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Maui Kayak Tours

Maui kayak tours are an excellent way to get into the Pacific Ocean, burn a few hundred calories, and see dozens of amazing sights in the same day. Kayaking opportunities exist virtually all around the island, although they tend to gravitate toward the western and southern beaches shorelines, where conditions are better for the water sport. They last generally between two and five hours. 

That being said, if you’re considering taking one or two Maui kayak tours, but are struggling through the numerous options you’ve got, then you’ve made it to the right place. Let us help you decide which ones should be on your short list.

Maui Kayak Tours

Honolua Bay Kayaking Tour

Honolua Bay is the place to be if your idea of fun is kayaking and snorkeling in a tropical paradise. In these pacific waters, you’ll have the chance to experience Maui in a whole new way, as you paddle and swim your way through the island’s natural, oceanic beauty.

Honolua Bay Kayaking Tour

Maui kayak tours along Makena Bay and the southwestern tip of the island are fantastic for encountering famous yet endangered Hawaiian green sea turtles. You’ll paddle for between two and five miles, and as you do, you’ll get great views of the Islet of Molokini to the west, and Mount Haleakala, which looms over Maui, to the northeast. In addition to those landmasses, you’re guaranteed the chance to see the turtles that cruise through these warm waters, especially at Turtle Town, where they go to have their shells cleaned off. Plus, you may be able to see spinner dolphins and, during the winter months, humpback whales! If this kayaking tour isn’t the very definition of world-class sightseeing, we don’t know what is. 

Kayaking in MauiBy contrast, several Maui kayak tours navigate the island’s western beaches and shore. There, you can get to enjoy phenomenal views of the West Maui Mountains, which make up a full one-quarter of Maui’s surface area. Another fantastic sight you’ll get is Ukumehame Valley, which features walls that are uniquely lush, vertical, and steep. On top of that, you’ll be able to paddle over, and probably even snorkel in, the Coral Gardens, which are located in the Olawalu Marine Sanctuary. This area is home to and offers acres of dense, colorful coral, and teems with vibrant, magnificently patterned tropical fish. Other sightings on these Maui kayak tours may include Hawaiian green sea turtles and occasional eagle rays and manta rays. And for one more way to embellish your trip to the western coast, try taking a sunset tour—the view in the horizon promises to be nothing less than picture perfect. 

Finally, if seeing Maui’s western and southern coastlines isn’t enough, try the Maui kayak tours that take you up to the northwestern shore. Because the water gets a little rougher here during the winter months, these excursions operate during restricted windows. Nevertheless, they offer tremendous views to enjoy throughout Honolua Bay’s exceedingly clear waters. Don’t be surprised if you encounter spinner dolphins and whales in these parts. And, as with most places around Maui, you’ll be able to look directly down to ocean floor’s white sands, and into coral gardens that brim with butterflyfish, parrotfish, surgeonfish, and enormous schools of shiny bigeye scad. Moreover, in the distance, you’ll be able to see Maui’s neighbor to the northwest, Molokai, which was once a leper colony! 

Having written about 500 words describing how fantastic Maui kayak tours are, it’s probably best to call it quits. That’s not, however, because we think you’re bored from all the reading. Rather, we think it’s best to end now because these adventures regularly sell out. So quit hesitating, and book your Maui kayak tours right away! And Enjoy Hawaii!

Posted by: Howard Green