Ocean Kayak Malibu Two Review

Ocean Kayak Malibu Two Review

Malibu Ocean Kayak

Abigail ScottByAbigail Scott
Updated on 6/23/2022

Tandem kayaks are great for spending time on the water with a friend or family since they can accommodate more than one person. It has also been shown that they are more stable and faster than single-person kayaks, so you will be able to go farther than you would otherwise. In addition, we cannot undervalue the sense of camaraderie and fun that comes with participating in joint activities.

In our review today, we will be examining an incredibly versatile tandem kayak that Ocean Kayak produced:

At Malibu Kayaks, we design recreational kayaks for families, fishing kayaks for professional anglers, and diving kayaks for the more adventurous kayaker. In the beginning, they were kayak retailers before moving into the manufacturing business. Their move was motivated by the belief that they could create better kayaks than what was available on the market after analyzing their customers' needs, unique preferences, and regional needs.

With their start in kayak production in 1999, they have introduced the Pro Explorer, Extreme, Pro 2 Tandem, X-Factor Mini-X, Sierra 10, and the more recent Ranger series. Although the Sierra 10 and the Ranger Series are sit-in-side kayaks, ALL Malibu kayaks are constructed for dry seating, stability, and versatility, including sit-on-top models.

Malibu Two Features

  • Tandem sit-on-top kayak
  • Seating capacity of 2 adults
  • 12 feet long
  • 34 inches wide
  • Weighs 57 lbs
  • The load capacity of 425 lbs

Malibu Two XL Features

  • Tandem sit-on-top kayak
  • Seating capacity of 2 adults
  • 13 feet 4 inches long
  • 34 inches wide
  • Weighs 68 lbs
  • The load capacity of 500 lbs


  • With the purchase of this product, you are entitled to a limited warranty of a lifetime
  • An extra comfortable cockpit with comfortable seat backs and foot braces
  • Throughout the kayak, there are plenty of storage options
  • Carrying and transporting the device is easy
  • Having the capacity to accommodate two people at once
  • Besides being durable, it is also made of a tough material that is resistant to abrasion


  • Separately from the comfort plus seatbacks, they have a cost.

The third paddler

Ocean Kayak Malibu Two Buying Advice

The following are a few things you should keep in mind before purchasing a kayak:

  • Choosing the right kayak length is essential. Longer kayaks tend to be faster on the water, while shorter kayaks are easier to turn. Because it has two seats, the Malibu is on the longer side.
  • A kayak must have a wide width, as it will provide more room and comfort to the kayaker and be more stable in the water. Because it is streamlined and does not encounter a lot of resistance, a narrower one will be faster. Since the Malibu is 34 inches wide, stability should not be an issue.
  • Capacity: This has a twofold effect on your decision. When choosing a boat for your expedition, you will have to consider the number of paddlers it will be able to accommodate and their maximum weight, as well as the gear you need to carry. Almost all kayaks have their limits. With the Malibu, there are two occupants, a maximum weight capacity of 500 lbs, and since the car's width makes it very stable, it can accommodate two people. Therefore, if you are riding by yourself, you will have the option to bring plenty of gear with you if necessary.
  • I would like to know if you plan on using your kayak for fishing (professional or recreational), diving, ecotourism, or recreational adventures. You need to consider both the type of kayak you choose and the gear you will need to carry, depending on your needs. If you're fishing by yourself, the Malibu Two is great but can be very difficult to store if you're fishing with your partner - something you should consider.

Why It Stands Out to Us

Lifetime Warranty

A limited lifetime warranty is included with every Malibu Kayaks product purchased from an authorized Malibu Kayaks dealer. This warranty ensures your kayak has no manufacturing material defects or artistry issues. So, whether you consider investing in one or not, you have peace of mind. Details on this can be found on their website or in the owner's manuals that accompany the purchase.


A kayak is made of linear polyethylene plastic, which is ultra-high density, durable, and recyclable (once the kayak has completed its journey). As a standard feature, they come with skid plates designed to protect the bow and stern stems of the kayaks against impacts and abrasions. An inflatable kayak can be used for maneuvering through rough waters or when a kayak runs aground.

Multiple Storage Options

In accommodating extra paddlers, tandem kayaks typically lose out on storage space. Ocean Kayak worked around this obstacle by making creative use of other sections of the Malibu Two to get around it.

Three round Gaspachi hatches can be installed on the Ocean Kayaks Malibu 2 and Malibu 2 XL; one has an oval cross lock hatch at the center. You may also find bow and stern straps or bungee storage compartments to hold your gear on the boat. On the bow left and the hard right side of the boat are two side bungee handles with paddle holders.

Made for Comfort

As a result of their molded-in seat wells, the Malibu 2 has a lower center of gravity than other sit-on-top kayaks, making it easier to balance the kayak. Your comfort plus seatbacks can be hooked up in either of these seat wells, either in the middle of paddling solo or in the stern and bow seats when you are paddling in tandem. A patented overlapping footwell design ensures that the paddler has a comfortable foot brace that is crucial to making paddling easier.

You can control the water accumulation in the cockpit from the drain by inserting a screw-in drain plug into the hole, which is watertight and provides a watertight fit. It is essential to have this drainage system on board to help cool the cockpit on sweltering days. The water can become very uncomfortable in freezing temperatures, and a watertight plug can be of great assistance.


The molded-in handles provide added convenience on both sides of the kayak and the bow and stern toggle handles. For the size of the kayak, the superlinear polyethylene plastic is also relatively light in weight. Its size, weight, and ergonomic handle design make it easy to handle both on and off the water.

Our Verdict

Ocean Kayak's Malibu Two is an excellent initial investment since it is an all-around kayak. You can use it for various expeditions such as diving, recreational paddling, snorkeling, and angling. Having this option will allow you to go out with family or friends while leaving the possibility open for a solo mission. There are other options like the Stealth-9 you may want to check out for those looking for a fishing-specific kayak.

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