Aqua Adventures Snuba and Snorkel

Aqua Adventures - Molokini and Turtle Arches Snorkel and SNUBA

Aqua Adventures Snuba and Snorkel continental breakfast

Enjoy a continental breakfast as you cruise to the first dive spot

Aqua Adventures Snuba and Snorkel roomy boat

Make yourself comfy ... there's lots of room to stretch out on this boat

Aqua Adventures Snuba and Snorkel captain Dan

Hang out up on the fly bridge with Captain Dan

Aqua Adventures Snuba and Snorkel relaxing on the bow

Leave the crowds behind and relax up front on the bow

Aqua Adventures Snuba and Snorkel fast power boat

This boat is FAST ... it passes other boats like they're standing still

Aqua Adventures Snuba and Snorkel instuctor

A Snuba and Snorkel lesson is offered on the way to Molokini

Aqua Adventures Snuba with Hawaiian green sea turtles

A snuba raft holds the heavy tanks so you can just have fun exploring

Aqua Adventures Snuba and Snorkel

The Aqua Adventures on the Molokini mooring

Aqua Adventures Snuba and Snorkel yellow tangs in Molokoini

A pair of playful yellow tangs at Molokini

Aqua Adventures Snuba and Snorkel snuba divers

An expert dive instructor leads snuba divers on the Reef Tour

Aqua Adventures Snuba and Snorkel snuba divers

Snuba divers swim for 30 minutes without coming up for air!

Aqua Adventures Snuba and Snorkel

Here is a fish you probably will not see back home

Aqua Adventures Snuba and Snorkel easy water access

Aqua Adventures boat offers easy access in and out of the water

Aqua Adventures Snuba and Snorkel

Getting ready to head to the next snorkel spot

Aqua Adventures Snuba and Snorkel Turtle Arches

Turtle Arches has lots of sea turtles and a colorful reef

Aqua Adventures Snuba and Snorkel snuba adventure

The next group gets ready for their snuba adventure

Aqua Adventures Snuba and Snorkel snuba with Hawaiian green sea turtle

Close encounters with gentle green sea turtles are frequent and awesome

Aqua Adventures Snuba and Snorkel Hawaiian green sea turtle

This gigantic turtle was cruising along only 15 feet away from the boat!

Aqua Adventures Snuba and Snorkel red pencil urchins at Turtle Arches

Beautiful coral and red pencil urchins at this spot

Aqua Adventures Snuba and Snorkel swimming with Hawaiian green sea turtles

...but the stars of the show here are the turtles!

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Aqua Adventures offers a two location snorkel tour (normally Molokini for the first stop and Turtle Arches for the second). Some Molokini boats hold upwards to 140 people … no such crowds on board Aqua Adventures Molokini … while the vessel can hold 49, they limit the trip to just 36 guests per day. The boat is FAST too! Powered by twin 350HP motors, this vessel cruises at 22 knots which means you’ll be waving goodbye to other boats as you pass them on the way to Molokini crater.

Want to try something really adventurous? Take your snorkeling experience to a whole new level of underwater thrills with a SNUBA DIVE on board the 50 foot Aqua Adventures boat. SNUBA is much like scuba diving … you breathe compressed air through a regulator and can stay underwater for up to 30 minutes. But the snuba experience is a lot easier than a first-time introductory scuba dive because you don’t have to wear all the bulky gear. The tanks don’t go on your back … instead they float on a raft that stays at the surface of the water and a hose comes down to your regulator. As you move around underwater the raft follows you around effortlessly, leaving you free to explore and focus on the experience, rather than struggling with the gear. Your dive instructor will lead you on a guided tour of the underwater world.

There are other boats that offer snuba as an on-board option, but no one does snuba better than Aqua Adventures. Their vessel is specifically designed for snuba diving with easy access in and out of the water. Their snuba instructors are the best in the industry. And with Aqua Adventures, you can pre-reserve your snuba dive (as opposed to other boats where you just sign up on board).

While SNUBA is Aqua Adventures’ specialty, this boat is great for those who are only going to snorkel too. It doesn’t matter if your party is ALL snorkelers, ALL snuba divers, or some of each. Those doing a snuba dive will have 30 minutes of underwater SNUBA time and another 30 minutes or so of snorkeling at one spot, and will have over an hour to snorkel at the other spot. Snorkelers who aren’t SNUBA diving will have about 3 hours of water time split between the two dive locations.

General Information
Schedule: Daily

Check In: 6:45am at Maalaea Harbor slip #51. This is the boat harbor in Central Maui just behind the Maui Ocean Center Aquarium along Highway 30.

GPS: 101 Maalaea Rd, Wailuku, HI 96793 Click to view map

Tour includes: The basic snorkeler rate includes continental breakfast on the way to Molokini, a really nice “build your own sandwich” deli lunch after you are done in the water, and an open bar for beer, Mai Tais, rum and cokes, soda and juice.

Gear Provided: The basic snorkeler rate includes snorkel gear and instruction, and two snorkel locations. Wet suits are available to rent onboard for a very modest fee of $5. Underwater cameras, T shirts, and souvenir boarding photos are also available for purchase.

Restrictions: While children of all ages may go along to snorkel, the minimum age for snuba is 8. All snuba divers must fill out a health screening questionnaire before participation. Occasionally someone will be disqualified from participating in snuba and in those cases we will refund the snuba dive portion of the ticket cost and only charge the basic snorkeler rate.

What to Bring & Wear:  Wear swimsuits and bring a towel and sunscreen.

Tour length: 4.5 hours

Vessel: High speed boat with Twin engine  350 horse Cummins

Capacity: 40

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be made at least 48 hours before the start of the event.

Note: Aqua Adventures often has an on-board videographer who will produce a DVD of your trip which is available for purchase.

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A fun adventure on the Pacific
Hawaiian sea turtle
Spend the day swimming with turtles

CAqua Adventures Molokiniruise Ship Passengers

NCL cruise ship passengers in Kahului are able to do Aqua Adventures Molokini on their second day in port. There is a 12-15 minute cab ride to Maalaea Harbor, or we can arrange a rental car with free shuttle pick-up at the harbor; rates vary throughout the year but start around $40 per day in low season; see our rental car page for more information.

Lahaina cruise ship passengers can do Aqua Adventures only on day 2 (assuming your ship is spending the previous night in Lahaina). This would require a 20-25 minute cab ride, or you can reserve a rental car.

Activity Tips

Kevin Ditamore – Owner / Manager

Let’s begin by making it clear … there are MANY boats that do Molokini snorkel tours. There are lots of old icky boats, a host of mediocre trips, and then there are a few great ones and THEY are the ones you are reading about on this page. WE ONLY BOOK NICE MOLOKINI TRIPS!!! You can’t go wrong with ANY of the boats listed on this page. We don’t book OLD boats that are poorly maintained … period. I have personally been on EVERY one of these boats and stand behind these tour operators. Now that you don’t have to worry about us booking you on a BAD boat the only question left to settle is “Which boat is the very best for you?”

My highest recommendation is to first consider Aqua Adventures. Many of our clients want something a step up in terms of personal service and really want to go on a less-crowded boat. I can tell you that you won’t find anything less crowded than Aqua Adventures. Their boat is certified for 49 passengers but they limit the trip to 36. That’s 100 less people than some of the other Molokini trips! Their boat is well designed to handle Maui’s often windy ocean conditions. This is also the best choice for someone who wants to try SNUBA diving; their boat was custom designed with SNUBA in mind, and their instructors are the best in the industry. Aqua Adventures offers a two-location snorkel trip, going to Molokini first and Turtle Arches second on a typical day. This boat is family owned and operated and they have next to ZERO crew turnover. These people love their jobs, love the ocean, and love sharing all of this with you. I recommend this tour for anyone EXCEPT those with very small children or anyone who KNOWS they have a problem with motion sickness. There is no water slide on this boat, so kids might prefer one of the bigger boats. Their deli lunch features HIGH QUALITY beef, ham, and turkey that have been SMOKED at Beach Bums, an excellent BBQ restaurant at Maalaea Harbor. If you are a vegetarian, you might prefer one of the bigger boats that offer garden burgers, but those smoked meats are REALLY tasty!

Molokini as a snorkel destination is somewhat weather-dependent. While all tours that advertise Molokini as a destination will make every effort to provide guests with the Molokini experience, a few days a year mother nature is in charge and the tours get diverted to an alternate snorkel site. Ultimately the decision is up to the captain of the respective vessel and that decision is always made with the safety and comfort of the guests in mind.

Morning is typically a better time for snorkeling than the afternoon because the trade winds here in Hawaii are much lighter in the morning and the wind usually kicks up around noon or so. Many boats (and activity desks) advertise less expensive afternoon Molokini trips … we don’t find this approach to be an honest one. Because of stronger trade winds, most afternoon trips go to “Coral Gardens” which is near the tunnel along the Pali Highway between Maalaea and Lahaina. Coral Gardens is a nice spot to snorkel … but it isn’t Molokini. We do offer these afternoon trips, but we take the high road here at Adventuremaui.com … since your chances of going to Molokini in the afternoon are less than 20%, we prefer to market them as Coral Gardens snorkel tours … which occassionally get diverted to Molokini on really calm afternoons. If you want to be reasonably sure you are going to Molokini, you definitely want to book a morning trip when your chances of getting to Molokini are more like 95% instead of 20%.

Other Molokini Snorkel options are Pride of Maui, Fourwinds, Blue Water Rafting, and Magic of Molokini & Beyond.

We also offer scuba diving to Molokini Crater which is not found here on this page … see our Maui scuba diving page for details. We offer both certified diving and introductory, no experience necessary dives. The tours featured on our scuba diving page are best if EVERYONE in your party wants to scuba dive. If you have some snorkelers and a few certified divers, the Pride of Maui is the best choice.

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