Olowalu Kayak Whale Watch


Unbelievable whale watching experience!

A four-hour tour along the shores of Olowalu 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!

A four-hour tour along the shores of Makena or Olowalu and out into the channel to look for North Pacific Humpback Whales, followed by a snorkel with Green Sea Turtles.   sounds like a great morning!

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.

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

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! 

Time 7:30am
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.


Review Summary
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- Jul 2017 -

Kaitlyn Coirazza

Olowalu Kayak Whale Watch 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!

- Aug 2017 -

Daewoo Hong

When we stayed in Maui for a week, my wife and I went on 3 different snorkling tours and Olowalu Kayak Whale Watch 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 Olowalu Kayak Whale Watch. As a matter of fact, I have already spread the word to my friends and family!! Thank you Olowalu Kayak Whale Watch for the wonderful memories!

- Dec 2016 -

Trillium Eugene

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 Olowalu Kayak Whale Watch has for the earth and Hawaiian Culture. Thanks so much for a sweet experience I will always remember. Aloha!

- Jan 2017 -

Ho'omana Ahupua'a

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.

- Aug 2016 -

Jessica Shepherd

Had a fantastic day on and in the water with Olowalu Kayak Whale Watch! 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!


Josephine Y.

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...


Cheryl L.

We had an awesome kayak outing with Jamey. He took us to an amazing snorkel spot where we saw many turtles and fish. Jamey is very knowledgeable and made...


Juli N.

The family wanted to do an island activity, and chose 3-Hour Olowalu Kayaking and Snorkeling with Olowalu Kayak Whale Watch. Our stay was on Ka'anapali, and was...