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The Express Whale Watch/ Molokini Snorkel is a great way to combine snorkeling at Molokini with a whale watching adventure on a fast and maneuverable rigid hulled inflatable. We almost always make it to Molokini on this one but if conditions are not favorable, a shoreline alternate may be selected. Your passage to and from Molokini will take you through waters laden with Humpback whales with a high percentage of mother/calf/escort pods. Awesome! About one hour is devoted to snorkeling, and 1 1/2 hours to passage and whale watching.
What to know
Seasonal activity that runs from December 15 - April 15.
Departs Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays: 11:30am (11:15am check in at the Kihei Boat Ramp)
Tours depart rain or shine. Inclement weather conditions are usually temporary and rain gear is provided. Cancellations due to weather are extremely uncommon and all parties are instructed to appear at the boat ramp no matter what the weather seems to them.
Destinations are weather permitting and alternate sites may be chosen. However, it is rare for us not to reach our destination whether it be Molokini or Kanaio.
If the captain deems the conditions to be unsafe for departure, a full refund will apply. No shows are non-refundable.
These tours are best reserved for those who are adventurous in spirit and in reasonably good physical condition. Not recommended for pregnant women, elderly or fragile people, or those with back or neck problems. Child age limit: 4 years minimum. (Adult supervision required under 12) Releases required & issued prior to boarding.
Beverages included: Hawaiian fruit juices and bottled water.
Our fast, stable, unsinkable, rigid hulled, inflatable boats are both powered with environmentally friendly, smoke free, twin outboard motors.
Cloud IX is a 27' Almar RAIV carrying up to 24 passengers and has Mercury Optimax 225 hp 2 strokes.
Kanaloa is a 30' Almar RAIV carrying up to 24 passengers and is powered by the new Honda BF225 hp 4 strokes.
All boats have easy boarding ladders and are approx. 60% shaded by canopies.
(No alcohol allowed on board).
Please bring: towel, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat or visor and a light windbreaker for early morning departures. No head on board for changing. Snorkeling gear is provided.
Underwater cameras: are available for purchase on board. 35mm 27 exposure Snap Sights. $15.00
Driving Directions [ show
Check in at 6:45am at the the Kihei Boat Ramp located just south of "Kamaole Beach Park III" and across from the "Maui Kamaole" condominium at 2777 South Kihei Rd.
From the North
Take Hwy 30 to the Hwy 310 junction
Continue on Hwy 310 until you reach mile marker #9.
Turn right on "Keonekai Rd." and go down to the stop sign.
Then left on "S. Kihei Rd."
The entrance to the ramp is 2/10 of a mile south and is well marked with a sign.
From the Wailea or Makena area
Take "Wailea Alanui Dr." heading north.
Turn left at the stop sign onto "Okalani Dr." which will become "S. Kihei Rd." at the bottom of the hill.
Continue for about 3/4 mile just past the sign for "Maui Hill".
The boat ramp is marked and on the left.