Check out the famous Molokini Marine Preserve as well as the remote volcanic coast. Leaves from Kihei Boat Ramp.
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The Kanaio/ Molokini tour is one of our most popular adventures because it combines the opportunity to explore a rarely seen and uninhabited part of Maui, The Volcanic Kanaio Coast. Offering a variety of remote exotic snorkeling sites including both spinner dolphin and green sea turtle habitats and the famous Molokini Marine Preserve.
The Kanaio Sea Caves... Passengers can expect a rare treat as they tour along Maui's Gold Coastpast Wailea and Makena to a remote and inaccessible coastline 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 entering a sea cave by raft 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 pod of spinner dolphins , including babies, along the way or in the bay it's self. Named for their acrobatics, these playful mammals will frolic in the wave produced by our boat sometimes only a few feet from the bow!
On many occasions, our snorkelers have been approached by dolphins while in the water. 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 teaming 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 the day conditions at Molokini are generally calm and 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 coral reefs in the world drifting gently along with the current as your boat follows near by for your safety. Glide past a variety of butterfly fish, wrasses, black and pink tailed durgeons, all posing against a backdrop of beautiful coral only 3 feet below ... truly a photographers dream!
For an exciting panoramic view, venture over to the edge to witness an awesome 200 ft. 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 300ft. but the lighting and the view of the vertical wall of rock, coral and fish is phenomenal. This site may also be offered as an alternative to the inside under certain sea conditions.
Turtlely 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 the surface and below truly make this tour one of the most comprehensive snorkeling adventures available on Maui.
What to know
Departs Daily: 7:00am (6:30am 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.
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.
Breakfast on the Kanaio/ Molokini consists of assorted fresh island fruit, muffins, Hawaiian fruit juices, and bottled water.
Lunch is deli style consisting turkey and roast beef, veggies & dip, cheddar and swiss cheeses, whole wheat buns, and condiments with a delicious homemade style chocolate chip cookie.
Beverages are Hawaiian fruit juices and bottled water.
(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.