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Molokini Crater

Molokini Crater

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2,985 Reviews
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
$175.16 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Wet and bumpy ride on a fun boat with a great crew.
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.
Maui_maiden, Jul 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Maui

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Perfect
CNP, Jul 2021
Molokini Crater Zodiak Adventure Snorkel and Turtle Cove Swim
They took us to turtle cove first, and we were the only group there. Then we went to Molokini crater second when it started to get less busy. It worked out really well. I loved having a smaller group/boat.
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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.
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Amazing tour!
Marc_F, Jun 2021
Molokini Crater Zodiak Adventure Snorkel and Turtle Cove Swim
Our tour guides were incredible!! They remembered every one of our name and made the whole experience so much fun! The food was great the boat was clean and fast! The snorkeling was amazing!! The only downside was, I wish I would have booked through them directly. I tried adjusting my reservation in size and was charged the original amount.. getting Viator to refund the one person has been a challenge.
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Beautiful trip
PATRICIA_K, Mar 2021
Molokini Crater and Turtle Town Snorkeling Tour from Ma'alaea Harbor
Great staff super friendly and accommodating. Had a great time doing the snorkel they offer equipment and additional options to snuba etc. Boat was super clean and had a slide on as well. Saw whales, dolphins and fish. Was a great excursion.
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Great snorkeling experience with a good and accommodating crew.
AngelKS, Jul 2021
Molokini Crater and South Maui Coast Adventure from Kihei
Great snorkeling experience with a good and accommodating crew. We saw various sea animals - a variety of fishes, healthy corals, and swam with sea turtles.
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Best day ever...
SoCal-Idahoans, Jul 2021
Molokini Crater and South Maui Coast Adventure from Kihei
Seriously the perfect day! Everything from the crew (the best, and so fun!!) music, food, vibe and of course snorkeling were Amazing! So worth it! Even swam with a whale shark! Ali on board was fantastic and so kind to our daughter who wasn’t having her best day lol. So glad we booked through Redline. Highly recommend and will definitely do it again when we return.
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Great Time
Debbie_G, Jul 2021
Molokini Crater and Turtle Town Snorkeling Tour from Ma'alaea Harbor
Great time and helpful and knowledgeable crew.. would do it again in a heart beat everyone was so nice and helpful really looked after all of their passengers
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Excellent snorkeling adventure!
Laura_P, Jul 2021
Molokini Crater Zodiak Adventure Snorkel and Turtle Cove Swim
This tour was well worth it! We stopped at a place with a LOT of sea turtles - we swam among them - so cool! Then onto Molokini Crater where we saw tons of colorful fish. The water was an unbelievable shade of blue! And the lunch was good! I wasn’t expecting much but we got turkey sandwiches with lots of veggies on them, chips, fruit, soda and water. In the morning on the way out we got muffins, fruit and granola bars. The tour guides were great as well. Highly recommend!
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Loved it!
Bama-Kirkpatricks, Jul 2021
Molokini Crater plus Turtle Town Snorkeling 4 hours Tour
Crew was awesome. Loved their personalities and their experiences they shared. Took us to great areas to snorkel and saw tons of fish and turtles that came up to us.
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Awesome Maui snorkeling!
Anmarie_G, Jul 2021
Molokini Crater plus Turtle Town Snorkeling 4 hours Tour
Captain Spencer and his crew were wonderful! They had a wealth of information on the area. They brought us to a great part of the crater and we enjoyed every minute!
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Fantastic wall dive and turtle swim
Sandy_G, Jul 2021
Molokini Crater Zodiak Adventure Snorkel and Turtle Cove Swim
Capt. Brad and crew were amazing. He took us to three spots with different habitats. Saw tons of sea turtles at a spot before Molokini. Thanks Capt Brad!
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Adventure of a lifetime
Cheryl, Jul 2021
Molokini Crater Zodiak Adventure Snorkel and Turtle Cove Swim
Best experience. This new boat is amazing...a lot of thought went into the design.. It cuts through the waves like butter... fun ride... not a bad seat...easy to get in and out of the water. The crew is outstanding... knowledgeable, helpful and laid back so you can really enjoy. Got more snorkel time then big boats because of the speed of the boat and smaller group. Would recommend to anyone wanting a top notch adventure.

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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