Outrigger Canoe Snorkel Tour
Duration: 3 hours
Let one of the knowledgeable Maui Outrigger Canoe Tour guides share their Culture, Hawaiian place names, Hawaiian marine names and passion for paddling with you on a Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe Tour! The modern Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe or Wa`a is where ancient Hawaiian Culture and modern technology mix. In ancient days wooden Wa`a were used for transportation, fishing, voyaging and sport for chiefs or Ali`i. Today modern fiberglass design allows for a more stable, performance based canoe perfect for individuals, small groups, families and children.
There are 2 different locations to choose from
SOUTH MAUI TURTLE TOWN OUTRIGGER CANOE TOUR (Makena)
Depart on a Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe from a beautiful beach in the heart of Turtle Town. As you glide across the pristine clear waters you’ll enjoy stunning views of Haleakala summit, Molokini Crater, Pu`u Olai, the Makena/Wailea coastline and surrounding Islands, including the Big Island on a clear day! Along the journey we stop at one of the many snorkel spots Turtle Town has to offer so we can begin to explore the underwater world we are visiting. This area offers unique reef structures and underwater caves, the best part is Turtle sightings are guaranteed. From time to time we also get visits from Dolphins (Nai`a) or Manta Rays (Hahalua). This trip is perfect families with small children, beginner paddlers and first time ocean enthusiasts.
HONOLUA BAY OUTRIGGER CANOE EXCURSION (SEASONAL: JUNE - SEPTEMBER)
Offered as a part of Jean-Michel Cousteau’s “Ambassadors of the Environment Program” this fun, educational and cultural tour is one of the favorites. Depart from DT Fleming’s Beach in front of the Ritz Carlton, Kapalua. As your guide navigates your Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe (Wa`a) along the sea cliffs (pali) its easy to get a sense of ancient Hawaii. The lack of development in area offers undisturbed beaches, sea cliffs, open ranch land and a stunning view of Moloka`i just across the Pailolo Channel. After an upwind paddle you arrive at Mokuleia Beach and the first bay of Honolua (Honolua literally means: two bays). On shore we learn of the Hawaiian’s ahupua’a system of land management and how the Hawaiian’s were able to thrive in the islands prior to western contact. Launching the canoe again you arrive around the corner at Honolua Bay, a part of the Mokuleia Marine Life Conservation District, these protect waters offer an abundance of marine life. While snorkeling your Marine Naturalist will guide you through this underwater playground to a ‘turtle cleaning station’, naming a multitude of fish along the way before allowing you some free time to snorkel on your own.
WHAT IS INCLUDED
- 3 hour Canoe & Snorkel Tour
- Water Safety and Paddling Orientation
- All Snorkeling Equipment
- Water Bottle
WHAT TO BRING
- Wear your Swimsuit
- Sunscreen - biodegradable "reef safe" sunblock is available for purchase before your tour
GOOD TO KNOW
- There is a maximum of 5 people allowed on the Outrigger canoe, if there are more than 5 people in your party they will be allowed to join the tour on kayaks
- "NO TOUCH POLICY" on all tours, tour operator enforces policy to interact with marine environment without disturbing it
- Guides do a Beach Clean Up prior to each tour
CHECK IN LOCATION
South Maui: Makena Landing
Honolua Bay: DT Fleming Beach Park