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Best Kayak Rentals and Tours in HI - Maui

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Aloha Kayaks Maui
FROM$85 per 2 hrs
5.0
Based on 904 reviews

Discover the wonders of Maui's east bay with Aloha Kayak's guided kayak and stand up paddleboard tours and snorkel adventures. With amazing sea life below and a backdrop of the picturesque West Maui Mountains, a day out in Olowalu is the perfect Hawaiian vacation activity.read more

Maui Eco Tours

Maui Eco Tours

Kayak, SUP, Surf, Kiteboard, Windsurf Rentals, Tours & Lessons

FROM$45 per day
4.5
Based on 226 reviews

Experience the beauty of Makena Bay with Maui Eco Tours. Kayaks have zero emissions, and don't disturb the marine life or their environment and allow access to some unique spots that you normally can't get to. Enjoy the stunning coastlines, and pristine tropical waters teeming with colorful coral reefs, turtles, dolphins and whales. Or learn to surf or SUP on gentle rolling waves. If you’re into more extreme sports, try windsurfing or kiteboarding. Excellent conditions make Maui one of the worlds best spots to learn!read more

Maui Adventure Tours

Maui Adventure Tours

Kayak, Snorkel & Scuba Tours

FROM$79 per 4 hrs
4.4
Based on 167 reviews

With Maui Adventure Tours you have the opportunity to kayak, snorkel, or scuba the incredible coral reefs of Hawaii’s unique marine eco-systems. Experience majestic views of the West Maui Mountains and the beautiful Olowalu coastline while discovering the incredible marine life of Hawaii!read more

Maui Kayaking Overview

Maui is a melting pot of green carpeted volcanic mountains, renowned beaches, and leafy rainforests. Also known as the Valley of Isle, Maui is home to some of Hawaii’s most action-packed adventures. The island has 120 miles of coast with 30 miles of pristine beaches perfect for water sports like kayaking, surfing, SUP and snorkeling. Whether you paddle out to see Maui’s sea life up close or shred the Haleakala singletrack, Maui has something to surprise you.

Maui has some of the best watersports in the Hawaiian Islands and the world. With warm, crystal clear waters, kayaking is not only a great way to explore Maui’s beautiful coastline, but also its underwater treasures: sea turtles, tropical fish, spinner dolphins, monk seals, and even humpback whales.

Why Maui Kayaking is Great

With more than 30 miles of beaches, Maui is a premier destination for kayaking. The uncrowded town of Kihei on Maui’s south shore features 6 miles of pristine beaches perfect for activities like kayaking, SUP, snorkeling, and surfing. Explore the rich marine life of Maui – see sea turtles and colorful schools of fish. For beginners, Kihei’s cove with its shallow waters and consistent waves are great for stand up paddle boarding and kayaking. The Lauiniopoko Beach is a great place for more advanced SUP and kayak activities – with crystal clear waters, it’s easy to see the fish, corals, and turtles underneath the water. Molokini is well known for diving and snorkeling. Maui’s waters are prized for their clarity and abundance of turtles, manta rays, dolphins, and whales.

Experiencing Maui via kayak gives you the opportunity to exchange your gas pedal for a paddle. Whether solo, as a couple, or a family, kayaking is an ideal way to witness the powerful coastline of Maui, awe at the grandness of Haleakala, and be up close and personal with marine life. Nothing beats kayaking with sea turtles (ok, maybe kayaking with sea turtles and humpback whales does.)

Where to Go Kayaking in Maui, Hawaii

If you are looking for the best kayaking in Maui, the South side of Maui has epic kayaking conditions. The most popular Maui kayak eco tours go to Makena Landing and Olowalu. Makena Landing offers a protected shoreline and views of Haleakala, Molokini Crater, and Kahoolawe. Olowalu provides a gentle and safe shoreline with views of West Maui, Lanai, Kahoolawe, and Haleakala. Both locations are best in the morning when winds are more calm. Also, both locations are feeding grounds for sea turtles.

When to Go Kayaking in Maui, Hawaii

Kayaking is a year round sport in Maui. However, the Valley Isle is known for its wind. It is wise to check the forecast as well as consult with a local outfitter for best times and routes. For the most part, kayaking in Maui, Hawaii is best done on the South side of the island and in the morning hours. There are seasons in Maui. Probably one of the most spectacular is the humpback whale season, which is from December to April. In the summer months, Kona winds sometimes produce swells on the South side. If it is a Kona wind day, it is best to plan an alternate activity.

Kayaking for Beginners in Maui, Hawaii

When one is new to kayaking or to ocean kayaking in particular, we recommend guided kayak tours in Maui with a trained local guide. Although the locations of Makena Landing and Olowalu are protected from the wind, conditions can change quickly, especially with tides, currents between the neighboring islands, and summer swells.

Getting to Maui

There are direct flights from various domestic airports to Kahului, Maui (OGG) airport. If your favorite airport doesn’t have a direct flight, you can also book a flight to Honolulu and take a second leg to Kahului, Maui. It is wise to rent a car while in Maui as it is one of the largest of the Hawaiian Islands with many interesting adventures that require a vehicle to get to the best beaches, trailheads, and/or kayak launches.

 Maui Kayak Rentals, Tours & Lessons

TripOutside features the absolute best outfitters for kayaking tours in Maui, as well as rentals and lessons. Our Maui kayaking guides are all four-star rated or above, and are some of the most experienced guides in the Aloha State. We take the guesswork out of booking your Maui kayak adventures – all of our outfitters provide top notch service and safety.  If you are looking for other adventures in Maui, our top rated activity providers also offer Maui kayaking and snorkeling tours, surfing lessons, action sports like kiteboard and windsurf lessons and rentals, and bike rentals and tours!

Maui Kayaking FAQs

How safe is kayaking in Maui?

Kayaking in Maui is like all water adventures, dependent on the weather and overall conditions. Across the Hawaiian Islands the ocean is very powerful, but also it provides a wonderful place to be one with nature. A good rule of thumb is to trust a local outfitter with guides to assist in making your kayaking experience unforgettable and safe.

Where is the best place to kayak on Maui?

The best places for Maui kayak trips are Makena Landing, Olowalu, and Lahaina. All of these locations are on the South, more protected side of the Valley Isle.

What kind of kayak do I need to kayak in Maui?

Most Maui kayak rental or tour companies recommend sit on top, sea kayaks. They are easy to put in and take out at the beach or boat launch. Plus, when you want to take a dip or snorkel, you can leave your paddle top side and jump in.

Where do Maui kayak tours go?

Some of the best Maui kayak tours explore the South side of the Valley Isle. For tours leaving out of Makena Landing, you will experience Turtle Town Maui (lots of sea turtles) and majestic views of Molokini Crater, Kahoolawe, and the backside of Haleakala. For Maui kayak trips from Olowalu, you will paddle the calm waters along the Olowalu Marine Sanctuary, a hotbed for manta rays, sea turtles, and more.

What is necessary to take on a Maui kayak outing?

To make the most of kayaking in Maui, be prepared. Aloha Kayaks Maui recommends water shoes, swimsuit, rashguard, sunscreen, sunglasses, and hat. Of course, if you want to document kayaking in Maui, Hawaii, rent or purchase a drysack for your camera and/or Smartphone. Most Maui tour outfitters provide combination trips with kayaking and snorkeling. They make it easy with all the gear for you.

Where is best to kayak in West Maui?

The best kayaking spots in West Maui are on Olowalu and Lahaina. Both areas are gentle paddles with great views of the West Maui Mountains as well as neighboring islands of Lanai and Kahoolawe. Olowalu has a marine sanctuary making it ideal for marine life sightings, but Lahaina has a combination of both marine life and historical landmarks around the harbor.

Can you kayak from Maui to Molokai?

Although the neighboring islands of Molokai, Lanai, and Kahoolawe appear to be close, it is not wise to kayak to any of the islands without being extremely fit, experienced, and with a chase boat. If you are interested in exploring Lanai or Molokai, there are passenger ferries as well as snorkeling tours.

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