Makena Coast Charters
Makena Coast Charters
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Scuba & SnorkellingFishing Charters & ToursDolphin & Whale Watching
6:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
6:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
6:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
6:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
6:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
6:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
6:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
6:30 AM - 9:00 PM
About
Maui's premier snorkeling company since 1987. Join us for an unforgettable adventure on our Molokini boat charters departing from Kihei and Maalaea harbor. Get ready to witness the stunning underwater world of Maui, with our snorkeling excursions. We offer exciting whale-watching tours, sunset cruises, and onboard professional underwater photographers. Come and explore the magic with us!
Kihei, Hawaii
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Travelers' Choice
2023

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Ezequiel T
Santiago, Chile23 contributions
Feb 2020
Did a couple of certified dives with them inside the Molokini crater and everything was excellent! They are a great combination of a relaxed crew but at the same time safe and careful, while clearly loving their job. Benja was our divemaster. What a great guy! I was on a fairly experienced group and so he gave us freedom but at the same time making sure we don't miss anything interesting and we are safe. He timed both dives perfectly so that we were back on the line to begin the ascent at the right time. The captain was Jonathan Lata and he was outstanding too. He took care of everything and even made sure that we didn't miss the whales breaching on the way back. We were only six divers on the boat and had a great time. Leaving from the Kihei boat ramp makes everything so much easier than having to go to the harbor or trying to find parking in Lahaina. I will surely go diving with them again once I'm back in Maui, and cannot wait!
Written February 7, 2020
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Gregory C
1 contribution
Feb 2020
We took a trip with Makena Coast Dive Charters out to Molokini. I scuba dived and my wife snorkeled. We were staying at the Kea Lani and this was the only boat we found leaving from Kihei. That saved us about an hour round trip driving and about an hour round trip on the boat, so that we were done around 11 am. There were only 3 scuba divers total on the boat and two snorkelers, so more intimate an experience than the bigger boats that leave from the Aquarium.

The diving was great. The dive master very knowledgeable. Can't remember his name, but he was from South Africa. The boat itself is no frills. No bathroom on board, and not much in the way of snacks/refreshments, but would still highly recommend if staying in Kihei/Wailea.
Written February 16, 2020
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Katie M
Whitefish, MT4 contributions
Jan 2022
Safety first! These gentlemen made sure our safety absolutely came first. We had bad weather/rough waves and they canceled our initial trip. Rescheduled, perfect conditions, pleasant time all around. The three who made our trip so perfect guided us to the best viewing (snorkel) of fish at Molokini Crater and the whales came so close to us it was simply amazing!! Diving a little deeper we able to hear their songs. We can't recommend them more to anyone who can simply swim. Even poor swimmers were taken good care of and enjoyed themselves thoroughly. We were taken to a "turtle city" off Wailea that was spectacular, as well. 5 stars isn't enough. A purely delightful day. Thank you, Makena Coast Dive Charters! Memories were made, great conversations, a perfect trip. Mark and Katie
Written January 21, 2022
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gooner wayne b
Yateley, UK69 contributions
Feb 2022
The staff were very professional in their duties unfortunately not over friendly. They did their job well but usually boat crews are very friendly which wasn't the case. The boat was very crowded which made getting about quite difficult. The trip was advertised catering for 10 people, unfortunately there was about 16.Because of the weather we didn't get to see everything we expected especially the turtles. I felt the trip was drawn out so the crew could do their diving.
Written February 27, 2022
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Beverly S
Bastrop, TX41 contributions
Mar 2020
We did a private charter with Makena Coast Dive Charters and it was crazy wonderful! The boat captain - Jonathan, the remarkable dive master - Benja and our dive companion - CJ all contributed to making this dive and snorkel trip to Molokini Crater amazing. After the dives, we went whale watching and encountered several pods of humpback whales, some with calves. While diving and snorkeling we could hear the hauntingly beautiful song of the whale, something we will never forget. Truly an experience of a lifetime! We had two divers, 1 snorkeler and one "whale watcher" and the crew showed each of us individualized attention. It was a perfect trip with a perfect dive outfit. I highly recommend Makena Coast Dive Charters and hope to return to Maui for a repeat!
Written March 9, 2020
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EPoolDives
Wilsonville, OR1 contribution
Jun 2021 • Family
The boat crew and dive master were super fun and highly capable. We had a great dive at Molokini. But finding out the afternoon before the dive we needed to supply our own BC and regulator was very frustrating. We had to beg the awesome folks at Maui Diving late in the day to rent to us. Choose wisely.
Written June 29, 2021
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Patricia R
San Francisco, CA6 contributions
Feb 2022
Early start at the boat launch with efficient check-in and off we went. First spot for snorkeling was Molokini crater. Calm waters with loads of beautiful fish. We were treated to a pod of whales cavorting in the water. Incredible! Best viewing ever, according to the captain. Crew was watchful of individual comfort in the water, always allowing sufficient time for everyone to swim and explore. Lots of snacks after several spots to snorkel and swim. Overall, excellent time on the water. Well worth the cost.
Written February 14, 2022
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andrewknighttx
Austin, TX1 contribution
Jan 2024
The crew did great and it was an amazing trip. Although we were not able to visit a second snorkel spot, the one we did visit (Molokini Crater) was AMAZING! Since we could not make the second spot due to unfavorable ocean conditions, we were able to see several Humpback Whales up close as they danced and jumped in and out of the water (Mother and Calf)! Once in a lifetime opportunity to see these beautiful creatures up close and personal made this trip worth our money and time! The boat is a smaller boat but it made for a more enjoyable time and better viewing experience as compared to a larger boat with more people.
Written January 15, 2024
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Susie D
20 contributions
Feb 2021
Double Molokini dive with Maui Sting J Javier as our dive master. Awesome dive day. Quite laid back. Conveniently leaves out of Kihei boat ramp and heads out a little later in morning than others which is a bonus in less people in the crater. Would definitely dive with them again.
Written February 8, 2021
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Dezilu78
Baton Rouge, LA2 contributions
Feb 2022
The four hour Molokini snorkel is what I booked for me and my (adult) kids. We had a blast. Saw lots of whales, a pod of dolphins, and fish. The staff was friendly and there were also snacks and a light lunch on the way back into Kihei.
Written February 15, 2022
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