• Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe
    The authentic way to experience Maui

  • Feel the glide, see the beauty
    Friends and family paddling together, gliding quietly through the water

  • Learn the art and skill
    Share in the paddling culture

Maui Outrigger Canoe Tours

  • What is an Outrigger Canoe Tour?

    Let one of our knowledgeable Maui Outrigger Canoe Tour guides share their Culture, Hawaiian place names, Hawaiian marine names and passion for paddling with you on a Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe Tour today! The modern Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe or Wa`a is where ancient Hawaiian Culture and modern technology mix. In ancient days wooden Wa`a were used for transportation, fishing, voyaging and sport for chiefs or Ali`i. Today modern fiberglass design allows for a more stable, performance based canoe perfect for individuals, small groups, families and children.

  • Why Go On An Outrigger Canoe Tour With Us?

    An Outrigger canoe tour with Hawaiian Paddle Sports leaves such a memorable impression that it become synonymous with Maui in your mind.   This beautiful cultural experience in our 45 foot long Hawaiian Outrigger Canoes with seating for 6 (or up to 12 seats in our Double Hull Outrigger Canoe, the more engines the better;) is available in a variety of coastal areas, customized to your party.

    Unlike our PRIVATE Kayak, Stand Up Paddle and Surfing lessons, we DO COMBINE parties in order to fill all the seats in the Canoe.  If you would like to have an exclusively private Hawaiian outrigger canoeing experience we’ll go over some options with you.  Mahalo!

Choose Your Maui Canoe Tour

Whale Watch Outrigger Canoe Tour

Every year humpback whales, Kohola in Hawaiian, of the North Pacific group, journey down from the pristine cold waters off Alaska to the beautiful warm waters of Hawaii. Everyone welcomes these beautiful creatures with our glasses raised as they put on a show. Whale watching is a favorite of locals and visitors alike from mid December to mid April.

Most experience these majestic creatures from crowded whale watching boats or from the shore. However, everyone agrees there is no better way to experience kohola than from ocean level aboard an Outrigger Canoe. No crowds or engine noise with it’s fumes! You might even hear them singing outside of the water when there is no engine to drown them out. Nothing to distract you or the humpbacks.

During our water safety and paddling orientation we begin to immerse you in Hawaiian culture, using Hawaiian words and paddling commands. We’ll then go over how they read the ocean, so we can safely launch our outrigger canoe.

Leaving shore we paddle off at a relaxed pace to find these gentle giants. Usually, several pods are sighted with a wide variety of activity.

Breaches, spy hops, fluke and pec slaps can be seen in abundance during January thru April as the newborn whales gain confidence. Our knowledgeable Certified Marine Naturalists share facts and stories throughout the tour about humpbacks, marine life and Hawaiian culture.

After the whale watching portion of the tour, if time permits, we leisurely paddle to one of our favorite snorkel spots to cool off with Honu (Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles).

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3 Hour Tour

$149 per person

“Great experience and great guide”

I have lived on Maui for many years and have done a number of whale watches in large boats, small boats, and kayaks. With my parents in town I wanted something unique and the private kayak whale watch was exactly what we wanted. Our guide took us out about 1.5 miles of the coast and we were surrounded by whales about 50 yards away. To hear the whales breathe is amazing. We got out before the other large kayak companies and were off on our own with just us and our guide. He had lots of great information on landmarks, whale behavior and kept us feeling comfortable and safe the entire time. This experience blew away any other whale watches I have done. This is now my go to company for any ocean sports on Maui. Very professional, personal experience that I have not found with any other tour company on Maui.
Visited February 2012

Robert S.Kula, Hawaii

South Maui Turtle Town Outrigger Canoe Tour (Makena)

After a water safety and paddling orientation we depart in our Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe from a beautiful beach in the heart of Turtle Town. As we glide across the pristine clear waters you’ll enjoy stunning views of Haleakala summit, Molokini Crater, Pu`u Olai, the Makena/Wailea coastline and surrounding Islands, including the Big Island on a clear day! Along the journey we stop at one of the many snorkel spots Turtle Town has to offer so we can begin to explore the underwater world we are visiting. This area offers unique reef structures and underwater caves, the best part is Turtle sightings are guaranteed. From time to time we also get visits from Dolphins (Nai`a) or Manta Rays (Hahalua). This trip is perfect for families with small children, beginner paddlers and first time ocean enthusiasts.
*Whale Watching Tour Dec-April (See description below)

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3 Hour Tour

$149 per person

“Hawaiian Paddle Sports is your go to place for Paddle Sports in Maui”

Hawaiian Paddle Sports is absolutely, hands down, the only company you want to work with for paddle sports on Maui. They were friendly, kind, patient and can provide multiple different Paddle experiences. I would definitely recommend an outrigger canoe tour. Our group decided to go on the Turtle Town tour and it was awesome. Our guide, Tim, was so knowledgeable and provided an educational but fun tour. There wasn’t a question he couldn’t answer about the marine life, the culture, the canoe, etc. I also appreciate the company’s “corporate responsibility” to the community, culture, and environment. You should totally check them out. You won’t be disappointed.

Visited April 2014

Stacie V.Seattle, Washington

West Maui Coral Gardens Outrigger Canoe Tour (Olowalu)

After a water safety and paddling orientation we depart in our Outrigger Canoe from Olowalu Beach under the back drop of Mauna Kahalawai (West Maui Mountains). As your guide navigates you through the shallow coral gardens you won’t help but notice the vivid reef structures everywhere you look. This shallow water play ground opens to slightly deeper water where your guide leads you to a ‘turtle cleaning station’ with an abundance of turtles and marine life. The shallow sandy bottoms with patches of vibrant coral make this one of Maui’s visitors favorite places to snorkel. This trip is perfect families with older children and paddlers with some experience.
*Whale Watching Tour Dec-April (See description below)

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3 Hour Tour

$149 per person

“Maui’s most unique and personal whale-watch at Olowalu”

I recently had the unique opportunity to do the outrigger canoe whale watch from Olowalu. The views of the island’s vallies and mountainscapes were absolutley breathtaking, especially from the vantage point of the calm coastal water. The sunrise was spectacular and left me specehless (which is rare). There were several whale sightings, which is quite intimate when considering you are on the same level as those graceful creatures, but the one that grabbed me was the mom and pup . . . I shall never forget it. The guide Tim was very professional and quite knowledgeable in all aspects of the experience. An added feature was the special chant done before launching, in honor of culture and heritage of Hawaii, and the blowing of the conch shell, heralding our return to shore. On the way back in there was time to snorkel and I couldn’t believe how many green hawaiian sea turtles there were at the “turtle cleaning station”. I counted 8 at one point but i’m sure there were close to a dozen all together. A must see to believe, adventure to be sure. Thanks, HPS !!

Visited January 2013

Bill W.New York City, NY

Honolua Bay Outrigger Canoe Excursion

Offered as a part of Jean-Michel Cousteau’s “Ambassadors of the Environment Program” this fun, educational and cultural tour is one of our guest favorites. After a water safety and paddling orientation we depart from DT Fleming’s Beach in front of the Ritz Carlton, Kapalua. As your guide navigates your Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe (Wa`a) along the sea cliffs (pali) its easy to get a sense of ancient Hawaii. The lack of development in area offers undisturbed beaches, sea cliffs, open ranch land and a stunning view of Moloka`i just across the Pailolo Channel. After an upwind paddle we arrive at Mokuleia Beach and the first bay of Honolua (Honolua literally means: two bays). On shore we learn of the Hawaiian’s ahupua’a system of land management and how the Hawaiians were able to thrive in the islands prior to western contact. Launching the canoe again we arrive around the corner at Honolua Bay, a part of the Mokuleia Marine Life Conservation District, these protected waters offer an abundance of marine life. While snorkeling your Marine Naturalist will guide you through this underwater playground to a ‘turtle cleaning station’, naming a multitude of fish along the way before allowing you some free time to snorkel on your own.
*Due to high surf in the winter months this tour is only offered June – September, surf and weather dependent.
 

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3 Hour Tour

$159 per person

“Incredible experience”

We booked an outrigger canoe tour and snorkel adventure at Honolua Bay and it was the best tour/ experience we had on Maui. Arianna, our guide, was very knowledgeable and taught us so much about Hawaiian culture, conservation and the ocean. I can’t believe that the most educational thing we did was also the most fun. We all helped get the outrigger canoe in the water and paddled it to a remote beach where Arianna taught us some Hawaiian history and showed us how to make rope from coconut strands and gave us refreshing drinks from a natural spring bubbling from what I thought was a tide pool and from a coconut which we also ate. We then hit the outrigger again to an isolated snorkel spot where Ari showed us and taught us about all kinds of Hawaiian reef fish. We also saw sea turtles. This was definitely the highlight of our trip and I am now seeing what else we can book with this company before our vacation ends. I just feel bad we found this company at the end of our vacation and not the beginning. Not that our other tours were bad, it is just that this tour was so outstanding. Thanks Ari.

Visited July 2014

Jamie A.Canberra

Molokini Outrigger Canoe Challenge

So you want to go to Molokini? Most people take large snorkel boats…. but a few PADDLE an Outrigger Canoe there! This tour is not for everyone, only those looking for a challenge*. We’ll meet early in the morning at Makena Landing and go over water safety and paddling orientation. Then we set our course for Molokini Crater. You’ll glide across the calm waters as the sky slowly changes from purple, pink, red and orange while the sun slowly rises over the summit of Haleakala. Experience views only available from sea or one of our neighboring islands. After a healthy 3.5 mile paddle you’ll arrive at Molokini Crater, before the large snorkel boats, and enjoy an un-crowded snorkel in the crater. If you’ve been there on a boat before you’ll understand the value the last statement! If conditions allow we’ll paddle around the back side of the crater. The breathtaking back wall of wind and wave-swept stone is a sight you’ll carry with you for a lifetime, and one that very few ever see. As we paddle back to Makena you start to appreciate the name of this tour: Molokini Challenge. Don’t worry, our guides promise no matter how tired you get on the way back, we’ll hit land….somewhere!
*This trip is not for everyone. It is physically demanding and paddlers must be healthy, in good physical shape and have paddling experience. Conditions Apply.

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3-4 Hours

$199 Per person (two person minimum)

“Molokini Challenge was AWESOME”

I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to Molokini in an outrigger canoe. Kaleo was a great guide and he brought along another helper, Mary and his son to make the 4 person canoe complete. We started early to see the sunrise over Haleakala—Kaleo’s stories of Hawaiian culture and playing of the conch were enjoyed the whole way. The snorkeling at Molokini was beautiful. There is nothing more fun than paddling on the ocean.
Visited November 2011

Aaron R. Colorado

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