Join a private or group kayaking tour to explore some of Maui’s best snorkeling locations and learn more about Maui’s culture, history and marine life.
Maui Kayaking Locations
Located in the South Maui town of Makena, Turtle Town is named for its abundance of (you guessed it) sea turtles, who frequent the area to relax and eat algae growing on the reef. Visitors looking for a unique snorkeling experience with endemic tropical fish, Hawaiian green sea turtles, and for the lucky guests, even rays and the rare Hawaiian Monk Seal, will love kayaking and snorkeling at this popular Maui location.
Located off of West Maui’s historic Olowalu, Coral Gardens is an excellent snorkeling location, known for its turtle cleaning stations, manta ray population and the occasional Hawaiian monk seal. During winter months, this area is frequented by hundreds of humpback whales, making for perfect whale watching conditions in a kayak. With impressive views of the West Maui Mountains and neighbor island of Lana’i, kayaking and snorkeling at Coral Gardens is a must.
Once the site of a working plantation, Honolua is a gorgeous bay frequented by snorkelers and surfers from around the world. Kayak tours depart from D.T. Fleming’s Beach in Kapalua before arriving at Honolua Bay, where you’ll enjoy views of the rugged Maui coastline and steep sea cliffs before jumping in to experience the abundant marine life in the area as part of the Mokuleia Marine Life Conservation District. Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins are known to frequent the area, and guests can enjoy views of the lesser visited neighbor island of Moloka’i across the Pailolo Channel. Due to high surf and strong winds, this tour is only available in summer months and is recommended for those who are comfortable in the ocean.
By far the most popular snorkeling destination in all of Maui, Molokini Crater is a volcanic atoll located approximately 3 miles from Maui’s south shore. While most people who visit Molokini Crater arrive by boat, experienced paddlers have the chance to paddle there with the help of a Hawaiian Paddle Sports guide. After a hefty multi-mile paddle, you’ll enjoy the excellent visibility and abundant marine life in the area. Just make sure you know what you’re signing up for!