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Molokini Crater Tours

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When was the last time you had a snorkel adventure inside of a sunken Hawaiian volcano, or enjoyed a freshly cooked BBQ lunch on the deck of a sailing catamaran? Thanks to its calm, crystal clear waters, bright coral reef, and 250-plus species of tropical fish, Molokini Crater is the most popular spot for snorkeling tours on Maui. Spend a day on a snorkeling tour as you explore the protected marine preserve and come face to face with some of Hawaii's most colorful marine life.

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.
  • Beat the crowds with an early Molokini tour.
  • Be sure to bring sunscreen and a swimsuit.
  • Snuba diving is available as an upgrade on many Molokini snorkeling tours.
  • Private charters are available for personalized experiences.

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.

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.

Why Molokini Crater Offers the Best Snorkeling in Hawaii
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.
Address: Molokini Island Preserve, Makena Bay 96753, USA
Admission: Free
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13 Tours and Activities to Experience Molokini Crater

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Molokini Crater and South Maui Coast Adventure from Kihei

Molokini Crater and South Maui Coast Adventure from Kihei

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Discover the amazing array of marine life that populates Maui’s Molokini Crater during this small-group snorkeling trip. Head by boat to this long-extinct volcanic crater just off Maui, a top-notch snorkeling site where visibility often surpasses 180 feet (55m). Among the many creatures you may spot during your adventure are rays, tropical fish and variety of other wildlife. Finish your trip at ‘Turtle Town,’ another well-known snorkel site where you can glide through the water with Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles. Your snorkel trip also includes, breakfast, lunch, local guide and snorkel equipment.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Maui Morning Snorkeling Tour to Molokini Crater & Turtle Town! (Ma'alaea Harbor)

Maui Morning Snorkeling Tour to Molokini Crater & Turtle Town! (Ma'alaea Harbor)

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Imagine swimming in a sunken volcano that teems with thousands of fish, while splashing in crystal clear water. On this Molokini snorkeling tour, cruise out to the crater, before jumping in the crystalline waters and scouring the colorful reef. Make a second stop dependent upon conditions, and search for turtles at Turtle Town or a spot named Coral Gardens. This family-friendly Maui activity is one of the island's most popular, and an unforgettable day of exploring the underwater world.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Molokini Snorkeling Adventure Aboard the Calypso from Ma'alaea Harbor

Molokini Snorkeling Adventure Aboard the Calypso from Ma'alaea Harbor

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Over 200 different species of fish inhabit Molokini Crater, and you have the chance to search for them all aboard this Maui snorkeling tour. Inside this ancient volcanic caldera that rises up out of the sea, you might also find manta rays, sea urchins, eels, or even a harmless shark. This tour also stops at a spot called Turtle Town along the Maui coastline, where you have the chance to swim alongside enormous Hawaiian Green sea turtles. Enjoy amenities like a glass-bottom viewing room and snorkeling equipment as well as a buffet lunch on the triple-decker catamaran.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Molokini and Turtle Arches Snorkeling Trip from Ma'alaea Harbor

Molokini and Turtle Arches Snorkeling Trip from Ma'alaea Harbor

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Get off the beaten path to explore the wild side of Molokini on this half-day adventure from Maui. The small, crescent-shaped island of Molokini is an extinct volcanic crater with a thriving coral reef, home to more than 250 species of fish and 38 species of coral. Hop aboard a 54-foot, single-deck catamaran and jump in the water for a snorkel at the Turtle Arches reef. Then, cruise around Molokini's rugged, red rock back wall, home to a variety of seabirds. Snorkeling equipment plus a continental breakfast, buffet lunch, and refreshments are included.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Molokini Snorkel Adventure from Maalaea Harbor

Molokini Snorkel Adventure from Maalaea Harbor

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Snorkeling in Molokini Crater is undeniably one of the best parts about visiting Maui. Here in this crescent, submerged volcano off Maui’s southern coastline, over 250 species of fish inhabit a world-class reef. Experience water so exceptionally clear you can see down 75 feet, and swim with schools of tropical fish while cruising the vibrant reef. You can also just sit and suntan on the deck, with sweeping views of Haleakala set just off the back of the boat.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Molokini and Kealewai Snorkel Cruise from Ma'alaea Harbor

Molokini and Kealewai Snorkel Cruise from Ma'alaea Harbor

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On this Molokini snorkel cruise, travel in comfort to Molokini Crater and the Keawalai shoreline of Maui. The crew onboard assists you with gear and provides lifeguarding help in the water, and also help serve the delicious breakfast and lunch provided on board. After snorkeling the waters of Molokini Crater, embark on a search for Hawaiian Green sea turtles, which are often found by the colorful reefs just off the Keawalai coast.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Molokini Express Snorkeling

Molokini Express Snorkeling

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Beat the crowds and head out to Molokini in the late morning with this snorkeling tour. You'll head out from the Kihei Boat Ramp, making your way to the crater via boat. Depending on conditions, you may be able to snorkel both the crater and the back wall before heading back to Maui.
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  • 2 hours
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Kanaio Molokini Adventure

Kanaio Molokini Adventure

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Get off the beaten path and explore the beautiful Kanaio Coast and the islet of Molokini with this tour from the Kihei Boat Ramp. You'll start your day with an included continental breakfast before sailing up to the Kanaio Coastline, with its caves and lava arches. You'll then stop at La Perouse Bay for snorkeling, followed by additional snorkel stops at Molokini and another location. You'll be served lunch before returning to Kihei.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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2 Hours Molokini Snorkel Trip

2 Hours Molokini Snorkel Trip

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Trip Highlights - 15 minute boat ride to Molokini - Snorkel the crystal clear waters of Molokini crater, Maui's #1 Snorkeling destination - Small group Adventure with a max of 14 passengers - Be one of the first to snorkel molokini or sleep in a little and come after the crowds - Expert Guides - Adventurous Ride *Can be very wet and bumpy :)
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  • 2 hours
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Molokini Wild Side: Snorkel And Cruise from Ma'alaea Harbor

Molokini Wild Side: Snorkel And Cruise from Ma'alaea Harbor

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Get off the beaten path to explore the wild side of Molokini on this 6-hour, small-group eco-adventure from Maui. The small, crescent-shaped island of Molokini is an extinct volcanic crater with a thriving coral reef, home to more than 250 species of fish and 38 species of coral. Hop aboard a 64-foot, single-deck catamaran and jump in the water for a snorkel at the mid-ocean reef. Then cruise around Molokini's rugged, red rock back wall, home to a variety of seabirds. Snorkeling equipment plus a continental breakfast and buffet lunch are included.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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6 Passenger Private Charter

6 Passenger Private Charter

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SIGHT-SEE , SNORKEL OR BOTTOM FISH OR TROLL ON A 29 FOOT STAMOS TARPON. THIS VESSEL HAD A TEAK SWIM DECK AND A FRESH WATER SHOWER AS WELL AS A BATHROOM.
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  • 1 day 4 hours
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Maui Snorkeling To Molokini Tour - All-Inclusive 5-Hour - Morning Session

Maui Snorkeling To Molokini Tour - All-Inclusive 5-Hour - Morning Session

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Breathtaking, Yet Relaxing is our goal.  Join us on our brand new 53-foot Lani Kai II, with 20-foot water slide. The Lani Kai II accommodates a maximum of 49 people per trip. Her ideal size makes it large enough to handle the seas, but small enough to provide a tranquil and relaxing experience for all. Our expert crew, veteran captains and our all-inclusive packaging, makes Maui Snorkeling one of the best experiences on Maui.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Maui Snorkeling to Coral Gardens - All-Inclusive 3-Hour Afternoon Session

Maui Snorkeling to Coral Gardens - All-Inclusive 3-Hour Afternoon Session

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Breathtaking, Yet Relaxing is our goal.  Join us on our brand new 53-foot Lani Kai II, with 20-foot water slide. The Lani Kai II accommodates a maximum of 49 people per trip. Her ideal size makes it large enough to handle the seas, but small enough to provide a tranquil and relaxing experience for all. Our expert crew, veteran captains and our all-inclusive packaging, makes Maui Snorkeling one of the best experiences on Maui.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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