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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. On this group kayaking tour, 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 thru April) you will have the opportunity to see Humpback whales during their annual migration to the Islands to mate and give birth.

    Great experience and fun despite getting sea sick from the kayak. However, the tour guide Jakeb, was extremely helpful and patient with me and hilarious! You will have a great time with Jakeb. Definitely take something for nausea before kayaking, just in case you get sick or the waters a choppier than usual. (5 stars)

  • Maui: Turtle Town Private Kayak & Snorkel Tour

    2. 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 ...

    Awesome adventure. My wife got really sea sick despite taking Dramamine. Our guide was super patient and helpful with my wife being sick. He gave us some great suggestions on what she could do in the future to help with the sea sickness. He gave us some great recommendations for other local activities and restaurants. The guide had dry storage for our phones/wallets. He provided water for us. We saw a variety of fish an several sea turtles.

  • Maui: Premium Turtle Town Kayak and Snorkel Tour

    3. 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 beaut...

    Great fun and a good workout. Thank you scuba Steve for guiding us to the snorkeling spots and keeping us safe.

  • Maui: Makena Bay Stand-Up Paddle Tour

    4. 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

    5. 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

4.9 / 5

based on 135 reviews

Great experience and fun despite getting sea sick from the kayak. However, the tour guide Jakeb, was extremely helpful and patient with me and hilarious! You will have a great time with Jakeb. Definitely take something for nausea before kayaking, just in case you get sick or the waters a choppier than usual. (5 stars)

John gave me confidence to get in the water as I started the day as a “Nervous Nellie”. His instruction and consideration for newbies was amazing. We had such a great time and loved the vibe of the paddling to the snorkeling. Top notch and THANK YOU!!! Love, A former Nellie

Madison was our guide and she did a great job. We stopped at an awesome snorkeling location and a turtle filled location. We snorkeled every day we were on Maui and this was our favorite day!

Great experience. Thank you to our awesome tour guide Scuba Steve

John was GREAT! The tour was great! The turtles were great!