What is a Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe Tour?Let one of our 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 today!
An outrigger canoe tour from Makena in the heart of Turtle Town lends itself to many great options for snorkeling with green Hawaiian sea turtles.
Hawaiian Paddle Sports is absolutely, hands down, the only company you want to work with for paddle sports on Maui. Offered as a part of Jean-Michel Cousteau’s “Ambassadors of the Environment Program” this fun, educational and cultural tour is one of our guest favorites.  Honokahua Bay (known as DT Fleming today), is the departure point for the Honolua Bay Outrigger Canoe Tour.
We booked an outrigger canoe tour and snorkel adventure at Honolua Bay and it was the best tour experience we’ve had on Maui.
If you’re an outrigger canoe, dragon boat or other disciplined paddler looking for a long paddle while on vacation, the Molokini Outrigger Canoe Challenge might be a good fit for you. If you’re lucky enough to be coming to Hawaii between late December and early April, hopefully you’ll be visiting Maui. Every year humpback whales, or Kohola, make the long swim from the great white north to Hawaii so they can mate and give birth. 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. 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. I have lived on Maui for many years and have done a number of whale watches in large boats, small boats, and kayaks.
Take part in a piece of Hawaiian History!Learn a bit of Polynesian heritage as you ride the waves and learn the ancient art of outrigger canoe racing!
Join Hawaiian Surf Adventure on an exciting double-hull outrigger canoe tour in Maunalua Bay, with gorgeous views of both the majestic cliff line of Koko Head and Diamond Head Crater! Malama Pono Hawaii Nei - care rightly for Hawaii - more than a place to tour; but instead one to experience. There are many canoe clubs on the islands and competitions throughout the year, culminating in championships for each. People are drawn to the sport for different reasons–team, heritage, exercise, ocean, competition, fun, and more. Aaron Brown (Editor in Chief at Hawaii Picture of the Day) is an amateur photographer who enjoys looking for unique angles and unique subjects. E komo mai!We love sharing free Hawaii pictures with you each and every day to get--or keep--you excited about Hawaii. Copyright InfoAll images on Hawaii Picture of the Day have been used with permission from their author or are believed to be in the public domain. We work hard to not infringe any legitimate intellectual right, artistic rights or copyright. See Something You Like?If you see an image here that you would like to own a print of, please get in touch with the photographer directly through the contact information on their profile. Outrigger canoes have been navigating the Pacific for about 4,000 years, and now you can be a part of this amazing pastime and official state sport! Interested in a more personal tour, planning a party or just looking for a fun adventure for a large group? The activity schedule is subject to change or cancellation due to weather or traffic conditions.Gratuity is not included in the price. No, you are not required to wear a life jacket, but there are life jackets available if you would like to wear one. No, you will not need to know how to swim for this tour, but if you do not know how, you will need to wear a life a jacket while on the water.

The outrigger canoes are pretty tough to tip, but if they do, you will just need to know how to swim or at least feel comfortable in a life jacket in case you do happen to get in the water and then you will just have to climb back into the canoe.
Any cancellations made after 17:00 local time, 2 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount. The modern Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe or Wa`a is where ancient Hawaiian Culture and modern technology mix. Guests will actively participate in the launching and landing of the canoe as well as paddling throughout the tour.
This environmentally sustainable experience is one not to miss.  Watch the video above then call us to start planning your Maui ocean adventure with Hawaiian Paddle Sports.
Surrounded by calm waters most mornings, this is the ideal tour for families with small children, first time paddlers and those looking for a calm ocean experience. Strong winds make for a challenging paddle to Honolua Bay, so we’ll tuck in close to the shore and stop along the way to let our bodies rest and eyes take in the beauty of the this raw undeveloped coastline. Arianna, our guide, was very knowledgeable and taught us so much about Hawaiian culture, conservation and the ocean. Keep in mind we need 5 paddlers to fill the canoe, so this tour is best for parties with 3 to 5 guests so we may try to find extra paddlers to help get us there. We depart early in the morning, so you’ll get to see the Sun rise over Mauna Haleakala as we paddle towards Molokini Crater.
It is physically demanding and paddlers must be healthy, in good physical shape and have paddling experience. Kaleo was a great guide and he brought along another helper, Mary and his son to make the 4 person canoe complete. The waters off of Maui’s South and West shores are a Humpback Whale Sanctuary with whales everywhere you look! An Outrigger Canoe is the best option of self-powered vessels for whale watching for several reasons. With my parents in town I wanted something unique and the private kayak whale watch was exactly what we wanted. Learn the ancient art of open-ocean canoe travel as you actively take part in a piece of Hawaiian history. Your use of this website constitutes your acceptance of all the terms, conditions, and disclaimers posted herein.
Our mission is to provide and entrust United States visitors with accurate, authentic and pertinent travel information for all major attractions within the United States of America and to share our insight into the unique cultural, historical and natural wonders of the USA. Its popularity has continued to burgeon and it is common to see teams and clubs practicing off most shorelines. If you are the rightful owner of any images posted here, and you do not want it to be displayed or require a different credit or level of control than is present, please contact us and we will make the necessary changes. Never paddled in an open sea before & made everything safe, fun & educational for everybody to enjoy. In ancient days wooden Wa`a were used for transportation, fishing, voyaging and sport for chiefs or Ali`i. Never more than 6 guests per tour, it’s a great option for guests looking to learn about Hawaiian Culture and snorkel in Turtle Town without the masses. If weather permits, we’ll stop at Slaughter House beach, Mokuleia, to learn about how the Hawaiians not only lived… but THRIVED in the Hawaiian Islands prior to western contact. This tour is really about the experience of paddling to Molokini over anything else, so it doesn’t share the same educational and cultural information that our other shoreline tours are known for. The streamlined design allows for easy paddling so you can cover more ground on your whale watch tour with 6 people paddling in synchronicity.
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.

Our guide took us out about 1.5 miles of the coast and we were surrounded by whales about 50 yards away. Start your tour with an in depth instruction into the craft of outrigger-canoeing and learn a bit of the history of the sport. If you do not agree with any part of these terms and conditions, you should not use this website. Today modern fiberglass design allows for a more stable, performance based canoe, perfect for individuals, small groups, families and children.
With many snorkeling locations to choose from among the various reef formations in Turtle Town, our canoe guides will keep you away from the crowded snorkel boats.
We’ll dig up a fresh water spring, make rope from coconut fibers and learn about the Hawaiian’s ahupua’a system. We all helped get the outrigger canoe in the water and paddled it to a remote beach where Arianna taught us some Hawaiian history and showed us how to make rope from coconut strands and gave us refreshing drinks from a natural spring bubbling from what I thought was a tide pool and from a coconut which we also ate.
Even though this isn’t designed as a snorkel tour, your guide will give you the option to take a quick dip at Molokini to cool off and check out the underwater marine life. You will head out into Maunalua Bay and paddle in the surf for about 1.5 hours, enjoying the mystique and charm of this craft. Across the channel you’ll see Molokini Crater, with Kahoolawe in the background, which holds strong cultural significance to the Hawaiian People and is the piko, or belly button of the Hawaiian Islands. Just a short paddle around the corner and you’ll be at the famed Honolua Bay, which is part of the Mokuleia Marine Life Conservation Disctrict. We then hit the outrigger again to an isolated snorkel spot where Ari showed us and taught us about all kinds of Hawaiian reef fish. If weather and time permit, your guide will take you around the back wall of Molokini before paddling back to Makena in the heart of Turtle Town. We got out before the other large kayak companies and were off on our own with just us and our guide. Outrigger canoes have been traversing the Pacific Ocean for approximately 4,000 years, and you can be a part of this amazing pastime that is now the official state sport of Hawaii! Enjoy views of Mauna Kahalawai, Lanai and Haleakala while learning the meaning of their Hawaiian place names. Based on crowds, water clarity and wind direction your outrigger canoe guide will choose the best location to snorkel. It’s about 9 miles of paddling round-trip and takes roughly an hour and a half each direction including some short stops.
He had lots of great information on landmarks, whale behavior and kept us feeling comfortable and safe the entire time. During your time in the water our certified marine naturalists will guide you on an interpretive snorkel tour and document the experience for you with digital photography at no additional charge. This was definitely the highlight of our trip and I am now seeing what else we can book with this company before our vacation ends. Due to wind and rougher ocean conditions of this location we don’t recommend it for small children or guests who are uncomfortable in the ocean. Very professional, personal experience that I have not found with any other tour company on Maui.

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