Seeing whales during the winter, turtles throughout the year and the occasional dolphin sighting 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.
What a wonderful experience we had whale & turtle watching from a kayak —and paddling & snorkeling in crystal blue waters—amazing experience not to be missed. Our guide was knowledgeable and focused on ensuring our morning spent on the water was all we hoped. We tell everyone we know heading Maui way to make sure they include a trip with these guys while on island. 2 thumbs and 2 toes up!
Great time with lots of whales and turtles. Guides were great and we always felt safe. Worth every penny and such a great way to get out on the water.
Great time with Griff as the guide. Lots of whales and turtles! Such a great way to get on the water. A+ and we will be back!
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!
Wow! What an amazing tour with an amazing guide, Michelle!!!! Best thing we did in Maui! We were lucky ( aka Michelle knew exactly where to go) and got to...
We booked 3 hr kayaking + snorkeling package. The tour was supposed to start at 7.15am but didn't start until 8am. We were back in 2 hrs. So they didn't...
My wife and I went kayaking with Makena Kayak & Snorkel a couple of Fridays ago. We had been debating about doing a kayak tour while on Maui and whenever we realized...