Quicksilver: Snorkel Trip

A Trip to Molokini Crater on the Quicksilver

Have you ever imagined the perfect way to celebrate your birthday, only to be disappointed when the chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream turns out to be low-cal carob cake, with no added sugar, and sugar free non-dairy ice cream substitute? If you want a sure fire way to make certain you have a good birthday with no artificial sweetener, then you need to celebrate you birthday aboard the Quicksilver catamaran on a snorkel trip to Molokini Crater. My wife planned a Quicksilver adventure for me to celebrate my 42nd birthday and let me tell you what, she’s getting diamonds from me next year.

The trip is family friendly, (our children range in age from fifteen down to one and a half years with a six and a four year old mixed in) and there was something for everyone. And no one, not even once, complained about being bored. Led by Captain Fish (yes, that’s his real name), the crew members, Brad, Mike, and Jean-Francois, were all very attentive and always striving to make sure all the passengers were having a good time.

The trip out to Molokini went by really quickly. The motion of the boat put the baby to sleep. And while our four and six year olds enjoyed bagels, muffins, and POG juice from the breakfast buffet, my wife, teenage daughter, and I attended the Snuba introduction. The presentation is mandatory for anyone participating in the Snuba dive – a bonus activity that is available for an extra fee. And for the record, the Snuba instructors Rachel and Chris were top-notch, friendly, and professional. We felt completely at ease and I highly recommend if you can request a trip with these two divers on it, it’s a good idea to do so.

By the time we finished the Snuba briefing, Captain Fish announced we had arrived at Molokini. The baby was still asleep, so my wife and I decided she and our teenager would take the other two kids snorkeling. After making sure all the masks, fins, and life jackets fit. That’s right, they even have life jackets for non-swimmers, small children, and over protective parents. After making sure everything fit, I placed the baby on my shoulder and walked over to a comfortable seat to relax and watch my family swim in the clear warm water off Molokini Crater.

The snorkel stop lasted about an hour and after boarding and checking in with Captain Fish (no one is ever left behind) we headed out towards La Perouse Bay to see if we could see any dolphin. The dolphin were a little shy this trip and we were hard pressed to see any. My children, the baby was awake by now, were a little disappointed when the captain announced it was time to go. Our next stop… Turtle Town. As we started up again, much to our delight, a family of dolphin appeared off the port bow and stayed with us for a few minutes.

By the time we arrived at Turtle Town, a little cove just off the coast from Makena, our four year old and six year old were starting to fall asleep. Assessing the situation, my wife and I decided I would stay with the kids and she and our teenager would take the first Snuba dive. If there was time, I would be able to get in the water when they returned.

Unfortunately, moments after watching the Snuba excursion enter the water, the kids woke up and needed to use the bathroom. I was little hesitant about taking all of them into the marine head, but it wasn’t as bad as you might think. It was cleaner than I expected. Admittedly, it was a little bit of a tight squeeze, but with the baby over my shoulder, I managed to juggle the other two as they took turns taking care of business.

The next trick was making sure that they didn’t get into any mischief while we were waiting for my wife to return. As we walked towards the aft section of the boat to watch the snorkelers, the announcement came over the speaker that lunch was being served.

Lunch was surprisingly good, a barbequed selection of burgers, chicken, and veggie burgers with all the extras. I decided to take the easy way out and let the kids eat their lunch while watching “Finding Nemo” on DVD. That’s right, there’s a color TV and DVD player right on the boat.

As luck would have it, all three children fell asleep (thank goodness) right after eating and I heard my wife’s voice at the other end of the boat. It was now her turn to watch the kids and I would finally get in the water. Unfortunately, I also heard the horn calling everyone back to the boat for our return to Ma’alaea Harbor.

All in all, it was a fantastic trip. And let me tell you what, next time we’re bringing a sitter to watch the kids and my wife and I are going to take the Snuba trip together.

Tiny Bubbles Scuba
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Senior Editor of 808 Reviews and freelance travel writer, Maury Hoffman lives on Maui with his familiy, iPad, iPhone, and other gadgets. His writing proficiency is directly related to the quality of his morning coffee. He prefers Peet's Coffee, but also enjoys Living Java.

Tiny Bubbles Scuba