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Snuba ?

berkley, ma
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Snuba ?

We have been looking at snuba on Maui , end of Oct, has anyone tried this and what tour is good to go with?

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Depends on what you want – boat or beach; if boat, which destination and do you prefer an all morning trek or an afternoon; how many hours do you want to be out [most are 5 hour tours]; and how crowded do you want the boat to be? Do you care if operators use Eco Friendly Bio Diesel fuel, etc?

For example, Maui-Molokai Sea Cruises offers a 92-foot Prince Kuhio, which they claim is the most luxurious cruise vessel in Maui waters with climate-controlled cabin, sundecks, etc. but they carry up to 149 passengers. Some may prefer more personalized attention with less folks on a smaller boat.

Each boat has its own unique features; most go to either Molokini or Coral Gardens, depending on conditions on that day; some also go to “Turtle Arches”, located off the Makena Coast. Most offer breakfast and lunch; some food is better than others. And be aware that on most boats, the snuba option is an extra charge of around $35-49 more, on top of the regular per person boat tour charge.

You could take the "Aqua Adventures" [holds ~40-49 max; leaves from south Maui's Maalaea Harbor at 7:30 am; which they say is ~30-45 minutes LATER than many other boats, but they claim they are so FAST you can be waving at other boats, passing them by; return by about noon; these are the guys who advertise using a mix of Bio Diesel] via Excellence Charters.

Other choices include; the "Hokua" [AM trip to Molokini / Coral Gardens on 40 foot power catamaran that holds 35 max] via Aloha Blue Charters.

The "Four Winds" [55 foot power catamaran with glassbottom room where you can sit with a 180 degree view, both in front and below; goes to Molokini in AM or PM] or “Maui Magic” [54 ft. state-of-the-art, power catamaran with onboard waterslide; holds ~40-45 max] with Maui Classic Charters; OR the "Leilani" [newly renovated 50-foot Uniflight Monohull with water entry ladder and large swim platform; holds ~40-49 max]or “Pride of Maui” [state-of-the-art 65 foot Maxi Catamaran, with unobstructed panoramic viewing and ~3,000 square feet of deck space; holds ~45-50 max] with Marine Charters; or the "Lani Kai" [53' foot double-deck catamaran to Molokini/Turtle Arches; holds ~30-35] with Friendly Charters

Also there is Lahaina Snuba, Inc.

For a beach excursion – which we like for young kids or novices who have never done either snorkeling or diving, or may not be entirely comfortable in the water – try Island Scuba and Surf School; no prior snorkeling or diving experience required; you receive ~15-20 minutes of orientation and then a guide to accompany you on the underwater tour. The guides are trained professionals whose ensure both your safety and enjoyment.

Good article on snorkel vs. scuba diving vs. SNUBA at http://www.indigoguide.com/maui/snuba.htm

Snuba . com gives you a quick link with phone numbers and websites

If you search TA for other posts using specific boat names or operators, you will discover more personalized feedback.

We are trying from the beach snuba on our next trek.

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We did it back in 2000 down in Poipu. It was terrific - though I was breathing too fast and used up all my air (an unpleasant surprise). Plan to do it again in December (I''ll watch my breathing this time around). Since I can swim worth beans it was a good way to go. We started off from shore and waded in, getting used to the deeper water gradually.

I believe we used SNUBA Tours of Kauai (http://www.snubakauai.com/).

Ken

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Duh, obviously you're on Maui (thought it was the Kauai board) so the link will do you no good.

Ken

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Thanks for the info. We have snorkeled many times before so we would rather go with a smaller group and as far as how fast the boat moves we like the slower, enjoy the scenery ride. Vacation is surpose to be moving at a slower pace.

Is there a better side of the island to snorkel in Oct?

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