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From: Ma'alaea Harbor: Afternoon Snorkel to Coral Gardens

1. From: Ma'alaea Harbor: Afternoon Snorkel to Coral Gardens

Exploreone of Maui’s most impressive sites on this relaxing afternoon catamaran cruise to Molokini Crater or Coral Gardens. Dive into the rich marine biodiversity of the reefs in this partially submerged volcanic crater. Head to the meeting point at Maalaea Harbor for your check-in before boarding the Malalo catamaran. Set sail and admire the beautiful Pacific coastal views as you cruise towards your snorkel site. Stop at the ideal snorkeling location for that day. Have the option to purchase food and drink aboard. Jump into the pleasant water and look for colorful fish like parrot fish, yellow tang, and cornet fish. Keep your eyes peeled for the elusive spotted eagle ray. Feel free to rent wetsuits, digital underwater cameras, and prescription masks on the day of your activity to enhance your aquatic experience. After your unforgettable swim, relax with a drink (available to purchase) on deck as you return to your boarding point.

Maui: Turtle Town Kayak and Snorkel Tour

2. Maui: Turtle Town Kayak and Snorkel Tour

Explore the ocean and see marine wildlife on this family-friendly kayaking tour, great for children 5 and up. Go snorkeling and feast on complimentary snacks and beverages as you go. Take a group kayaking tour where you will kayak roughly 2.5 miles through Makena Bay. Turtle Town is known as one of Maui's best kayaking and snorkeling destinations. Spot ocean wildlife as you battle through the blue Hawaiian surf. This location is famous for the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle population and exceptional paddling conditions on Maui's calm blue waters. It is also very common to see manta rays and dolphins as well as the Hawaiian monk seal. During whale season (October through April) you will have the opportunity to see Humpback whales during their annual migration to the Islands to mate and give birth. Take advantage of the opportunity to snorkel in this unique environment. Enjoy complimentary snacks and beverages as part of your tour.

Maui: Snorkeling Tour for Non-Swimmers in Kihei

3. Maui: Snorkeling Tour for Non-Swimmers in Kihei

After gathering with your group, your guides will begin to take their time to teach, show, explain, and entertain each guest in the group. You'll have a dedicated and experienced tour guide from start to finish of your activity. You'll spend 10-20 minutes on the beach learning about swimming, snorkeling, and equipment.  Following that, you will spend 20-30 minutes in the shallow water to practice swimming and snorkeling complete with life jackets or other flotation devices. Once you get comfortable with the water and can float freely in shallow water, you will practice going to the deeper water (10-20 feet) for 5-10 minutes.  Once you have learned how to breathe with your snorkel and float on the surface of the water with your life jacket, you will go in search of turtles and other sea marine life. Your guides will then take you to one of the best local coral reefs which is replete with Hawaiian marine life, including green sea turtles.

Maui: Self Guided Clear Bottom Kayak Tour

4. Maui: Self Guided Clear Bottom Kayak Tour

Leave dry land behind and sail around Makena Landing, also known locally as “Turtle Town”. Feast your eyes on the incredible biodiversity of green sea turtles and reef fish, as well as the occasional manta and spotted eagle rays, octopi, dolphins, monk seals, humpback whales (December through April) and little white-tip reef sharks. After receiving a quick tutorial, you'll be helped to launch your boat into the water. Then, you'll have 2 full hours far from the tourist crowds paddling anywhere you want on a steady and easy-to-use kayak. The more you take your time, the more you're likely to see!

Maui: Whale Watch Kayaking and Snorkel Tour in Kihei

5. Maui: Whale Watch Kayaking and Snorkel Tour in Kihei

Kayak through Maui's blue ocean to embark on a whale-watching adventure. Gliding along the water, you will be eye-level with the ocean and can see the marine wildlife up-close and personal.  After checking in, your expert guide will provide hands-on instruction on how to manage your kayak, from landing, launching, paddling, and how to get in and out for the snorkeling component. This tour features "sit on top" kayaks which make for easy-on/easy-off access. Your guide will launch each kayak, setting you out into the great blue sea. As a group on the water, your guide will brief you about what's planned and where you will visit. To begin your adventure, paddle out to search for whales. Along the way, your local guide will share island stories, information, folklore, and more. When the whales appear, you will have the opportunity to paddle along at a safe distance. Your guide will explain each behavior that the whales are presenting. After whale watching, paddle back to the shoreline along the reef to enjoy some snorkeling. The highlight for most is Hawaii's "Hono" or Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle. They are abundant in this area, making it one of the best spots in Hawaii to see them. At the end of the trip, your guide will escort you back to the beach.

Maui: Small Group Surf Lesson in Kihei - South Maui

6. Maui: Small Group Surf Lesson in Kihei - South Maui

Join a surfing lesson and enjoy a fun, safe and unforgettable surfing experience. Learn to surf at a surf school in Kihei. Everything you need to surf is provided in one easy lesson. Each lesson includes a 10-15 minute land lesson on the basics of surfing and ocean safety. The rest of the lesson is spent in the water with your instructor. This semi-private lesson is great for couples or kids. Your lesson will include 2-12 students from your party and a private instructor. It will be more individualized than a group lesson, and allows you to receive more attention from your instructor and enables the style of teaching to be adapted depending on the ability of your party

Maui: Beginner Level Private Stand-Up Paddleboard Lesson

7. Maui: Beginner Level Private Stand-Up Paddleboard Lesson

Start out with a brief lesson on the shore before getting into the ocean with your paddleboard. Feel secure as your professional guide leads you every paddle of the way. Review your shore lesson out on the water and you'll be stand-up paddleboarding in no time. For small children, expert help is at hand. Kids will be able to sit on the front of the paddleboard with a guide. Children will be safe as they paddleboard along with the rest of the family.  Look back on the experience with a specialty photograph documenting your paddleboarding success available on social media. Round off the session with a fresh fruit picnic while checking out the stunning scenery of Haleakala Crater from the ocean.

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What people are saying about Kihei

We had booked the 10:30am but they called to see if I wanted the 7am tour and I’m glad we switched! Besides getting launched, which was somewhat exciting due to the swell coming in, it went fine because our guide jake made sure we went when it was safe. E didn’t have to kayak very far to get to the snorkel spot, he gave us interesting tidbits about the area along the way. We did see turtles and some fish! It was a bit murky even so the turtles were amazing! He provided a cold drink and granola bar once back in the kayak. It was just enough for me, I was ready to get back on land. I would recommend for tourists who want a bit of water fun but not too much! Be sure to bring a hat, sunglasses and wear sunscreen.

We had an EXCELLENT time kayaking and snorkeling with Scuba Steve! He was such a great communicator, fun and knowledgeable. We were pretty nervous at first but he quickly put us at ease. We saw and swam with 5 or 6 turtles!!! It was amazing! He even went above and beyond and took pictures of us :) I would highly recommend South Pacific kayaks and Scuba Steve!!!

A wonderful trip with an excellent captain and crew on a spacious boat to an exotic location. The coral was spectacular.

Loved the experience. We were taken care of really well by the team. And the video was worth it!!

Great snorkel trip with plenty of assistance if needed. Crew was friendly and welcoming.