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Makena Whale Watching and Snorkel

Kihei, United States

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Hawaii is home to an underwater wonderland of diverse marine life including whales, green sea turtles, and tropical fish. Make sure you see the best of Maui’s nature on this 3-hour whale watching and snorkel tour from Makena. Paddle through the calm, clear water in a kayak and keep your eyes peeled for sightings of humpback whales. Then, don snorkeling equipment to plunge into the water and discover tropical fish that inhabit a protected reef. This small-group tour is limited to 10 to maintain an intimate atmosphere.
  • 3-hour whale watching and snorkeling tour of Makena
  • Perfect for nature lovers
  • Kayak through calm waters and scour the scenery for humpback whales
  • Don a snorkel and explore a reef abundant with tropical marine life
  • Small-group tour limited to 10 participants
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Bottled water
Professional guide
Use of Snorkeling equipment
Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

Departure Point

Makena Landing Park, 5083 Makena Rd, Kihei, HI 96753, USA

Departure Time

7:00 AM
Your tour begins at Makena Landing, where you’ll greet your guide, receive a short safety briefing, and board a kayak to begin your eco-adventure. Unlike motorized vessels, kayaks generate no noise and therefore increase your chances of observing humpback whales in their natural environment.

Paddle over the calm, crystal clear waters of South Maui and observe migrating and mating pods of humpback whales: some of the largest mammals on earth. Keep a safe and respectful distance that allows you to capture fantastic photographs before you don a snorkel and plunge into an underwater wonderland.

See green sea turtles and an array of tropical fish as you follow your guide through the water. Then, return to your kayak and paddle back to your original departure point on Makena Landing.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY maui kayaks

If you cancel at least 3 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the maximum group size during Makena Whale Watching and Snorkel?
This activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers.

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, Feb 2021
SO MUCH FUN! Saw so much! Swam with turtles, watched whales breach, heard whales sing, and kayaked through Maui!
Ocean Kayaking
, Feb 2020
All started on arrival with our friends, they had ore booked, I had called the number on their booking and asked to be put in the same group etc she assured me she would take care of it and we would be together, we soon found out this was not the case so we had no choice but to separate. Kayaks were great, nice day, instructor talked the talk, had knowledge, although he asked us where we wanted to kayak, and we did see some whales, he made the decision that it was to rough and murky to go snorkling, however other groups did go and said it wasn’t that bad ! So we paid full fare and only received part of what we were promised as we also went in an hour earlier ? As I am not a swimmer, and shared that up front, he vowed he would keep a close eye on us, and we would take it easy, but once we got going he seemed to forget that. On arrival back in his instructions were clear and made sense but then we with the waves and rocky shoreline ended up falling in the water and he had to assist us in getting up and out ! Not pleased at all about that as I was quite clear prior to going out about our capabilities ! After all was said and done we found our friends received all things included and more for the same money ! Eg: kayaking, snorkelling, pictures, plus plus plus full time tour promised !

Product code: 31081P8

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