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South Maui Turtle Town Kayak Tour

Launching kayaks from historic Makena Landing in the center of Turtle Town you’ll have iconic Haleakala in the background. With dozens of independent reefs throughout Turtle Town, your kayak guide will lead you away from the crowds to snorkel with green Hawaiian Sea Turtles. This South Maui location includes some reefs with underwater caves and arches commonly known as “Five Caves” and “Turtle Arches.” These reefs and many others in Turtle Town have resident sea turtles who can be found year round if you know exactly where to look and our guides will lead you there. Our certified marine naturalist guides will share sea turtle facts as you paddle out to swim with sea turtles. When you kayak along the Makena and Wailea coast you’ll enjoy scenic views of Puu Olai, Molokini Crater, Lanai, Mauna Kahalawai (West Maui Mountains) and Kahoolawe. During Maui’s windy summer months, Turtle Town is usually protected from the wind in early mornings making this the ideal summer location. Shallow, well-lit reefs and calm conditions make this a great location for families with small children and first-time ocean enthusiasts, but don’t let that deter you if you’re an active traveler, Turtle Town offers something for everyone!

Turtle Town Tour Info

3 Hour PRIVATE Tour
We do NOT combine parties!

FREE Digital Photos of your tour

Water, Snack, Snorkel Gear provided

Certified Marine Naturalist Guides

1 guest $249 per person
2-4 guests $159 per person
5 or more guests $139 per person

“Great kayaking & snorkeling tour in South Maui!

We took a kayaking and snorkeling trip with Hawaiian Paddle Sports in South Maui. Peter was our guide, and he was wonderful. Before we entered the water, he showed us a number of the fish we would likely see while snorkeling and shared fun facts of interest about many of them (such as black stripes that hide the eye, false eyes on the back of the body, and the pig-like grunts that the Hawaiian state fish makes).  We then headed out for a nice paddle before making our way over to Turtle Town for some snorkeling.

By the time we got there, large boats and kayaking groups had arrived.  I was so grateful we were not part of them, as the guides kept everyone close together, which seemed to scare the fish into hiding.  But, Peter took us off to an area by ourselves, where we saw an amazing array of fish, including most of the ones he had prepared us to see.

But, the best part was the turtles.  Peter mentioned that the turtles often like to scratch themselves on the kayak anchor… and, sure enough, right after he dropped the anchor, one came over to do just that.  Things got even better a little later when two turtles came over and swam near us at the surface… swimming with the turtles was awesome!  And, we got some terrific photos of us with the turtles, thanks to Peter!  The company provides the guides with GoPro cameras, and has them take pictures throughout the tour… they then provide the images to the clients for free, as part of the experience.  Having someone else focus on getting the pictures really freed us up to just relax and enjoy ourselves.  And, we hit the jackpot with Peter… he has a degree in photography, and went to great lengths to get terrific pictures for us.

Hawaiian Paddle Sports is the type of company that we love to support, as they offer personalized tours, good service, and a commitment to the environment that allows them to make their living. We found that they lived up to the rave reviews, and would happily recommend them.

Visited May 2014

Deb D.
Deb D.San Diego, CA

West Maui Coral Gardens Kayak Tour


After a water safety and paddling orientation we depart from Olowalu Beach under the backdrop 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 playground 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 a favorite snorkel spot for visitors to Maui. Enjoy interesting facts about sea turtles as your certified marine naturalist guide leads you out to snorkel with sea turtles. Due to the sometimes windy conditions, this tour is best for older children and adults who are comfortable in the ocean.

Coral Gardens Tour Info

3 Hour PRIVATE Tour
We do NOT combine parties!

FREE Digital Photos of your tour

Water, Snack, Snorkel Gear provided

Certified Marine Naturalist Guides

1 guest $249 per person
2-4 guests $159 per person
5 or more guests $139 per person

“Awesome Snorkeling!”

Luau … Road to Hana … helicopter tour … sailing …. glass bottom boat … we did a lot in a few days. But snorkeling with John from Hawaiian Paddle Sports … that was THE MOST INCREDIBLE experience of our entire vacation. With a thorough safety briefing and kayak instruction, John made our trip fun from the very beginning. John gave us tons of info about Hawaiian culture and history. His snorkeling instruction was methodical, getting this first-timer into the water without a hitch. Launching from the shores of West Maui, we were into stunning views of the mountains, coral gardens, tropical fish, and turtles … like … right now! There is no better way to snorkel Maui than with a one-on-one guide from Hawaiian Paddle Sports. What a surprise to learn that John was taking pictures of us during the three-hour excursion … and we could have them at NO EXTRA COST! Within twenty-four hours, we were sent a link to our awesome photos. Now, we can enjoy our kayak and snorkeling adventure over and over … until our next trip with John. Thanks again John. A hui hou, Jason and Jill

Visited September 2013

Jason and Jill
Jason and JillSeattle, WA

Honolua Bay Kayak Excursion

Honolua West Maui

This fun, challenging and educational tour is a West Maui guest favorite. After a water safety and paddling orientation, we depart from DT Fleming Beach in front of the Ritz Carlton, Kapalua. As you paddle along the Pali (sea cliffs) you will get a sense of ancient Hawaii. The lack of development in the 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). We paddle around a rocky point until we arrive at Honolua Bay, a part of the Mokuleia Marine Life Conservation District, these protected waters offer an abundance of tropical fish, sea turtles and sometimes manta rays or spinner dolphins. 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 paddling in the wind, this tour is best for older children and adults who are comfortable in the ocean.

*Due to high surf in the winter months this tour is only offered June-August, surf and weather dependent.

Honolua Tour Info

3 Hour Tour

FREE Digital Photos of your tour

Water, Snack, Snorkel Gear provided

Certified Marine Naturalist Guides

1-6 Guests $159 per person

Not recommended for children <12 years old

Honolua-bound with HPS

Private paddle tour from DT Fleming Beach to Honolua Bay with HPS was the highlight of my recent trip to Maui. Beautiful clear morning (7/12) – could see the saddle of Molokai from my kayak – with just enough wind to keep cool. Had a great guide named Donnie who provided an informative and evenly paced tour – made sure we didn’t miss the endemic blue rice coral. Spotted honu that were too numerous to count along the way, including several at a turtle cleaning station in crystal-clear water at our snorkel spot in Honolua Bay. Great trip – thanks, Donnie!

Visited July 2012

Allison J.Charleston, SC

South Maui Turtle Town Outrigger Canoe Tour (Makena)

An outrigger canoe tour from Makena in the heart of Turtle Town lends itself to many great options for snorkeling with green Hawaiian sea turtles. Surrounded by calm waters most mornings, this is the ideal tour for families with small children, first-time paddlers and those looking for a calm ocean experience. Never more than 6 guests per tour, it’s a great option for guests looking to learn about Hawaiian Culture and snorkel in Turtle Town without the masses. As you paddle out, your guide will share interesting facts about sea turtles in Maui. With many snorkeling locations to choose from among the various reef formations in Turtle Town, our canoe guides will keep you away from the crowded snorkel boats. Once the best snorkel spot s chosen, enjoy snorkeling with sea turtles, tropical fish, and many other marine animals. Across the channel, you’ll see Molokini Crater, with Kahoolawe in the background, which holds strong cultural significance to the Hawaiian People and is the piko, or belly button of the Hawaiian Islands. Enjoy views of Mauna Kahalawai, Lanai and Haleakala while learning the meaning of their Hawaiian place names.

*Whale Watching Tour January 1-April 1 

Canoe Tour Info

3 Hour Tour

FREE Digital Photos of your tour

Water, Snack, Snorkel Gear provided

Certified Marine Naturalist Guides

$159 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

South Maui SUP Lesson / Tour

Stand Up Paddle Boarding from Makena on Maui’s sunny south shore, commonly referred to as Turtle Town, you’ll have the beautiful back drop of Haleakala. On normal trade wind days South Maui is blocked from the wind in the early mornings making it an ideal location for SUP lessons. Even if the winds do start to blow, Makena Bay is generally protected allowing us to tuck inside away from the wind. As you glide across the glassy calm waters you’ll enjoy stunning views of Molokini Crater, Pu`u Olai, Kahoolawe, Lana`i and Mauna Kahalawai or the West Maui Mountains as we commonly refer to them today. But don’t forget to look down! While stand up paddle boarding, Maui reef structure below amazes you with green Hawaiian sea turtles and tropical fish on a clear day. Enjoy your instructor’s sea turtle facts while observing from your board. Although this location is closest to our guests staying in Makena, Wailea, Kihei, and Maalaea check with our management team for current weather conditions to determine the ideal location for your Stand up Paddle Boarding Lesson. Makena Landing is generally perfect for families and first time stand up paddle boarders.

SUP Lesson Info

2 Hour PRIVATE Lesson

We do NOT combine parties!

FREE Digital Photos of your lesson

Water and Snack provided

Certified Marine Naturalist Guides

1 Guest $199
2-5 Guests $139 per person
6 or more Guest $139 per person *with second instructor

“SUP Experience”

We knew we could rent standup paddleboards from a variety of places and figure out how to do it on our own, but after looking over Hawaiian Paddle Sports’ website we decided to spend the money and have a private lesson to get us started. From start to finish we felt like we made the right choice. They were professional and our instructor, Jason, was great. We met him at an idyllic little cove in Makena that was perfect! It was so beautiful we even went back for a late afternoon picnic at the same spot! Jason was really nice, explained everything along the process so we could understand, made us feel safe, and told us interesting facts about the area, turtles, etc. Extra bonus was he brought a camera to take pictures of us and now we can download them for free off the email link that HPS sent to us. Overall, we would highly recommend HPS to anybody!

Visited May 2013

Robert P.Kansas City, MO

West Maui SUP Tour / Lesson

During the winter months, when Maui experiences lighter winds, Olowalu is a great location for a Stand Up Paddle Board Lesson. Paddle over the shallow reef structure teeming with tropical fish and green Hawaiian sea turtles while enjoying the stunning backdrop of Olowalu and Ukumehame Valleys. Your instructor will share interesting facts about the types of sea turtles, tropical fish and seals seen nowhere else on Earth. Looking around you will see Haleakala, Molokini Crater and all the islands of Maui Nui: Maui, Kahoolawe, Lanai, and Molokai. You will even see the Big Island of Hawaii on a clear day! This is a great SUP lesson location when the weather is good but challenging if the winds are blowing too strong or from the wrong direction. This is the closest location for those guests staying in Lahaina and Kaanapali but check with our management team to see if Olowalu would be a good choice for your groups Stand Up Paddle Boarding Lesson based on weather and experience.

SUP Lesson Info

2 Hour PRIVATE Lesson

We do NOT combine parties!

FREE Digital Photos of your lesson

Water and Snack provided

Certified Marine Naturalist Guides

1 Guest $199
2-5 Guests $139 per person
6 or more Guest $139 per person *with second instructor

“Worth every penny”

I was VERY apprehensive about SUP, but trusted TripAdvisor & booked our lesson with Laurie. So very glad I did. She was so helpful & totally in tune with helping me overcome my fear of trying to balance on a wobbly board floating in deep water. Yay! I stood up and only fell in once. I would highly recommend Laurie & Hawaiian Paddle Sports to anyone who wants to deal with an ethical, Eco-friendly & very professional business. And the pictures Laurie took are amazing! Emailed quickly & at no additional cost.

Visited November 2014

Tracie R.Arizona

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