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Molokini Crater
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 and South Maui Coast Adventure from Kihei
Molokini Crater and South Maui Coast Adventure from Kihei
USD208.22 per adult
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Excellent adventure!
What an amazing experience! The boat water and crew way exceeded our expectations !!! Many good memories were made that day!
LeAnn_A, May 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
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
star-5
Great Time!
Barbara_I, May 2022
Maui Snorkeling Molokini Crater and Turtle Town aboard Pride of Maui
The day was beautiful!Learning to snuba! I was so scared but Jessie made it so easy and comfortable and I felt safe.The boat was clean and comfortable. The captain was awesome!Amazing staff so polite and always there to help out with a friendly attitude.Great experience ❤️🛳 🤿🐟🪸🐬
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Mail trip
Peter_D, May 2022
Maui Snorkeling Molokini Crater and Turtle Town aboard Pride of Maui
This was a great experience. The boat was very clean. The crew was knowledgeable and hard working. They did a great job
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
The small boat makes it a...
Igor_N, May 2022
Molokini Crater and South Maui Coast Adventure from Kihei
The small boat makes it a fun ride, and it was nice to see the back of the Molokini crater. The guides were very friendly and helpful.
star-5
Great experience
Marlene_B, May 2022
Molokini Crater plus Turtle Town Snorkeling 4-hour Tour
The crew were very helpful and professional! This is the snorkel trip to do- patience and kind and very knowledgeable
star-5
Excellent trip
Kyle_s, May 2022
Molokini Crater plus Turtle Town Snorkeling 4-hour Tour
Staff was excellent. Day was perfect in every way. Mahalo. We would absolutely recommend the Getaway tour.
star-5
What a rides
Nancy_W, Jan. 2022
Molokini Crater Zodiak Adventure Snorkel and Turtle Cove Swim
The captain and Esteban were about the safety and experience of us. We saw so many whales as we drove to our snorkel locations. I was a bit nervous and Esteban took time to check in and explain everything

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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