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“Amazing trip...worth every $$$” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Blue Water Rafting

Blue Water Rafting
PO Box 1865, Kihei, Maui, HI 96753
+1 808-879-7238
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: Explore the sea caves and lava arches of Maui's remote and rugged Kanaio Coast on the most invigorating snorkeling adventure that Maui has to offer.
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“Amazing trip...worth every $$$”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

This trip was the highlight of our trip to Maui. Seth and Capelli were very knowlegable and entertaining! This tour is a little more expensive than others but worth it. No crowds to deal with and they make you feel like you are on a private tour. If you want to snorkel Maui or see the island from the water....pick this tour. Thanks for a wonderful memory!

Visited July 2013
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“Molokini Express - give it a miss unless the waters are calm”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

The idea of the Molokini Express snorkelling tour is a great one - but unless the seas are calm, it's not what you expect at all (nor like any pictures we saw).

We were taken out to Molokini to snorkel off one of the rear points in a 2m swell. It was dangerous and everyone on the boat got sea sick within minutes of stopping by the crater wall.

As a strong swimmer and surf lifesaver, with the current, the swell and sea sickness (first time ever) even I opted to wear a buoyancy belt and still found the conditions too difficult to swim in let alone snorkel. If you are a poor or non swimmer, serious consider taking this trip in these conditions.

Because of the swell, visibility was poor and you couldn't really see much at all. We only saw one other boat while we were out there, so perhaps the other tours were called off due to the conditions.

The guys - Seth and Chad, were great, friendly and fun (on the way out) - everyone was sick on the way back.

Visited August 2013
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“Rough weather Great Day”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

The morning started with some rain as we were making our way to the ramp. We thought about canceling but the 9 of us (ages 14-73) decided to press forward. We were right about the conditions; the most rain I've experienced in the 20 yrs. to Maui. The crew (Seth and Capelli) was always willing to do what we wanted but we assured them we wanted to continue. We surged on through the waves and the rain and made it to our 1st destination During the rain we were treated to a very close-up look at the lava formations and the history behind it along with some Geological info and plenty of humor. Seth was awesome at the helm controlling the Raft in some difficult conditions and not once did we feel unsafe. Destination #2 was a snorkel and breakfast stop where things calmed down quite a bit and we dropped in to do some snorkeling and warm up (in the water). We continued on heading to Molokini but changed course due to inclement whether there and hit Destination #3. More snorkeling and another respite before we once again headed to Molokini were we dropped in to view the sea-life and then resurfaced to a deli lunch All in all the trip was great! Even with conditions the way they were, the crew and all passengers on board (including 70 yr old in laws had a great and memorable experience. HIghly recommend the trip And crew but you have to be upbeat, adventurous and ready for a great day on the waters of Maui. Aloha
We even dropped keys in the water at the ramp and the crew with mask on retrieved the keys. Great crew!

Visited August 2013
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“Fast and amazing ride and snorkelling in the deep blue water with Blue Water Rafting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

Despite a windy day and a choppy ocean, we had a wonderful time with BWR on the outside of the crater.
- Fast and amazing ride on the raft (even if it was very bumpy but no sickness among our family members)
- Kind and funny team with great on board music
- Good quality of the snorkelling equipment
- Efficient time slot (2 hours overall for a little bit more than one hour of snorkelling) with no added options we did not need (meals ...)
=> great thrill and time being outside the crater with 200 feet crystal clear blue water on one side plus coral and plenty of beautiful fishes among us on the other side.

Visited August 2013
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“Terrible Time of Day, Snorkeling Locale and Water Conditions”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

Due to a change in travel dates, we didn't have many options for a Molikini Crater snorkeling excursion. The first ones the Fairmont's concierge recommended were sold out, but they learned Blue Water still had spots left for their Express Molikini package (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) Their brochure boasted that (a) this tour headed out after the other tour companies were gone and (b) they are the only tour company that snorkels on the outside of the crater, too. With no real alternatives, we paid the $50/person price and headed out the next day.

The first worrisome factor was the less-than-pristine public boat ramp the company uses. There were a few other "tour companies" launching there, too, some with hand-painted signs on the side of coolers and some with pretty banged-up looking gear. Blue Water's boat looked to be in good shape, which was more important than those other variables.

To avoid back-injury, I highly recommend you ride toward the back. The ocean was very choppy, but the ride wasn't too unpleasant on the way out. We saw a few dolphin pods on the way out, which they slowed for us to view.

But, once we got out to the back of Molikini, we quickly learned why the other tour companies were already back at dock and why they didn't snorkel on the back-side of the crater. I think the time of day was a huge variable in how choppy the ride was and how unpleasant the waves were when we were snorkeling.

Despite Dramamine, I quickly became motion sick in the water, which has never happened over my countless boat excursions, cruises and the like. We also learned just before we got out of the boat that they couldn't anchor because the water was 200' deep . . . which even in clear water makes for completely worthless snorkeling. There were a few colorless fish in the area and the wall of the crater did have what appeared to be a few coral formations, but all in all it was not the Molikini experience we had read about or hoped for. All the children on board were too scared to stay in the water more than a couple minutes even with flotation devices and/or were suffering motion sickness on the boat. The parents felt helpless and appeared equally disappointed.

We fairly quickly loaded everyone back on the boat and headed to Turtle Bay. I think a single turtle was spotted . . . 1 less than we saw as we were originally leaving the dock. I spent the 15 to 20 minutes there puking over the side of the boat, joined on-board by about half of the passengers . . . all of whom had clearly had enough.

The ride back to the dock from there was painfully slow due to the wind and the rough seas. We frequently had to motor down to ease ourselves over the numerous swells that would have otherwise made us completely airborne. Those of us sitting on the left side of the boat were not only being buffeted by the waves like everyone else, but also suffered a constant spray of salt water into our faces. That would have been completely bearable if the overall experience was better and if the seas weren't so dangerously choppy for a relatively small water craft.

So, in summary:
CONS -
* Time of day (11 a.m.) resulted in extra choppy waters, I think.
* The outside of the crater might be good for scuba (can one scuba to 200'?), but it was terrible for snorkeling.
* Bumpy boat ride likely experienced in any scenario due to the boat's size, although that would have been a welcome aspect of the adventure if there were any more redeeming qualities to speak of.
* I'm not risk-averse, but definitely felt snorkeling on the outside of the crater in such choppy seas and in 200' of water next to the raft's dual running outboards was a bit unsafe and, as a result, I spent more time trying to look over the wave for my adult kids than I spent looking down into the abyss.
* Worst of all, perhaps our one and only opportunity to snorkel inside the reportedly picturesque Molikini Crater was wasted. Once out at the crater, they told us the conditions inside the crater would be "really ugly" as a result of the wind/waves, which was hard to fathom since that's exactly how I'd describe the conditions outside the crater, too.

PROS -
* Our 2 young tour guides seemed sincerely nice and tried to keep the energy/excitement/enthusiasm level high despite the puking participants, crying kids and rocky seas.
* My adult children and I enjoyed their music selection.
* The "free" water allowed me to rinse my mouth out after every bought of motion sickness.

I wish these young entrepreneurs the best, but I think they need to land on some alternative ways to differentiate themselves from the larger, perhaps more-established tour companies already out there. Their cool, fast raft is actually one good way of doing so . . . as long as they don't combine it's already rough ride with times/conditions that make snorkeling unpleasant and arguably unsafe or the outside-the-crater stop, which made for worthless snorkeling.

Visited August 2013
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