Maui snorkeling is awesome at Molokini and Turtle Town.
Choosing your Maui snorkeling boat is a fun decision to make, and a boat tour on the Calypso is one of the most fun! The high-speed triple-decker catamaran will drive you to two snorkel sites: Molokini Crater and Turtle Town. This vessel is large and stable. It is the biggest boat moored in Ma’alaea Harbor, and arguably one of the smoothest rides on Maui. You will have plenty of opportunities to make some great marine memories, because there will be time to snorkel for over an hour in each beautiful place.
Your boat leaves from Ma’alaea Harbor. As you come aboard in the morning, you’ll meet your friendly crew and take a look at the delicious, hearty breakfast they’ve laid out for you. After you are settled in, it’s off to Molokini – the most iconic Maui snorkeling site ever! Check out the boat and get used to the feel of the ocean wind in your hair. From December through April, be sure to keep an eye out for the magnificent humpback whales!
Molokini Crater rises from the ocean floor between the islands of Maui and Kaho’olawe. This amazing site is not only home to several fish species, but many species of birds, as well! The crater is a bird preserve and Marine Life Conservation District. It’s a no-fishing/no-climbing zone, but wearing flippers and a mask to watch the fish is perfectly fine (actually, it’s incredible!).
This underwater bowl shelters a huge reef where the visibility can be over 100 feet! All colors of fish cruise by as you float above. While you are exploring on your Molokini snorkel, there is a chance you’ll see spotted eagle rays, eels, and jacks. Even if you have never snorkeled before, or you are not a strong swimmer, you may still snorkel with the Calypso. The crew will make sure you are instructed in the use of their snorkel equipment.
The boat is fully stocked with comfortable flotation devices, rentable wetsuits to keep you warm, and prescription masks for those of us who wear glasses. Plus, there are awesome underwater cameras available for rent, as well. When was the last time you took a selfie with a humuhumu’ele’ele (black triggerfish)?
And if you are already familiar with Maui snorkeling, and you would like to go a step deeper, Calypso has snuba available, too! You can spend a lot more time hanging with the fishes when you are accompanied by a guide and attached by a 10-foot air tube to a tank floating on the surface. No experience is required. Whether you swim, snorkel, or snuba, the boat’s underwater photographer will be on hand to capture that perfect shot of you and your group.
Getting into and out of the water is easy on Calypso. Wide staircases are lowered right into the water, making it simple and low-stress to find your way to the fish. This is similar to the technology used by tour boats traveling to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. If you prefer a more thrilling ocean entry than walking down a flight of stairs, Calypso provides two water slides and a jumping-off platform for your delight! And just so you know, Calypso is also equipped with restrooms, and freshwater showers for rinsing off the salt water.
For those who would rather not partake in Maui snorkeling, Calypso has four glass panels in the bottom of the boat! This means everyone in the family will be able to see parts of the coral reef, and to watch the fish.
After the Molokini snorkeling, Calypso will also take you to Turtle Town—a second awesome snorkeling spot. Off the south side of Maui, Turtle Town is home to several sea turtles as well as lots of amazing reef fish. A barbecue lunch with vegetarian options will be served at this time, and water, sodas, and juice are available all day long.
On the way back to the harbor, you’ll swing by La Perouse along the southern coast. Keep your eyes peeled for the Hawaiian spinner dolphins who spend time in this bay. And just when you thought the day couldn’t get any better, the crew will come around with chocolate chip cookies! Oh, yeah!
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. Book a Calypso tour for you and your family today, and have fun!
Daily check-in time: 6:45am.
6 hour tour, return about 1:00pm
Slip #82 MAALAEA HARBOR
101 Maalaea Boat Harbor Rd Wailuku, HI 96793
For help call Maui Activities at 808-856-4274