Pali Sea Cliff Kayak Discovery Small-Group Tour from Papaluau Beach Park

4 hours (Approx.)
Free cancellation
2 - 10
Mobile ticket


This 4-hour Maui kayaking adventure takes you paddling from Papalaua Beach along the stunning sea-cliff shore off the Pali coast, where you’re treated to some of Maui's most scenic coastline and exceptional snorkeling. In a small group of 10 maximum, kayak with experienced guides past white-sand inlets and towering cliffs to expansive coral reefs where you’re likely to spot sea turtles and an array of marine life as you snorkel. Snacks & Beverages included — the perfect morning for Maui !


  • Beach instructions and safety talk
  • Guide assisted launch and landings
  • Quality snorkel equipment, PFD, and where required, water socks
  • light refreshments
  • Quality touring kayaks - singles and doubles available
  • CPR and first aid certified guides with many years ocean experience
  • Local taxes

What to expect

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Papalaua Wayside Park, Honoapiilani Highway, Wailuku, Maui, HI 96793

Make your way to palm-fringed Papalaua Beach in west Maui, less than 10 miles (16 km) south of Lahaina town, and meet your experienced kayak guides for a safety briefing. Learn paddling techniques on shore and then settle into a single or double kayak. A guide helps you launch as you take off for the remote shores and sea cliffs in a spectacular coastal area known as ‘the Pali.’

During your 4-hour Maui kayaking tour, paddle toward the Pali lighthouse and enjoy water views of rugged shoreline and jagged cliffs rarely seen by visitors. You'll stop for snacks and refreshments, and spend time snorkeling at a couple of secluded snorkeling sites that boast excellent ocean visibility and include expansive coral reefs teeming with tropical marine life.

Then continue paddling along this scenic shoreline where verdant cliffs lead into the water. Your guides point out the diverse flora, showcasing Maui’s natural splendor that hovers over white-sand beaches.

This small-group activity, with a paddling distance is approx. 4.0 miles, is best suited for those who are in good physical condition and enjoy a longer paddle.

Duration: 4 hours

Time of tour

7:00 AM

Meeting point

1: Pāpalaua Beach Park, 22 Honoapiilani Hwy, Wailuku, HI 96793, USA
2: Pāpalaua Beach Park, 22 Honoapiilani Hwy, Wailuku, HI 96793, USA

Additional information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Paddling distance is 4 miles
  • Guests should be agreeable to alternate location of Makena if conditions are not considered safe due to weather
  • Minimum age is 16 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers


  • Gratuity (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop off

Ticket delivery

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.
Scott B
August 2015

The kayaking, snorkeling and guide were great. Obviously this is all dependent on the weather so if it gets windy and wavy, you won't see as much and you may have to cut it short. But we saw lots of creatures, our guide knew a ton or was a really good liar, who knows? and even saw some turtles...

April 2021

Once in a lifetime trip and John is what made it so good!! He was very knowledgeable and super fun the entire time!! We saw some incredible whales, turtles, flying fish, butterflies, rare birds, and a variety of fish when we snorkeled. Super memorable experience! We’d definitely book John again!!

February 2021

We were a group of 3: my husband, myself and a friend of Jake, our guide. To start, we were denied the chance to have two kayaks and instead had to get on a double, even though Jake's truck had plenty of kayaks. On arrival, Jake greeted us with a handshake! in the middle of a pandemic. I didn't e...

January 2021

Would recommend doing the morning kayak, jake was our guide and was awesome and a great guide! We saw whales and during our snorkel we got to see some turtles! We were first time snorkels and jake was awesome with giving us tips and helping us understand snorkeling!

February 2020

Had a great time on our kayaking adventure. We saw too many whales to count. Some were breaching and some swimming along with their mama. Saw manaray, turtles and many tropical fish. The most difficult part of the trip was getting back in the kayak after we snorkeled, but I did it. I’m a grandma ...

November 2019

There was high surf on the day we were initially supposed to go kayaking, but the staff was very flexible and rescheduled us for another day. We went kayaking with Matt Hudson, and we had a private tour since no one else signed up for that same day (we went during the off season). Again, I apprec...

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