Kanaio & Molokini Rafting and Snorkeling Tour
Check in 30 min prior to scheduled tour time
Duration: 6 hours
**If purchasing a private charter, please select the number 1 in the drop down menu and on the following page in the notes section please indicate how may people are in your party (max 24)
The Kanaio/Molokini tour is one of the most popular adventures because it combines the opportunity to explore a rarely seen and uninhabited part of Maui, the volcanic Kanaio Coast, with a variety of remote exotic snorkeling sites, including both spinner dolphin and green sea turtle habitats, and the famous Molokini Marine Preserve.
Kanaio Sea Caves…Passengers can expect a rare treat as they tour along Maui's Gold Coast past Wailea and Makena to a remote and inaccessible coast line with spectacular views of the slopes of Mt. Haleakala. About 200 years ago at Kanaio, molten lava exploded from a side vent and poured into the ocean, forming incredible lava arches, grottos and sea caves. The experience of viewing a volcanic sea cave, or passing through a massive lava arch, should not be missed! (Conditions permitting) Photographers will delight with the array of unique formations that await at every turn.
Dolphins Dead Ahead!…Following Kanaio, you will cruise to the protected waters of La Perouse Bay, frequently encountering a school of spinner dolphins including babies, along the way or in the bay itself. Named for their acrobatics, these playful mammals will frolic in the wave produced by the boat, sometimes only an arm's length form the bow. Many times, the dolphins will come & visit and may decide to swim with the snorkelers. This experience has been described as spiritual and is a visual and auditory experience that one never forgets.
A continental breakfast is served around this time and a remote snorkeling site may be offered (time and conditions permitting) such as the La Perouse pinnacle which is teeming with fish.
Molokini Crater…After departing La Perouse Bay, you'll head for Molokini, a short 20 minute ride from the bay. There we will generally offer up to three unique sites including the inside rim, the outer reef and the back side of the crater. By this time of day conditions at Molokini are generally calm, yet most of the bigger boats have departed or are departing leaving plenty of room for uncrowded snorkeling.
Drift snorkeling the outer reef is one of the many highlights of this tour. Imagine snorkeling one of the most beautiful submerged coral reefs in the world drifting gently along with the current as your boat follows nearby for your safety. Glide past a vast variety of butterfly fish, wrasses, black and pink-tailed durgeons, all posing against a backdrop of beautiful coral only 3 feet below. Truly a photographer's dream! For an exciting panoramic view, venture over the edge to witness an awesome 200' drop. It's like looking off the edge of the world
Back Side …Optional Site... Time and conditions permitting, another drift snorkel may be offered on the back-side of Molokini, a favored dive site for advanced scuba divers. The depth here is about 300 ft. but the lighting and the view of the vertical wall of rock, coral and fish is phenomenal. This site may be also offered as an alternative to the inside under certain sea conditions.
Turtally Cool! …Departing Molokini we make one more stop in Makena where we serve a delicious buffet lunch and snorkel with sea turtles and spotted eagle rays near pristine lava
fingers. These turtles although endangered and protected are accustomed to seeing snorkelers and do not mind being photographed as they surface for air just a few feet away.
The variety of scenery and wildlife encountered both above and below the surface truly make this tour one of the most comprehensive snorkeling adventures available on Maui.
WHAT TO BRING
- Hat or visor
- Light jacket
GOOD TO KNOW
- Not recommended for pregnant women, elderly or fragile people, or those with back or neck problems.
- Child age limit: 4 yrs. minimum. (adult supervision required under 12).
- Children under 4 may be accommodated on private charters (no infants)
- For Private Charters, gratuity is already included in the price.
- Maximum capacity 24 persons
Blue Water Rafting
Kihei Boat Ramp located just south of Kamaole Beach Park III and across from the Maui Kamaole Condominium at 2777 South Kihei Road, Kihei, HI 96753