The Molokini Express is ideal for those who wish to enjoy the crystal clear waters and abundant marine life at Molokini but prefer to limit their time on the water to 1.5 hours.
Express transport to Molokini via our high powered rafts will take less than 15 minutes. Once briefed, fitted with top quality gear and in the water, over one hour of snorkeling time is available at prime locations away from the crowds.
By arriving at the crater just after most of the other boats have just departed, we find the area to almost empty allowing us to drift snorkel large areas of the rim if we choose to.
One of the most popular and spectacular drifts is over the outer reef formed by the rim of the volcano which at points is only two or three feet deep and then drops off on the outside to 200feet. Gliding over the reef gives one the “feeling of flying” as you look off the edge of the world!
The backside of Molokini might remind one of “The Abyss” as the wall plunges to depths of 300 to 400 feet. If the wind picks up on the inside of the crater, this area is often the calmest water for snorkeling. Tropical fish are just about everywhere, but the shafts of light, awesome visibilty, towering cliffs and sheer drop offs are what make this site so unique.
What to know
Departs: 11:30am (11:15am check in at the Kihei Boat Ramp)
Daily during the Summer.
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday during Whale Season. (Dec 15 – Apr 15)
Returns: 1:30pm (or 2:00 pm in the winter)
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.
Beverages included: 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 11:15 am 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.