Po’ipu | Open Sea – Whale, Turtle & Dolphin Watch – Snorkel by Sea Kayak


Po’ipu | Open Sea – Whale, Turtle & Dolphin Watch – Snorkel by Sea Kayak 


October – April

Offered: Tuesday + Thursday + Saturday

Check-In: 7:00 a.m. 

During the winter the  South coast becomes a favorite for sea kayakers. You’ll paddle the same canoe paths of old taken by early Polynesians and whaling captains.

We will begin the day’s journey on the Golden Coast of Kaua’i at Po’ipu and paddle west along the rugged and scenic shoreline that is home to the Spouting Horn, the remote Lawai Valley, the unusual Nomilo Pond, and the cove of Wahi’awa.

Winter is the season for *Humpback Whales and often the highlight of the voyage. After their long journey from Alaska each year, these gentle giants delight themselves in the warm Hawaiian waters for a season of birthing and frolicking.

Delight yourself likewise, as these whales breach before you, or more likely spot Spinning dolphinsFlying fish, and Green sea turtles. With luck, we sometimes see the endangered Monk Seal in the water or a sunny beach. Bird watch for Boobies, Frigate, and Tropicbirds from your cockpit.

Get wet and snorkel off one of Kauai’s finest shores, where the sea and bird life compliments a day of splendid paddling.

At day’s end, we will have you back to your hotel or back to our shop late afternoon.

*Humpback Whales begin to grace our waters around early November. Even when we don’t spot and paddle with these graceful Leviathans,  the tour is panoramic, challenging,  rewarding and memorable open ocean paddle.

  5 person minimum opens a tour

—Check-In Wailua River Marina: 7:00 a.m.

—Shuttle to Koloa Landing (Po’ipu)

—Tour staged in South shore area 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

—Lunch of Deli made Sandwiches, tropical juices and sparkling water

—Shuttle back to Wailua River Marina: 2:30 p.m.

 *Times are variable, i.e., longer or shorter and subject to the vagaries of group and weather dynamics.

Rating & Physical Requirements:

A challenging adventure recommended for the more active couples a bit hardier families and others.

This tour can be a workout. Participants should be comfortable in the water, in good physical condition, and not prone to seasickness. This paddle involves about three to four hours of intermittent paddling.

Weight Limit Rule of Thumb: 

Our double kayaks can comfortably handle 500 pounds or less.
If participants surpass this weight limit we encourage a motor boat alternative.

When & Where:

October through April — Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday

Weather Permitting: unstable winter weather can cause periodic postponements, we recommend reserving up to a week in advance and early during your stay on Kaua’i.

Check in at 7:00 a.m. at our Wailua Marina Shop.

Our Guide to client ratio:

One guide to seven clients.


  • –Guide(s) CPR, 1st Aid, and Water Safety Certified
  • –Personal Flotation Devices ( life preservers)
  • –Sit on top, two person kayaks with foot pedal and rudders
  • –Backrests
  • –Water resistant bags
  • –Snorkeling equipment
  • –Lunch of Deli made Turkey, Ham, Vegetarian or PBJ
  • –Variety  Hawaiian style tropical juices + sparkling water
  • We no longer issue plastic water bottles!
    • To reduce plastic waste we now have a Water Filtration Station
      • We encourage clients to bring their own water and/or purchases our KK Logo aluminum water bottles and  fill up with chilled purified water

Guide(s) carry:

  • –VHF Radio
  • –Emergency Position Indicating Radio beacon (EPIRB)
  • –Flares
  • –First Aid Kit
  • –Sea Rescue device

What To Bring:

  • –Sun protection
  • –Water
  • –Waterproof camera
  • –Light long sleeve shirt
  • –Bathing suit
  • –Footwear (aqua socks or tennis shoes)
  • –Towel and change of clothes

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Cancellation/Rescheduling Policy

Kayak Kauai observes a firm 24 hour cancellation policy. Any cancellations within 24 hours will receive no refund;(All Na Pali Coast kayaking tours or GROUPS of 6 or more require a 48 hour cancellation notice). Cancellations made by Kayak Kauai due to inclement weather conditions are 100% refundable.

Travel Insurance

Safety is no accident and on every tour we pay special attention to this fact. That said, travel insurance is not a bad idea, especially if a “dark cloud” decides to follow you. Find a company that offers medical, security evacuation and rescue services in the event of a medical or security emergency.