Redline Rafting: Snorkel Tour Review

We recently went on the quick Redline Rafting 2-hour snorkel adventure and had a blast! Even with a tight schedule, we were able to fit in an unforgettable experience in a short amount of time.

Redline Rafting Review: 2-Hour Snorkel Adventure


Molokini Crater

Rising up out of the deep, the once fiery volcanic crater of Molokini is now a small crescent-shaped island and marine reserve, dominated by coral and home to thousands of different species of marine life. Today, it is known as Maui’s top snorkel destination and attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors yearly. Growing up on Maui, I’ve always been passionate about the ocean, and I’ve been lucky to visit Molokini a handful of times. Sitting two and a half miles off of South Maui in crystal clear waters, Molokini is an undeniably special place. Please enjoy this Redline Rafting snorkel review and use it as a guide for your next Molokini experience.

Redline Snorkel Review Molokini Crater

Quick and Inexpensive Molokini Tours

So, when presented with the opportunity for a jaunt to Molokini with Redline Rafting, I couldn’t say no. However, no two snorkel tours are created equal, and I like to know exactly what I’m getting myself into. Molokini is one of Maui’s most popular attractions, and rather than simply profiting off of this natural wonder, Redline Rafting is committed to giving back. One percent of their yearly sales go to benefit a local environmental nonprofit, and they even provide reef-safe sunscreen for all of their tour guests! On top of that, their crew has 75+ years of combined experience on the water, and they are all extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the ocean.

Redline Snorkel Review Molokini Route

Redline Rafting offers two daily tours to Molokini. From their home base at Kihei Boat Ramp, Molokini is just a 15-minute ride away. Tours run two hours, giving you about an hour and a half of snorkel time once you reach the crater and leaving plenty of time for adventures once you’re back on land!

Redline Snorkel Review Kihei

I opted for the early bird tour at 7:00 am so I could catch the sunrise, but for late risers, Redline Rafting also offers a 9:30 am tour. I arrived at 6:30 for check-in, and despite the early hour, the crew was cheery, and it was clear they were doing what they loved and excited to share the magic of Molokini with their guests. Soon, we were Molokini bound, zipping through the Pacific as the sun began to peek out from behind Haleakala. The tour was fully booked, but carrying a total of just 14 guests, it didn’t feel too crowded, and we were able to sit at the very front of the small boat, making for an exciting ride.

Redline Snorkel Review Sunrise

Arriving at Molokini Crater

As soon as we arrived at the crater, we set off exploring. The water was still a bit chilly in the morning hours but as clear as ever. The early hour meant we pretty much had the place to ourselves too! While we were free to explore, we stuck by our captain, who joined us as we snorkeled (can you say dream job?!). He was extremely knowledgeable, identifying different types of fish and corals and even pointing out an octopus that would have otherwise gone unnoticed. The knowledge and education really brought the experience to the next level, and despite having lived on Maui all my life, I came away having learned something new.

Redline Snorkel Review Experience

As some of the bigger tour boats started filtering in and the crater started filling up with people, we made our way back to the boat. We had had more than our fill of Molokini, and we still had 15 minutes left for sunbathing on the raft.

Redline Snorkel Review Molokini Crater Aerial

Redline Rafting whale watching

Homeward Bound

Once we were all on board, we took the scenic route home, skirting the Wailea-Makena coast. Since it was February, the heart of whale season, I wasn’t surprised when a mama and a calf popped up just a few hundred yards from us. Since no one was in a rush to get back, we were able to stay and watch them play for a little while as our captain gave us a little bit of background on humpback whales.

Redline Snorkel Review Leaving Molokini

Kihei Boat Ramp

Arriving back onshore just after 9:00, it felt silly to think that most people were just waking up— I had experienced a world of magic before I even had breakfast! Spending an entire day on the water can be a little much, so this tour is the perfect choice for those who are trying to pack a lot of adventures into a little bit of time. Redline Rafting is also unique in offering their promise of “Molokini or your money back.” Weather conditions can be unpredictable, and unfavorable conditions can sometimes deter tour companies from visiting Molokini. They’ll usually visit another site instead, but if you have your heart set on Molokini, it’s best not to take any chances.

Redline Snorkel Review Kihei Boat Ramp

Worth It?

If you’re worried about trying to fit Molokini into your tight schedule, concerned about your tour’s impact, or if you only want to visit Molokinni, look no further than Redline Rafting. They are here to make sure nothing gets in the way of your Molokini adventure and to share the magic along the way!

Redline Snorkel Review Snorkeling

Redline Rafting

Enjoy whale watching with Redline Rafting, which provides an exciting, up close and personal experience on a one-of-a-kind boat that will get you close to the water and whales!

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From epic sunset whale watch sessions to small group excursions, you can learn a ton about whales from their professional crew and naturalists.

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