We had booked Paddle On! Maui in celebration of our Honeymoon to make for a memorable trip, and boy did they deliver. From the moment we arrived in Maui, Peg was in touch with us via phone call to confirm our excursion. She was not only interested in our story and excited for our experience, but truly cared to text us her recommendations for local favorite things to do in Maui such as Happy Hour, Restaurants with live bands and more! We were provided with thorough directions to meet with our Paddle Board Instructor and Guide, Lowe, who was warm and so easy to talk to from our first interaction.
**My husband and I are athletic but not the most experienced paddle boarders and Lowe gave us great instructions on how to navigate the paddle board and offered us a life vest if needed to make us feel comfortable. We were feeling brave and felt very safe to snorkel while attached to our paddle boards with the ankle cord, and that says a lot coming from me, (someone that prefers to sun bathe on the beach over swimming)! The paddle boarding ended up being a great workout and allowed us to get to the multiple spots more efficiently than had we swam.
Lowe showed us around the cove the start, and made great conversation to get to know us while also teaching us a lot about the history of the island and its marine life on our way. Once arriving in our first spot, we all got our goggles and snorkels on and began exploring the reef. We were greeted by sea turtle friends not too long after getting into the water. It was so beautiful to swim with the turtles while keeping a safe distance, and we also saw a lot of cool fish and reef life in this spot. Once we spent a bit of time with the turtles, Lowe asked our comfort level, and if we were okay with exploring deeper water! Although hesitant at first…we are thrilled that we trusted her and chose to proceed to the next spot.
While paddling out to the deeper water, we were greeted by a pod of wild dolphins – about 30-40 of them! Right away we knew this was something special, and later learned it is a rare occurrence for wild dolphins to get close to people. They playfully "came to us", swimming underneath our boards and around us for what felt like 15-20 minutes. We made sure to stay on our boards to not disrupt the pod, but were able to stick our heads in from the edge of our boards and see them swimming underneath the waves. This was the most amazing moment of our day, and we felt truly special the dolphins chose us. We have heard since sharing our story from multiple people throughout the island that this only happens a handful of times and that it’s good luck. We are so grateful to share in such a special moment with the ocean during our first trip to Maui.
The best part of this experience beyond the interaction with wildlife in their natural habitat, is that Lowe has a great underwater camera and took epic photos of my husband and I the entire time! She edited the photos and had them to us just 2 days later. For a nominal fee, having these photos is absolutely priceless. This add on allowed us to truly be in the moment and enjoy our experience together. Overall, this is our favorite thing we did in Maui! Thank you Lowe and Peg for truly giving us memories that will last a lifetime, and we can't wait to return.