Maui snorkeling tours show you the other side of Maui – the underwater marine world! With our Maui and Molokini snorkeling tours, you can get up close and personal with the Hawaiian green sea turtles of Turtle Town and the other marine wildlife that inhabit the near shore waters off Maui. As you plan your Maui snorkel tours, Maui Kayak Adventures is ready to provide you with all of the gear and instruction you need to enjoy a worry-free snorkeling adventure.
Why Your List of “Things to Do in Maui” Should Include Maui Snorkeling
The ocean is the biggest attraction of Maui, but have you ever taken an up close look inside? Maui’s warm tropical waters produce colorful coral reefs teeming with a rainbow of marine life: Hawaiian green sea turtles, tropical fish, monk seals, dolphins, whales. Maui snorkeling tours are the ideal way to experience life under the ocean in Maui because, unlike scuba diving, it requires no special training and minimal gear. With our experienced tour guides, you can experience the clear waters of Molokini, the marine mammals of Olowalu Reef outside of Lahaina, the sea cliffs and caves near Turtle Town, or the marine sanctuary of Honolua Bay. Make sure you include snorkeling in your list of things to do in Maui to make the most out of your trip and don’t forget to grab an underwater camera to snap some photos on your Maui snorkeling tour.
Maui Snorkel Tours are GREAT for Kids Too!
If you’re traveling with children and are looking at Maui snorkeling tours, don’t worry, they can join our kayak tours too! Our Makena Turtle Town location is perfect for families wanting to snorkel small children. Children as young as 3 years old are welcomed on our Kayak Snorkel Tours, however, there is no ‘standard’ when it comes to children. You know YOUR child best so please book accordingly. We also offer private kayak tours if you would like more attention for your family and children. Contact Maui Kayak Adventures to see which trips will work well for your children.
Snorkeling at Turtle Town
Our Makena Turtle Town location offers over a dozen coral reefs to snorkel, spread out over an area known as “Turtle Town.” As the name suggests, there are A LOT of turtles in Turtle Town for you to go snorkeling with. Although LARGE snorkel boats also come to Turtle Town to snorkel, they don’t arrive until later in the morning which means you’ll get to go snorkeling without hundreds of people from the boats.
Located on the South side of Maui past Wailea in Makena, Turtle Town generally is sunny and beautiful year round. The early mornings are usually windless which makes perfect conditions for kayaking and snorkeling. Due to near perfect weather conditions, we recommend this location for small kids, first-time paddlers and those who are not comfortable in the ocean.
This is the type of adventure awaiting you when you book a Turtle Town Maui snorkeling tour with Maui Kayak Adventures.
Snorkeling at Olowalu Turtle Gardens
Olowalu Reef, or “mile marker 14” as some people refer to this snorkel location, offers some of Maui’s oldest coral reefs. Some of these Kapuna (elder) corals have been living for over 500 years researchers say. Olowalu is a popular area for snorkeling from the shore due to the fact that the reefs are shallow and start right at the water’s edge. However with the high volume of visitors, these nearshore reefs have been dying off over time due to overuse, sunscreen in the water, and people walking/touching the coral. Let our guides take you offshore to the healthy vivid reefs of Olowalu and show you the turtle cleaning station we call Turtle Gardens. Turtle cleaning stations are areas of the reefs that the turtles congregate at so that cleaner shrimp and fish can eat the algae growing on their shells. This symbiotic relationship is a win/win, as the turtles get cleaned and the fish get fed. It’s a large reef stretching many miles in an even larger ocean… but our certified marine naturalist kayak guides know exactly where to find this turtle cleaning station. In addition to snorkeling with turtles, you’ll also snorkel with tropical fish and possibly see a rare monk seal.
Snorkeling at Honolua Bay Marine Preserve
Located on Maui’s upper west side past Napili, Kahana, and Kapalua… Honolua Bay offers some of Maui’s richest snorkeling. However, due to large winter surf swells these kayak snorkel tours are only offered June through September. The raw undeveloped area of Honolua makes you feel as if you’ve traveled back in time. Paddling along this coast is breathtaking but also a challenge due to the high winds you’ll battle to get to Honolua Bay. Snorkeling at Honolua Bay is worth the paddle. Designated a Marine Sanctuary in the 1970s, there is no fishing or gathering in these waters which means you’ll find a higher quantity of fish and more variety of marine life. Our Marine Naturalist Kayak Guides will take you to snorkel at the turtle cleaning station where an abundance of turtles wait to get their shell cleaned. Due to paddling in the wind, this tour is best for children > 12 and adults who are comfortable in the ocean.
Molokini Snorkeling… by Kayak!
The protected waters surrounding Molokini boasts some of the clearest waters around Maui, making it an ideal place for snorkeling in Maui. Although there are crystal clear waters, there are no turtles to snorkel with at Molokini. Most people take snorkel boats to Molokini, however, the reef is healthiest on the outer walls away from where the large snorkel boats let their guests go snorkeling. Located 4 miles off shore from Turtle Town, this paddle ends up being 9 miles round trip that only a very select few guests make in kayaks. This kayak tour is more about the challenge of paddling to Molokini than it is about snorkeling at Molokini. The weather conditions in Hawaii change very quickly but our skilled kayak guides know how to see these changes coming. We are one of only two companies offering Molokini snorkeling tours by kayak. Please DO NOT attempt to paddle to Molokini unguided. People have been swept to sea and never seen again by attempting this. This is not an overstatement meant to scare you, it is the unfortunate reality. For experienced paddlers only. If you think you’re up for the challenge please give us a call so we can discuss this kayak trip in more detail.
Maui Kayak Tour Locations
We offer four different unique tours so you’re sure to find a Maui Kayak Tour perfect for you no matter what your skill level is or where you’re staying on Maui. Makena, Kihei, Wailea, Olowalu, Maalaea, Lahaina, Napili, Kaanapali or Kapalua, we have a Maui Kayak Tour nearby to accommodate your entire family.