Seeing whales during the winter and turtles throughout the year and the occasional dolphin sightings makes this snorkeling adventure a favorite among guests. Take advantage of our years of experience - we'll take you to the calmest waters where you'll see abundant marine life.
We have a 24 hour cancellation policy that means you have until 24 hours before the start of the trip to cancel or move your tour. If you simply don't show up and don't call we will have to charge your credit card at that point.
Please be aware that these bookings are subject to confirmation. If this is a same-day or next-day booking, there is a reasonable chance this will not be confirmed. For bookings that are confirmed, there will be no cancellations or refunds.
We use two person sit on top kayaks that can accommodate 500lbs. Its a good idea to be a person who enjoys the idea of getting outside and exploring, you don?t have to be a mountain climber by any stretch, but we will get some exercise!
All kayak tours have a 7:15 check in and are usually launching by 7:45. We typically stay on the water for around 2.5 hours so landing by about 10:15 for the Ocean Adventure, 10:30 for the Private Tour and about 11:15 for the Whale Watch Snorkel. Sometimes we launch early and find ourselves landing by 10, other times we launch late and don?t land until after 11:30, the point is we don?t have a set itinerary so everyday ends up being a little different.
What about humpback whales?
From December 15th through May 15th Maui?s waters become the North Pacific Marine Whale Sanctuary when we get thousands of humpbacks migrating for mating and birthing purposes. We run kayak whale watches typically from late December through mid April when we have the best chance to encounter them from our shores.
Do we provide food?
Pretty much everything except tax and gratuity. We include gear, refreshments, and a quality guide throughout the experience.
Makena Kayak & Snorkel is awesome! My husband and I called around 8:00pm hoping to get on a tour the next morning, and they were able to accommodate us right away! No other kayak company was even open at this time. On the day of the tour, our meetup location in Makena was easy to find and we quickly got in the water after a short kayaking lesson. Out on the water, we saw a couple turtles and were even able to snorkel with the turtles at a cleaning station! Our guide, Michelle, was also very understanding when my husband (along with another member of our group) got motion sick and needed to be brought back to shore before the rest of us could continue the tour. While this did cut into the time we were allowed to snorkel, it was still a great trip!
When we stayed in Maui for a week, my wife and I went on 3 different snorkling tours and Makena Kayak & Snorkel was by far the best one! Our guide Jamie was very knowledgeable and he explained the marine ecosystem to us very thoroughly. He even brought in a book explaining different kinds of fish and their traits. Other tours would just let you jump off the boat, swim around in your snorkle gear until you get tired out. Jamie was constantly checking on his tourists and made sure that we were having a great time. We saw at least 5 giant turtles while we were snorkling, in addition to hundreds of exotic fishes that you would only see in Hawaii. Next time we are back in Maui, we are definitely going back to Makena Kayak & Snorkel. As a matter of fact, I have already spread the word to my friends and family!! Thank you Makena Kayak & Snorkel for the wonderful memories!
Our guide was amazing! She was so attentive to our every need. She gave us all the necessary instructions to make our experience fun and easy. She even pulled our kayaks in and out of the shoreline for us. While we were watching the whales, she told us countless stories about the ocean life, Hawaii and life on the sea. I felt completely calm and safe the whole time and the wildlife we encountered gave me the feeling that I was completely connected and one with the whales. Our guide Michelle knew exactly where to take us so that we could see turtles, exotic fish, and beautiful reef. My friend and I were visiting from Spain and Makena was an incredible place to kayak. We were able to look out at other islands and see the reef from our kayak. This was a five star experience and an adventure of a lifetime.
This was a highlight of my visit to Maui. Griff was very helpful as this was my first kayaking trip ever. I felt so blessed to have been kayaking amongst the whales. At one point, they were swimming right under our boats. Such an amazing experience, and to top it off, snorkeling with all of the bright colorful fish and the meditative sea turtles was a real treat. You don't experiece Hawaii completely until you go down under to see the marine world. I love the respect Makena Kayak & Snorkel has for the earth and Hawaiian Culture. Thanks so much for a sweet experience I will always remember. Aloha!
Had a fantastic day on and in the water with Makena Kayak & Snorkel! My brother and I enjoyed a private kayak/snorkel tour with Michelle whom was an awesome guide--she not only had the spirit of Aloha but shared lots of her knowledge of the islands and really strived to make our time on the water a memorable one. We were fortunate to swim with the sea turtles and were delighted by all the other elements of the reef--from coral to tropical fish. Really appreciate the mentality of this company and their dedication to being mindful on the water and to the aquatic life. I will definitely be choosing them again for future adventures on Maui!
Peter was an amazing guide! He was very professional, knowledgable, & patient with us. I opted for the 4 hour kayak & snorkel package for $110, where you...
The family wanted to do an island activity, and chose 3-Hour Olowalu Kayaking and Snorkeling with Makena Kayak & Snorkel. Our stay was on Ka'anapali, and was...
Alex was a wonderful guide and photographer. We purchased the picture package and were thrilled with the results. We never could have taken such great...