on September 28, 2006
This being our first time on Molokai, we decided to sign on with Molokai Fish & Dive to do their Palau sea kayak trip. We met at the store at the prescribed time and were told to drive to the boat ramp to meet our guides. Thankfully it is a small place because no directions were offered. Our guides eventually showed up but had to run back to the store for something. Thankfully the weather and company was pleasant because we did not launch for at least 45 minutes. In a testament to the friendliness of the local people, a group was returning with their catch and volunteered to show us the local seafood.Eventually, we paddled a ways out from shore and anchored in three foot deep water. This was several miles from the boat ramp and the depth rarely exceeds 5' inside the reef. The snorkeling was less than spectacular. I had expected much more than the other islands but was disappointed. The shallow water made snorkeling difficult as the tide was out and the reefs were only a few feet under water.Regaining our kayaks, we paddled to an inlet that twisted and turned several hundred yards through mangrove trees, eventually ending in a lagoon. After the provided lunch (Subway sandwiches), we were towed back to the boat ramp. This was much appreciated as the current begins to pick up and paddling would've taken hours.The guides can make or break a trip like this and the guides that were along were just kind of 'there'. They didn't offer up any local knowledge or point out what types of fish to watch for. They were just along to shepherd our group and tow us back. The guides on the mule ride were much better and I can remember each of their names. I can't recall either of the names of our guides on the kayak trip. They were friendly enough and took photos of everyone with our own cameras but I expected more for $90.My advice would be to rent a kayak from an outfitter and do a similar trip on your own. It is much cheaper and you can launch from the boat ramp and paddle around the shallows. Rent snorkeling equipment and a mask and devise some way to anchor your kayak while you are snorkeling. A 5' length of rope would be perfect to loop around a coral outcropping. If you have a sense of adventure, this would be the way to go.
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