Turtle Reef Kayak Tour

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South Pacific Kayaks & Outfitters/Tiki Team Adventures

This kayaking Maui trip is planned as a leisurely paddle around Makena Bay, available to all ability levels and ages 5 and up. Whether it's your first time on a kayak or if you're an experienced paddler, this Hawaiian adventure is a wonderful experience. Highlights include snorkeling with the endangered green sea turtle and wonderful views of Haleakala.

Cancellations & Refunds

Can be canceled up to 48hrs in advance


3 hours

Voucher Requirements

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Departure Time

7:15am - 10:15am 10:30am - 1:00pm

Departure Point

Makena Landing

Return Details

Tour returns to the original departure point approximately 3 hours after departure

Additional Information

Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Paddling distance is 2.5 miles
The 10:30am tour is only available to guests who are 12 years and over. The 7:15am departure offers ideal weather conditions and a more active reef life.
Not recommended for child aged 4 and under
Adult pricing applies to all travelers


Beach Instructions and Safety Talk
Guide Assisted Launch and Landings
Quality Snorkel Equipment, PFD, and Where Required, Water Socks
Light refreshments
Quality Touring Kayaks - Singles and Doubles Available
CPR and First Aid Certified Guides with Many Years Ocean Experience
Local taxes


  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop off

  • Departure Point:

    Makena Landing

    "Would highly recommend this tour!..."

    December 31, 2017 - 

    Would highly recommend this tour! It was my second time kayaking but it is perfectly suitable for beginners, not very strenuous. It was my first time snorkeling and I had a very positive experience! Our guide, Nate, made sure first-timers were looked after and took along a professional camera to make pictures with the sea turtles and other sea life, should you wish to purchase them later. We had plenty of time to snorkel and explore, didnt feel rushed at all. I would recommend the morning tour, it feels more peaceful and youll have more space before the other tours pick up. After the excursion, Nate was kind enough to give us suggestions of activities around the island, such as hikes and insider tips of when to get there, what is most worth doing, etc. Overall, it was an amazing experience, you wont regret going - especially if youre a fan of turtles I had six sightings! Big thank you to Nate and the team!

    "Nate was awesome. Nice and..."

    December 17, 2017 - 

    Nate was awesome. Nice and low-key adventure in a small group. Saw turtles and lots of fish.

    "It took a little while..."

    September 4, 2017 - 

    It took a little while to find the turtles, but when we did it was AMAZING!! Our guide Steve was very knowledgable, he's been a guide for 17 years, so I felt very comfortable with him. Unfortunately my cheap underwater camera didn't work, so no pictures. : But the memory of floating around with the turtles will always be with me! Thank you Steve for a great trip!

    "Loved this tour. Great kayaking..."

    August 13, 2017 - 

    Loved this tour. Great kayaking and awesome snorkeling. Beautiful scenery.

    "The snorkeling was great! Based..."

    June 14, 2017 - 

    The snorkeling was great! Based on the description i thought there would be more kayaking and talking of history/maui knowledge. This was a snorkeling tour - saw tons of sea turtles and really good fish! great if you are just looking for a snorkeling tour.

    "An early morning outing before..."

    April 12, 2017 - 

    An early morning outing before the tradewinds take hold, this was fantastic. We kayaked for about half an hour before getting out and slipping into the water to be surrounded by sea turtles! An amazing sight!

    "Would have like more time..."

    December 28, 2016 - 

    Would have like more time snorkeling - while we had a number of whale sightings which was an incredible experience we missed out on some of the hands on experience that snorkeling provides

    "We had so much fun,..."

    July 27, 2016 - 

    We had so much fun, the guide was so knowledgeable and so helpful. My husband got a little seasick and Garrett was very sympathetic and got us back onto land as soon as possible.I would highly recommend this trip to anyone...

    "great experience, the tour leading..."

    July 15, 2016 - 

    great experience, the tour leading is very nice. we did have good time

    "This was so so much..."

    July 2, 2016 - 

    This was so so much fun. We had an excellent guide/instructor. The kayaking was easy and fun - no need for high level skills. Snorkeling the reef was awesome, saw 4 sea turtles and many, many colorful fish. The reefs themselves were beautiful! Would definitely do this again.

    "This is definitely a five-star..."

    December 21, 2015 - 

    This is definitely a five-star experience. Ours was a small group, only six people plus Rusty, our guide. The trip was magical at every moment, from the departure at sunrise to the paddle to the reef and eventually the reef itself. Rusty knew where the green sea turtles should be and he didn't disappoint us. I have snorkeled with sea turtles in the Galapagos, but this experience was even better.

    "The guide Garrett Jaros made..."

    December 5, 2015 - 

    The guide Garrett Jaros made all the difference. He made it special and safe.

    "Amazing guide ... worth the..."

    July 11, 2015 - 

    Amazing guide ... worth the fee

    "Great experience! We had a..."

    May 27, 2015 - 

    Great experience! We had a such a knowledgable and wonderful guide!

    "This trip was one of..."

    February 22, 2015 - 

    This trip was one of the best things we did during three weeks on three different islands in Hawaii!

    Our guide was so awesome, down to earth, very personable, and seemed to let us just kind of go with the flow. We got to hear whales singing, swim with turtles, and touch some sea urchins. Loved it.

    "This was fantastic! I would..."

    January 29, 2015 - 

    This was fantastic! I would do it again in a heartbeat! The tour guide was very knowledgeable and fun!

    "Our guide Garette was awesome!..."

    January 2, 2015 - 

    Our guide Garette was awesome! Great experience!

    "We loved this "tour." The..."

    October 28, 2014 - 

    We loved this "tour." The visibility wasn't great, but our guide made the most of the conditions, and we saw many fascinating fish, several turtles - and a manta ray! The guide was informative and clearly had a strong interest in the environment. He informed us without being tedious, and his knowledge certainly enhanced our experience. We were pleased we did it this way rather than with a larger group off a boat.

    "We saw just one turtle!!..."

    October 20, 2014 - 

    We saw just one turtle!! Water is not crystal clear and fishes are rare.

    "Really great Tour. Had Steve..."

    August 13, 2014 - 

    Really great Tour. Had Steve as our guide he was funny and knowledgable of the area and the marine life, great guy. Would definitely recommend doing. The snorkelling was great and we were able to see heaps of turtles up close

    "Excellent, saw and swam with..."

    June 5, 2014 - 

    Excellent, saw and swam with 6 green turtles. Fantastic guide.

    "Wife and I went on..."

    May 7, 2014 - 

    Wife and I went on this kayak tour and it was great! We had a small group and our guide was very knowledgeable about the islands and its history. My wife went snorkeling while I stayed behind in the kayak and she enjoyed it very much. It was her first time snorkeling despite her fears of the ocean

    "We saw a competition pod..."

    February 19, 2014 - 

    We saw a competition pod of whales on our way out and were close enough to hear fin slaps. It was a beautiful day and enjoyed snorkeling.

    "The snorkeling was so beautiful..."

    January 11, 2014 - 

    The snorkeling was so beautiful and we saw one huge sea turtle. The only complaint I had was how cold it was at 7:00 am. Unfortunately that was the best time to see the marine life but I would highly recommend wet suits.

    "Great tour, highly recommend for..."

    November 25, 2013 - 

    Great tour, highly recommend for all level kayakers and snorkelers.

    "Loved our guide, Garrett. He..."

    October 22, 2013 - 

    Loved our guide, Garrett. He was very patient, well-informed and enthusiastic.

    "Loved it! Garrett was so..."

    September 28, 2013 - 

    Loved it! Garrett was so great. We liked that it was so exclusive. Kayaking was troublesome for us but the snorkeling was amazing. We will be back.

    "Jeremiah, our guide, was very..."

    August 29, 2013 - 

    Jeremiah, our guide, was very helpful with a not so coordinated me. We saw a great variety of fish and amazing sea turtles. Well worth it.

    "Awesome! We loved Garrett. He..."

    August 26, 2013 - 

    Awesome! We loved Garrett. He was patient, accommodating our family's individual quirks and concerns, and incredibly knowledgeable and well-versed in Hawaiian culture, kayaking, and the marine life of the area . . . and he's only lived in Hawaii for a year!

    "The kayaking was easier than..."

    July 28, 2013 - 

    The kayaking was easier than I thought it was going to be. Our tour guide made sure we were always safe. The snorkeling was great! We saw lots of big sea turtles and our tour guide was always pointing things out for us to look at. It was fun, wish we could have been out there longer.

    "Very interesting to see so..."

    June 30, 2013 - 

    Very interesting to see so many turtles, as we had no idea what to expect. The tour guide was very good and helpful at all times. Definitely will do this again.

    "It was good, saw some..."

    June 28, 2013 - 

    It was good, saw some turtles but would have been better with more fish

    "Fantastic way to snorkel! Saw..."

    June 20, 2013 - 

    Fantastic way to snorkel! Saw sea turtles, a dolphin, and all sorts of marine life. Our guide, Dan, was informative, personable, and ensured my family's safety foremost. Great time, great memories!

    "This excursion was awesome! Dan,..."

    June 20, 2013 - 

    This excursion was awesome! Dan, our guide, was really patient with me since I was pretty nervous--it was my first time kayaking. He even dove down into the reef to take some close up shots of the many sea turtles that were out while we snorkeled. His wife even joined the tour and she was super helpful in instructing me on how to paddle. I would definitely tour with this group again!

    "Great tour, great guide..."

    May 31, 2013 - 

    Great tour, great guide

    "a most amazing experience.... swimming..."

    May 16, 2013 - 

    a most amazing experience.... swimming with the turtles is a memory never forgotten

    "Steve was fantastic ! We..."

    May 8, 2013 - 

    Steve was fantastic ! We had the time of our lives!

    "It was awesome. Got very..."

    March 31, 2013 - 

    It was awesome. Got very close to mother whale and baby. The snorkeling was spectacular! Dan, our guide was very helpful, friendly, informative and fun!

    "We had a fabulous trip...."

    March 29, 2013 - 

    We had a fabulous trip. Our guide was very friendly and knowledgable. We would definitely recommend this trip and would book again. Thanks for a great memory!

    "We arrived late and were..."

    July 16, 2012 - 

    We arrived late and were pleased to see that the tour operators were still there. The snorkelling was great with quite a few turtles seen. Overall very worth while.

    "Absolutely wonderful experience! We will..."

    July 3, 2012 - 

    Absolutely wonderful experience! We will definately do this again if we visit Maui! Mark, Jesse and Andrea are awesome guides! We saw turtles which was our main goal! Mahalo to your crew!

    "this was a fun tour...."

    May 26, 2012 - 

    this was a fun tour. our guide was ready and waiting for us with the kayaks and we paddled out to a beautiful area along the coast and when we put our snorkle gear on and got into the water we immediately saw turtles!! it was a fun adventure. Our guide Chris was fabulous. He talked about how to kayak, how to get in the water off the kayak and out of the water in a kayak. He talked about the area we kayaked in .. A fun time was had by the eight of us!

    "Wonderful tour - very professional..."

    May 18, 2012 - 

    Wonderful tour - very professional guide/instructor in Chris. Would recommend to anyone. Disappointed that no pickup/drop-off service was available. Taxi costs were nearly as much as tour itself.

    "My husband and I enjoyed..."

    May 4, 2012 - 

    My husband and I enjoyed our experience on the kayak tour. It included snorkeling and since we had not snorkeled before, our guide was very helpful in teaching us what to do. We saw lots of turtles, fish, and even a monk seal!

    "We saw 9 HUGE turtles..."

    April 23, 2012 - 

    We saw 9 HUGE turtles on this tour. Chris, our guide, was fabulous!! This is tour is a MUST!!!

    "My family and I really..."

    February 28, 2012 - 

    My family and I really enjoyed this tour. Incredible opportunity to get close to whales and could have spend the entire trip whale watching and done without the snorkeling.

    "Guide was great. Saw a..."

    July 30, 2011 - 

    Guide was great. Saw a bunch of turtles. Kayaking was easy enough.

    "The highlight of our trip..."

    July 3, 2011 - 

    The highlight of our trip to Maui. A beautiful day! Chris was a wonderful guide educating us about the island. The turtles were amazing! Hope to do it again some day. Our kids haven't stopped talking about it.

    "Our guide Kelly was fantastic..."

    October 13, 2010 - 

    Our guide Kelly was fantastic and very knowledgeable about the area. Kayak was easy to maneuver with great tips from our guide. We saw lots of turtles and had an amazing snorkeling experience. Highly recommended.

    "This trip was fun and..."

    May 9, 2010 - 

    This trip was fun and we had a small group--only 4 of us plus the guide--so that was even better. It was windy the day we did our kayak trip so we only saw one turtle but we had fun anyhow. Our guide suggested that they 730 kayak trip was better because it was less windy. He also gave us some great local spots to visit for other days. We didn't kayak a really long way so that was nice too. You didn't feel all tired out by the time we got to the snorkeling spots. Our guide took us to two different spots so we could try and see more turtles. Really fun time and worth the money.

    "Had an amazing time, Steve..."

    April 26, 2010 - 

    Had an amazing time, Steve our guide was brilliant - such good knowledge of the area - even found us an octopuss to hold! - The turtles are amazing too, you can get really close! Def Recommend!

    "Great experience! Go on the..."

    March 7, 2010 - 

    Great experience! Go on the early outing as the water is calmer and more clear. We went in mid-Feb. and got to see whales close up.

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