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Makena Bay Turtle Reef Kayak & Snorkel Tour

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Kayak with an expert through beautiful Makena, also known as Turtle Town, along the southern coast of Maui for some world-class snorkeling and paddling.


Explore the beauty of Makena Landing, in south Maui, known to offer some of the island's best snorkeling sites and gentle ocean conditions just perfect for kayaking. Expert guides lead you through Turtle Town to see its abundant population of Hawaiian green sea turtles and then take you into the water to snorkel among vibrant coral reef gardens, colorful tropical fish, and other unique marine life that make the south coast of Maui their home.


  • Guide

  • Instruction

  • Soft drinks / Juice

  • Life jacket

  • Snorkeling equipment (snorkel, mask & fins)
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South Shore Premier

Enjoy the scenic areas along Makena, Haleakala, and the scenery while kayaking along the calm waters. Enjoy 2 or 3 snorkeling stops depending on the ocean conditions.

  • Activity Level: Easy
  • Ages: 9 & Up
  • Length: 4.5 mile paddle

Duration: 4:30 hour(s)
Available: Daily
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: Guide / Instruction / Soft drinks / Juice / Life jacket / Snorkeling equipment (snorkel, mask & fins)


  • 07:00

    Check-in at Makena Landing

  • 07:15

    South Shore Explorer (4.5 hrs)

  • 11:30


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Early Morning Turtle Reef Discovery (Ages 5+)

This fun and educational tour starts with kayaking from Makena Landing and leads to snorkeling around a bay where many Hawaiian green sea turtles make their home.

  • Activity Level: Easy
  • Ages: 5 & Up
  • Length: 2.5 mile paddle, 45 min snorkel

Duration: 3:30 hour(s)
Available: Daily
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: Guide / Instruction / Soft drinks / Juice / Life jacket / Snacks / Snorkeling equipment (snorkel, mask & fins)


  • 07:00

    Check-in at Makena Landing

  • 07:15

    Turtle Reef Tour (3 hrs)

  • 10:15


Adult ( Age & over ) From
Late Morning Turtle Reef Discovery (Ages 16+)

For those who want a bit more of a challenge, depart later in the day when ocean conditions start to change. Turtles and other sea life are still as active as ever.

  • Activity Level: Moderate
  • Ages: 16 & Up
  • Length: 2.5 mile paddle, 45 min snorkel

Duration: 3:30 hour(s)
Available: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu and Fri
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: Guide / Instruction / Soft drinks / Juice / Life jacket / Snacks / Snorkeling equipment (snorkel, mask & fins)


  • 10:15

    Check-in at Makena Landing

  • 10:30

    Turtle Reef Tour (3 hrs)

  • 13:30


We thoroughly enjoyed our Kayak lessons and putting what we learned into practice. It was a bonus spotting the beautiful sea turtles while snorkeling.


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  • (For Check-In) Makena Landing Beach Park (Makena Landing Park, Makena Road, Kihei, HI, United States) Time: 07:00:00

  • (For Check-Out) Makena Landing Beach Park (Makena Landing Park, Makena Road, Kihei, HI, United States) Time: 11:30:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Makena Landing Beach Park (Makena Landing Park, Makena Road, Kihei, HI, United States) Time: 07:00:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Makena Landing Beach Park (Makena Landing Park, Makena Road, Kihei, HI, United States) Time: 11:30:00

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  • Wheelchair Accessibility: Guests must be able to transition from their wheelchair to a kayak with limited assistance and must be able to hold themselves upright while kayaking. Due to calmer ocean conditions and less intense paddling requirements, the Early Morning Turtle Reef Discovery is recommended for those with limited mobility.

  • A minimum of two (2) guests are required to create a booking.

  • This activity is not wheelchair accessible.

South Shore Premier
  • Children 9 years old and above can participate in this activity.

Early Morning Turtle Reef Discovery (Ages 5+)
  • Children 5 years old and above can participate in this activity.

Late Morning Turtle Reef Discovery (Ages 16+)
  • People 16 years old and above can participate in this activity.

Required Items to Bring & Attire
All Packages
  • Sunglasses

  • Towel

  • Swimsuit

  • Sunscreen

Additional Note(s)
All Packages
  • South Pacific Kayaks and Outfitters reserves the right to choose an alternative location no more than 30 minutes away from the original location if weather is inappropriate at the original site.

  • The activity schedule is subject to change or cancellation due to weather or traffic conditions.

  • The activity provider does not assume any responsibility for your valuables and/or personal belongings.

  • The tour guide has full discretion to refuse service to customers based on attire, behavior, physical fitness and condition.

  • Gratuity is not included in the price.

  • All participants who go in the water must wear a flotation device.

Booking Requirements (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
  • You can book a minimum of 2 and maximum of 10.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if the kayak flips over?

"Sit On Top" kayaks are provided, so if the kayak flips over, you will fall out which makes it safer than kayaks that have a cockpit.

Do I need to be able to swim to participate?

Although it is highly recommended, you will be wearing a life jacket, so you will be safe!

How many people are there in a tour group?

There is a maximum group size of up to ten (10) people.

Are you required to wear a life jacket?

Yes, you will be required to wear a life jacket.

What kind of kayaks and equipment will be used?

Maui's premiere kayak and hiking outfitter offering unique and enriching kayaking experience to Maui's visitors since 1991. Your experienced guides are CPR and First Aid certified, offer great instruction and assistance, provide quality snorkel equipment (prescription masks available) and top of the line touring kayaks with rudders.

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We thoroughly enjoyed our Kayak lessons and putting what we learned into practice. It was a bonus spotting the beautiful sea while snorkeling. more


Being from Kansas, my family and I don't exactly get too many opportunities to go kayaking in the ocean, so when my son asked... if we could do the kayaking and whale watching, I was little scared but now I am so glad that I did it! This was such a great tour from the moment we met our guide up until we came back to shore. Seeing whales while in our kayaks was completely breathtaking and the professionalism displayed by the guides was top notch. Keep it up folks! more

Mr. Anonymous

We had a great time Kayaking to the turtle reef and swimming with the awesome sea turtles. Our guide, Griff, did an excellent job ...with instructing us on proper Kayaking and snorkeling technique. He was very knowlegeable about marine biology and gave us a unique lesson on Hawaiian history and culture. A well rounded, fun trip! more

Mike and Lindsay

This was my first time snorkeling. The guide made it easy and fun. I want to do it again!

Mr. Anonymous

We would highly recommend this adventure to everyone. The guide was awesome and made the experience just wonderful. We had a grou...p of 8 which was really nice. more


We Took This Snorkeling Trip Over The Molokini Crater Because We Wanted Something Different And Less Crowded. Well This Trip Was R...ight On The Nose. Our Guide Peter Was AWESOME. He Was Very People Friendly And Knowledgable About The Things He Showed Us And Talked About, It Was Nice To Not Be Sitting On An Over Crowded Boat But Instead In A Kayak With A Group Of 7 Other People. 4 Kayaks Total. We Went To 2 Different Snorkel Sites And Were Out On The Water For A Total Of About 3 Hours Or So.We Saw MANY Turtles And Lots Of Different Fish, Peter Even Showed Us An Octopus And Let Us Hold And Touch It. My Husband And I Really Enjoyed Ourselves On This Trip And Would Totally Recommend It To Anyone Thats Wanting Something Less Crowded. Sorry I Dont Have Any Photos, Were Still Here In Hawaii! more


This was one of my and my husbands favorite things we did our first time out to Hawaii. We were thrilled we were in whale infested... waters and it was super cool to have the whales literally swimming under us, as we saw and heard them. It was awesome one whale swam right under our guide (Griff) who got amazing photos of the whole experience! Would definitely do this again during whale season! Snorkeling to see the green sea turtles was amazing too. And all by getting a little exercise, rowing. Nice! Thanks Griff and South Pacific Kayak! more


We had a wonderful time with South Pacific Kayak and Kelly - spent the morning enjoying the kayaks and snorkeling. Kelly was able... to direct us to some awesome spots and plenty of turtles and fish to enjoy! Would definitely recommend the long trip to everyone! more


We had a superb kayak experience, first-time, and got to see some big fish (whales). Are they any good eating? I kid, I kid! If... we ever make our way back to the beautiful islands we'd do this again in a heartbeat! Thanks for such an amazing day! more

Frank & Carly Wise

We had an amazing time with our guide Finch with South Pacific Kayak!! We got to witness so many amazing, beautiful things! Whales... breaching out of the ocean, Dolphines dancing 10 feet in front of us and the beautiful, colorful fish and turtles that inhabbit the ocean. Such an amazing time!! We wanted to go back the next day!! This was our first time Kayaking, it was amazing. Thank you for an amazing adventure!! Kristy and Tim more

Kristy & Tim

Steve our guide was so knowledgeable and took us to the best places to see marine life. We saw an eel, octopus, turtles and plenty... of fish! Will do it again next time we come back :) more

Kim Hamilton

Had a rainy start to the morning, but it ended up a beautiful day. Started with a trip out from shore to try and see some whales. ...Sadly we didn't see any, but we were able to hear them calling under us, which was amazing! Snorkeling was great, rusty was able to point out to us some of the reef life that often gets missed and was great about getting us into the water. Great time! more

Matt and Alicia

I have never kayaked or snorkeled before. The kayaking was great the instructor/guide went over everything with us. I liked it so ...much I will start doing it here at home. My wife loved the snorkeling. I had a bit of an issue in the begging because I sink in water so once I put the life vest on I was good to go. I recommend a gopro camera for some unforgettable footage. more

Alex Salmona

Our guide, I believe his name is Roger, was helpful and informative. He made it enjoyable and a very memorable experience. Told us... about the different islands and other facts about the sea life. We saw several sea turtles and other colorful fish. more


My family and I had such a wonderful time! Our guide Rusty was awesome and was so informative. He made sure that everyone was enj...oying themselves. Definitely will be booking with you again. Thanks again more


Steve was our guide who has 24 years of experience and knew exactly where to take us to find the best marine life. We saw an eel, ...octopus, lots of beautiful turtles and tons of fish! We will do it again next time we come back. Mahalo Steve! more

Kim Hamilton

This excursion was worth the money spent. My new husband had never snorkeled before so it was nice to have an experienced guide t...each us how to do it. The Kayaking portion was nice and good exercise while we got to go out further than we would have without the kayaks. The guide, Steve, knew tremendous amounts about the area, ocean, animal life and more. He was helpful and funny throughout the entire experience. It was great to see turtles in and out of the water, an octopus, urchins, as well as schools of fish. Small group, us and a family, which the made the experience that much more intimate and special. more


Kayaking is a great way to observe different snorkeling sites. Lots of friendly sea turtles and was able to hear the songs of the... humpback whales. Would have liked to see more varieties of fish. For a kayaker used to a 1-person boat, the 2-person kayak was more limiting. Our guide provided a lot of information about the sea life in the area. It was very informational. Overall a good day. more


Kayaking tour guide was friendly and informative. He gave us simple directions for basic kayaking and we did well. We followed hi...m away from the crowd up the coast to clearer waters. Saw all kinds of fish, he pointed out a turtle, and also gave us information about the islands. Just the right amount of time. We were also given juice. One item to improve upon is cleaner snorkels as our friend found hair on hers. Although we snorkeled near our hotel and saw as many fish and turtles we enjoyed this kayaking experience. more


I would give this 4 1/2 stars! My husband and I ended up getting a private tour because no one else signed up! Our guide was great... (didn't give name)-he constantly was bringing things back up to the surface to show us and was very knowledgable about anything we asked about. I had a very personal and special experience with a female turtle while snorkeling and we saw some while kayaking, but I thought we would see more at the turtle cleaning station. Would recommend this to anyone with experience. The total time was good but we wish it could have been a little longer-our guide didn't want us to be on choppy waters. Our tour was around 3 hrs. They provide you with snacks and water. Our guide was snapping pictures for us and will e-mail them to us for free! Can't wait to see them! Mahalo to our guide and this company!! Tip: After you are done, ask your guide about the Jaws Food Truck-delicious fish tacos and burritos with snacks and smoothies! more

Caitlin Stein

I booked the west side snorkel safari online and was initially booked into the wrong time slot due to a glitch in the system. This... wasn't a big deal. They were very helpful in sorting this out and assured me that they were working on fixing the glitch. The morning of the tour however, I took a taxi out to the meeting point only to be told that the trip was canceled due to high winds (it seemed calm to me, but I'm not an experienced ocean kayaker) $55 later I was back where I started. To be fair, they did try to phone me, but I did not have my phone turned on because I was trying to avoid roaming charges. I do not feel that one attempted phone call is sufficient customer service. I would have appreciated an email (this is how I had been communicating with the company from the beginning). I would suggest that anyone booking a similar tour contact the office before you leave in the morning to confirm that it will proceed as scheduled. more


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