That’s right, SNUBA diving. It’s not a typo, just the best invention in the entire world. This fascinating hobby is a combination between snorkeling and scuba diving. I am obsessed with snorkeling and have always found a very strong attraction to the water. There is something so peaceful and mysterious about it that intrigues me. Snorkeling has always fulfilled that passion, but I wanted to take this activity a step further. Snuba diving allowed me the opportunity to experiment with the act of scuba diving without having to be scuba certified.
What better location to try out Snuba diving than at the famous Molokini Crater in Maui, Hawaii?! Not to mention going on this adventure with the best crew from the Pride of Maui!
Molokini Crater is an underwater volcanic crater or volcanic caldera that is partially submerged. It has been deemed a Marine Life Conservation District and Bird Sanctuary due to the immense amount of marine life and wildlife that it houses. On the portion of the crater that is above water, there are over a thousand seabirds that nest there. Below the water is a whole different world filled with colorful corals and marine animals that are sheltered from waves due to the crescent shape of the crater.
The interior of the crescent is where the largest part of the reef thrives and where all of the snorkel action happens. Some of the most common fish that I saw were the Black Triggerfish, Yellow Tang, and Convict Tang. There are so many other potential marine life spottings at this underwater playground; harmless reef sharks, tropical species of octopus, hidden eels, or even the largest species of Rays (Manta Rays).
The extraordinary Pride of Maui offers an amazing package trip to Molokini and Turtle Town. The trip includes snorkel gear, food, drinks, and 2 locations to snorkel. The Molokini Snorkel Adventure has the optional upgrade of Snuba diving, which is what I added to my trip. More details of the excursion are below!
First, let me explain how Snuba diving works:
Snuba Diving Step-By-Step
Put snorkel mask and fins on
Weights are strapped to your waist so that you are able to dive down in the water. If you decide that Snuba diving is not for you, you simply unclip your weight belt and swim back in.
Get in the water with your raft that holds your oxygen tank. It floats at the top of the water while you dive down and is also helpful to hold on to when you want to stay above water.
Once you’re in the water with your oxygen tank raft, you put the mouth piece in your mouth and start breathing. And you’re off! Time to start exploring those beautifully pristine blue waters of the Hawaiian Islands.
Your oxygen cord limits you to 15 feet, which sounds like a lot, but once you get comfortable under the water, you’ll probably be at full extension the whole time.
Just BREATHE! That was the hardest part for me since I have never been scuba diving before. It may take some time to get adjusted to this new concept, but once you realize you’re free to swim around with all the fish, you won’t even have to think about it.
Bring an underwater camera! There are few moments in your life that you are going to be in reaching distance of stunning exotic sea creatures; capture those memories so you can relive them over and over until your next trip! Pass your camera off (carefully of course) and have someone take your picture while Snuba diving. I spotted our Pride of Maui scuba diver (he was there for our safety, show us cool marine life that came around, help someone who needed it, or take pictures for you) and pointed to my camera, which he was more than happy to take and not only snap shots of me, but also dive down and get awesome close up pictures of the reef.
Pride of Maui
I cannot rave more about a snorkel excursion company. The Pride of Maui was the most extraordinary, caring, well-organized company from the time I booked the excursion to the time they dropped us off at the dock after the trip. Here is a run-down of my unforgettable trip with the Pride of Maui:
When I got to the dock, they were perfectly organized with where to sign in, where to line up, and even a quick picture before boarding the boat to take home as a souvenir.
On the boat, they had a full breakfast spread of tropical fruit, muffins, Kona coffee, and fresh-squeezed island juices.
Then we ventured out to Molokini Crater on a beautiful boat ride. On the way over, they went through lessons that applied to each group of adventurers (snorkel or Snuba). I felt totally prepared and ready to hop in the water!
They had divers and snorkelers out in the water with us to make sure we were all comfortable and safe. It was also nice to have them snap pictures for us and guide us to the best places to look around the reef. We were also free to stay on the boat and sunbathe or just relax if we wanted to.
Once we were done at Molokini, we all boarded the boat and took off to Turtle Town. The day I went, the wind and waves were too aggressive to get in the water so we had to skip this location. Instead, they took us on a nice scenic boat ride, which made me appreciate the Pride of Maui and its crew even more because of how they prioritized our safety.
On the ride back, I indulged in the plethora of food that was spread out for lunch. Cheeseburgers, hot dogs, marinated chicken breasts, pasta salad, homemade cookies, and best of all… OPEN BAR! Mai Tais and Maui Brewing Co. beer for everyone (21 and over)!!
Once we got back to the dock, we all departed from the boat and had the opportunity to purchase our souvenir pictures, which I couldn’t pass up.
I had the most amazing day with the Pride of Maui. The excursion, the crew, and the company itself is something to be very ‘proud’ of (pun intended).