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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
$208.22 per adult
Traveler Favorite
A MUST DO!!
This experience was amazing. Our crew Zach and Tim were the perfect crew. They were educated about the islands and also kept everyone laughing the whole trip. Absolute amazing snorkel experience on both sides of Molokini crater. Also got to swim with sea turtles!! 10/10 recommend this company if you’re going to snorkel Molokini. The most memorable part of our first Maui trip!!
Kaitlyn_S, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Maui

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Great experience!
Jason_M, Sep 2021
Molokini Crater and Turtle Town Snorkeling Tour from Ma'alaea Harbor
Our first snorkeling excursion was canceled, and that’s why we booked here. We were SO glad we did. The crew was busy working the entire time to make things go smoothly for us. It was well planned and exactly as advertised. Everything was clean, food was great, crew was helpful and friendly. Snorkeling was a great experience. We saw many fish and a couple of sea turtles.
star-5
Simply amazing!
Jenny_S, Oct 2021
Molokini Crater Zodiak Adventure Snorkel and Turtle Cove Swim
Brad and Scott were so fun! They took us to a special place to swim with turtles and there were No other boats in view! It was amazing to be the only group where turtles were literally everywhere! It also gave time for Molokini Crater to empty out so that by the time we got there, there were only a couple boats left! They then took us on a tour by boat of all the cool coastal beaches and sites! We highly recommend this tour! Well worth it!
star-5
Perfect!
Carlos_R, Sep 2021
Molokini Crater and Turtle Town Snorkeling Tour from Ma'alaea Harbor
Excellent service all around. Great staff, boat, sites and food. Equipment utilized looks top of the line. Staff is also very safety conscious.
star-5
The Gold Standard
Ty_K, Sep 2021
Molokini Crater plus Turtle Town Snorkeling 4-hour Tour
Ultra professional crew with over 50+ years experience in diving and boat operations - safety is the highest priority! This is a rare small boat experience with true professionals who are focused on making this a once in a lifetime experience and they did. I appreciated the fact they gave the ocean and sea life the highest priority and went to great lengths to share the history, flora and fauna! Absolutely thrilled we chose Spencer and the crew!
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Celebration
Brandy_M, Aug 2021
Molokini Crater Snorkeling 2 hours Tour
Celebrated my husband’s birthday with the crew. They were friendly and attentive to safety. I would definitely do it again
star-5
A wonderful experience
Jenifer_r, Aug 2021
Molokini Crater Zodiak Adventure Snorkel and Turtle Cove Swim
The boat was clean and well stocked with anything you needed. The guides were friendly and helpful. The snorkeling was amazing.
star-5
Wet and bumpy ride on a fun boat with a great crew.
Maui_maiden, Jul 2021
Molokini Crater and South Maui Coast Adventure from Kihei
Fun trip. Loved swimming with the sea turtles and tropical fish. This is a fun, wet and bumpy ride. The crew members were attentive, helpful, fun and prioritized safety.
star-5
Perfect day
Stephanie_C, Jun 2021
Molokini Crater Zodiak Adventure Snorkel and Turtle Cove Swim
The snorkeling was fantastic. We were able to see both sides of Molokini and swim with a herd of turtles. The crew was friendly and played good music. The food and drinks were cold and delicious. The boat was clean and comfortable. Overall, a perfect day.
star-5
Awesome experience!...
Colleen_I, Oct 2021
Molokini Crater Snorkeling 2 hours Tour
Awesome experience! Straight to the spot with an hour to look around. My kids loved it! It was so beautiful.
star-5
amazing experience
Dana_E, Oct 2021
Molokini Crater and South Maui Coast Adventure from Kihei
An amazing experience with a great crew. Kiake and Josh were awesome and the snorkeling at Molokini was unforgettable. 10/10 would recommend!
star-5
Fun way to spend a morning
Christine_S, Oct 2021
Molokini Crater plus Turtle Town Snorkeling 4-hour Tour
Super fun boat trip and crew. Saw several turtles at “turtle town” and beautiful sea life at Molokini. Don’t forget to take some Dramamine an hour before your boat takes off, if you’re not used to being on the open ocean.
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Pride Of Maui Molokini Crater and Turtle Town Snorkeling Tour
Dennis, Sep 2021
Molokini Crater and Turtle Town Snorkeling Tour from Ma'alaea Harbor
This trip was excellent. The crew of the POM was professional and friendly. They went out of their way to make sure everyone had a great time. I don't know how it could have been better. The conditions at Molokini Crater and Turtle Town were perfect for snorkeling. The food was good. The crew was great. All in all, it was a great time.

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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