Bue Water Rafting operates out of the Kihei small boat ramp, and offers a great alternative to people who are staying in a resort at Wailea, Makena, or one of the South Kihei condo properties. They offer four different tours, three of which go to Molokini crater. These tours are operated on a 24 passenger zodiac raft.
These tours are a great choice for the adventure seeker. The rafts are small enough to enter some of the sea caves and lava arches along the Kanaio Coast (when the ocean swells permit). But you do need to be aware that high adventure also means low creature comforts. There is no rest room on board … when you have to go … then you have to jump in the water. Blue Water Rafting has a saying … "NO WIMPS." If you are one, they really prefer you to go on someone else's boat. From experience we can tell you that these guys really are die hards. They will provide you with a thrilling ocean experience, and that means going out in a variety of ocean and weather conditions. You will get wet on their tours … even on an otherwise dry sunny day. This is a bouncy ride and you will experience open ocean conditions that are much rougher than what you'd find on a typical Molokini tour. By now you should be able to tell if this is the right tour for you … or not. Blue Water Rafting offers 3 Molokini snorkel tour options:
Molokini / Kanaio Coast
Their signature trip ...explore the sea caves and lava arches of Maui's remote and rugged Kanaio Coast, which lies miles beyond the end of the road at La Perouse Bay. Discover secret coves and amazing lava rock formations formed during Maui's last eruptive period several hundred years ago. Dolphins are frequently seen in this area, and on rare occasions snorkeling with them is possible. Next stop is Molokini crater, and a variety of snorkeling opportunities there, including a long snorkel inside the crater, a drift snorkel over "reef's end", and a brief but memorable snorkel along the abyss that is Molokini's back wall on the outside of the crater.
Molokini / Whale Watch Combo
All the great Molokini snorkeling offered on their longer 5.5 hour trip, plus an hour of watching Maui's winter residents, the majestic humpback whales
This is the quick way to see Molokini Crater. Because these rafts are so fast, it only takes them 15 minutes to zip out to Molokini from the Kihei small boat ramp. This tour offers the same Molokini snorkel opportunities as their longer morning tour ... 15 minutes out and back and 90 minutes of quality snorkeling at Molokini.
- Molokini / Kanaio Coast tour runs daily at 7am for 5.5 hours.
- Molokini Express runs daily at 11:30am for 2 hours. During whale season it is offered Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday at 11am.
- Molokini / Whale Watch combo runs Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 11:30am during whale season (January 15th - April 15th) for 2.5 hours.
Check in at Kihei Boat Ramp, just south of "Kamaole Beach Park III." The address is 2970 South Kihei Rd., Kihei, HI 96753.
27 feet & 30 feet rigid hulled, inflatable rafts with a capacity of 24pax.
Included in Tour
Molokini / Kanaio Coast tour includes deli lunch and cold beverages.
Premium snorkel gear with dry snorkel is included.
What to Bring & Wear
Wear swimsuits and bring a towel and sunscreen.
- Minimum age is 4.
- Not recommended for pregnant women, elderly or fragile people, or those with back or neck problems.
Cancellation / Weather Policy
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.
Molokini as a snorkel destination is somewhat weather-dependent … while all of these tours that advertise Molokini as a destination will make every effort to provide guests with the experience they seek, a few days a year the tours get diverted to an alternate snorkel spot. All snorkel destinations are ultimately the decision of the captain of the respective vessel and that decision is always made with the safety and comfort of the guests in mind.