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Molokini Crater

Molokini Crater

Molokini Island Preserve, Makena Bay, 96753

The Basics

Travelers can spend time swimming, snorkeling, and diving at the crescent-shaped caldera, where ocean depths range from 10 to 60 feet. All trips include snorkel gear as well as a scenic boat ride, and the chance to splash in the clear blue water at one of Maui's best snorkel sites. Sail and snorkel adventures generally last about five hours and offer roundtrip transportation from hotels in Lahaina and Makena. Some Molokini snorkeling tours also offer scuba diving for certified divers.

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Molokini Crater Zodiak Adventure Snorkel and Turtle Cove Swim
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Molokini Crater Zodiak Adventure Snorkel and Turtle Cove Swim
$169.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Unforgettable
The staff were awesome! The trip out and back was awesome! This will be a lifelong memory! I strongly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Maui!
Ronald_B, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Maui

star-4
The staff was very good....
Dwaine_S, Apr 2022
Maui Snorkeling Molokini Crater and Turtle Town aboard Pride of Maui
The staff was very good. We were well looked after. The Pride of Maui was clean. Food was good. Drinks were ok. Molokini Crater is over snorkelled……too many boats with snorkel tours. No Turtle Town. Water apparently too rough. Met some nice people on the boat. Was a pleasant experience.
star-5
Amazing Trip
Theresa_C, May 2022
Molokini Crater and South Maui Coast Adventure from Kihei
What an amazing experience snorkling Molokini Crater. The coral reefs are so stunning! We saw lots of fishes and the best part was swimming with 2 turtles 🐢. Kai and Kim are the best captains! 10 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Highly recommended! Just book it! Experience the best of Molokini Crater
star-5
Two thumbs up!
Jason_F, Jun 2022
Maui Snorkeling Molokini Crater and Turtle Town aboard Pride of Maui
We greatly appreciated such an awesome family trip! Thank you for a great boat ride, delicious food, and taking so many safety precautions due to strong winds that day!
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Being up close to the...
Vichay_P, Jun 2022
Maui Snorkeling Molokini Crater and Turtle Town aboard Pride of Maui
Being up close to the Crater that was amazing view. The people working there all nice & watching you that everyone ok in the water. Food was good. The boat was nice & clean & not crowded. Can even see fishes swimming around the boat.
star-5
Great snorkel trip!
Charlotte_V, May 2022
Molokini Crater Zodiak Adventure Snorkel and Turtle Cove Swim
Esteban and Brad both were great! The boat was clean and well stocked. They were knowledgeable about the area, fish, sea life and the other boats. We went to the best spot for turtles then the best section of the reef on Molokini. Both were working hard to ensure the safety of the guests while keeping them entertained.
star-5
Highly recommend this trip
James_K, Mar 2022
Molokini Crater Zodiak Adventure Snorkel and Turtle Cove Swim
The knowledge that the captain had of all the animals in the ocean. The zodiac was very smooth to ride in also very clean.
star-5
Great value for snorkeling, fantastic crew
Ronald_C, Jan 2022
Molokini Crater and South Maui Coast Adventure from Kihei
The crew were fun and very knowledgeable. The time on the excursion was well spent with more than enough time to explore each snorkel spot. I appreciated the attention given to safety and advice on the best spots to look for a variety of sea life.
star-5
Cannot be missed!
QiSiang_N, Jan 2022
Molokini Crater and South Maui Coast Adventure from Kihei
Amazing! Snorkelling in Maui's clear water is like visiting a whole other world. Guides were informative and helpful, providing clean and defogged snorkelling gear. They also tried to help us see whales during the trip and we got really close up to a few of them. All in all absolutely delightful!
star-5
Beautiful
Daniel_T, Jun 2022
Molokini Crater plus Turtle Town Snorkeling 4-hour Tour
Our visit to Turtle Town was awesome. Saw a bunch of turtles. Molokini was also fantastic. Perfect weather and plenty of sea life
star-5
Delightful snorkel
Karen_C, Jun 2022
Molokini Crater Snorkeling 2 hours Tour
The two hour tour was just right for our family who has snorkeled only a few times. we were in the water for maybe 75 minutes. Water was pleasant. The boat was comfortable. The captain and crew were excellent. Beautiful underwater site!
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Snorkeling on the inside...
Doug_L, May 2022
Molokini Crater and South Maui Coast Adventure from Kihei
Snorkeling on the inside of the Molokini crater is fantastic as the water is crystal clear. The guides from redline tours or knowledgeable and kept an interesting conversation of all the local features in history
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Snorkeling Adventure
Allen_C, Jun 2022
Molokini Crater plus Turtle Town Snorkeling 4-hour Tour
As advertised and then some. Knowledgeable and accommodating crew. Put us in the perfect spot to snorkel with turtles. Then gave us a great experience at Molokini to see the brilliance of the reef and swim with a great variety of fish. We even saw a small white tip reef shark and an eel. Don’t miss this adventure if you visit Maui.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Beat the crowds with an early Molokini tour.

  • Be sure to bring sunscreen and a swimsuit.

  • Snuba diving (a kind of snorkeling-scuba diving hybrid) is available as an upgrade on many Molokini snorkeling tours.

  • Private charters are available for personalized experiences.

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How To Get There

Set off Maui's southern coastline, Molokini Crater is only accessible by boat, powerboat, or raft. Popular departure points include Maalaea Harbor and Kihei Boat Ramp. The Molokini snorkel tours that leave from Maalaea Harbor are on large, stable boats, whereas tours that leave from Kihei Boat Ramp are on small rafts that are faster and bumpier, shortening the overall travel distance.

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When To Get There

Mornings offer the calmest conditions at this tropical caldera, and the earlier you get there the better. Tradewinds can be strong in summer, making for a thrilling ride back. Winter tends to have lighter winds, plus the added bonus of potentially spotting humpback whales.

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Why Molokini Crater is Hawaii's Best Snorkeling Spot

Because Molokini is three miles offshore of Maui, you never know what you're going to find. Eagle rays, dolphins, and harmless reef sharks will frequently mingle with resident critters like parrotfish and octopus. In winter if you dive a few feet below water, or go on a scuba or snuba dive, the haunting song of humpback whales reverberates in the distance. Note that Hawaiian green sea turtles are rarely spotted at Molokini Crater, which is why many boats include a second snorkeling trip at "Turtle Town" off of Maui's southern coast.

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Molokini Crater
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Molokini Crater?
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