Kayak Whale Watch and Turtle Reef Snorkel

Lahaina, United States

From $109.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 4 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Paddle out from the Maui beaches for a guided, 3.5-hour, small-group kayak and snorkeling adventure. Travel the calm, clear waters along the beautiful Olowalu coastline and enjoy spectacular views of the majestic West Maui Mountains. Then hop into the water and snorkel with endangered green sea turtles and colorful tropical fish. Basic swimming skills are required. All snorkeling gear plus refreshments and snacks are included.
  • Close encounter with wildlife
  • Family friendly
  • Snacks and Beverages included
  • Snorkel gear included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Small-group tour

What's Included

  • Professional guide
  • Light refreshments
  • Snacks
  • Use of Snorkeling equipment
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation to/from attractions

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Hawaii 30
    HI-30, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA

    7:30 am - Olowalu Beach - Hwy 30 - Mile Marker 14 Check-in at Gold Jeep Grand Cherokee with red, white and blue kayak trailer Life Vests, Water, Snacks, Snorkel Gear included Non-Toxic/Reef Safe Sunscreen Required BASIC SWIMMING SKILLS REQUIRED Maximum weight 250 lbs. per person

Start time

07:30 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • A maximum of 20 people per booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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124 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers.
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Not worth it
Cindi_S, Mar 2023
We had done a kayak/snorkel excursion on a previous trip, and it was fantastic, so we were really looking forward to this. First our guide was late, so we started 30 minutes late. There was no option for a single kayak — you had to go in pairs. As we paddled out, our guide said we were “guaranteed” to see whales and turtles, and listed a bunch of other things we might see (none of which we did see). It was somewhat late in the season, so I didn’t expect a lot of whales, but we did see a mother and baby off to the side a couple hundred yards away. We stopped and watched for a couple minutes, but rather than paddle closer, the guide led us farther out to sea. He kept yelling “whale at 1:00”, “whale at 11:00”! But he was literally the only person to see them, so our group was left wondering if they were actually there or if he just wanted us to believe they were. When we stopped at the “amazing” reef to snorkel, the water was quite deep, so we were pretty far above the coral and fish. Didn’t see anything you can’t see at 100 other places in Maui just by rolling in off the beach for free. My son caught a brief glimpse of a turtle; no one else saw one. When I mentioned to the guide that we hadn’t seen any, his reply was “yeah, but how’s the visibility? Could you see the bottom”? Well, yeah, but if there’s nothing to look at, who cares about the visibility? All in all, too much money for almost no payoff. Better whale watching and better snorkeling options available from many other sources (or just get a good guide book and find out where to snorkel on your own).
ELLY_T, Mar 2023
Amazing time kayaking to see whales! Lance is the best tour guide! He made the experience fantastic! We saw whales and swam with sea turtles. He was very patient. Would definitely do this tour again!!
Great adventure for the family
Jamie_K, Mar 2023
We had a great time. Saw (and listened to!) some whales and snorkeled with the turtles, as advertised. Red and Wes were excellent guides—knowledgeable, friendly, and informative. Our six year old got a bit anxious and frustrated near the end, but Red and Wes were very accommodating and helpful. We would definitely do this again!
Kayaking heaven
Marc_B, Mar 2023
The staff were excellent, the view was spectacular, the kayaking was fun and the experience was breath taking
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Thank you for a stellar review, hope to see you again soon!!
Top Notch!
Kathleen_W, Feb 2023
I can’t count the number of whales we saw. The guides were amazing and informative. When it came to snorkeling and Tuttle watching, we went to the feeding area and the turtles were beautiful and in abundance. This tour was top notch!!! I would definitely use again!
Response from Host, Feb 2023
Thank you for a great review!
Great way to enjoy a day!!
Bruce_L, Feb 2023
What a great way to get up close and personal with the Momma whales and their calves! Maui Adventure had everything ready for us (including a beautiful and calm day) so all we had to do was get in the boat and paddle. Our staff was helpful and informative and made everyone feel comfortable, even getting in and out of the kayaks to snorkel. Got to get up close to a couple of whales and saw many breach and tail slap from a distance. Turtle Bay was perfect snorkeling! Only advice is to get to the launch early as parking can be difficult on a busy day! I’d rate this as 10 out of 10
Response from Host, Feb 2023
Thank you for a great review!
Saw Whales and Sea Turtles
Erica_A, Feb 2023
My group saw whales while paddling and sea turtles while snorkeling. Getting back in the kayak from the way was a challenge, but we all managed to do it.
Response from Host, Feb 2023
Thank you for a great review!
Who takes you matters
David_T, Jan 2023
The best part of this trip is Wes..he makes you feel like a he guides you through this adventure!!
Response from Host, Feb 2023
Thank you for a great review!
Do Not Recommend
Meagan_K, Sep 2022
I would not recommend this excursion. We backed out last minute due to medical issues and not feeling comfortable completing tour. Tried to request refund but got denied by owner and was made to be the problem. Not to mention one of the tour guides seemed drunk and bickered with other tour guide. Very unprofessional and made us feel uncomfortable.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
All Viator CANCELLATIONS must be made 24 hours in advance…this is their corporate policy not ours!!!
Definitely a must-go
Haoyang_L, Jun 2022
An unforgettable experience. Kayaking to the deep ocean and seeing beautiful coral reefs and species like fish and sea turtle through snorkeling. The guide are very professional. Giving Instructions and help customers with any issues. My phone dropped while getting back to kayak. The guide helped me dive to pick it up. I really appreciate that.
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Mahalos for your great review...hope you can join us for another tour!!
I highly recommend!
Kay_S, May 2022
We had a picture perfect day and saw a dozen turtles! Super fun! I highly recommend! Lance was great!
Response from Host, May 2022
Thank you for such a great review!
So much fun!
LILLI_G, Apr 2022
Our guide was super friendly and a wealth of information! We enjoyed snorkeling even though the waters were a bit murky. Over all the experience was well worth it.!
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Mahalos for your great review...hope you can join us for another tour!!
Awesome experience
Anne_L, Mar 2022
Best experience we ever had! Can’t believe the whales came over to us so closely it was amazing. Red and Wes were great both very knowledgeable and informative.
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Mahalos for your great review...hope you can join us for another tour!!
Humpback breached right in front of us!
Raymond_C, Feb 2022
So cool seeing humpbacks and their calves, one of them breached right in front of us. We then snorkeled with sea turtles. All around awesome day but be prepared to paddle a lot and be exposed to a lot of sun. Our guide Wes was also terrific.
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Mahalos for your great review...we are happy that you had such a great experience!!
Highly recommend
Raquel_B, Feb 2022
Great experience. Very cool to see the whales out on the silent water. It was magical to paddle way out and just listen and watch. Unfortunately the whales were shy that day and stayed really really far away, but still cool
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Mahalos for your great review...we are happy that you had such a great experience!!
Ann_S, Jan 2022
We were so close to the whales it was AWESOME! I didn’t expect to get that close and to hear them so well. It really was a wonderful experience and I highly recommend.
Response from Host, Jan 2022
Happy you could join us Ann!!
Worth booking!
Mariah_T, Jan 2022
I booked the tour very last minute just for myself and I’m so glad I did. Kayaking to go see the whales is much better than booking a tour on a boat to see the whales. I got some great photos and videos of the mountains and some of the whales that got close to my kayak. One thing I would say is that there started to be a little bit of arguing between the two guides once we got to the turtle reef to go snorkeling. There is really no need to get uptight over anything because in reality the people on the tour have no idea what something should look like or how it should be properly done, so once they would start bickering with each other then you could tell there was something not being done right. Also, I would suggest that both guides give an example of jumping out of the kayak and how to get back into the kayak. This was a little bit of an issue for when we were getting back into the kayak and one of the guides was getting a little irritated on how people were getting back into their boats but the thing is no one really showed us how to get into them. So just explaining and giving an example would be really helpful. Overall, I would definitely go again with this tour group! Worth the price. FYI…parking was a major problem so I would recommend getting there early. Someone really needs to be guiding people into spots because it became a huge ordeal and I was almost late getting situated with parking.
Response from Host, Jan 2022
Glad you had a good time, thanx for letting us know that there is some room for improvement!
Mindy_R, Dec 2021
The guides were excellent and went out of their way to make sure my kids (adults too) had a wonderful experience!
Response from Host, Dec 2021
Mahalos Mindy, glad you all had a great time!!
Kayaking and snorkeling with little instruction
Stephanie_L, Jul 2021
We did get to snorkel and kayak, but it was just an average experience. We started late, which wasn't a huge deal as it was only 15 minutes, but the tour ended up being under 3 hours (my gps says 2 hours 31 minutes on the water) when it was stated as a 3.5-4 hour tour. One of the guides was super helpful, but the other seemed to be in an altered state and at one point appeared to fall asleep on his kayak and drift off from the group. We spent what seemed like a lot of time waiting for the guides to figure out what they were doing vs actual snorkeling/kayaking. In the end, we got to see a few turtles and snorkeling over the reef was neat, but I feel like our experience was more of a gear rental service than anything else.
Response from Host, Aug 2021
That is disappointing Stephanie, I am sorry you did not have a great experience (we are training some new guides and I will certainly let them know about your review) 2.5 hours on the water is the correct timing. Please remember that the 3.5 hour tour time is the TOTAL time it takes to do the tour which includes passing out all the gear, launching, landing and collecting all the gear with all the other kayak companies the total time estimate helps people to know what time the tour begins from check in until we are back on the beach everything is completed.
Good but try to go on a day where winds are lower than 30 -30 mph winds
Pauley_T, Jul 2021
We did see a sea turtle and lots of fish which was great. Kayaking out to our destination was good until we hit 30 mph winds and my 12 year old son’s kayak capsized. Did not receive a lot of help when that happened and had to ask for help as one of the tour guides paddled by him and said, “You're doing great!” when my son was crying and stuck in the water.
Response from Host, Aug 2021
Just interested to know if we got a poor rating due to the weather?? We only go out if wind forecast is under 20 mph...on this day winds were forecast at 10 to 18 mph...keep in mind we do not control the weather!