In the tale of The Odyssey from Greek mythology, the goddess Calypso falls in love with the protagonist Odysseus. Employing enchanting songs, she manages to keep him by her side for an extended period, aspiring to make him her eternal husband. Despite her efforts, she is unable to win Odysseus’ genuine love, conceding and allowing him to resume his journey home. On the island of Maui there is a boat named after Calypso which is similarly charming, offering enchanting ocean views and the immortality of everlasting memories. Secure your spot for the Calypso Maui Molokini Snorkel Tour now!
The Calypso Maui experience kicks off in the morning at Ma’alaea harbor. Following a simple check-in, you walk right up the ramp and board the boat. With three floors providing plenty of seating, enjoy breakfast platters at the bar to fuel up for the upcoming journey. A short safety briefing later and the boat sets sail.
Certainly, on a snorkel cruise, you’ll be needing snorkel gear. You can remain comfortably seated, though, as the diligent Calypso crew is on the job, providing high-quality masks, snorkels, and fins suitable for any shoe size. If desired, they can also arrange a wetsuit for you at a nominal cost. Everything is handled, allowing you to unwind and appreciate the beautiful scenery of the islands Maui, Kaho’olawe, and of course the destination islet Molokini.
The Molokini islet, a small crescent-shaped landmass, marks the summit of a long extinct volcano. Submerged at the end of the last ice age due to rising water levels, the crater became a thriving hub of marine life. After thousands of years, it is now a perfect shelter for snorkelers and divers. The volcanic rock walls not only offer protection from waves and currents but also create a serene environment for swimming, resembling an underwater garden where over 250 species of fish reside.
Snorkeling from the Calypso is made easy. The dive step turns the entire rear section of the boat into a convenient staircase down to the water. This design allows multiple people to enter or exit simultaneously, eliminating long waiting lines on the boat and in the water.
However, Calypso’s not done yet. The vessel then makes its way to a second snorkel spot, a small area off the coast of southern Maui affectionately known as Turtle Town, named after its inhabitants. Green Sea Turtles, growing 3-4 feet long, share this region. Although they spend the majority of their lives submerged, these turtles, like humans, breathe oxygen. While at rest, they can remain underwater for several hours, but when active, they surface every 4-5 minutes, offering you a prime opportunity to witness these Hawaiian symbols of good luck.
The second destination also brings a well-timed lunch break, just as your appetite is likely to have been stirred. Choose between teriyaki chicken or Hawaiian-style slow-cooked kalua pork, conveniently crafted into sandwiches along with traditional sides. After lunch, indulge in some well-earned rest and relaxation during the smooth journey back to the harbor.
Although the legendary Calypso from Greek mythology couldn't claim Odysseus over the years, Maui's Calypso is poised to capture your heart in a single day.