We had a great time on the Molikini/Turtle Town five hour tour. More like 4 1/2 stars--not the premium experience, but incredibly good, at lower prices than Trilogy and Four Winds. Not as booked up either, which made for a smaller, more intimate and down-to-earth group on the boat. The team (Brian as captain, Dav as naturalist and Trent as crew) were outstanding, monitoring everyone for safety, giving lots of instruction on snorkeling and procedures to keep the day safe and fun, doing a great job with the overall operation of the boat. They also provided a ton of welcome info about the fish, the nature of the reefs, the environmental state of affairs for the area. Brian also took us to an area to see turtles on the way back. At all times the crew was personable, friendly, and shared a genuine enthusiasm for their work and the science behind what we were seeing. Lunch was a simple barbeque, but when they ran out of veggie burgers just before the last person got in the boat (that would be me, having a good time), Brian called ahead to comp me for a sandwich at Porto, the restaurant next door to Pacific Whale Foundation in Ma'alea. They were all genuinely interested in talking with people, getting to know their backgrounds and experience, as well as comfort with snorkeling. FYI, I wore a tight-fitting athletic shirt that provided sun protection and a bit of warmth; you could rent a wetsuit top for $5. Also, you may want to join the PWF for $60, get the 20% discount, rather than book online and save 10%--for a family of four it's about the same price.
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