We did the morning snorkel trip to Molokini in late February and, overall, had a good experience. I have been diving and snorkeling many places over many years. I thought I would try this trip since it has many fans, and the Maui Revealed review said this boat was a good one for several reasons.
The crew and the boat were quite good. Seeing whales on the trip out and back was a plus. Being able to snorkel for a long time was a plus. I swam up and down the entire crater, as well as hung out near the boat, checking out the reef and the marine life. This is a pretty good reef, which was not abundant with fish when we were there. I saw more fish and other creatures doing shore swims from several local beaches, so you must ask yourself if you are interested in spending this much time and money for the very average snorkeling, in an environment with lots of other people (including the many other boats here).
Our trip was scheduled to depart at 7 and did not leave the dock until 7:25 or so. This dock time was mostly consumed with talk, talk, talk from the captain on the loudspeakers, as well as talk from the onboard photographer and the onboard Snuba instructor. Much of the talking had to do with opportunities for you to spend more money for add-ons. I presume this occurs on other boats, as well, so it is not a reason to ding this company, but I mention it in case you, like me, find this to be annoying. Be prepared. You have nowhere to hide from the chatter.
The ride was smooth, and the food was fine. Our sandwich choices were grilled chicken, pulled pork or veggie burgers. "Lunch" was served at 10:30. There are two marine bathrooms onboard. Shade is available inside, and in a small area up top. There are entry/exit platforms and ladders at the stern, and at least one slide in the bow. Wetsuits are available for a small fee (though not necessary). Basic masks and snorkels and fins are included. Underwater digital cameras may be rented. A souvenir CD of professional photos from the trip, which were quite good quality, are available for purchase. Why you would want a bunch of photos of your fellow boat mates (strangers) is beyond me. Flotation devices are available, but not required (some boats insist you wear flotation).
One unique feature of this boat is that one of the hulls has a 6x9 area with a glass bottom and side, allowing non-snorkelers to see into the water when the boat is at anchor. Where anchored at Molokini, though, there is little to see as the reef is 20 feet from the stern, and the glass bottom is 20 feet over a sandy bottom mostly devoid of anything to view. This is a pity, since the idea is terrific and would work well in the right mooring.
All in all I can't fault the crew or the boat for the so/so snorkeling. I can tell experienced snorkelers that you should seriously consider doing a shore dive and save your time and money if the snorkeling is what interests you.
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