Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe: The
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MAUI OUTRIGGER CANOE TOURS

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South Maui Turtle Town Outrigger Canoe Tour (Makena)

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Take a Hawaiian outrigger canoe tour from Makena to the the heart of Turtle Town for fun, easy snorkeling with Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles. Sheltered from the wind, the water here is calm and clear most mornings, making this the perfect tour for families with small children, first-time paddlers and people looking for a gentle ocean activity.

While our outrigger canoe tours aren’t exactly private, we never accept more than 6 guests per tour so your group stays small. Your Maui outrigger canoe tour gives you the opportunity to learn more about authentic Hawaiian culture from your expert guide as you paddle to popular Turtle Town.

Along the way, you’ll bask in views of Molokini Crater, Haleakala, and Neighbor island Lanai. Once there, you’ll get away from the tourist boats so you can snorkel Turtle Town’s various independent reef formations freely, away from the crowds.

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3 Hour Tour

FREE Digital Photos of your tour

Water, Snack, Snorkel Gear provided

Certified Marine Naturalist Guides

$159 per person

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Molokini Outrigger Challenge

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Experienced paddlers looking for a challenge will find the Molokini Outrigger Canoe Challenge Tour exhilarating and rewarding. Because outrigger canoes require five paddlers (plus a guide) to operate, this tour is best for parties of three to five guests. If you’re a party of three, we can try to find extra paddlers to help get us there.

We launch from Makena just before sunrise, so you’ll get to enjoy the magnificent colors of a Maui sunrise lighting up the sea and sky as the sun rises over Haleakala in the distance. This tour is primarily focused on the experience of paddling out to Molokini, so you won’t get the same in-depth educational and cultural information our coastline tours are known for.

Once we reach Molokini, take a quick dip in the water to cool off and snorkel alongside the colorful, native marine life. If time and weather allow, your guide will take you around to see the stunning stone back wall and steep drop into the deep blue at Molokini’s backside before paddling back to your launching point.

The Molokini Outrigger Canoe Challenge Tour is around nine miles round-trip and takes about 1 ½ hours in each direction, including some short stops, so be prepared for some serious paddling, along with an adventure you’ll always treasure.

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3-4 Hours

FREE Digital Photos of your tour

Water, Snack, Snorkel Gear provided

Certified Marine Naturalist Guides

$199 Per person (two person minimum)

Maui Whale Watching Canoe Tours

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If you’re lucky enough to be coming to Hawaii between late December and early April, hopefully you’ll be visiting Maui. The waters off of Maui’s South and West shores are a Humpback Whale Sanctuary with whales everywhere you look!

Every year humpback whales, or Kohola, make the long swim from the great white north to Hawaii so they can mate and give birth. An Outrigger Canoe is the best option of self-powered vessels for whale watching for several reasons. The streamlined design allows for easy paddling so you can cover more ground on your whale watch tour with 6 people paddling in synchronicity. On the canoe, you sit on a bench seat, which gives you a better vantage point over kayaks in which you are actually sitting slightly below water level.

Seeing a humpback whale from an outrigger canoe is an epic experience that everyone can enjoy: from kids to grandparents, active travelers and everyone in-between. No experience necessary. Oh, and if time permits, we’ll stop for a quick snorkel on the way back to shore, but usually we like to spend the whole tour playing with whales.

If you absolutely want to snorkel and whale watch on the same tour, we suggest one of our exclusive and private kayak tours where you can determine how much time to spend on each activity.

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3-4 Hours

FREE Digital Photos of your tour

Water, Snack, Snorkel Gear provided

Certified Marine Naturalist Guides

$159 per person

  • WHAT IS A HAWAIIAN OUTRIGGER CANOE TOUR?

    Our modern Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe (Wa`a in Hawaiian) combines ancient Hawaiian design with modern materials for a superior craft that’s safe, stable, and able to travel long distances. Native Hawaiians used traditional wooden Wa`a for transportation, fishing, exploring and sport. Modern outrigger canoes use fiberglass instead of wood for a more stable, faster canoe. These canoes and most of our Maui canoe tours are perfect for people of all ages and skill levels.

  • WHY TAKE ON AN OUTRIGGER CANOE TOUR WITH US?

    Our canoe guides are certified marine naturalists, passionate about the ocean and Hawaiian culture, and they love sharing their knowledge with you. And you won’t just paddle a canoe while listening to stories, you’ll experience Hawaiian history firsthand. You’ll actively participate in launching and landing the canoe like it’s been done since the first canoes paddled the ocean, and you’ll learn how to paddle the right way.

    Each expert canoe guide possesses unique experiences and stories, and they’ll share their insights and tales of adventure as you build your own. During the summer months, they’ll teach you how to make traditional Hawaiian rope from coconut fibers, and how the rope was used to lash canoes together. And while our tours are fun and educational, they’re also environmentally sustainable.

     

    Call us to start planning your Hawaiian paddle adventure today!

Honolua Bay Canoeing Excursion

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The Honolua Bay Outrigger Canoe Tour is a fun, educational and cultural tour, and a favorite of mid-level to advanced paddlers looking for a physical challenge, as we paddle upwind to Honolua Bay. But if you’re in good shape and good with a paddle, your skill and effort will be rewarded with a rare and stunning view of Maui’s raw, undeveloped northwestern coastline.

We launch from DT Fleming Beach in back of the Ritz Carlton before pausing at Slaughter House beach* (Mokule‘ia in Hawaiian) to learn about traditional Hawaiian life before western contact. We’ll make rope from coconut fibers, dig a fresh water spring, and learn about ancient Hawaiian land management.

Then we’ll get back in the canoe for a short paddle around the corner to Honolua Bay, part of the Mokule‘ia Marine Life Conservation District. Depending on water conditions, wind direction, and crowd density, your guide, a certified marine naturalist will take you for an interpretive snorkel tour and document your adventure, providing digital photos free of charge.

Because this tour encounters strong winds and rougher ocean conditions, this excursion is not recommended for small children, inexperienced paddlers, or anyone who is not completely comfortable in the ocean.

*weather permitting