3 hrs
Minimum Age

South Maui Turtle Reef Discovery

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Kayak, snorkel, and discover the wild sea turtles on this 3-hour, 2-snorkel stop introductory adventure at Olowalu in West Maui or Makena in South Maui.

Summer and Fall

Scroll down for the winter description

  • At both locations, you’ll enjoy small groups while snorkeling in crystal clear waters that are almost 80 degrees, all set against the backdrop of the stunning West Maui mountains and Haleakala. 3 hours to remember.
  • Ask around, and you’ll find that our Discovery tour is one of the few must-do activities on the island. It will leave you with lasting memories of Maui fun and adventure. The Discovery Maui kayaking tour was chosen as a 2006/2007 Family Travel Favorite by WeJustGotBack.com and was featured on MSNBC as a result.
    Is anyone hungry?
  • At the end of the Discovery tour, enjoy some wonderful shoreline snacks and beverages!
    We always recommend that “big eaters” pack some additional rations if they are so inclined. Additionally, all guests should bring a bottle of water for themselves, as hydration is a critical element to a fun day here on Maui.

Families will love it!

  • As long as your kids are aged 5 or above you can bring them along to participate in all the fun! By the same token, however, don’t make the mistake of thinking this is just a kiddie trip.
  • The trip is primarily designed for adults as a first-time, or simply more laid-back style, kayak snorkel combination adventure. The whole family is able to come as we have kayaks that can hold 1, 2, or even 3 people if the 3rd person is a child seated between adults.

Snorkel with loads of wild marine life.

  • On the Discovery we will see tons of turtles, beautiful tropical fish in a stunning array of colors, and perhaps some dolphins and in the Winter we’re also joined by the Humpback Whales down from Alaska.
  • All of the underwater life is framed by beautiful, calm, and warm indigo waters that surround the Hawaiian Islands and are particularly lovely in the Ukumehame and Makena regions where the Discovery tours take place.

Our guides are the best!

  • Our small staff of guides carries years of experience and they are the best in the business, bar none. They’ll give you instructions on correct paddling and snorkeling techniques and be right in the water alongside you all day.
    Throughout your time with us, they’ll regale you with stories, legends, and local knowledge all delivered with the charm, energy, and charisma that only our staff offers.
  • This is their full-time job and many of our guests come back each year from places as far away as Japan and England just to get in the water with our guides again.

Don’t miss the best of Maui!

  • Come see what all the talk is about. Let us show you that service is the difference.
    We guarantee that kayaking and snorkeling with Maui Eco Tours will be one of, if not the single best highlight of your entire Hawaiian vacation.

Wintertime only!

Come kayak and watch up close as the Humpback Whales play, breach, and give birth to their calves in the warm Hawaiian waters.

  • We get up close, observe the whales and also enjoy a wonderful snorkeling location, all in a fun packed 3-hour kayak snorkel adventure.
  • Each Winter the majestic whales travel thousands of miles from the Alaskan coastline and bask in the warmth of the Hawaiian waters and we are lucky enough to have a front-row seat!
  • The tour runs from December 26th to March 31st, every single year. Trips before and after the season dates can be requested.
  • Every single day we depart from either Makena or Olowalu and go check out the Whales up close and personal!

A fantastic & fun paddle.

  • Being a longer tour and featuring more paddling distance than most of our other offerings, we do limit the Whales tour to those aged 5 and over only.
  • Our Whales tour checks in at 7:00 am and usually wraps up around 10:15 am.
  • Over the course of roughly 3 hours, we’ll travel all over the Bay looking for Whales to get up close with.
  • All of this fun is in a setting of privacy that you only get with Maui Eco Tours kayak snorkel excursions.

Experience counts when looking for Whales.

  • Our full-time guides will get you closer to the action than any other type of tour on the water.
  • Getting out and getting close to the whales involves experience with the conditions and tendencies of the whales. – – Trust our guides to get you the best experience.
  • Furthermore, only our staff will get right in the water and show you all of the underwater spectacles themselves. – – – They anchor the boats, gear you up, point out marine life, and regale you with fun stories, tales of yesteryear, and – – – Hawaiian legend all through the tour.
  • Service is the difference and we pride ourselves on our reputation for personal attention and first-class service.

Do tread lightly, please.

  • Sure you could jump on a big gas-guzzling whale-watching boat, but why? We’ll get closer to the humpback whales and we’ll do it in a completely environmentally friendly way.
  • Our kayaks are a zero-emissions way to see nature and more importantly, they don’t disturb marine life or their environment. Even better, our kayaks allow us to access some unique spots that you normally can’t get to.
  • Let us show you the whales you’ve never dreamed of!
South Maui Turtle Reef Discovery

Turtle Reef Discovery – Go early for the best experience

(9+ years old)
(5-8 years old)
Private Tours $676

Any changes/cancellations must be made outside the 48 hours prior to your activity for a refund (72 for private tours).
Activity may be moved as a result of severe weather/conditions.

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