! The kayaking was so easy and we must have seen 15 turtles. They swim right up next to you and are so cute. I would do this every time I come visit from now on.

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Jonathon M

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03, July, 2019

My wife and I did this our first day in Maui and it was the highlight of our trip. Neither of us had ever been snorkeling before, but our guide (John Hess) helped us learn really fast and feel comfortable in the water. We are really lucky and saw many green sea turtles who surfaced near us. We also say a manta ray which was amazing to witness in the wild. It was a magical experience, but everyone's tour will be different. We did the morning tour, and everyone seems to say that's when you see the most marine life.

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Luna M

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23, January, 2019

My mother and I loved the heck out of this tour! First, we had to reschedule because 0700 the day after arrival AND a luau make it tough to motivate. The company was happy to help and reschedule at a location closer to our resort that I wasn't familiar with before. The morning tour really is the most beautiful in my opinion and I recommend it to anyone. My mother had never been snorkeling/kayaking or admittedly in the ocean deeper than her ankles but our guide JASON was incredible! He gave her all the instructions and context she needed to feel confident in her ability and even get a bit excited for the sea life she'd see. This was my biggest priority as I have been snorkeling and handful of times before and been in the ocean quite a lot. We got to see turtles, jelly fish, the Hawaii state fish, and incredible views of the mountain range from the water. Our guide was very knowledgeable and easy to talk to. It was a fun filled day out on the water and I recommend this organization and this guide to ANYONE visiting the island.

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Amy P

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26, December, 2018

Our tour guide was John and he was awesome! We were lucky enough to have the tour to ourselves (me, 2 teenagers and my son) . I was a little worried because noneof is had ever kayaked before especially in ther ocean. But John explained everything very well and everyone did great. My teenage girls even worked together and got along....a miracles in itself! He took us to a greater snorkel spot and we explored everything. We saw lots of sea turtles, starfish, morey eel, puffer fish and he even found an octopus that he held and were for to touch. It was amazing! We saw everything we could ask for! John was very knowledgeable about everything we saw on our tour. My kids said it was their favorite part of our trip. We will definitely use John again when we go back to Maui!

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Koskocm

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19, September, 2018

This was our first time kayaking in the ocean and wasn't sure what to expect. Our tour guide was John and he was super friendly and informative and explained in detail how to use the kayak from getting in to storing our snorkel gear (which is included) to getting back into kayak after snorkeling in the ocean.John had a great knowledge of the area and sea life. We easily found green sea turtles to snorkel with. They are use to people and really don't mind you swimming around them. Our guide spotted a octopus and retrieved it and let us all get a close up view (Spectacular!) This was a very relaxing, beautiful trip and would highly recommend for novice or experienced kayakers!

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Maureen R

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24, February, 2018

We had a great adventure. I think the highlight was holding the octopus.

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Katherine

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03, November, 2017

Matt was amazing! He is friendly, and helpful. Maui is an amazing place! this tour is fantastic...Matt was not only professional but funny and personable. Thank you for such a beautiful day! Katherine

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Alisha M

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5/5
21, August, 2017

This was a fantastic experience! Our guide was very knowledgeable and very helpful. We had very little experience snorkeling and our guild keep everyone happy and comfortable. Yes, we saw lots of Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles. Three hours was plenty of snorkeling for my group.

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Alisha M

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21, August, 2017

This was a fantastic experience! Our guide was very knowledgeable and very helpful. We had very little experience snorkeling and our guild keep everyone happy and comfortable. Yes, we saw lots of Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles. Three hours was plenty of snorkeling for my group.

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Miva V

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21, April, 2017

Our guide was fantastic! He was very knowledgeable and made sure we had a great time. I highly recommend this adventure and will definitely do it again should I be given the opportunity to return to Maui.

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Tom R

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11, February, 2017

We booked this trip due to the perception of more value than the other kayak trips we had seen. We're we ever right. Matt took us out and was extremely knowledgable, fun, and kept safety in mind whenever necessary. We swam with numerous turtles, and were able to get a great view of some whales. Matt even gave us a dinner recommendation, which we tried, and was also awesome. 10/10, these guys are great.

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Zachary N

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04, October, 2016

Our tour guide was Matt and he was outstanding.

I was with a group of 4 but the total group size for the tour was 10. It was a totally reasonable number of people for Matt to keep track of without forcing everyone to adhere to absurdly specific rules. Kayaks, paddles, life jackets, water, and snorkel equipment are all provided. We brought our own snorkel gear with zero hassle. Pictures were available for purchase at 60 for two people and 5 more for each additional person in the group. We opted for that package and it was definitely worth it. We got plenty of pictures of us on the kayaks, in the water, and great pictures of everything we saw. The camera Matt used was way better than anything we would've brought anyway.

The tour started out with Matt explaining how we were going to launch our kayaks, his recommended paddling method, and how we would put on our snorkel gear once on the water, how to get out of the kayaks to go snorkeling, and how to get back in the kayaks from the water.

The launching spot was a very sheltered bay that made getting our Kayaks out easy. We started with a fairly long kayaking segment seeing many turtles along the way that put us past most of the other tour groups, giving us plenty of space to feel comfortable. We saw multiple turtles at and Matt led us to all of us favorite spots on that section of reef.

Our second snorkel spot was about half way back to the launching spot from our first snorkel spot. There had been a group there previously, but they were gone when we got there making for another very uncrowded snorkeling experience. Again, we saw multiple turtles 3 at once even!.

After that, we kayaked back to the launch bay, Matt explained the landing process and everything went smoothly.

What really made this experience great was our knowledgeable guide. He was great at answering any questions about the wildlife and definitely had multiple snorkeling spots in mind.

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Kristin C

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20, August, 2016

Our guide was Matt and he was great with our group of 5 with ages ranging from 12 to 72. We saw spinner and bottle nose dolphins, turtles, rays and TONS of different fish. It was one of the highlights of our trip.

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Noelle B

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22, June, 2016

This tour was amazing! We got such an education on Hawaii and all the sea life. Matt was our tour guide and he was extremely knowledgeable and very patient. It is a must do!

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