MOLOKINI & TURTLE TOWN SNORKEL TOUR
Adults (13-99): $149.95
Children (4-12): $89.95
Kids 3 & under are free – (1) per paying adult
Additional kids 3 & under $89.95
Check-in time 6:45AM // Departure time 7:30AM // Return time 12:30PM
Location: Slip 82, South Ferry Dock 101 Ma’alaea Road, Wailuku, HI 96793
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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.
Book this epic tour for you and your family today!
(*All Snorkel Spots Are Determined Daily Weather Permitting. If Molokini Snorkeling Conditions Are Unsafe or Less Than Ideal, ‘The Coral Gardens’ is usually the Captain’s next choice. Please Understand and Respect Captain’s Decision on Snorkel Locations – In You & Your Parties Best Interest.)
SNUBA DIVE – BREATHE UNDERWATER!
Available for guest 8-years or older. No experience necessary!
Additional Fees Apply.
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.
Boat & Tour Amenities!
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.
2nd Deck Jump Platform!
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?
Should you care to spend your water time strictly on the surface, Calypso’s got all kinds of ways to float you. Included in your Molokini snorkeling tour are pool noodles, float belts, boogie boards, and life vests of all sizes. Wetsuits can help you float, too, and they are available to rent. For the whippersnappers, we’ve got kickboards complete with viewing windows! These boards are so comfy, kids have been known to nap on them while checking out the fishes.
Easy Ocean Access!
Almost every place you look, Calypso has created a path straight to the place you want to be – the ocean! 11 individual dive stairs lead you right to the water, and each has its own handrail for a convenient entry and exit. The rear dive step is particularly cool. It’s lowered directly into the sea, which is quite similar to boats visiting the Great Barrier Reef! You’re going to love it.
Two Water Slides!
As if your Molokini snorkeling tour couldn’t get any more fun, Calypso sports two exciting water slides. One zips you straight up and off the bow with a thrilling drop. The other is a bit calmer, but still quite fun. The whole family can go up and down, and around and around all day. Slide, shout, splash, swim, climb stairs, and do it again. Why not? You’re on vacation!
Our crew members are advanced ocean explorers, and they will explain the snorkel equipment they provide. You will be outfitted with a snorkel set that fits to your face and feet, and you will learn what to expect on your first float above the reef. Feel free to ask questions throughout your Molokini snorkeling tour. When you are ready to hop in, go for it!
4,000 square feet of comfortable, intimate and covered seating is found on three separate decks. There are tables for most every seat. Each deck is outfitted with speakers, so no matter where you’d care to sit, you will be able to hear the narration, safety information, and jokes from captain and crew. For the best tan and the best views, go up to the top deck. When you return to your seat after your ocean adventure, no worries – every chair was made to get wet and still feel cozy.
Two Freshwater Showers!
Once your Molokini and Turtle Town snorkeling sessions are complete, and you’re pau playing in the sea, it’s super nice to rinse off all the salt. “Pau” means “finished” in Hawaiian, and Calypso has two freshwater showers available for you to use. The shower water is warm, too!
Chocolate Chip Cookies!
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.