Paddle On! Maui offers private guided stand up paddleboard, kayak and whale watch tours from Polo Beach in Wailea. These tours are quite popular and have a habit of creating very positive reviews from customers, so we decided to book one ourselves to see what they’re all about firsthand. We booked our tour online, which was easy, and were instantly excited to make our way to the southwest Maui coast for our very own adventure out on the water.
Maui Sea Life
One of the reasons why we were so interested in booking a Paddle On! Maui tour is that they specialize in private tours. We scheduled an early morning paddle tour as the best water conditions and whale sightings are generally expected in the early hours. Peg, our guide and the Paddle On! Maui owner, met us at the Polo Beach parking lot and already had all of our gear and boards ready on the sand. Talk about convenient. Since we are experienced stand up paddleboarders, we didn’t need the full orientation, but it was great nonetheless to revisit paddle safety and technique. Peg has such a vast knowledge of the local conditions, the regional sealife, local conservation efforts, and more, so she was a great resource from start to finish.
Maui Whale Watching Tours
There are numerous options to select from when booking Paddle On! Maui tours. The paddleboard tours come in a wide variety and can include such activities as watching the sunrise, doing some yoga or snorkeling with turtles. We decided to book an SUP Whale Watch tour and opted for the photo package so that we could have a photographer snapping photos of us and anything we saw. And we saw some amazing stuff. The beautiful ocean waters off Polo Beach are part of the Hawaiian Humpback Marine Mammal Sanctuary, and just as we had hoped, we were lucky enough to spot several whales. All just off the Wailea coast!
The Paddle On! Maui guides we met are as cool as they are knowledgeable. The kind of locals you want to meet when you’re on vacation. Generally speaking, you’ll spend around two hours with them during your tour, and don’t be surprised if your overall Paddle On! Maui experience has you wanting to come back for more. Maybe next time we’ll go with the Turtle Town tour, which includes getting off the paddleboards to snorkel among Hawaiian Green Sea Turles, or perhaps we’ll try one of the kayak tours.