Makena Kayak Whale Watch

Meets at 7:15am
Private tour option lets you snorkel away from the crowds and get to that secluded beach

Experience the magical Humpback Whales and marine life as you paddle past stunning scenery.

From December 15th through April 15th, take a four-hour kayak tour along the shores of Makena and out into the channel to observe the North Pacific Humpback Whales as they mate and give birth! Paddle to the best snorkeling spots, drop anchor and enjoy the turtles and a vast array of fish, maybe you will be able to hear the whales sing!

Tour includes
  • A marine certified naturalist guide
  • Snorkeling masks and fins
  • Waterproof dry bag
  • Mesh snorkel gear bag
  • All kayaking equipment
  • Maui Gold Pineapples
  • Snacks & Beverages
  • Famous 5 star service
Makena is consistently fantastic with calm, clear waters, great views, and guaranteed turtle sightings. Tucked in the lee of majestic Haleakala, Makena is rarely windy and has great snorkeling options from the novice beginner to the saltiest of sea dogs! Makena is on the south side of Maui, just south of Kihei and Wailea near Turtle Town. Come out with us and see what it's all about for yourself!
Time 7:15 am
Duration 4 hours,-156.441193&z=16&t=m&hl=en-US&gl=US&mapclient=embed&cid=130..." target="_blank"> Location Makena

Please view the cancellation policy and restrictions. You can find addition information in frequently asked questions

Cancellation Policy

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.

Last Minute Bookings

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!

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the times of the kayak tours?

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 do you do and see on your tours?

We combine paddling and snorkeling on our kayak tours so that we paddle to a snorkeling spot, drop anchor, and snorkel from our kayaks, getting in and out of our boats from the water. We do not land during our tours, but don?t worry, as we like to say, getting in and out of the kayaks is more entertaining than challenging! Although we never guarantee anything, turtles are a huge part of our tours but also lots of fish and reef life!

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?

We provide water and fresh cut Maui gold pineapple on all of our tours! We specialize in eco-friendly tourism and can recommend lots of great places to eat but we don?t handle food on the beach and do not have a certified kitchen to be able to do so. Just snacks for us!

Is there a size limit to our kayaks?

Kind of, but not too often. 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!

What is included in the tour price?

Pretty much everything except tax and gratuity. We include gear, refreshments, and a quality guide throughout the experience.

What about weather?

Considering we offer completely weather dependent tours, we rarely have to cancel our trips. From time to time we have big waves or strong winds that force us to make some decisions. We have an honesty first policy though so we take the time to call guests before the trip if the weather is bad and talk options with them ranging from simply moving locations to rescheduling days.

What should I bring with me?

You should bring towels, sunglasses, water, sunscreens, long sleeve rash guards, hats, etc. In line with our Green Paddling Blue Water, we recommend using rash guards and hats and reusable water bottles when possible. We also carry a dry bag so you can bring phones, wallets, and keys as well. Please show up wearing swimsuits and water friendly shoes, flip flops are fine.


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David b.

I had the opportunity to go on one of Makena Kayak Whale Watch's whale watch and snorkel tours last month and it was the highlight of the trip. Our guide was...


Melissa A.

Michelle was an awesome guide and we had a great time this morning with her! She was fun, knowledgeable and made sure we were safe all while keeping an eye...


Jacob K.

My sister and I booked the two-hour kayaking + snorkeling tour. It was our first time snorkeling and we were looking forward to it. Our tour guide was...