Kihei Family-friendly activities

Our most recommended Kihei Family-friendly activities

Maui: Eco-Friendly Molokini and Turtle Town Tour with Lunch

1. Maui: Eco-Friendly Molokini and Turtle Town Tour with Lunch

Discover the underwater worlds of Molokini crater and Turtle Arches on this cruise from Maui. Get instruction on how to snorkel before exploring the reef. Learn about this biodiverse environment from professional naturalists. Eat a delicious breakfast before starting your trip. Enjoy a continental breakfast including pastries, fruit, and coffee before sailing out to Molokini. Molokini, Maui’s iconic crescent-shaped islet, is a beautiful reef known for its crystal clear waters, abundant coral, colorful fish, and resting seabirds. A protected marine conservation area, this volcanic crater is only accessible by boat with a certified tour operator and is the #1 snorkeling destination in Maui. Learn about the history and nature of your surroundings and the efforts being made to protect the ocean here.  Following your time at Molokini, head to Turtle Arches and enjoy a bonus snorkel site with its underwater lava formations and frequent turtle sightings. Watch for sea turtles, eels, octopi, and other reef fish. Once you are done snorkeling and have worked up an appetite, enjoy a freshly prepared lunch of grilled chicken, burgers, and salad before heading back to Ma'alaea Harbor.

Maui: Turtle Town Kayak and Snorkel Tour

2. Maui: Turtle Town Kayak and Snorkel Tour

Explore the ocean and see marine wildlife on this family-friendly kayaking tour, great for children 5 and up. Go snorkeling and feast on complimentary snacks and beverages as you go. Take a group kayaking tour where you will kayak roughly 2.5 miles through Makena Bay. Turtle Town is known as one of Maui's best kayaking and snorkeling destinations. Spot ocean wildlife as you battle through the blue Hawaiian surf. This location is famous for the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle population and exceptional paddling conditions on Maui's calm blue waters. It is also very common to see manta rays and dolphins as well as the Hawaiian monk seal. During whale season (October through April) you will have the opportunity to see Humpback whales during their annual migration to the Islands to mate and give birth. Take advantage of the opportunity to snorkel in this unique environment. Enjoy complimentary snacks and beverages as part of your tour.

Maui: Snorkeling Tour for Non-Swimmers in Kihei

3. Maui: Snorkeling Tour for Non-Swimmers in Kihei

Discover the marine biodiversity of Hawaii without knowing how to swim with this snorkeling tour that is designed for beginners. Experience swimming through schools of brightly colored fish on this guided experience that includes all the gear that you need.  Meet your guide and get set up with your mask, snorkel, fins, lifejacket, and wetsuit. Watch as your guide teaches, shows, and explains the art of snorkeling. Practice in the shallow water with life jackets or other flotation devices.  Get comfortable with the water and find out how to float freely in shallow water before heading out into deeper water (10-20 feet) for 5-10 minutes. Become confident breathing with your snorkel before setting off in search of turtles and other marine life. Head to one of the best local coral reefs which is teeming with Hawaiian marine life, including green sea turtles. Return to your starting point before ending your tour. 

Maui: Self Guided Clear Bottom Kayak Tour

4. Maui: Self Guided Clear Bottom Kayak Tour

Leave dry land behind and sail around Makena Landing, also known locally as “Turtle Town”. Feast your eyes on the incredible biodiversity of green sea turtles and reef fish, as well as the occasional manta and spotted eagle rays, octopi, dolphins, monk seals, humpback whales (December through April) and little white-tip reef sharks. After receiving a quick tutorial, you'll be helped to launch your boat into the water. Then, you'll have 2 full hours far from the tourist crowds paddling anywhere you want on a steady and easy-to-use kayak. The more you take your time, the more you're likely to see!

From Ma'alaea Afternoon Snorkel to Molokini or Coral Gardens

5. From Ma'alaea Afternoon Snorkel to Molokini or Coral Gardens

Explore one of Maui’s most impressive sites on this relaxing afternoon catamaran cruise to Molokini Crater or Coral Gardens. Dive into the rich marine biodiversity of the reefs in this partially submerged volcanic crater. Head to the meeting point at Maalaea Harbor for your check-in before boarding the Malalo catamaran. Set sail and admire the beautiful Pacific coastal views as you cruise towards your snorkel site. Stop at the ideal snorkeling location for that day. Have the option to purchase food and drink aboard. Jump into the pleasant water and look for colorful fish like parrot fish, yellow tang, and cornet fish. Keep your eyes peeled for the elusive spotted eagle ray. Feel free to rent wetsuits, digital underwater cameras, and prescription masks on the day of your activity to enhance your aquatic experience. After your unforgettable swim, relax with a drink (available to purchase) on deck as you return to your boarding point.

Maui: Whale Watch Kayaking and Snorkel Tour in Kihei

6. Maui: Whale Watch Kayaking and Snorkel Tour in Kihei

Kayak through Maui's blue ocean on a guided whale-watching adventure. Glide along the water at eye-level with the ocean and get an up-close and personal view of whales and other sea creatures. Learn about the area and native wildlife from your guide and end your tour with a snorkeling excursion. After checking in, your expert guide will provide hands-on instruction on how to manage your kayak, from landing, launching, paddling, and how to get in and out for the snorkeling component. This tour features "sit on top" kayaks which make for easy-on/easy-off access. Your guide will launch each kayak, setting you out into the great blue sea. As a group on the water, your guide will brief you about what's planned and where you will visit. To begin your adventure, paddle out to search for whales. Along the way, your local guide will share island stories, information, folklore, and more. When the whales appear, you will have the opportunity to paddle along at a safe distance. Your guide will explain each behavior that the whales are presenting. After whale watching, paddle back to the shoreline along the reef to enjoy some snorkeling. The highlight for most is Hawaii's "Hono" or Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle. They are abundant in this area, making it one of the best spots in Hawaii to see them. At the end of the trip, your guide will escort you back to the beach.

Maui: Small Group Surf Lesson in Kihei - South Maui

7. Maui: Small Group Surf Lesson in Kihei - South Maui

Join a surfing lesson and enjoy a fun, safe and unforgettable surfing experience. Learn to surf at a surf school in Kihei. Everything you need to surf is provided in one easy lesson. Each lesson includes a 10-15 minute land lesson on the basics of surfing and ocean safety. The rest of the lesson is spent in the water with your instructor. This semi-private lesson is great for couples or kids. Your lesson will include 2-12 students from your party and a private instructor. It will be more individualized than a group lesson, and allows you to receive more attention from your instructor and enables the style of teaching to be adapted depending on the ability of your party

Maui: Beach Parks Self-Guided Driving Tour with Audio Guide

8. Maui: Beach Parks Self-Guided Driving Tour with Audio Guide

Discover the best beaches of Maui on a self-guided driving tour. Explore Kalepolepo Beach, Wailea Beach, Makena Cave, and more with an audio guide. You will receive the download instructions after booking. Download the app and start the tour with your mobile phone as your guide. You will start the journey in the quaint town of Kahului. From there, head towards the south while hearing about Maui’s history, legends, and the origins of surfing. Visit Mai Poina Beach, a perfect place for windsurfing, and Kalepolepo Beach to witness the stunning seaside scenery. Next, reach Waipuilani Park, a popular spot for a picnic with a view. You will continue to Kamaole Beach and admire the dramatic rocky points perfect for pictures. Afterward, drive towards Molokini, a volcanic crater followed by the Keawakapu beach. Uncover an underwater world at Ulua Beach before trying out surfing at Wailea Beach and Palauea Beach. Enjoy kayaking opportunities at Maluaka Beach and also see the Makena Cave.  Finally, your tour will end at the famous lava fields of Maui. Spend some time and learn how this remarkable landscape formed in the first place.

Maui: Beginner Level Private Stand-Up Paddleboard Lesson

9. Maui: Beginner Level Private Stand-Up Paddleboard Lesson

Start out with a brief lesson on the shore before getting into the ocean with your paddleboard. Feel secure as your professional guide leads you every paddle of the way. Review your shore lesson out on the water and you'll be stand-up paddleboarding in no time. For small children, expert help is at hand. Kids will be able to sit on the front of the paddleboard with a guide. Children will be safe as they paddleboard along with the rest of the family.  Look back on the experience with a specialty photograph documenting your paddleboarding success available on social media. Round off the session with a fresh fruit picnic while checking out the stunning scenery of Haleakala Crater from the ocean.

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What people are saying about Kihei

Absolutely incredible! My friend and son (age 5) decided to try out snorkeling. Although my son was a little hesitant the crew made his trip. Ms. Ashley was amazing. Each crew member specializes with an ocean animal. They had so many facts they shared. We were lucky enough to spot some whales on the trip too! I couldn’t recommend this tour enough!!! Also I learned it was a non profit. So money spent goes towards research and keeping our oceans safe for the wildlife. It was absolutely incredible. Do yourself a favor and check it out while in Maui!!

It was a magical experience. I'm so happy my family and I decided to participate in this activity. We were all adults with little experience in kayaking and snorkeling. Our guide, Tyler, was fantastic. He was very chill, patient, helpful, caring, and informative. He definitely set the mood for the experience. The only downfall is that a few of my family members got seasick. However, that still doesn't take away from the beautiful experience. We saw turtles, fishes and corals. Definitely recommend!

We had a great time on this tour. Our guide Tyler was very knowledgeable and did a superb job helping all of us first-time kayakers and snorkellers have a good experience! We saw probably about 8 sea turtles, a lot of the coral reef, and a bunch of tropical fish. Definitely do this tour if you are thinking about it, even if you’ve never done this sort of thing before. We will definitely be doing this next time we’re in Maui!

Our guide Jon was absolutely brilliant. His passion, knowledge, and excitement made this experience unforgettable.

Tyler was amazing. Totally worth it for a first time snorkeler.