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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.

Kailua: 2-Hour Guided Kayak Excursion with Lunch

2. Kailua: 2-Hour Guided Kayak Excursion with Lunch

Perfect for beginners or travelers wanting to perfect their skills, this kayak tour has been designed to show off the very best that Hawaii has to offer. Follow a qualified guide to their favorite locations around the bay, visit secluded coves, discover Hawaii’s marine life, and find the best spots to snorkel. During the tour you’ll also protect the island by helping to collect marine plastics as well as learn how to positively interact with wildlife. The tour focuses on sustainable tourism and incorporates eco-friendly practices, such as the elimination of single-use-plastics at lunch. Get kitted out with all the necessary safety gear before hopping onboard your kayak and heading into the water. The first stop of the day is the beautiful Popoi’a Island, where you can admire and learn about the nesting sea-birds which are protected here. Next, follow your guide on an easy eco-hike around the island, and explore the tide pools that line the shore. Once you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite, replenish your energy with a snack break. While you eat, marvel at the magnificent landscapes of dormant volcanoes and the Ko’olau Mountain Range, which provide the perfect back drop to learn about Hawaii’s geologic history. Back on the kayak, soak up the tranquil atmosphere as you go in search of the green sea turtles that call these waters their home. Next, enjoy some free time to snorkel in search of colorful marine life, have a go at boogie boarding, or simply relax on the beach.

Oahu: Twin Islands Guided Kailua Kayak Tour

3. Oahu: Twin Islands Guided Kailua Kayak Tour

This kayak tour is led by certified lifeguards and true watermen and women, ensuring that your activities for the day go off without incident. During the day you will kayak to some of your guide's favorite spots, including secret, secluded locations throughout the bay where you can discover marine life, great snorkelling spots, a place to kayak surf, discover hidden tide pools, secluded coves, and visit a sea-bird sanctuary.  You will have the opportunity to snorkel with your guide in a live coral reef inside Kailua's turtle feeding grounds and enjoy the idyllic, tropical paradise settings. During your tour, you will collect marine plastics and learn how to positively interact with local wildlife. The local partner is a leader for sustainable tourism and incorporates eco-friendly practices into their tours such as eliminating single-use-plastics from their lunches.

Maui: Premium Turtle Town Kayak and Snorkel Tour

4. 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 3-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

5. 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!

Olowalu: Snorkeling, Whales, and Turtle Reef Kayak Trip

6. Olowalu: Snorkeling, Whales, and Turtle Reef Kayak Trip

Enjoy beach views and the services of a professional guide. Get ready to explore the waters and keep your eyes out for marine life as you go. Take in majestic views of the West Maui Mountains and explore Hawaii's fascinating underwater world. Snorkel with giant Sea Turtles and 100's of colorful Tropical fishes at a turtle cleaning station. Explore by kayak, and keep an eye out for humpback whales in season. Hear the whales sing live by using an underwater hydrophone. Watch out for turtle sightings which are guaranteed the year round, while whale sightings are guaranteed from January to mid-April. Take advantage of a free tour if you fail to see them on your trip. Let your professional guides fill you with fascinating information during your experience. Learn about marine ecology, whale behavior and biology, Hawaiian History, and more.

Maui: West Side Discovery Kayak and Snorkel Tour

7. Maui: West Side Discovery Kayak and Snorkel Tour

This family-friendly kayaking tour is great for children 5 years old and up. On this group kayaking tour, you will kayak roughly 1.5 miles (2km) through the Olowalu or Ukumehame Coastline. Along the way, you will have opportunities to stop and snorkel with Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle and tropical fish. 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. The early morning tour offers calmer waters and is perfect for beginner kayakers. All kayaking and snorkel gear are provided on this tour, along with light snacks and beverages. All you need to bring is your swimsuit, a towel, and sunscreen.

Oahu: North Shore and Hanauma Bay Sightseeing Tour

8. Oahu: North Shore and Hanauma Bay Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy a fun and relaxing day on Oahu with a sightseeing tour to the North Shore and along the Hanauma Bay coastline. See the famous Banzai Pipeline, where pro-surfers ride the waves. Head to Waimea Bay Beach Park or Waimea Falls (optional) to hike and see some gorgeous waterfalls.  For lunch, dig into some of the best shrimp on the island. Grab a plate, relax, and enjoy yourself. Finish the day at the Dole Plantation for a serving of tasty pineapple ice cream. End the tour with a ride south, where you will enjoy some of the most beautiful landscapes on Oahu.

Hawaii: North Shore Adventure with Waimea Waterfall Hike

9. Hawaii: North Shore Adventure with Waimea Waterfall Hike

Spend the day away from busy Honolulu and surround yourself in the beauty of Hawaii’s North Shore. Start the day with pickup from your accommodation, then head off on your adventure. Choose between two amazing options: Activity Option #1: Paddleboard or Kayak in Haleiwa on the North Shore with all equipment included. Activity Option #2: Enjoy a guided hike to one of the region’s most beautiful waterfalls, Waimea, and feel immersed in the gorgeous greenery that surrounds you. Then, cool off with a refreshing dip in the water. After the activity of your choice, enjoy a stroll along one of the North Shore's many white sandy beaches, sample some local coffee, and more.

Olowalu: Guided Tour Over Reefs in Transparent Kayak

10. Olowalu: Guided Tour Over Reefs in Transparent Kayak

Gaze beneath the waves on this transparent kayaking tour from Olowalu. Look for sea turtles and manta rays as you paddle over the reef. Savor local baked goods, a banana, granola, and fresh pineapple. Protect yourself with the provided reef safe sunscreen on this eco-friendly adventure.  Meet your guides and fuel up with some local baked goods. Get fitted with a rash guard, life vest, dry bag, sports bottle, and paddle. Set-off on your kayaking trip to the reef. Watch the bustling reef as your CPR certified guide gets to know you and your family. Hear about the ocean and sea life and find out about the region's facinating history and culture. Pickup any floating trash you see along the way to keep the reef sparkling and pristine. Feel safe knowing sites are patrolled by shoreline safety drones. Come across wildlife like dolphins in the Olowalu reef's 500-year-old ecosystem which is home to a Manta ray cleaning station which can sometimes be seen. Bring the kids along who can play with the onboard water guns. Eat locally grown apple bananas and granola while out on the water. Cut down on plastic waste by using the reusable sport bottles with the reverse osmosis water that can be refilled at the site. Refuel with freshly cut locally grown pineapple once you return to the meeting point or purchase some Li Hing Mui (salty dried Chinese plum). Buy photos and videos of your trip during the wrap up. 

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What people are saying about Hawaii

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 53 reviews

We had the best tour guide, Ian! From the call in the morning confirming where he would pick us up to the fun with our group and seeing the amazing sights. I highly recommend this tour!

Fantastic tour really enjoyed it, would highly recommend especially for those who have done the more traditional tours previously and are looking for something more relaxed/different

Excellent adventure. highly recommend it. We got lucky and got great weather, ie. no wind. Even with a 715 start time water was warm enough to snorkel without a wetsuit.

Great guide! A wonderful experience. We were able to see several sea turtles while snorkeling.

Group 10 or less people - it was a great experience!