Olowalu Kayak Whale Watch


An unbelievable Whale Watching experience!

A four-hour tour along the shores of Olowalu or Makena and into the channel to look for North Pacific Humpback Whales followed by snorkeling with Green Sea Turtles. An hour longer than our regular tours means a better chance to find and hang out with humpbacks, and a longer snorkel as well!

Olowalu is 5 miles south of Lahaina and great for West Side guests. Olowalu features an expansive fringe reef that offers snorkelers incredible underwater sightings of turtles at their cleaning stations, as well as great schools of fish! During our winter months, it's just a short paddle out to the channel with a backdrop of the West Maui Mountains (Mauna Kahalawai) where whale encounters are all but guaranteed! The reef here is among the best on the island and is rarely crowded with the snorkel boats you see elsewhere making this tour a favorite. Join us for a fun morning kayaking and snorkeling at one of our favorite areas!

We highly recommend this tour during the winter months to maximize Humpback time and for those who want some more water time and a longer paddle as well. Whale season runs from December through April.

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
Time 7:30 am
Check-in at 7:15am
Duration 4 hours
Location Olowalu

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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Kubo K.

Excellent customer service! I had booked an excursion the day before we were going and I had fallen during a hike that day so I was able to cancel my...


Vanessa B.

My two friends and I had the best time with Mikey. We had a family with our group for a snorkel and kayak tour. Mikey got us out into a great area for...


David b.

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