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Makena Bay: Our most recommended tours and activities

Maui: Turtle Town Kayak and Snorkel Tour

1. Maui: Turtle Town Kayak and Snorkel Tour

Explore the ocean and see marine wildlife on this family-friendly kayaking tour, great for children 5 and up. Go snorkeling and feast on complimentary snacks and beverages as you go. Take a group kayaking tour where you will kayak roughly 2.5 miles through Makena Bay. Turtle Town is known as one of Maui's best kayaking and snorkeling destinations. Spot ocean wildlife as you battle through the blue Hawaiian surf. This location is famous for the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle population and exceptional paddling conditions on Maui's calm blue waters. It is also very common to see manta rays and dolphins as well as the Hawaiian monk seal. During whale season (October through April) you will have the opportunity to see Humpback whales during their annual migration to the Islands to mate and give birth. Take advantage of the opportunity to snorkel in this unique environment. Enjoy complimentary snacks and beverages as part of your tour.

Maui: Premium Turtle Town Kayak and Snorkel Tour

2. Maui: Premium Turtle Town Kayak and Snorkel Tour

On this premier tour you will have a full morning of kayaking and snorkeling in Maui’s beautiful south coast. Anyone needing more water time, snorkeling and sunshine, this 4-mile paddle is the trip you're looking for. Expect a full morning of kayaking, exceptional snorkeling, reef life, beautiful corals, and turtles everywhere. Based on the weather and ocean currents, your expert tour guide will adjust your trip to either be more kayaking or more snorkeling to ensure the best excursion. In this small group setting, you will have more time to be in the water and see more marine wildlife! Before the action begins, you will receive an orientation with your guides, ensuring that you have all the appropriate snorkel and kayaking gear you require. During your guided tour you will get to stop at 2-3 prime snorkeling spots. These spots have been chosen to maximize your chances of seeing beautiful underwater marine life. You will also have the chance to enjoy some delicious snacks and beverages throughout the day, provided by your friendly and informative guides.

Maui: Self Guided Clear Bottom Kayak Tour

3. Maui: Self Guided Clear Bottom Kayak Tour

Leave dry land behind and sail around Makena Landing, also known locally as “Turtle Town”. Feast your eyes on the incredible biodiversity of green sea turtles and reef fish, as well as the occasional manta and spotted eagle rays, octopi, dolphins, monk seals, humpback whales (December through April) and little white-tip reef sharks. After receiving a quick tutorial, you'll be helped to launch your boat into the water. Then, you'll have 2 full hours far from the tourist crowds paddling anywhere you want on a steady and easy-to-use kayak. The more you take your time, the more you're likely to see!

Maui: Turtle Town Private Kayak & Snorkel Tour

4. Maui: Turtle Town Private Kayak & Snorkel Tour

Come enjoy a perfect morning on the water kayaking and snorkeling on this tour of Maui's picturesque Turtle Town in Kihei, no experience necessary. Swim with Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles (Honu) and enjoy panoramic views. Start your tour with a brief lesson about fish identification followed by a paddle lesson. Then, it's right onto the water to start your adventure. See views of Mauna Haleakalā, Kahalawai, Kahoolawe, Lanai, and Molokai. After a scenic paddle through Makena Bay to the snorkel destination, it's time to drop anchor and go on a guided reef tour. Once in the water, cruise around at your own pace as you enjoy the colorful coral, beautiful fish, and turtles. After snorkeling and sightseeing under the colorful waters, it's back to the kayaks for water and snacks. Then, paddle back to the beach to finish your tour. Benefit from free photos taken during the tour to remember your experience.

Maui: Makena Bay Stand-Up Paddle Tour

5. Maui: Makena Bay Stand-Up Paddle Tour

See Maui the adventurous way with a stand-up paddling (SUP) lesson or tour. Make the most of your private guide, who will lead small groups along the idyllic coastline in Makena Bay for a 2-hour tour or lesson. Enjoy an unforgettable experience getting up close to nature in Maui’s warm, clear blue waters. Start with an early check-in where you will get all the paddling equipment you will need. Your guide will plan out the ideal route based on your interests. Let your guide know ahead of time if there is anything you want to see so the tour can be customized especially for you. Paddle along the coastline, where you will get great views of the bay. Make sure to look out for green sea turtles, manta rays, tropical reef fish and fantastic coral reef. If it’s the right season, be sure to look out for whales and dolphins, too.

Maui: Beginner Level Private Stand-Up Paddleboard Lesson

6. Maui: Beginner Level Private Stand-Up Paddleboard Lesson

Start out with a brief lesson on the shore before getting into the ocean with your paddleboard. Feel secure as your professional guide leads you every paddle of the way. Review your shore lesson out on the water and you'll be stand-up paddleboarding in no time. For small children, expert help is at hand. Kids will be able to sit on the front of the paddleboard with a guide. Children will be safe as they paddleboard along with the rest of the family.  Look back on the experience with a specialty photograph documenting your paddleboarding success available on social media. Round off the session with a fresh fruit picnic while checking out the stunning scenery of Haleakala Crater from the ocean.

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What people are saying about Makena Bay

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 208 reviews

John, our guide, was knowledgeable, funny, and empowering. He provided good guidance for me, who was petrified, and my wife who was fearless, so that both of us had a pleasurable and memorable trip. We appreciated his knowledge of the islands, language, and culture. John was witty and engaged in light banter with everyone in our group. I highly recommend John as a guide!

I highly recommend this tour! John was an excellent tour guide, and took us to a super nice spot that was sort of off the trail, but we ended up seeing many turtles (6? and many surfaced next to us), many fish, and an octopus! John was really fun to talk to, informative, and was basically everything I'd want out of a guide!

Smiley was a fantastic guide. He kept us informed about cultural history and about the aquatic life we were seeing. The paddle was smooth and no one huli-hulied on his watch! It was as if we kayaked and snorkeled with an old friend. We’d do it again in a minute!

We had a great time seen lots of turtles and fish. We enjoyed a cold beverage after snorkeling and our guide was very friendly and knowledgeable about the area and Hawaii.

John was great. Tons of knowledge and experience. We swam with 5 turtles and even got to pet an octopus! Thanks much!!