Kanaio/ Molokini Tour / Kanaio Coast Tour / Molokini Express
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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. 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! (photo)
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 ths 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 lookng off the edge of the world!
Back Side... Optional site... Time and conditions permitting, another drift snorkle 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 snorklers 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.
Kanaio/ Molokini Prices
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, includng 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, grottos and sea caves. 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.
Kanaio Coast Prices
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 2 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 alowing 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.
Molokini Express Prices
(Combination) Express Whale Watch/ Molokini Snorkel (Seasonal Dec 15 - Apr 15)
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. Just today a whale surfaced less than ten yards from our boat and lifted her calf out of the water on her head to show us. Awesome! About one hour is devoted to snorkeling, and 1 1/2 hours to passage and whale watching. Beverages and gear are included.
Express Whale Watch/ Molokini Snorkel Prices
Guaranteed Whale Watch (Seasonal - Jan 1 - Mar 31)
Pre Season Tour - (Dec 15 - Dec 31,... Sun., Tues., Thurs.) Guarantee does not apply
This 1 1/2 hour whale watch is a great way to get to the whales fast from a convenient Wailea/ Kihei departure. Whale sighting is guaranteed or next ride is free. Ample free parking is available at the Kihei Boat Ramp less than ten minutes from all Kihei and Wailea Resorts. Morning departures offer calm conditons on Maui's south shore where visiting Humpbacks are prevalent and often seen nursing their young during these times. Pods are spotted quickly allowing ample time for viewing and listening through a sophisticated hydrophone sound system. Close encounters of 100 yards or less sometimes require that we "stretch" a tour slightly to ensure the safety of the whales and to operate within federal regulations, so a little extra time has been allowed between tour departures.
Whale Watch Prices
Blue Water Rafting has been offering a variety of high adventure snorkeling and sightseeing tours since early 1985. Due to the range of sea conditions encountered and the lively nature of the ride, these tours are not recommended for people with limiting physical conditions.
All tours depart from the Kihei Boat Ramp located just south of "Kamaole Beach Park III" and accross from the "Maui Kamaole" condominium at 2777 South Kihei Rd.
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Passengers arriving from points north should take "route 30" to the "route 310" junction, then continue on "route 310" until they reach "mile marker #9". Next 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.
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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.
These tours are best reserved for those who are adventurous in spirit and in reasonably good physical condition. 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.
Our fast, stable, unsinkable, rigid hulled, inflatable boats are all powered with environmentally friendly, smoke free, twin Honda 4 stroke 225 HP outboard motors. CLOUD IX is a 27' ALMAR RAIV carrying up to 24 passengers KANALOA and PINEAPPLE EXPRESS, are 30' ALMAR RAIVs also carrying up to 24 pasengers.
Parties wishing to guarantee a particular boat may opt for a private charter. 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. Breakfast on the Kanaio/ Molokini consists of assorted fresh island fruit, muffins, hawaiian fruit juices, and bottled water. Kanaio Coast Tour has a fruit and beverage break between sightseeing and snorkeling. (No alcohol allowed on board).
2015 PRICES (Direct Bookings)
5 1/2 hr. Kanaio/ Molokini........ Departure Time: 7:00 am. (6:30 check in)
-Adult- $135.00 + tax ($5.63) $140.63
-Child- $110.00 + tax ($4.58) $114.58
4 hr. Kanaio Coast............ Departure Time: 7:00 am. (6:30 check in)
-Adult- $110.00 + tax ($4.58) $114.58
-Child- $89.00 + tax ($3.71) $92.71
2 hr. Molokini Express ...... Departure Time: 11:30 am. (11:15 check in)
-Adult- $55.00 + tax ($2.29) $57.29
-Child- $45.00 + tax ($1.88) $46.88
1 1/2 hr. Whale Watch ...... Departure Times: 8:00 am., 10:00 am., 12:00 noon (check in 30 min. prior)
-Adult- $39.00 + tax ($1.63) $40.63
-Child- $34.00 + tax ($1.42) $35.42
2 1/2hr. Whale Express/Molokini Snorkel (Seasonal) ......... Departure Time: 11:30 am. (11:15 check in)..... Mon.,Wed.,Fri
-Adult- $60.00 + tax ($2.50) $62.50
-Child- $55.00 + tax ($2.29) $57.29
PRIVATE CHARTERS & SPORT FISHING
24 Passenger Raft- $575.00 per hour + tax (23.96) - $598.96/hr.
5 day cancellation notice required
7:00 am.- 4 hour minimum tour (6:30 check in)
Includes lunch, beverage and gear.
11:00 am. or later- 2 hour minimum tour
Includes beverage & gear
(lunch available @ $5.00 person when booked the previous day)
6 Passenger Fiberglass Sportfisher XIAN
3 or more hours - $250.00 per hour + tax (10.41) - $260.41/hr.
minimum tour - 2 hours @ $300/hr. + tax (12.50) - $312.50/hr.
72 hr. cancellation notice required
Departure Times per Request
Although we do not offer scuba diving on any of our tours, we recommend the following sites for information on Maui Scuba Diving:
Cancellations: Absolutely no cancellations or rescheduling allowed within the cancellation period. No exceptions, no negotiations,and no calls will be taken to discuss this policy. Thank you for understanding.
Cancellations/ Rescheduling/ Space available
Non-refundable without 24 hours notice prior to departure,for any cancellation or rescheduling; No Exceptions. (48 hours or 5 days notice on Privte Charters - see private charters).
Unforseen emergencies and illness inside the 24 hour period will not be refunded or rescheduled. However, we will gladly try to accommodate these on a space available basis on another day. "Space Available Certificates" are good up to 2 years and are transferable.
Note: No pregnant passengers, fragile elderly, or those with back or neck problems. No wheel chair accommodations or service animals. Child age limit: 4 years minimum.(adult supervision required under 12) Children under 4yrs. may be accommodated on Private Charters (no infants). Please advise all passengers to bring towel, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat or visor and a light windbreaker for early morning departures. No head on board for changing. (releases required & issued prior to boarding)
Blue Water Rafting
P.O. Box 1865
Kihei, Maui, Hawaii 96753
Reservations open 6:00 am. to 7:00 pm. H.S.T. (Limited Hours on Federal Holidays)
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