I had been dreading this tour since i am prone to being sea sick. I was orginally booked with another company to leave from the Southern part of Kauai but changed my mind and decided to leave from Hanalei instead. It was well worth the drive-all 1 1/2 hrs of it from Poipu. I had read about how rough the waters can get, so I was not taking any chances even though I was going in the in the summer-at a time when waters are suppose to be calmer. I took the sea sick meds the night before and additional ginger capsules the next morning-just in case. As a back up, I had my sea bands on me and it worked like a charm. It helped that we had a beautiful day with flat seas as well. It does not take a lot to get my sea sickness going but I didn't feel a thing and threw my initial dread out the window.
The drive was scenic and traffic was not too bad since we had to check in at 7.30am for the 8am tour. So we missed the heavy traffic. The office was not too easy to find since there was no road signs but it's right before Ching Young village in the little strip mall.
Once we were signed in and weighed in, we were taken to the catamaran where we had to wade into the water to get into the boat. There is no fancy pier or dock, so bring your flip flops and be dressed appropriately. The captain and staff were very helpful and wonderful.
The ride going out was was smooth. We lucked out with the gorgeous weather and no one got sea sick but even if they did, the crew was well prepared. The scenery was spectacular and staff was informative during their narration.
The snorkeling was ok. There were fishes but we were limited as to where we could swim. However we chose this tour for the napali coast not for the snorkeling, hence we didn't have any complains. There were random turtles but we didn't see any dolphins. Since we can't control nature and cue the dolphin appearances, the sightings are not guaranteed.
The lunch was delicious and the amount of time allotted for this tour was perfect for someone like me. It was enough to see the sights, enter some sea caves and do some quick snorkeling. Just be aware that there are no bathrooms on the boat. The ride back was fast and felt like a fun roller coaster ride. The captain navigated the water and the swells well, so bouncing on the waves felt smooth and we did get some wet sprays but no one minded that at all.
I could not have picked a better company to do this tour with. It was just enough time to keep things interesting without dragging it out to justify the cost of the tour.