It would be a mistake not to explore the calm waters along Molokai’s miles-long South Shore reef—home to curious turtles and Hawaiian monk seals, billowing eagle and manta rays, and giant bouquets of colorful fish. Surfers, stand-up paddleboarders, kitesurfers, and boogie boarders can also find waves to entertain themselves, but because conditions are variable by day as well as by season, consult one of the Kaunakakai-based outfitters below before venturing out.
Molokai Fish & Dive, 61 Ala Malama St. (www.molokaifishanddive.com;tel. 808/553-5926), offers snorkel tours ($79) and two-tank scuba dives ($145) on a twin-hulled, 31-foot power catamaran, as well as three-tank dives ($295) of the North Shore, when conditions permit. South Shore kayak tours ($69) include snorkeling gear, which can be rented separately, along with other equipment. Half-day deep-sea fishing charters start at $695.
Molokai Outdoors, 9 Hio Place, by Malama Park (www.molokai-outdoors.com; tel. 877/553-4477 or 808/553-4477), leads kayak reef tours ($68) and rents kayaks ($42), snorkel sets and boogie boards ($7), surfboards ($17–$22), and stand-up paddleboards ($27–$42). Owner Clare Mawae can also help you arrange a North Shore kayak excursion in summer with drop-off in Halawa Valley and pickup (by boat).
You don’t need scuba certification to go deeper in the reef on one of the 2-hour SNUBA and snorkeling tours ($75)offered by Molokai Ocean Tours, 40 Ala Malama St., above American Savings Bank (www.molokaioceantours.com; tel. 808/553-3290). Its six-passenger, 40-foot power catamaran comes with 30-foot “SNUBA” hoses that connect to a special mouthpiece. Let your killer instinct come out on 2-hour spearfishing tours ($125), designed to help rid the reef of invasive (but edible) fish, or on evening torch fishing expeditions ($30). Families often enjoy the latter, in which participants don headlamps, carry torches, and throw nets to catch (and often release) prey such as octopus, crabs, eels, and more.
The ancient sport of outrigger canoe paddling is available to anyone age 10 and up at 7:15am every Thursday morning (except major holidays or in bad weather) at Kaunakakai Wharf. The $25 cash donation helps buy canoes for the youth teams of community-based Waakapae Mua Canoe Club (tel. 808/553-3999).
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.