The Kanaio Coast Tour offers an opportunity to explore a rarely seen part of Maui, The Volcanic Kanaio Coast and a variety of remote exotic snorkeling sites, including both spinner dolphin and green sea turtle habitats.
The 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 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, grottoes 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 school 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 the dolphins while in the water. This experience has been described as spiritual and is a visual and auditory experience that one never forgets.
One of several remote snorkeling sites may be offered (time and conditions permitting) such as the La Perouse Pinnacle, which is teaming with fish. Each site has a unique underwater terrain and a variety of marine life.
Turtally Cool! … Departing La Perouse Bay, 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.
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.
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.