Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe Cultural and Turtle Tour

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From $155.00

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 1 hour (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket


Journey back in time with an expert local guide during this traditional Hawaiian outrigger canoe tour. Learn about Polynesian culture as you cruise through top attractions and scenic tropical landscapes. Get up close to local marine life as you make your way through the waters between Wailea Beach and Maui.
  • Experience a traditional Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe Tour as you learn the culture, art and sport of canoe paddling.
  • Paddle through stunning tropical landscapes
  • Learn about Polynesian culture from your expert guide
  • Enjoy the pristine waters off Wailea point as you take in the magnificent coral-sea garden with an abundance of sea life.

What's Included

  • Professional guide
  • Outrigger canoe excursion
  • Canoeing equipment
  • Local taxes
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Wailea Beach
    Kihei, HI 96753, USA

    There is free public parking at Wailea Beach Park. After parking, walk towards the ocean and take a left at the "Y" along the beach boardwalk and take your first right down the staircase leading to the beach. Look for canoes to your right. You've made it!

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Children 5 and younger are not recommended
  • You must be able to paddle a minimum of a half mile
  • Check-in is 20 minutes prior to the booked tour start time
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

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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This was a wonderful experience with friendly, knowledgeable staff and a super service! The trip out on the outrigger was a lot of fun and we saw some huge turtles up close when out on the ocean, and also a barracuda. As well as being an excellent guide, Kevin taught us some traditional Hawaiian chants and lots about Hawaiian history. This was a fantastic experience, and I highly recommend Hawaiian Ocean Sports! 🌺
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A beautiful morning well...
Vineeta_b, Dec 2022
A beautiful morning well spent doing this activity . Kevin’s (our guide) tidbits about Hawaiian culture was interesting and we did see few whales …a happy soul returned back to shores 😀
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Aloha Vineeta, Mahalo for the thoughtful review and patience in rescheduling die to inclement weather and large surf!! The whales were amazing! A hui hou! Until we meet again! Mahalo Piha, Kevin Piilani Hoke
Outrigger canoe paddle
Lois_L, Dec 2022
Rather expensive for the what we received. We paddled a very short distance. We did see a turtle up close & whales swimming out in the ocean, and then we were done.
Response from Host, Dec 2022
What an amazing experience! Whales and turtles! We also provided a hydrophone to hear the Humpback whales! Did you also receive a free picture and video package in addition to a thorough understanding of Hawaiian culture, history and navigation? We offer a 90 minute tour too!
A must do in Maui!
Ella_T, Aug 2022
Great communication about the trip. The guide mentioned he has a great track record for sighting turtles and he delivered. Great instruction and amazing views. Couldn't ask for more.
Fun experience!!
Matthew_F, Aug 2022
Fun experience! Our guide was friendly and informative during the trip. Takes a little effort to get into canoe as you push it into the water at around waist high, then haul yourself in, but once in you follow directions for rowing. Great exercise too! Saw turtles and beautiful vistas! Highly recommended for something different to do while visiting Maui. Will come back again and ride the canoes!!
Great experience!!!!
Beth_W, May 2022
Great guide! Fred was very personable and he knew Hawaiian history! We also just what I wanted to see…. Sea Turtles!!!
Great tour guide. She really made the experience fun
Scott_M, Mar 2022
Didn't see any turtles, I guess you can't control that, but the canoeing was great and the crew was professional. Our guide was great and explained a great deal about the area and the ocean.
Outrigger OK
Julie_T, Oct 2021
The trip was ok. Being on the water is always nice. We did see sea turtles. The guide was delightful as well as the rest of the crew who helped us launch the outrigger. It was hard to hear the guide since we were at the front of the outrigger. Feel the price didn’t match the value. Was told that we had to present the confirmation of payment which ended up not being required. Wouldn’t have risked taking my cellphone (had a waterproof container) to show my tickets had I known it was not necessary.
Turtle time
Penny_L, Jul 2021
We had such an amazing time on the ocean. We were able to see 9 turtles and several up close. Our tour guide just graduated from high school and was very professorial and knowledgeable about sea life. Thanks for a great time!
Response from Host, Aug 2021
Mahalo Penny for your review! Wailea is filled with wonderful sea life for all to enjoy. Our steersman our young, energetic, and always professional. Thank you for choosing Hawaiian ocean sports and we hope to see you again.
Fun way to start our vacation !
Cheryl_M, Jul 2021
What an amazing time! Jonah was so personable and the turtles were so fun to watch! It was a great way to start our Maui vacation!
Outstanding Experience
Lori_R, Jul 2021
Great crew. We saw lots of turtles. A guide offered pics for free. Staff is knowledgeable and friendly. Fun outing. Highly recommend.
Not an excursion I would recommend
Jill_S, Jul 2021
Our guide didn’t seem very knowledgeable, and didn’t make a real attempt to see turtles, while the canoe in front of us had a much more experienced guide, learned history about the island, saw turtles etccc. It was disappoint overall for us and not necessarily something I would recommend.
The canoe ride was super fun and great to bring kids as well
HENRY_Y, Jul 2021
Kruz was great in getting back to me via text the night before to ensure me that can accommodate my 2 children. He also informed me to maybe do a earlier slot to avoid the high wind later in the day. Certainly made the experiment a whole lot smoother and enjoyable. When I got lost getting there, Kruz was also very helpful in helping me find his location. The lady who is the tour guide/steermen was also wonderful. I would definitely recommend it.
A fantastic experience!
Marcus_E, Jul 2021
This was a wonderful experience with friendly, knowledgeable staff and a super service! The trip out on the outrigger was a lot of fun and we saw some huge turtles up close when out on the ocean, and also a barracuda. As well as being an excellent guide, Kevin taught us some traditional Hawaiian chants and lots about Hawaiian history. This was a fantastic experience, and I highly recommend Hawaiian Ocean Sports! 🌺
Response from Host, Jul 2021
Aloha Marcus, we are glad to hear you enjoyed your time. Mahalo to you and your ohana for choosing Hawaiian Ocean Sports as well as mahalo Ke Aku for blessing us will all of the wonderful things you seen on your trip!
Fun time! Read if you are plus size.
Victoria_G, Jun 2021
The tour guides were great. :) They had wonderful energy and taught us about the Hawaiian culture. Our group had the 10 AM tour and we were so lucky we had a turtle approach our canoe. Paddling was also pretty easy going. The reason I did not put 5 stars is because I feel their Viator description should disclose the width of the seats of the canoe. For reference I am a size 8 and I had little room to move. I brought my friend with me and she did not fit comfortably in the canoe. She had to sit sideways to fit.
Great experience!
Dwight_M, Jun 2021
Great time out on the water to learn a little bit of history of the Hawaiian people and also see some turtles. Also nice to do an active excursion and paddle on an outrigger. The team was professional and great communication with directions to the start point.
Fun experience.
Sheyla_V, Jun 2021
It was an amazing experience, so fun and the guide was so nice. We saw turtles, my kids were really happy and we loved it.
No turtles
AMM, Apr 2021
Because of traffic we were 10 minutes late, but they still took us out for a canoe experience., got very windy and disappointed we didn’t see any turtles.
Response from Host, Apr 2021
Aloha Aniluz, If you're going to submit a review positive or negative, please present accurate information. You were 45 minutes late for 10am scheduled departure. Tradewinds typically increase as the day progresses on Maui. That is why we recommend 8am, 9am and 10am departures for all tours. As Tradewinds increase, the turtles are more difficult to see. For safety reasons, we discontinued the tour and issued you a refund as request. As always, our primary commitment is safety and positive experience. Mahalo, Kevin Piilani Hoke
ken_a, Mar 2021
Warm waters, friendly staff, turtles and sunny day--a combination for a great day and tour, thanks Kevin for the experience. Will be coming back soon
Response from Host, Apr 2021
Aloha Ken, Mahalo for the thoughtful review! Most of all....mahalo to Akua for blessing us with a wonderful day on the water and meeting another friend! A hui hou...until we meet again, never goodbye! Kevin Piilani Hoke
Great historical perspective on...
Peter M, Dec 2017
Great historical perspective on Hawaiian culture. Kevin was amazing. We need more like him. The best. The cost was a tad high and the length a tad short. Make the trip 90mins as a minimum for the cost. Otherwise it was exceptional!!
Response from Host, Feb 2020
Aloha Peter and mahalo for the TripAdvisor review & thoughtful comments! We certainly fit a lot into the 90 minute tour! Please feel free to come back another time for a complimentary tour for more time on the water! 8086332800...I’ll hook you up brother!
The Outrigger Canoe ride was...
Ann C, Jul 2017
The Outrigger Canoe ride was fantastic! Kevin was a great guide! Would love to do it again and maybe a longer session!
Response from Host, Feb 2020
Aloha Ann, My apology for the late response....I just discovered this review. I have too many accounts on TA. I am grateful for you and time spent in providing this review! Please come back and see us again! Malama pono!