MOLOKINI & TURTLE TOWN SNORKEL TOUR
Adults Online Special: $109.95 regularly $129.95
Kids 7-12 $89.95
Kids 6 & Under, 1 free per paying adult.
Additional kids 6 & under $89.95
Check-in time 6:45am, depart 7:30am, return 1pm.Location: Slip 82, South Ferry Dock 101 Ma’alaea Road, Wailuku, HI 96793
Choosing your Molokini snorkeling boat is a delightful decision to make, and a tour with the Calypso is one of the most fun on Maui! This stable, high-speed, triple-decker catamaran will get you to two snorkel sites fast: Molokini Crater and Turtle Town, and with all the equipment you need and plenty of food on board, what more could you ask for?
The Calypso leaves from Ma’alaea Harbor, and after you are welcomed aboard by your friendly crew, you can take a look at the delicious hearty breakfast. After everyone is settled in, it’s off to the most popular underwater destination in Maui for some Molokini snorkeling! While you are enjoying the feel of the ocean wind in your hair, from December through April, watch the horizon for the incredible humpback whales!
This boat is so stable, you may feel as though you’re on an airplane rather than an ocean-going vessel. Keep in mind that the higher the deck, the more motion there is. Think about those rocking toys that you punch, and they bounce right back to you. The top of the toy moves more than the base, right? There’s a lot less motion involved when you’re riding the Calypso, of course, but now you can see which of our three gorgeous decks is the most rockin’! Now, let’s tell you about the two snorkeling sites you’ll visit.
Molokini Crater is located between the islands of Maui and Kaho’olawe. This beautiful site is not only home to several fish species, but many species of birds, as well! The crater is a designated Marine Life Conservation District and bird preserve, so no fishing or climbing on the crater is allowed, but wearing flippers and a mask to watch the fish is perfectly wonderful.
The inner curve of the crater shelters a huge reef where the visibility is often more than 100 feet – just perfect for Molokini snorkeling! Fish of all kinds will swim by, busily conducting their beautiful business. While you are exploring, there is a chance you’ll see parrotfish, black triggerfish, and longnose butterflyfish. And an underwater photographer will be swimming in the mix, too, to capture you and your friends discovering one of the coolest places on the planet!
Even if you have never snorkeled before, or you are not a strong swimmer, you can still snorkel with the Calypso: the crew will patiently instruct you in the use of their snorkel gear. In addition to the essential mask, fins, and snorkel sets, the boat also offers prescription masks and comfortable flotation devices. You can also rent a wetsuit to help you keep warm, and rent an underwater camera to bring home shots of the amazing animals you’ll see!
If you don’t want to snorkel, swim, or snuba, Calypso has a glass bottom in one section of the boat, so you can watch your friends watch the fish. And if you decide to join them later for your own Molokini snorkeling experience, reaching the water is simple. Wide staircases are lowered through the water’s surface, so all you need to do is walk down the stairs. If you’d rather go express, this boat also has two water slides and a second deck jumping-off point. Oh, wow!
After your Molokini snorkeling, Calypso will whisk you to Turtle Town – a second snorkeling spot. Off the south side of Maui, Turtle Town is home to several large sea turtles as well as dynamic reef fish. A barbecue lunch with vegetarian options will be served at this time, and water, sodas, and juice are available all day long. And just when you think the trip couldn’t possibly get better, they come around with chocolate chip cookies.
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All snorkel spots are visited weather permitting. If Molokini snorkeling conditions are less than ideal, Coral Gardens off the west side of Maui is usually the Captain’s next choice.
- Glass-bottom viewing windows
- Shady cabin and upper deck
- Hearty breakfast with eggs, ham, cinnamon rolls, donuts, coffee, juice and fresh fruit
- BBQ lunch with your choice of chicken, pulled pork, or vegetarian entrees
- Ice-cold sodas and juice
- 3 restrooms
- Professional, friendly, safety oriented, experienced captain and crew
- Informative and historical narrative
- Top-quality snorkel gear
- Optional wetsuit and underwater digital camera rentals
- Flotation devices
- Easy stairways into and out of the water
- 2 water slides
- Jumping-off point on the second deck
- Freshwater showers
- Plenty of Jimmy Buffet music
SNUBA DIVE. BREATHE UNDERWATER!
8 years and older welcome. No experience necessary.
If you are already familiar with snorkeling, and you’d like to try something new, enjoy snuba diving! Snuba brings you closer to the fish for a longer period of time than snorkeling can. An experienced guide accompanies you throughout your dive. You breathe from a tank of air that is floating on the surface, and you have the option to swim down to a maximum of ten feet – taking your air tube with you! Snuba does not require prior experience breathing from a tank.
Once the boat stops, you can take advantage of one of the rarest amenities of any boat in Maui. Descend beneath the lower deck into Calypso’s glass-bottom viewing room. Four panels of large aquarium-style glass transform the ocean into, well, an aquarium! There is space to sit, relax, and really take in the lovely coralline views. Bring the younger kids so they can see what their older siblings are discovering outside the boat.
First and foremost, we focus on safety. Calypso is a United States Coast Guard certified passenger vessel. We take care to abide by all the USCG applicable rules and regulations, and we carry all the necessary safety equipment that is required. We also provide safety instructions and information about the snorkel sites and the boat.
Are you a daredevil, or do you want to be? On Calypso’s high second deck, the “leap of faith” awaits. Do you think you’re ready to take the leap?
If you prefer to do your Molokini snorkeling along on the surface only, Calypso carries all kinds of ways to keep you floating. We have boogie boards, pool noodles, float belts, and life vests of all sizes to use for free. Wetsuits are available for rent. For the little ones, we’ve got kickboards with viewing windows! These boards are so comfortable, and the waves so gentle, that children have been known to nap while floating on them.
Ease of Water Access
Almost everywhere you look, Calypso has provided a path to the place you want to be – the ocean! The boat has 11 individual dive staircases, each with its own handrail for safe and convenient entry into and exit from the water. The rear dive step is lowered directly into the great blue sea, similar to boats used on the Great Barrier Reef. Cool, right? Yes, especially once you get into the water!
Two Water Slides
As if the Calypso couldn’t get any more fun, she sports two thrilling water slides. One zips you straight up and off the bow with an exciting drop into the water. The other is slightly tamer, but still a lot of fun. Everyone in the family can go around and around all day. Slide, whoop, swim, climb stairs, and repeat. Yahoo!
Our crew members are experienced ocean explorers, and they will teach you how to understand and use the snorkel equipment they provide. They will make sure you are fitted with a snorkel set that fits you properly, and they’ll explain what you can expect on your first float above a coral reef. Feel free to ask as many questions as you like until you are ready to take the plunge. Then, go for it!
Calypso boasts 4,000 square feet of comfortable, intimate and covered passenger seating spread throughout three separate decks, with tables for almost every seat. Every deck is outfitted with speakers, so no matter where you’d like to be, you can hear the narration, safety information, and joking from the captain and crew. For the most sun and the best views, head on up to the top deck. When you come back to your seat after your Molokini snorkeling adventure, don’t worry – each chair was built to get wet and still be cozy.
Two Freshwater Showers
Once you’re pau playing in the sea, and both your Turtle Town and Molokini snorkeling sessions are complete, it’s really nice to rinse off the salt water. “Pau” is the Hawaiian word for “finished,” and Calypso has two freshwater showers available for your use.
Imagine yourself happily spent after snorkeling Maui’s blue waters and exploring the huge boat you’ve been riding. You’ve made friends with the fun, responsive, and dynamic captain and crew. You and your family are relaxing in the shady cabin when out of the blue, your favorite crew member brings around a delightful surprise – cookies! We can tell you from tasty experience that biting into a chocolate chip cookie is a fantastic way to end an incredible day at sea. And take heart – we have plenty to go around!
Large Shady Cabin
We understand you want to work on your tan, but there’s a good chance you’ll need a break from the island sun at some point. No worries! Calypso’s got you covered – literally! The shady main cabin gets plenty of airflow, and will provide all the respite you need. You’ll find comfortable chairs, tables to accommodate groups of all sizes, and – of course – the tasty food and drink counter.
Calypso is equipped with three restrooms – known as “marine heads” once you’re aboard any boat. The heads are located on the lower, main deck for your convenience.