Maui Kayaks offers one heck of an awesome Honolua Bay kayak tour.
On beyond the bustling town of Lahaina and luxurious resort world of Ka’anapali, the rugged northwest coastline of Maui returns to its undisturbed natural state. The only way to truly appreciate the magnificence of this pristine location is with a Honolua Bay kayak tour.
Begin your adventure with a beach launch from DT Fleming Beach Park, just north of the Kapalua area. In a small group with just a few other kayaks and guide, you’ll set off for the morning with snorkel gear stowed and paddle in hand. Follow the rocky, lush shoreline around Mokuleia Bay, also known to locals as “Slaughterhouse Beach” for the building that once stood above on the cliff. Listen as your enthusiastic and safety oriented guide shares the history of the area while pointing out the unique geographical features of the land. As your Honolua Bay kayak tour approaches the Mokuleia Marine Life Conservation District, there are areas of dense coral growths on either side of the cove in waters roughly 40 deep. Admire the small caves and archways that define the cliff edge. The mouth of the bay has a depth of about 60 feet with visibility so great you can usually see the ocean floor from the seat of your kayak.
Slip off of your kayak into the clear, calm waters and explore Honolua Bay with your snorkel gear while your guide tends to your boat. Along with a healthy reef system and diverse coral you may also encounter the endangered Hawaiian green sea turtle, urchins, parrotfish, yellow tangs, Moorish Idol and many different species of angelfish, butterflyfish and goatfish. Keep an eye out for octopus and eels hiding in the rocks! It’s hard to believe, but this same calm and peaceful area boasts some of Hawaii’s best surfing during the winter months.
Rejoin the group and hop back into your kayak to warm up in the morning sun and continue your adventures. By now you are a pro at maneuvering your kayak and your paddle slices through the water. As your movements become more fluid, train your eyes to watch for the wild dolphin pods, sea turtles heads popping up and spotted eagle rays.
Return to the beach three hours later feeling refreshed, invigorated and connected to Maui in a way you never thought possible. Reserve your seat today for an unforgettable journey!
All eco adventures are guided and include kayak gear, life jackets, snorkel gear and a bottle of water. Typically, group sizes are limited to 8 people or less to ensure a quality and personalized experience.
Seasonal: June 1st through September 30th only.
9 years and up welcome.
Check in: 7:00am at DT Fleming Beach (turn at Mile Marker 31), meet at lifeguard station.
Directions to DT Flemings Beach Park. Take Hwy 30 north of Lahaina past Office Rd in Kapalua.
Take a left on the last road before the highway narrows to a 2 lane road.