Our tour guide was John and he was awesome! We were lucky enough to have the tour to ourselves (me, 2 teenagers and my son) . I was a little worried because noneof is had ever kayaked before especially in ther ocean. But John explained everything very well and everyone did great. My teenage girls even worked together and got along....a miracles in itself! He took us to a greater snorkel spot and we explored everything. We saw lots of sea turtles, starfish, morey eel, puffer fish and he even found an octopus that he held and were for to touch. It was amazing! We saw everything we could ask for! John was very knowledgeable about everything we saw on our tour. My kids said it was their favorite part of our trip. We will definitely use John again when we go back to Maui!
This was our first time kayaking in the ocean and wasn't sure what to expect. Our tour guide was John and he was super friendly and informative and explained in detail how to use the kayak from getting in to storing our snorkel gear (which is included) to getting back into kayak after snorkeling in the ocean.John had a great knowledge of the area and sea life. We easily found green sea turtles to snorkel with. They are use to people and really don't mind you swimming around them. Our guide spotted a octopus and retrieved it and let us all get a close up view (Spectacular!) This was a very relaxing, beautiful trip and would highly recommend for novice or experienced kayakers!
We booked this trip due to the perception of more value than the other kayak trips we had seen. We're we ever right. Matt took us out and was extremely knowledgable, fun, and kept safety in mind whenever necessary. We swam with numerous turtles, and were able to get a great view of some whales. Matt even gave us a dinner recommendation, which we tried, and was also awesome. 10/10, these guys are great.
Our tour guide was Matt and he was outstanding.
I was with a group of 4 but the total group size for the tour was 10. It was a totally reasonable number of people for Matt to keep track of without forcing everyone to adhere to absurdly specific rules. Kayaks, paddles, life jackets, water, and snorkel equipment are all provided. We brought our own snorkel gear with zero hassle. Pictures were available for purchase at 60 for two people and 5 more for each additional person in the group. We opted for that package and it was definitely worth it. We got plenty of pictures of us on the kayaks, in the water, and great pictures of everything we saw. The camera Matt used was way better than anything we would've brought anyway.
The tour started out with Matt explaining how we were going to launch our kayaks, his recommended paddling method, and how we would put on our snorkel gear once on the water, how to get out of the kayaks to go snorkeling, and how to get back in the kayaks from the water.
The launching spot was a very sheltered bay that made getting our Kayaks out easy. We started with a fairly long kayaking segment seeing many turtles along the way that put us past most of the other tour groups, giving us plenty of space to feel comfortable. We saw multiple turtles at and Matt led us to all of us favorite spots on that section of reef.
Our second snorkel spot was about half way back to the launching spot from our first snorkel spot. There had been a group there previously, but they were gone when we got there making for another very uncrowded snorkeling experience. Again, we saw multiple turtles 3 at once even!.
After that, we kayaked back to the launch bay, Matt explained the landing process and everything went smoothly.
What really made this experience great was our knowledgeable guide. He was great at answering any questions about the wildlife and definitely had multiple snorkeling spots in mind.