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Clear Kayak Tour with Pontoons - Olowalu, Maui + Add Snorkeling

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Clear Kayak Tour

From $129.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 3 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Book this clear kayak tour to explore Maui’s clear water, including the reef and sea creatures below you. Easily meet your group at Olowalu beach, then you can put on provided rash guards, and store your things in dry bags. Try some local bananas and fresh Hawaiian pineapple to keep you energized for your paddle.
  • Easy to find departure point
  • Kayaks, rash guards, and dry bags are provided
  • Snack on provided bananas and pineapple
  • Paddle for around 3 hours, and the rest of the day is free

What's Included

  • Snacks
  • Rash guards (long sleeve water shirt) for extra protection from the sun.
  • Dry bags
  • Reef safe sunscreen
  • Fees and Taxes
  • We recommend bringing a hat and sunglasses.
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Olowalu Beach
    Olowalu Beach, Hawaii 96761, USA

    We launch from five different locations. You will be sent directions on specific location after your tour is booked. Locations from Wailea to Olowalu.

Start time

08:30 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect


3 hours Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Featured review
We loved it. Never was in a kayak before and this was a easy & relaxing tour. Especially considering we are older & not as physically active as we once wore. Papa bear & Gabriel also make the trip very fun & educational each in their own way. Would highly recommend this tour!! And they & Maui need you more now then ever. We were there in June 6 weeks before the fires. Our heart breaks for them & all our the locals that were affected by this horrible event!!! Prayers & Much Love from The Roberts from Reading, PA


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Highly Recommend!!!
Laura_R, Sep 2023
We loved it. Never was in a kayak before and this was a easy & relaxing tour. Especially considering we are older & not as physically active as we once wore. Papa bear & Gabriel also make the trip very fun & educational each in their own way. Would highly recommend this tour!! And they & Maui need you more now then ever. We were there in June 6 weeks before the fires. Our heart breaks for them & all our the locals that were affected by this horrible event!!! Prayers & Much Love from The Roberts from Reading, PA
Just What We Were Looking For!!!
Michael_N, Aug 2023
We had a wonderful tour out on the water. Safety was first, taking into consideration Hurricane Dora, which was threatening the island in the coming days. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and kept us entertained. The tour provided all the necessary equipment to keep us safe during the tour. The water guns were a hit with my 6 year old. Paddling with the pontoons took some getting used to but we did appreciate its purpose for stability. We would do this tour again if visiting Maui!
Awesome! Best in Maui
Tom_K, Jul 2023
We had a blast with Gabriel’s Ohana. Jason was so helpful and knowledgeable and great at coaching snorkeling techniques. He helped coach me on breathing and after previous tough experiences with snorkeling, Jason made this one great and had the best experience.
DeAnna_D, Jul 2023
Jason was an excellent guide. The view from the water was amazing. He even had a few surprises ( snorkeling after) which was totally unexpected but greatly appreciated! He taught us many things about the history and preservation. Would definitely do it again. The Deitte’s
A Must Do!
Melissa_D, Jul 2023
We had such a wonderful time on this tour! My husband is skilled with a kayak, but I am not and it didn’t matter. It was easy to learn how to use. Jason and his team were absolutely fantastic! They treated us like family and gave us a one of a kind memory. We got to see beauty all around us and learn a lot about the history of this area. Bonus at the end: a monk seal came up on shore to sun bathe! Would recommend to anyone! 10/10
Clear Kayak Tour
Martha_S, Jun 2023
Our event was cancelled due to weather. We’re disappointed as my daughter really wanted to go on the clear kayak. Unfortunately there was no more availability during our stay so we’ll try again on our next vacation.
Response from Host, Sep 2023
It is a shame for all involved that we had bad weather during your trip. You visited as Hurricane Dora was on the way to the islands. Due to the large bands of weather that precede a hurricane there are times when our reef may get silty and hard to see. There will be times waves will be breaking and winds will be strong. As a seasoned waterman, I know the difference between a quality day and a day that would be regrettable. Fighting against hard gusts makes it a little difficult to enjoy the reef below and the sea turtles tend to hunker down beneath the coral heads. There are certainly other companies who will take you out on the water. I have watched kayaks flip and people struggle with other companies in the past. We are just not that kind of company. Greed will never be a motivator for my family. I find it vile and opportunistic when other companies do it to be quite frank. It is our core belief that if there is a better way to spend your day as opposed to being on the water on an unpleasant experience, we will cancel and reschedule. I promise you, this is for the good of your memories and the quality of your short time on our beautiful island, not the good of my business income or my personal happiness. It saddens me deeply whenever I cannot take guests out on a tour. I do this work because it is special to me. It is a passion for me and there is no place on the planet I would rather be than on a reef making new friends, teaching eager listeners and living vicariously through their smiles every day. It is never work, it is always a joy. We strive extra hard because we think of every one of our guests as if it is the only chance in their lives that they will ever visit this island. I do hope that is not the case for you and your daughter. If you visit again be sure to reach out by phone. My wife will be happy to take your reservation and offer you a discount for the previous disappointment you experienced. It never helps to hear that we have let down a child, we can only find solace in knowing that she didn't have a bad memory of something she had high expectations for. To any of our future guests please be sure to book your tour early in your vacation. Reach out early. As we specialize in understanding our weather conditions, we can help you choose the best day for your excursion with us. Also, If the weather turns sour, we offer an full refund and can advise you on other free and unique places to go to. This way you can still enjoy the 4 hours or so that you would have spent with our ohana. As opposed to feeling lost with no plan in place for the day. After living here for as long as we have, you will find we know a lot of great spots. Again we are sad your daughter was let down. We can only send you our aloha and hope you return one day to join us on the reef. Wishing you a blessed and joyful day. - All of us at Gabriel's Ohana
Don’t hesitate they are awesome!
Xiao_C, Jun 2023
I was hesitating when booking because lack of reviews, but the experience is awesome! Crew are awesome, clear instructions for meetup and prep, also provided sunscreen and snacks. This is our first time kayaking and the clear kayak is great for viewing<
Response from Host, Jul 2023
Thank you so much! You are awesome for taking the time to eave this amazing 5 star review. We could not be more enthusiastic that you had such a great experience on our clear kayak tour. Hope we see you again soon.
Jason and Gabriel made this tour AMAZING
Jason_A, May 2023
Jason, our tour guide, made the entire experience amazing. He was so full of knowledge, he was enthusiastic, filled with kindness and he really made sure we were informed, comfortable and we received a plethora of useful information of the corals, the sea, and even a background of the islands. Jason and Gabriel provided everything we needed from water, snacks, pineapple, bananas, rash guards, reef safe sun block and overall an amazing experience.
Response from Host, Jul 2023
Thank you so much for this glowing 5 star review. Gabriel's Ohana is so happy you were comfortable and well informed. Jason is passionate about the history of the island and it shows in his stories. We are also very pleased you thought we provided everything you needed for a smooth and comfortable experience. Hope you make it back to Maui again soon.
Fantastic Tour with Great Hosts!
Kristen_T, May 2023
Jason and Gabriel were very knowledgeable and Edgar to share their expertise and familiarity with the area. They offered so much more than a kayak tour and a portion of their proceeds go toward supporting the local college! Loved the trip! ❤️
Response from Host, Jul 2023
Jason and Gabriel are overjoyed that you were happy with their hosting abilities. They truly want every guest to know how much they care about the precious and very little time you have on vacation. Hope to see you back on Maui soon.
Go With Someone Else
Natasha_T, May 2023
They cancelled last minute due to “high winds and surfs” though the winds and surfs were not high as we saw many others engaging in the same activities during the same time frame when we walked the beach. They have yet to send anything confirming a refund will be issued though they did report so via text message.
Definitely do this one!
Allie_s, Apr 2023
A must do with Gabriels Ohana. They were wonderful! Super patient, kind, and knowledgeable. All of us had a great time! Would highly recommend this company to take your family out onto the water. The day we spent out with them was one of our favorite days in Maui. Jason and Gabriel helped us get comfortable and out into the water.
Response from Host, Jul 2023
Thank you for this great 5 star review!!! We are so happy to be part of one of the best days on your trip. Jason and Gabriel are very patient and kind! I wish I could clone them. Hope to see you again soon.
Looking down to the bottom of the ses
Sarianne_J, Apr 2023
Great kayak trip! Love the transparent bottom boat! So much fun. Jason and Gabriel made it very easy for novice or experienced kayakers to have a fabulous day. Thanks for the Maui Gold Pineapple.
Response from Host, Jul 2023
Thank you so much for the 5 stars! Jason and Gabriel are very patience and kind with beginners. It makes all the difference. They love getting sharing a new experience with beginners. Hope you make it back to Maui again soon.
Kayaking Clearly Rocks!
Janice_S, Apr 2023
Although we are experienced kayakers, this was our first time kayaking in Maui, and we thought it would be interesting viewing the ocean through a clear kayak. It was! We kayaked over a big reef, and although we didn't see a lot of fish, we saw some, and we also saw a young sea turtle. Gabriel was a fun, knowledgeable, and engaging guide. We did find the pontoons on the sides of the kayak a little annoying to paddle around, and it was hard to maintain a smooth stroke. We were treated to calm waters though, and could see where the pontoons would we welcome when the waters are rough. We enjoyed tasty pineapple and conversation with Gabriel and his father once we were back on shore. It's nice to support a small, family-owned business!
Response from Host, Jul 2023
Thank you so much for your 5 star review. I love your play on words! We are so glad you got to see a young sea turtle. We look forward to seeing you again.
Great experience
Kenneth_C, Mar 2023
They eased my nerves and made sure all was good. Nice easy to work with and very helpful. Experts at this!
Response from Host, May 2023
Thank you so much for this 5 star review. So happy we were able to ease your nerves. Hope we see you again next time.
Amazing adventure in a clear kayak
Kirsten_N, Feb 2023
My boyfriend and I had such an amazing time kayaking and snorkeling with Gabriel’s Ohana. Jason was a phenomenal guide, he had so much to share about the creatures that live in these waters and the history of Hawaii. I was blown away by how generous he was with his time and knowledge. The highlight of the trip was when a very friendly sea turtle came up to our kayaks and played around with us, swimming under the clear bottoms and then popping his head up in the middle of our group of kayaks. I was so happy that our kayaks had pontoons because that made them very stable as I twisted and turned trying to get a good shot of the playful turtle. I think if we were in regular kayaks I probably would have flipped us over. We added snorkeling to our trip which was so fun because we got to see lots of fish and sea urchins and two more turtles! Overall, I can’t recommend Gabriel’s Ohana enough. They made our trip to Maui truly unforgettable and I’m so glad that we did this excursion at the beginning of our vacation because Jason had so many great recommendations for other things to see and do in Maui.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
WOW!!! Thank you so much for taking the time to write this amazing and very thought 5 star review. We are overjoyed you had such a great experience with us. Jason is doing a happy dance after reading it you made him feel so proud. So glad you enjoyed the stability of the pontoons while you were visited by a friendly sea turtle. Hope we see you are your boyfriend again soon. Mahalo!!
10 out of 10
Gabriella_T, Jan 2023
Definitely had a great experience. We were able to see 3 whales an hour into kayaking. Gabriel’s crew was so patient in teaching us newbies how to maneuver our kayaks. lol
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Thank you so much for the 5 star review. So glad the crew was patient with you. We love "newbies"! They are always so excited to be trying something new. Hope we see you again soon.
Kayak tour
Lindsey_A, Jan 2023
This tour was awesome! The guide was very accommodating with us having to reschedule due to weather, safety was a top priority! Very informative while out on the water and we were able to see quite a bit of sea life.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Thank you so much for the great review. We are really grateful. Hope to see you again!
Steve_R, Jan 2023
We can’t thank you enough for the incredible experience! Clear kayak and snorkeling were amazing! No rushing, small group and so informative!
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thank you so much for recommending us with this awesome 5 star review. We could not be more happy that you enjoyed the clear kayak and snorkeling. We look forward to seeing you again one day.
Amazing snorkeling experience 🤿
Jessica_M, Jan 2023
What an amazing experience!l from start to finish! We got lost before hand and his wife was super friendly and helpful in helping us find our way. We weren’t lost because it was hard to find either, we jjst weren’t paying attention lol. The kayaking included paddling across the water listening to our guide Jason (the owner) share such an abundance of knowledge of all things ocean. The tour itself was awesome but Jason is what really made it special. He embodies the Hawaiian spirit in all aspects-Family, love and light, and mad respect for the magnificent whales and ocean life. After kayaking we went snorkeling and that’s when it really got good. Jason guided us through the corals, sharing so much knowledge of all things related to that. He dove down every time he saw anything we could hold, inspect and learn about. From sea cucumbers to star fish and all things between. We didn’t just get a guide, we got a whole snorkel experience with one cool dude. 10 out of 10 would recommend! We left there with memories we’ll never forget, knowledge that will last a lifetime and a new friend in Hawaii!
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thank you for such an amazing review! Jason's love for the ocean is very contagious. He is overjoyed by your kind words. Hope to see again soon.
Gabriela Ohana 5 Star!
Alex_B, Jan 2023
Gabriel’s Ohana is top to bottom 5 star! Great people, wonderful experience telling history of the islands, kayaking, and providing a fun and informative time!
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thank you so much Alex! So glad you enjoyed your day with us and the stories as well. Jason loves to share stories of the islands history. Hope you get back to visit one day soon.

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