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Maui Kayak Adventures provide an intimate ocean experience.

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Maui Kayak Adventures

Maui kayak adventures are perhaps the most marine intensive of all the ocean activities we offer on the island.  We offer all the Maui Kayak Tours and  can help you find the best Maui kayak tour for you.

Do you want an ‘up close and personal’ ocean encounter on a kayak tour?  You can’t beat a trip on a kayak to really 'take in' the ocean environment.  Maui’s coastline is the ideal environment for this activity. This is particularly true in the early morning when the ocean is smooth as silk.

Many coastline spots are perfect for your Maui kayak adventures.

  • One of the most picturesque spots for a tour is off the coast of Makena in South Maui.
  • The underwater marine preserve of Honolua Bay is a fantastic location for a kayak excursion.
  • Another perfect location would be the reefs off Olowalu.

What can you expect on one of your typical Maui kayak adventures?

First, you will generally meet your kayak company directly at the location where you will be entering the water.

There will be a familiarity session on the beach where you will be introduced to the features of your specific kayak. You will be given some basic safety instructions and overall precautions which will pertain to your ocean adventure.

You will also receive a lesson on the proper use of your kayak paddle and you will be issued a snorkel mask and some snorkel instructions if you wish to enjoy some snorkeling on the trip.

Now comes the real fun!

You will launch yourself out into the ocean through the waves after you understand the instructions you were given.

This can often be the trickiest part of the entire kayak tour as you experiment with your balance and 'sea legs'. Once out beyond the breaking surf you will wait for the others to be launched until your small group is out at sea and then you will begin your paddle in the area that you have signed up for to explore.

Snorkeling from one of the Maui kayak tours.

Your instructor will demonstrate the best ways to disembark from and remount to your kayak. This will come in handy as you may choose to snorkel at some point in the day.

You can enjoy the experience in a double kayak with someone in your party or a new found friend. You can usually have your own vessel in most cases as well if you prefer.

A relaxing paddle, at a relaxed pace

These Maui kayak tours are not meant to be a race and the pace is usually quite casual and gives you plenty of time to take-in the sights of both the sea beneath you and the spectacular coastlines you will be passing by.

Your kayak guide or guides will usually be on a separate kayak and will be continuously monitoring the entire group.

You will generally stop for a mid-ocean lunch or snack. Soon you will be headed back to your departure point. Then, one by one, you will be guided back in through the surf to the comfort of the beach.

See whales, dolphins and other sea life from a Maui kayak tour!

During the winter months on Maui it is not unusual to see whales from your kayak and on these occasions you would likely pay double to re-do the event again.

There is nothing quite like being on the ocean in a silent gliding kayak. Seeing one of these magnificent whales from sea level on your kayak will be a thrill that will stay with you always. From your kayak you can also see dolphins. These events will 'make' your entire vacation.

Norwegian Cruise Lines - Pride of America Cruise Ship:

Maui Kayak Tours will not pick up directly at the cruise boat pier but these kayak rides can be reached via a Rent-A-Car that can be arranged through Tom Barefoot's Tours and you can be picked up by the Rent-A-Car shuttles right at the cruise ship dock. The specifics for each of the tours listed below can be found in the 'restrictions' paragraph when you click on the tour. Dependent upon the individual kayak tour these are generally available on the Sunday or Monday of your Maui cruise itinerary.

Look for this symbol in the tour descriptions below to indicate if it is Pride of America compatible.

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Hawaiian Outrigger Experience

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Book the Hawaiian Outrigger Experience.

Experience and relive a part of Hawaiian History as your cultural guides teach you traditional chants (oli), ancient myths, legends and historical facts. In honoring the wisdom and knowledge passed on by generations from ancestors. Offered daily Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe Tours depart from Wailea Beach in South Maui.
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South Pacific Kayaks

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Surfing Lessons-School, Kayaking, Hiking and Surfing Lessons

One of the oldest and most seasoned of the Maui kayak touring companies is South Pacific Kayaks. Their list of kayak tour options is larger than most as they extend from Makena and La Perouse Bay on the south side to Honolua Bay on the north-west end of Maui and they even offer whale watch tours from kayaks. In addition they also offer surfing lessons as well as the popular Stand-Up Paddle lessons.
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Maui Ocean Sports

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Maui Ocean Sports - SUP and Kayak Rentals

Maui Ocean Sports is conveniently located on Front Street in Lahaina and offers Kayak adventures - Whale Watching and Snorkel tours in the winter months and SUP Stand Up Paddle lessons.
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Kayak Olowalu

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Kayak snorkel tour.

A nice paddle into the ocean starts off your tour with professional guides that will share with you the history, culture and geography of the islands of Maui County and the ocean channels. Different varieties of fish, coral and our friendly Hawaiian Sea Turtles will make your snorkeling part of the tour very interesting. Kayak Olowalu offers two kayak snorkel tours per day. The first one is with calmer waters and ideal for beginners and families with small children. The 11am tour is ideal for more experienced paddlers and those who would like to sleep in.
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Kelii's Kayak Tours

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Kelii's Kayak Tours

Keli'i has been operating his company Kelii's Kayak Tours for years. He's made quite a reputation for himself from his kind nature and attention to detail. If you are looking to do some kayaking when you're on Maui then it would be in your best interest to take a look at the various tour options that are offered by Kelii's Kayak Tours.
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Hike Maui

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Half Day and Full Day Hikes

Hike Maui has been the largest hiking tour company on the island of Maui for decades. Started years ago by eco-tour pioneer Ken Schmidt, he initially gave all the tours himself and has since hired a host of naturalists to take clients to all areas of the island. Tours include waterfall hikes and hiking tours to Hana and the crater of Haleakala.
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Maui Kayaks

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Kayaking and Snorkeling Trips

Are you looking to go snorkeling from a kayak on your vacation to Maui? Maui Kayaks offers a variety of kayaking excursions departing from locations all over the island. They offer trips that are suited for all skill levels, from mellow first timer outings to strenuous advanced trips that will cover miles of distance.
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Big Kahuna Adventures Hawaii

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Kayak and Surf School Lessons

South Maui usually has near perfect conditions for learning to surf and the conditions for stand-up paddling and kayaking are generally glassy and calm as well. Big Kahuna Surf Adventures has long been taking advantage of these ideal conditions to give surf and stand-up lessons and kayak tours to Maui visitors.
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Molokai Outdoors

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Adventures on island, all over Molokai

Experience an adventure on Molokai. Land and Kayak tours highlighting beautiful parts of the island. Far from any crowds delight in old Hawaii.
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Surf Shack

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Reserve a surf lesson at the Surf Shack!

Do you think it would be fun to learn to surf when you're in Hawaii? Well come on down to the Surf Shack. The Surf Shack is South Maui's source for learning to surf in the waters off of Maui's Southern Shore. The Surf Shack has a variety of lessons to choose from.
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Wailea Kayaks

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Ideal for guests staying in South Maui

Your journey departs from beautiful Wailea Beach, in south Maui! Wailea in ancient Hawaii translated to "Waters of Sacred Happiness"! Come join in for an unforgettable experience!
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Aloha Kayaks Maui

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Aloha Kayaks Maui

Aloha Kayak Maui is one of Maui's premier ocean activity providers. With years of ocean kayak and snorkel experience offering PRIVATE or GROUP kayak tours, whale watching, and Maui snorkeling.
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HangLoose Maui Ocean Adventures

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Kayak and Stand Up Paddle Board Tours on Maui for groups or private parties.

Hang Loose Maui Ocean Adventures is owned by a local family providing guided private Kayak and Stand Up Paddle tours of the Olowalu and Makena coastal areas off Maui.
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Kayaking tours on Maui. Good choice. This is one of the most fun, certainly one of the most marine intensive of the water activities that we can provide for you, on the island of Maui.

You're not on the big boat. You're not even on a zodiac, you are right smack on the water. Gliding along, in many cases, almost effortlessly. And no motors, to scare anything away.

You're as close to marine life as could possibly be. If you're over giant coral heads, well there they are, just right down below you. You got a chance to see it. The fish, you can see them swimming by. You're close to a dolphin. Dolphins can come right up to you. One of the real thrills we have, in a winter time, is to see whales. You're generally not incredibly close to the Whales, but you can see them out there, and just that is a thrill, to see something from a short, to see whales from a short distance while you are on the surface of the ocean in the kayak.

These are great, great trips. We have many companies that go out, and will take you out on a quite a number of different tours. There are kind of smaller groups of people. Generally maybe a maximum of about eight kayaks. Often quite less. You've got a couple of guides that'll go out with you as a general rule. And you can be ether singly in a kayak, or you can be double, like these people are here. That's the most popular way. Also, if you don't like to paddle much, you can have your friend do all the paddling for you, I guess.

But really there's not too much in a way of exertion, certainly there is you're moving along, and so on. But the distances that we go along here, on the majority of these kayak tours are not substantial. Two or three miles. There are some exceptions to that. But generally these are kind of moderate paced, maybe a couple of hours, maybe three hours in total. You're stopping, you're doing Snorkeling, you may have a little refreshments, or some kind of lunch, or snacks any way out there, for a mid ocean stop. So they're kind of casual. I'm kind of in love with these, they're just, it's just fun to be out on the water. To be that close to the water, and everything that's in it. And to have control of your own little vessel, and cruise along. It's great.

So, the way these usually work, is that many people have never been in a kayak, and they're not familiar with how they operate. So, you'll ether meet at the spot that you're gonna be kayaking from. That's usually what happens, every once in awhile we'll have you meet at a certain location and you're driven to the place where you'll actually kayak. But while you're still on the beach, there's gonna be some general discussion of how to kayak, how to best use the paddles, safety information, and everybody is gonna get pretty clued in, and it's fairly simple to learn.

Then you're gonna be getting into the water, depending upon where you're going out, you may end up going through small Surf Break. That's usually the big event of the day, is getting out through the break, it's usually not very difficult at all. But they explain the technique that you use to do that. Also, if at some point you jump of to do some Snorkeling, or for some reason fall of, or something, how to get back on the easiest way. All those things are just kind of explained to you.

Then you're taken out through the surf usually one by one. And you've got your instructor with you, or near you. And when everybody is assembled outside of the Surf Break, or whatever it is, you maybe going out through a channel, and there's not much surf going on, depending on where you are. Then they'll begin the little cruise to wherever the destination is going to be. Then as I say, maybe two hours, maybe three hours. Three hours is pretty much a general rule. Maybe three to four, little bit more toward the three side. And then come back in.

So, it's a nice morning, or an afternoon. However, I will say that the mornings are generally the best time. We've got the winds that will come up generally often, quite often, in the afternoons. Makes it more difficult to paddle. So, you're usually in glassy conditions in the morning, so that's the best time to do these.

Let me show you, see if I can get a map up here. So this is a map of Maui, and the places that you can kind of go from, or the places to actually see. There's a few, and of course they're all along the coastline of Maui. We have Makena, which is one of the best places. Lots of a coral formations, and fish for snorkeling, very beautiful view of the coastline. But also, we get the turtles here. So, that happens quite frequently, you'll be paddling next to, and then Snorkeling with turtles. And then also this coastline is quite well known for dolphins. Dolphins can happen here more often than in other areas, although they are known to happen everywhere. So, this coastline right here, especially as it gets close to Makena on this side.

On the west side a number of locations. A Thousand Peaks is kind of in this area. And that's a location that we go from. A little bit to the north, not as far as Lahaina, we have Olowalu, these are wonderful places for kayaking. And then, depending on the time of year, usually in the summer time we've got Honolua Bay underwater marine reserve up our north, which is excellent for the kayaking. And then Kaupo and above, we have some trips that go up there.

So, there's a number of trips that are located on Maui. And if we're speaking about Maui County, we can also include Molokai. And there're some wonderful paddles that happen over here, along the south coastline. These are usually a little bit longer. They can be five miles, they can be as much as eight and half miles. And there's a lot to see in the water, over on Molokai. That maybe something that you'd want to arrange by, I mean, if you're staying on Molokai, that can happen easily enough. But if you need to get there, you'll probably be wanting to take the ferry from Lahaina over to Kaunakakai, hook up with the kayak excursion, and then take the ferry back to Maui. So that turns it in a little bit more of a day, but you get to see Molokai.

So, those are the primary things to know, I think, about kayaking on Maui. One of the really fun things to do. You can take children, usually they're gonna be 12 and under. Some of the companies little bit less. But it's a great event to go out with the child and with you in the kayak. It's just a good experience, good family experience for sure. Kayaking on Maui.

Just one correction on the kayak video, that was just recorded. The last thing I said was something about children being 12 and under. In reality what I meant to say was that, a child can go as young as, usually, five or six. And a child is considered between five and twelve years old. So yeah, we can bring children, and we can go as low as five on many of these, although they do vary depending on a specific service.

So if you have any questions about Tours or Activities in Hawaii, just give us a call, or check out tombarefoot.com. We're here to help.


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