Kanaio Coast Sea Caves & Molokini

(4.4)
$135
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.
Ages 4 and up
Why We Love It -  Perfect for those who want to get away from the crowds. It starts with a coastal tour and amazing rock formations where lava met ocean, then takes you to up to 4 snorkel locations including La Perouse and Molokini's back wall which drops off to over 200'! 

The ultimate snorkeling adventure!


Dolphins, sea turtles, sea caves, remote snorkeling sights including La Perouse Bay and up to 3 Molokini snorkel spots including the backside of Molokini. Trip includes breakfast, lunch, beverages and snorkel gear.


The Kanaio Coast and Molokini 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, grottos 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 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. 

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 this 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 looking off the edge of the world!

Back Side
(optional site) Time and conditions permitting, another drift snorkel 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.

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. Explore the sea caves and lava arches of Maui's remote and rugged Kanaio Coast on the most challenging and invigorating snorkeling adventure that Maui has to offer. Discover secret coves abundant with coral, colorful tropical fish and exotic marine life.

Includes
  • Snorkeling gear
  • Continental breakfast
  • Delicious buffet lunch
  • Non-alcoholic beverages

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.

Weather Conditions
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 Rafts
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.

Food
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).
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Time 7:00am
Please check in 30 minutes prior to departure.
Duration 5.5 hours
Location Kihei Boat Ramp

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.


Restrictions

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.


Reviews

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- Jan 2018 -

Cory Jaworski

This was an excellent tour to see the crater and swim with its wildlife. Captain Toby and Stephanie were great hosts and made first time snorkelers seem like professionals with clear and quick instructions. On our way back into harbor Captain Toby found a group of whales no further than 50 yards from the boat. Riding the tubes on the side walls was easy and fun but would not recommend for calm ride seekers. Overall awesome experience and very friendly and safety focused crew of Captain Toby and Stephanie!

(5.0)
- Jan 2018 -

Lindsay Scharosch

Wonderful adventure. BE WARNED! Sitting on the side of the raft up front will result in you getting bounced around and beat up a bit. It was fun for about the first ten minutes but then you get really tired and over it. You won’t have a chance to move until the boat stops. So choose your seating wisely! Other than that it was awesome! We saw no less than 10 whales and the snorkeling was great! Both the captain and the other guide were very helpful and very conscious about safety. Would definitely reccomend to anybody looking for a more adventurous tour.

(4.0)
- Dec 2017 -

Eric Sharp

Loved it!! Captain Toby and Ben were amazing. Toby knew his stuff and was very skilled with his boat. We were able to experience many sites and many amazing creatures. Thanks so much.

(5.0)
- Dec 2017 -

Bob Loblaw

We arrived yesterday morning for our trip and were greeted by Bandy (who ended up being our awesome deck hand) and some Texan? guy. So glad we were not on his boat. I think he thinks he’s charming but really he was just super rude. Our trip got underway with Larry as our captain. He was an incredible captain and he and Bandy were friendly and fun. They took us on an incredible tour of the lava caves and are the only company that does. Weather was good enough to go further round than they usually do so we went to “secret bay” (I think?) which was amazing!?! So many fish to see and a beautiful little reef. A few other stops made for a full day. We got to see Molikini but because of the weather (wind and waves going right into the inside of molikini) only on the outside “wall” which was cool but not as great for seeing fish as secret bay. All in all a great day. Larry and Bandy were awesome!

(5.0)
- Nov 2017 -

Stephanie Schaffner

Great trip along the Lava coast and to Molokini. We had enough time to snorkel, everything was very relaxed and focused on the customers. Joe and Johnny were super nice and helpful and tried hard to make this a great experience for everyone (successfully!). These are smaller rafts with few people and the company avoids the big crowds. Truly a fun and great trip and very recommendable. I would 100% do this again with them.

(5.0)

Georgia N.

Love our tour! Loved our guide! Thank you Captain Tobie for an amazing experience and taking is right to the turtles! Of all the years we have been...

(5.0)

Larry W.

First the negatives: When I got to the boat launch there was no boat or sign for Kanaio Coast Sea Caves & Molokini. I had to wait for the guy to yell to everyone that...

(4.0)

Matt M.

Captain Larry was great and the Kanaio coast tour was very fun! We've been coming to Maui for years and this was a great alternative to the typical boat...

(5.0)