Kanaio 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 meets the ocean, then snorkel 4 locations including La Perouse and Molokini's back wall which drops off to over 200'! 

The ultimate snorkel and rafting adventure!


Dolphins, 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 offer 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 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. Experience entering a sea cave by raft or passing through a massive lava arch (conditions permitting)! Photographers will delight with the array of unique formations that await at every turn.

La Perouse Bay
Cruise the protected waters of La Perouse Bay where we frequently encountering schools of spinner dolphins, including babies, along the way or in the bay itself. Named for their acrobatics, these playful mammals will frolic in the waves 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 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
Molokini is a short 20-minute ride from La Perouse 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 nearby for your safety. Glide past a variety of butterfly fish, wrasses, black and pink tailed surgeons, all posing against a backdrop of beautiful coral only 3 feet below. 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 backside of Molokini, a favored dive site for advanced scuba divers. The depth here is about 300 ft. but the lighting and the view of the vertical wall of rock, coral and fish are phenomenal. This site may also be offered as an alternative to the inside under certain sea conditions.

Turtles & Lunch!
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.

Food
Breakfast on the Kanaio/ Molokini tour consists of assorted fresh island fruit, muffins, Hawaiian fruit juices, and bottled water. Lunch is deli style consisting of 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. Please note, we do not serve or allow alcohol on board. 

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 current weather conditions. 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 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. Included on board:

  • Snorkeling gear
  • Continental breakfast
  • Delicious buffet lunch
  • Non-alcoholic beverages
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Time 7:00 am
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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(4.4)
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- Jun 2018 -

Thomas Gianessi

I’ve been snorkeling before but this was just a great experience. Spencer and Tim were great guides for my friends and I. Great down to earth guys that were easy to talk to. Equipment was nice and worked properly. Great view and people. Will be back next year if not for the views just the staff. They were awesome. Great music the whole time too.

(5.0)
- Jun 2018 -

Travis D

This excursion was great but be advised it is very rough water! If you have a bad back or are pregnant I would take a pass. You will hit some good rollers! The view of the caves was awesome, and snorkeling was amazing. We also got to see some dolphins which was a cool bonus. Spencer was a fun guide and Captain Tim did a great job navigating the rough waters. Thumbs up for Blue Water, definitely check it out!

(5.0)
- Jun 2018 -

Jodie Wackerman

We had a great time with Captain Toby & his first mate! He was patient with everybody on board & made it fun for all ages! His bird skills are second to none! Hahaha! I would definitely recommend this trip if you like a little adventure.

(5.0)
- Jun 2018 -

Ashish Trivedi

Best snorkeling experience I have had so far, the rafts are convenient and optimized for snorkeling experience. Molokini waters are clear and 100+ ft visibility in water abundant aquatics life on full display. The staff is courteous and friendly and take care of you!

(5.0)
- Mar 2018 -

Sarah Rassat

Mike and Stephanie were an awesome crew. We had perfect weather and snorkeling conditions. We were lucky enough to swim with a monk seal and see a school of dolphins on the way out. 5 stars for Blue Water Maui!!

(5.0)

David B.

Went out on an 8:00 AM whale watching trip 2/18/18. It was a great experience, the captain and his mate were very friendly and helpful (especially getting...

(5.0)

Karen G.

Awesome trip with Captain Mark on the Kanaio Sea Caves & Molokini Adventure!! With the weather cooperating, we saw multiple whales, interesting sea caves in the lava...

(5.0)

Vivian C.

This is for the MOLOKINI EXPRESS. Great experience if you're looking for a quick trip with snorkeling as the main objective. Tour guide was great - super...

(4.0)