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.
Makena Kayak & Snorkel did a wonderful job taking us out and exploring the calm waters of Maui with us. Our guide Michelle was very knowledgeable and gave us great insight into the history of the area as well as lots of info about the variety of sea life we got to see. We got a quick land tutorial about how to safely get in and out of our kayaks and how to best maneuver them once on the water, and then it was out to the water. We saw sea turtles and tons of tropical fish. The backdrop is stunning. The south shore of Maui around Makena where you spend your few hours is absolutely gorgeous. It was an awesome trip. My wife and I booked with then because we read about how great they were and how they only take out small groups at a time. It was us and one other couple. Floating out there with the 5 of us in total really added to the magic and wonder of the experience. We saw other groups from other kayak and snorkel companies with 12-15 people and it just didn't seem as intimate. We cruised to a quite little cove where we did some great snorkeling and it literally felt like we were the only ones out there. Would definitely do it again and would highly recommend Makena Kayak & Snorkel if you are interested in a small group experience where you can kayak and snorkel in near privacy, which is hard to find in Maui.
We had an amazing time kayaking and snorkeling around turtle town with our guide Michelle. This was the best water / snorkel adventure of our whole trip. The boats are fun but nothing can compare to kayaking above the water, seeing turtles pop up and feeling at one with the water and environment. Our guide was amazing, she dove down multiple times to point out all kinds of fish and octopus that frankly I would have missed if I went out alone. She also shared a lot of history about the surrounding islands and as well as Makena beach.
Great morning spent on a private kayak tour with Kyle! We were the first ones out of the water and Kyle took us to an incredible spot at a turtle cleaning...
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...
I had the opportunity to go on one of Makena Kayak & Snorkel's whale watch and snorkel tours last month and it was the highlight of the trip. Our guide was...