One of the best ways to experience Maui’s scenery and underwater world is on a kayak tour. Paddling on the ocean allows guests a new perspective of Maui’s shoreline and is a fun way to arrive at some of the best snorkeling and whale watching areas in the state, including Turtle Town, Coral Gardens, Honolua Bay and even Molokini Crater (though not recommended).

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Due to Hawaii’s extremely remote location (the most isolated population center on Earth), many of the local marine species you’re likely to see are found nowhere else in the world.

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How much does it cost to go kayaking in Maui?

Maui kayaking tours run from $100 to $200 per person with varying group size or private tours.  This covers history, guide to the best snorkeling, and whales in season.

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Where is Turtle Town Maui?

Turtle town is anywhere on Maui where there are concentrations of green sea turtles.  The most popular spots for them to congregate are on the west side along the Pali and on the south side at Maluaka Beach.

Maui Kayaking Tours

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Can you Kayak to Molokini?

It has been done, but it is very dangerous.  Kayakers have been swept away with currents and lost forever.  Take a boat to Molokini.

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What to do if you see a whale while kayaking?

If you see whales near you while kayaking, stop paddling.  If you see them from a distance, enjoy watching from that distance. It’s illegal to get to close to humpback whales, unless they come to you.  If they do, you’re in for a treat!  Learn more about Maui whale watch Kayak tours.

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What is the best month to see whales in Maui?

February is the best month to see whales in Maui because it’s the middle of mating and birthing seasons. We call it “whale soup” because it’s hard to look at the ocean without seeing whale activity on the surface.

If you’re looking for a chance to learn more about Maui’s unique marine life while enjoying a day on the ocean, consider joining a group or private kayak tour, perfect for families, friends and individuals.