I enjoy having friends and family visiting with us on Maui, it makes us do stuff that we've been delaying doing,mainly because of the lack of time. So when my in-laws were visiting with us last week, not only did we share some of things we do on regular basis with them, but we also did some of the activities that we have been wanting to do,but did not have the time for.
For a fun and adventurous water activity, we chose a snorkeling trip with BlueWater Rafting. We went with them last year when some friends visited us, and enjoyed it so much that we decided to do it again this year. The difference between them and other outfitters is mainly the boat. BlueWater Rafting uses rafts versus the catamarans used by other outfitters. On the raft, most of the seating is on the pontoon,and one is guaranteed to get wet.
The rafts go very fast, and depending on the water swell and waves, the ride can get bumpy and rough. Before boarding, they give their clients a chance to back out if they are pregnant, or have any neck or back problems. I will add to that,if you are prone to sea sickness, you might want to consider something calmer. For everyone else, I highly recommend this activity. One gets a fun boat ride, beautiful snorkeling, fun crew, and whatever else the Pacific Ocean has in store that day.For a non-surfer, it is as close to riding the waves as one can get.
The raft departed from the Kihei Boat Ramp at about 0700 am, and headed south to the otherwise inaccessible Kanaio coast for spectacular views of the island, and magnificent lava arches, grottos and sea caves. The crew was very knowledgeable about lava flow, and the formation of these nature wonders, and we had the chance to absorb the unspoiled beauty of the Volcanic Kanaio Coast.
The highlight had to be entering one of sea caves. What a magical experience!
After all that rugged beauty , we had the pleasant encounter of many pods of spinner dolphins in La Perouse Bay, which by the way is accessible by car and offers great chances for snorkeling and swimming with dolphins.These playful mammals can put on quite the show!