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FAQs

The following, is a list of the most common questions we receive. Please check them over and if you still have a question, send us an e-mail

Do I need a license to drive your boat?

Who drives the boat?

What if I want to stay out longer?

What do I do when it's time to come in?

How far ahead should I make reservations?

How many people do the boats hold?

Do you rent Kayaks or Sailboats?

How long does it take to get to Molokini?

How early should we go out?

Do we trailer the boats down to the launch ramp?

How do I know where to go?

Do we need to bring our own ice chests?

Can we keep the boats overnight?

What size engines do the boats have?

Will I need to refuel the boats during the day?

Wouldn't I be better off going out on one of the many boat excursions on Maui?

What is this Molokini everyone keeps talking about?

Wouldn't I be better off going out on a chartered fishing boat?

Where is a good place to anchor?


Answers to your most Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a license to drive your boat?

No, there is no requirement to have a license. We do require that you have boating experience. Most often, our customers are boat owners themselves.

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Who drives the boat?

You captain the boat yourself! Our permit is for a "bare boat" rental of the boats. This means that we cannot drive the boats for you but that's the best part of renting one of our boats: you take it when and where you want to.

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What if I want to stay out longer?

You can stay out as long as you like, weather permitting. All you need to do is call us on your cell phone 30 minutes before returning to the Kihei Boat Ramp. You must be back an hour before sunset.

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What do I do when it's time to come in?

Just call us on your cell phone 30 minutes before you arrive back and we will meet you at the launch ramp and pick you up.

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How far ahead should I make reservations?

Since we are the only boat rental on Maui, we always suggest making reservation as early as possible. During Whale Season (Dec.-May) this is especially important.

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How many people do the boats hold?

While the boats actually hold more, our permit only allows a maximum of six people on each boat and that includes any children.

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Do you rent Kayaks or Sailboats?

No, we only rent powerboats.

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How long does it take to get to Molokini?

Because we launch you from the Kihei boat ramp, the trip to Molokini is only about 15 minutes.

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How early should we go out?

Because of the "Trade Winds" in Hawaii, we suggest you get on the water as early as you can. We can get you on the water as early as 6:00 AM if you want. The trades usually start to pick up between 11 am and 1 pm. Some days they will reach 30 mph and some days they never come up at all but it's best to count on them and get an early start on any ocean activities you plan.

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Do we trailer the boats down to the launch ramp?

No, that's one of the best parts, we launch you and pick you up and we clean the boats, all you do is have all the fun.

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How do I know where to go?

We run you through a half hour orientation of the boats as well as the local waters and show you where to go on the ocean charts that we provide. We can show you all the local snorkeling and fishing spots. You can go as far South as Big Beach, Makena and as far North as Kahana.

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Do we need to bring our own ice chests?

No, we can supply you with an ice chest at your request; all you need to do is supply your food, drinks, and ice. Several grocery stores are open 24 hours a day for your convenience.

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Can we keep the boats overnight?

No, in Maui there is a limited number of slips and moorings, there are no places to park the boats at night.

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What size engines do the boats have?

The Glacier Bays have twin 115HP Yamahas and the Ballistic RIB has a single 115HP Yamaha.

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Will I need to refuel the boats during the day?

No, the Glacier Bay holds 125 gallons of gas. You can run all day without having to stop to refuel. The Ballistic RIB holds 15 gallons of gas and is very fuel efficient.

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Wouldn't I be better off going out on one of the many boat excursions on Maui?

Maybe. That depends on a few factors. If no one in your party has any boat experience you would have to go out on a boat excursion. Also, if there is only a couple of people in your party, it would be cheaper to go with an excursion company but of course not nearly as much fun. If there are 4 to 6 people in your group, you might save money by renting your own boat plus have more fun. Boat excursions charge anywhere from $50.00 to $130.00 per person. They also carry anywhere from 45 to 200 passengers! You not only have more privacy on a rented boat, you also can go where you want not where all the charter boats go. You decide. If you do decide not to rent a boat and to go on a charter boat instead, Blue Water Rafting is a lot of fun and is for the more adventurous.

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What is this Molokini everyone keeps talking about?

Click here for an explanation.

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Wouldn't I be better off going out on a chartered fishing boat?

Again, this depends on a few factors. A typical chartered fishing boat will charge you about $150 per person for an all day trip. For just a couple of people, you could save money by doing this if you don't mind going where they want to go and spending the day with strangers. But if there are 6 people in your party, you can rent our boat for about the same price and have it to yourself. Plus, you get to keep the fish!

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Where is a good place to anchor?

Anchoring is not allowed. You may however, tie up to a mooring in Molokini Crater or drift dive/snorkel. The reason for this is simple. The reefs are very fragile and dropping an anchor on them, will kill them. While we do provide an anchor, it is for emergency use only.

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