Ocean kayaking is a great way to slip away from the crowd and get lost in the rhythm of the paddle and the irresistible tug of nature. If you need any more incentive, here it is—paddling is a good workout.
Open-ocean paddling can be a strenuous challenge better left to the experienced, physically fit kayaker. But there are plenty of opportunities for novice paddlers to take a trip in Maui’s waters as well. Kayak operators conduct easy to moderate tours through some of the island’s most inviting seascapes in environments well known for plentiful marine life.
Many tours depart from West Maui beaches and move through marine reserves in the Kapalua/Ka‘anapali area.
South Pacific Kayaks & Outfitters, based in Kihei, has launched a strenuous sunrise paddle to Molokini Crater. Kayakers anchor at the crater and snorkel with a cast of sea creatures ranging from tiny reef fish to huge, sweeping manta rays. All told, the tour lasts four to five hours.
Or, combine scuba with kayaking and snorkeling on a Maui Kayaks tour. Dive with hundreds of tropical fish, manta and eagle rays, turtles, sharks and eels. Explore underwater caves, volcanic arches and tunnels. An experienced scuba dive master will be on hand and only experienced divers with open water certification are allowed to participate.