Water activity

Maui: Whale Watch Kayaking and Snorkel Tour in Kihei

4.7 / 5

43 reviews

Activity provider: South Pacific Kayaks Maui
Water activity

Maui: Whale Watch Kayaking and Snorkel Tour in Kihei

Activity provider: South Pacific Kayaks Maui
Likely to sell out

From US$ 106.46 per person

Likely to sell out

Experience whales in their natural habitat in the crystal clear waters of Maui. Kayaking offers you an eco-friendly way to enjoy the ultimate whale watching experience. On the water, you will see green sea turtles, whales, and a variety of fish.

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Kayak out into the blue ocean for epic whale encounters
  • Snorkel with Hawaii Green Sea Turtles
  • Be an active participant in your adventure
  • Experience the incredible reef system
  • Listen to your local guide share island stories, folklore, and more
Full description

Kayak through Maui's blue ocean on a guided whale-watching adventure. Glide along the water at eye-level with the ocean and get an up-close and personal view of whales and other sea creatures. Learn about the area and native wildlife from your guide and end your tour with a snorkeling excursion.

After checking in, your expert guide will provide hands-on instruction on how to manage your kayak, from landing, launching, paddling, and how to get in and out for the snorkeling component. This tour features "sit on top" kayaks which make for easy-on/easy-off access.

Your guide will launch each kayak, setting you out into the great blue sea. As a group on the water, your guide will brief you about what's planned and where you will visit.

To begin your adventure, paddle out to search for whales. Along the way, your local guide will share island stories, information, folklore, and more. When the whales appear, you will have the opportunity to paddle along at a safe distance. Your guide will explain each behavior that the whales are presenting.

After whale watching, paddle back to the shoreline along the reef to enjoy some snorkeling. The highlight for most is Hawaii's "Hono" or Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle.

They are abundant in this area, making it one of the best spots in Hawaii to see them. At the end of the trip, your guide will escort you back to the beach.

  • Kayaking tour
  • Guide
  • Safety orientation
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Snacks
  • Water
  • Juice
  • Transportation
  • Guide gratuity (recommended)

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Meeting point

Meet your guide at the Makena Landing Park to begin your tour. The meeting point is located 100 yards south of the parking lot. There is plenty of free parking available. Once you park, walk down to the check-in area by the waterfront. If you're in the parking lot, with the ocean on the right, walk up over the little hill and you will see the kayaks. Alternatively, you can park at Maluaka Beach Parking Lot North and walk back from there towards Honoiki. Please plan your drive to arrive on time to ensure other guests don't have to wait.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Towel

Know before you go

  • Times and locations can vary with different tides, currents, and winds
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 43 reviews

Review summary

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The most awe inspiring trip!!! Came upon whales singing and then had them pass right under our kayaks, you could literally smell them. Kudos to our star leader-Kyle!! He was the best. Truly was a trip of a lifetime to be that close to those beautiful creatures.

March 29, 2023

Kyle, you are the absolute best!! Thank you for making this experience the highlight of our trip!!! We had the BEST time. The turtles... and the dolphins at the end were just breathtaking. We can not thank you enough. We're going to recommend all of our friends do this . Thanks again.

March 29, 2023

Jake was such an excellent guide! Lots of fun and was great how much passion he has for the ocean and what he does! He took the time to share lots of his knowledge of the land/ocean and ensured we had an amazing experience. We even got to kayak with the dolphins & saw sea turtles! It was so so beautiful!

March 29, 2023

Product ID: 189972