My daughter and I wanted to snorkel apart from the large cattle boats and found Blue Water Rafting Adventures. The boats are rafts and are not designed to be luxury boats - if you read the website it says "adventure" and that's what we got. We rtarted out going to La Perousse Bay and then rode out to the Kanaio coast - my daughter and I sat in the front of the boat although not on the pontoons and it was a fast ride. It was bouncy which is what I expected based on the type of boat we were on. Joe and Kapeli ( not sure of the spelling) were great - gave us an up close tour of the lava formations in La Perousse Bay and on the south coast including just enough information on how the bays were formed without getting too dry. After that we came back around and snorkeled off "the Pinnacle" reef for a bit as La Perousse was too silty. From there we motored out to Molokini and snorkeled in the crater for a while which was great. I was there years ago on one of the large boats and swore I would never go back as it was overcrowded and not much fun. This time we arrived with only 3 large boats left so we were able to tie up away from them and have a lot of room for our party of 12. Lots of fish, crystal clear water, and cool coral formations. After that we went around to the back of the crater - it was very cool to see the sheer wall above. The water here was about 15 feet deep close in and then a steep drop off. We saw a lot of larger fish (they swarmed the boat when we arrived) and smaller ones as well playing in the coral in the shallow area. We went back round the crater one more time and then headed in as Joe said there was swell developing which he wanted to beat. Last snorkeling stop was Turtle Town and we saw a large turtle almost as soon as we got off the boat. On the way back my daughter and I rode on the pontoon. The ride was fast and fun - the pontoon was actually more comfortable than the middle seating area as when we hit the swells you were riding on an air cushion. Breakfast and lunch were provided - muffins and fruit for breakfast and deli meats and rolls for lunch. Nothing fancy, but good. There was plenty of water and juice during the entire trip. Joe and Kapeli were great - and provided a great day with good snorkeling and a cool trip around the south end of the island. This is not a trip for those who want smooth riding and fancy food with crowded snorkel conditions. For those who want a fun adventure with some fast riding and a small group with personal attention this is the one to go on. We will definitely go again when we return to Maui - I'd love to do one of their whale watches if we get back in the right season.
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