Maui Clear Bottom Kayak Rentals
Frequently Asked Questions
To help you prepare for the Clear Bottom Kayak experience, we have provided you with some quick tips and information.
Do I have to book in advance?
Please call us to book your Clear Kayak rental so we can ensure you get everything you need.
The Rental Times we offer are:
Can we go on our own?
Absolutely! You are your own guide!
We offer a luxury, kayak rental experience! Our crew will handle all of the lifting, provide a lesson, and point out our favorite spots to go! We even assist with launching and landing the boats, which is really the only tricky part. Once you are on the water you have 2 full hours to paddle anywhere you want. This really allows you to get away from the crowds and make your experience all your own!
What about cancelling or bad weather?
Rain is rare! Safety and fun first!
Luckily Makena Landing is pretty well blocked from rain clouds and the wind.
We check the conditions in person at sunrise. If there are large waves, strong wind, or moderate to heavy rain we will call and email all of our guests and attempt to reschedule for a day that looks more fun (Usually calls go out before 7am). If you cannot reschedule you won’t be charged for your reservation.
Our guests having a good time is what makes our business successful! We will never encourage guests to go in unsafe conditions.
Make sure you put an email and phone number you can be reached at in the online reservation!
Our cancellation policy: Up to 24 hours prior to your reservation you can change or cancel for any reason for a full refund. Inside of 24 hours, Clear Kayaks Maui charges $40 per kayak booked (half of the reservation.) This is because we have blocked other guest from reserving your kayaks and we have staffed based on the number of kayaks reserved. Inside of 12 hours to the time of your reservation or no shows will be charged the full amount.
Who can participate in clear bottom kayaking?
Family fun for everyone!
No experience necessary!! Our Clear Kayaks are great for people of all ages and all abilities! This is a great family activity, especially if you have small children. Our kayaks are very stable, and because you sit lower in the kayak, it is very easy to have small children ride in a parents lap (usually works best for children under 40lbs.) Older children can easily ride in their own seat. We also have life jackets that fit all sizes including infants.
Do I need to have training before kayaking?
Nope! No sweat!
Our Clear Bottom Kayaks are very easy to use and very stable on the water. The only tricky park may be launching the kayaks into the water. But, don’t worry! We do that for you! Our instructors will also take you through a quick tutorial to ensure that you get the most out of your Clear Bottom Kayak rental experience. Once you are in the water, the kayaks are very easy to maneuver. Since you can see through the bottom, going slow is GREAT! The more you take your time, the more you are likely to see! Best of all, the best places to see Turtles are a very short paddle from where we launch!
Will I get tired quickly?
Most likely not.
The most abundant sea life is only a few short yards away from our launch site.
And the best part is, the slower you go, the more you’ll see!
The joy of this kayak experience is in the beauty of the ocean life below. Many people enjoy the calm simplicity of floating above the ocean underworld while soaking in the sun!
When is the best time of day to experience Clear Kayaks?
A great start to any morning!
Maui’s marine life are early risers! The best time of day to see plenty of marine activity is early in the morning before the wind picks up and the ocean becomes a little more choppy.
Our first rental time opens at 7:00AM. Get in early to make the most of your experience!
What can we expect to see when we’re out on the water?
Makena Landing is also known locally as “Turtle Town”. There is an abundance of green Hawaiian sea turtles. Other sea life in the area that is often spotted include:
- Manta rays
- Spotted eagle rays
- Octopus (tako)
- Reef fish
- Spinner dolphins
- White-tip reef sharks (don’t worry, they’re tiny!)
- Humpback whales (from December through April)
What does the Clear Bottom Kayak rental include?
Maui’s only Clear Bottom Kayaks!
In addition to being Maui’s only Clear Bottom Kayak company on the island, all of our rentals include:
- A beautiful location on South Maui where we will have your Clear Kayaks ready to launch!
- Coast Guard Certified Life Jackets/ Personal Floatation Devices for your group
- Personalized lessons about ocean kayaking and basic water safety
- Details and description of the Maui ocean area that you will be exploring
- Local tips for finding the best underwater landmarks and Green Hawaiian Sea Turtle hangouts
- Waterproof fish identification cards to help you identify Maui’s wildlife
- And, just for fun, a family-friendly squirt gun to get your family and friends!