2 Hour Molokini Express

Ages 4 and up
We can?t accommodate pregnant passengers, fragile elderly, or those with back or neck problems. And there are no wheel chair accommodations or provisions for service animals.
Why We Love It -  Perfect for snorkelers who like to sleep in. This ride gets you to Molokini after the crowds have left.

Enjoy an incredibly safe, fast and affordable snorkeling adventure. Avoid the crowds and sleep in; this tour leaves at 11:30 am! 

If you want to enjoy seeing abundant marine life and have fun in the clear water at Molokini but would rather not spend the entire day out there, this tour is perfect for you. Since the tour leaves later in the morning, you avoid all the large tour boats. Typically you have the crater to yourself!

Molokini is a partially-submerged, crescent-shaped volcanic crater. It is located between Kaho'olawe and Maui. You will snorkel the outer and inner reef of Molokini depending on the weather conditions (see important note below). You will find tropical fish almost everywhere. Awesome visibility, shafts of radiant light, steep drop-offs and towering cliffs make this snorkeling destination extremely unique.

Our powerful rafts will get you to the crater in about fifteen minutes. You will be briefed and equipped with our top-of-the-line snorkeling gear. And enjoy more than an hour of thrilling snorkel time at this stunning location.

A spectacular and popular drift is near the outer reef, which is about three feet in depth at certain points, but then suddenly drops off to about 200 feet. As you glide over this reef you feel like you are flying. This area of the crater may remind you of an abyss because the wall eventually plunges to depths of about 300 feet to 400 feet.

Important note: The Hawaiian trade winds, responsible for our lovely weather year round also can make for choppy seas. Occasionally, the trade winds are quite strong - in that case, we'll stay on the backside of the crater, sheltered from the wind for crystal clear serene water. In very rare cases, the wind may be too strong to visit Molokini and a favorable, shoreline alternative will be selected. Not to worry, in this rare case there are so many other stunning snorkeling spots, you will not be disappointed. Since the rafts are very fast with a shallow draft, you'll be able to access spots the big boats can't get to.

The Ride
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. People with previous or current back or neck injuries, recent major surgeries, or are pregnant, should not book the tour and will not be allowed on board.

Our Rafts
Our fast, stable, unsinkable, rigid hull, inflatable rafts carry up to 24 passengers and are powered by environmentally friendly, smoke-free, twin Honda 4 stroke 225 HP outboard motors. Parties wishing to guarantee a particular boat may opt for a private charter. All boats have easy boarding ladders and have approximately 60% shaded canopies.

Time 11:30 am
Duration 2 hours
Location Kihei Boat Landing

Please view the cancellation policy and restrictions. You can find addition information in frequently asked questions

Cancellation Policy

100% refundable if cancelled at least 48 hours before check-in. Changes or cancellations should be made through the modify or cancel buttons on your booking confirmation.

Last Minute Bookings

Please be aware that these bookings are subject to confirmation. If this is a same-day or next-day booking, there is a reasonable chance this will not be confirmed. For bookings that are confirmed, there will be no cancellations or refunds.


No pregnant passengers or those with back or neck problems. No Children under 4 years of age; adult supervision required for those under 12. No wheel chair accommodations or service animals.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do You Accommodate People With Disabilities?
Unfortunately this may not be the tour for you.  We can?t accommodate pregnant passengers, fragile elderly, or those with back or neck problems. And there are no wheel chair accommodations or provisions for service animals.

What Kind Of Rafts Do You Use?
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 passengers. 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.

Is There A Minimum Age Requirement?
Child age limit: 4 years minimum. (adult supervision required under 12) Children under 4 years may be accommodated on Private Charters (no infants).

What Is Your Policy Regarding Weather?
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.

Is Breakfast and/or Lunch Included?
On tours less than 3 hours, only beverages are included. For longer tours, 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.PLEASE NOTE: No alcohol allowed on board.


Review Summary
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- Nov 2018 -


We did the afternoon Molokini express and we were not disappointed! Captain Tim and Spencer made the trip super fun and enjoyable! We were the only boat at the crater, and we were able to go around the whole thing. The snorkeling was super good, we saw lots of fish and really cool corals. I would highly recommend 2 Hour Molokini Express! Great experience!

- Nov 2018 -


Went two years ago. Repeated the express trip mid November. First Mate Spencer and Captain Tim relaxed but utterly professional. There is a nice dry place to store your backpack or any other similar light baggage... it's right there on deck so don't worry. I regret that I didn't carry my wallet because I wanted to tip Captain Tim. I went back the next day and just missed him. Perhaps the reservation crew (very good) could have a tipping set up... just a thought

- May 2018 -


This was a fantastic trip. We have been to Molokini before on a boat with food and a second dive site but wanted to do a quick trip and snorkel. We took the Molokini Express with Captain Toby and Spencer. There were great guides - (It was fun to be on the boat with a fellow U of Florida Gator). There were only 7 of us and since we were the only boat we got to drift from one side of Molokini to the other which was fantastic and saw much more diversity in fish. We saw a great variety of fish including a blowfish and two eels which we did not see in our last dive. Anyway, the Tradewinds were coming in but Captain Toby did a great job and we had a blast enjoying the ride.


Stefan W.

This was my first trip to Molokini but I can't imagine it being any better. We wanted an afternoon tour but didn't want to risk just being brought to Coral...


Melanie B.

Starts early and is worth every minute. Best in the morning before the wind and the waves really kick up. The crew (Captain Joey and Stephanie) were...


Ken F.

The snorkeling was incredible! Molokini is a 5 star location! This company...not so much. Captain Joe was chill and okay, but I need to point out that he...