Discover a different side of Maui when you paddle the stunning coastlines and pristine tropical waters teaming with sealife and coral reefs. These tours are all offered with South Pacific Kayaks, Maui's most respected kayak touring company. They distinguish themselves with the island's best guides and equipment. All South Pacific kayak guides are CPR and first aid trained for your safety and security. They offer an abundance of knowledge and treat each guest with professionalism and a true aloha spirit. All tours include:
Instructions and Safety Talk
Assisted Launch and Landings
Snorkel Equipment and Personal Flotation Devices
- CPR &
First Aid Certified Guides with Many Years Ocean
Experience - the Best!
There are no "children's rates" on these tours ...
price is per "paddler." The reservation form asks
for the number of children under 12 just so that they know how
many younger paddlers are in the party and so they can have
appropriate equipment ready for them.
SPK / V
Pali Sea Cliff
Discovery (Monday through Friday) $114pp
This adventure is a very
impressive trip with secluded snorkeling sites as well as some
truly fantastic views of the Pali Sea Cliffs. The
rugged shoreline in this area is a quiet and secluded part of
Maui rarely experienced by visitors. A roundtrip paddle along
the picturesque shoreline, you will be amazed with the sharp
sea cliffs leading down to the waters which are surrounded by
stunning coral reefs. Guests are treated to colorful reef
eco-systems, and a vast array of vibrant reef fish ... ranging
from delicate cleaner wrasses to the colorful parrot fish. The
prospect exists to see dolphins, rays, and whales (in season).
This trip is a 4.5 mile round-trip paddle and the tour is 4.5
hours in length. This tour begins at the beach park locally
known as "Granma's" which is between mile marker 10
and 11 along the Pali Highway a few miles west of Maalaea. The
tour begins at 7am. Lunch, fruit and
You do not have
to have kayak experience, but you do need to be in reasonably
good physical condition for this tour. Children under 14 need special approval for this
days a week) $69pp
trip is planned as a leisurely paddle around Makena Bay
available to all ability levels and ages (recommended minimum age 5).
Whether it's the first time on a kayak or experienced
paddlers, this is a wonderful experience. The highlight
of this tour is snorkeling with the Hawaiian green sea turtles.
This 3 hour trip starts at 7:30am at Makena Landing which is
in South Maui a little beyond the Wailea area. Beverages
and snacks are included.
Explorer (Monday through Saturday) $99pp
trip is a longer version of the Turtle Reef paddle, but adds a
second snorkel location and lunch on a sandy beach. The total
distance covered is about 4 miles and is open to all ability
levels (minimum recommended age is 9). This trip offers the
opportunity to see turtles at two different snorkel locations.
This 4.5 hour trip starts at 7:00am at Makena Landing which is
in South Maui a little beyond the Wailea area. Lunch,
fruit, and beverages are included.
West Side Snorkel Safari (seven
days a week) $69pp
trip is a leisurely paddle around the reefs of the Olowalu
shoreline on Maui's west side and provides a convenient trip
for people staying the Lahaina / Kaanapali / Kapalua area. It
is available to all ability levels and ages (recommended
minimum age is 5). This area has some nice shallow-water reef
that extends for a long distance from shore. Lots of turtles
inhabit this area. This 3 hour trip starts at 7:30am about 10
minutes east of Lahaina along West Maui's southern coast. Beverages
and snacks are included.
through Friday ... summertime
trip offers panoramic views of a rugged coastline as guests
paddle to the awesome snorkeling found at Honolua Bay. This
area is a marine reserve and has a remarkable coral reef with
lots of fish. In the wintertime this area gets pounded with
swells and is a famous surf spot. In the summertime this bay
is calm and protected with some of the best snorkeling
anywhere in Hawaii. THIS TRIP IS ONLY AVAILABLE during summer
months of June, July, and August. It is 3 hours long and starts at 7:30am
at Fleming Beach Park a little north of Kapalua on Maui's west
side. (Due to having to paddle into moderately strong
tradewinds, this trip has a minimum recommended age of 12) Beverages
and snacks are included.
NOTE: This tour has been concluded for the 2011 summer season and will resume in June of 2012
cruise ship passengers in Kahului are able to do any
of these kayak tours on their second day in port.
Transportation is not included, and is most economically
done by renting a car. We can arrange a rental car with shuttle pick-up at the
harbor for $39 per day; see our rental
for more information. Drive time is approx. 30 minutes
for all tours except Honolua Bay, which is about an
hour. Lahaina cruise ship passengers can
only do these tours on
(assuming your ship is spending
the previous night in Lahaina). All tours are within a 20 minute
cab ride from Lahaina, except for the Turtle Reef and
South Shore Explorer which are about an hour away and
would require a rental car.
I am very
familiar with South Pacific Kayaks and their operation. I've
purchased two kayaks from these guys over the years. They are
the premier kayak outfitter on Maui, and I recommend their
tours highly. There are lots of other kayak companies; some of
them are OK and some of them scare me. Go with the best ...
these guys really know what they are doing.
The shorter 3 hour tours are suitable for most people in reasonably normal physical condition. The longer tours are a little more demanding and require a little better level of conditioning, but do not require an extreme level of fitness. Most of the kayaks are tandem, so the work load is spread out between two people.
The short tour (3 hours) goes to a spot
called "Turtle Town" which is aptly named ... there
are many sea turtles here and they are quite used to people
swimming around them. You wouldn't know they are an endangered
species from the numbers of them that are seen in this area.
This is an easy-going paddle trip with kids. This might be the
trip for you if you've never paddled a canoe or kayak before,
and aren't very familiar with the water. If you don't have
kids and you are staying in South Maui, do the longer version
that includes lunch and a second snorkel stop.
If you do have
a little paddling experience, try the 4.5 hour Pali Sea
Cliff Discovery. Many people who live here on Maui have
never seen this area up close from water's level. Access to
this area is extremely difficult unless you are a mountain
goat, or on this kayak tour!
staying in West Maui, the most convenient trip is the West Side Snorkel Safari (formerly known as Ukumehame
snorkel) in the fall, winter, and spring. Snorkeling on
this trip is not as reliable in the summertime because we occasionally
get swells from the south that can make the water murky in
this area. In the summertime the best trip is Discover
that you plan a kayak trip near the beginning half of your
vacation. If wind or ocean swells force a cancellation of your
tour, you have the opportunity to reschedule for a few days
later when conditions are more favorable.
ask, "Can't I just rent a kayak and paddle around on my
own?" Yes, there are beaches that have double kayaks
available to rent for about $40 an hour. They will only allow
you to paddle within a few hundred yards of the beach. Going
further requires the knowledge of an experienced guide ...
someone who is familiar with Hawaii's tricky winds and ocean
If you see a
kayak trip called "The Marine
Reserve Explorer" advertised on other websites, they
aren't being updated promptly. The Ahihi
Kina'u Marine reserve
in the La Perouse bay area is no longer open to kayaking. The state
has decided to close the reserve to all kayak tour companies.
Due to the explosive growth of kayaking
companies on the South Shore, some of whom are less than
reputable and/or properly equipped and experienced, the state
of Hawaii has banned ALL commercial kayak trips in the
Marine Reserve. This trip is no longer available with any
company. This includes the trips that other companies
have sold with some sort of guarantee (or strong insistence)
that you will likely be able to swim with dolphins on your
kayak trip. Dolphins do frequent the La Perouse bay area in
the mornings, but there are no tours available in this area
and rental kayaks are not permitted their either.