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

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 water so crystal clear you can see for 100 feet. On this Molokini snorkeling tour, enjoy a Continental breakfast while cruising out to the crater, before jumping in the crystalline waters and scouring the colorful reef. You'll also 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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Molokini and Turtle Arches Snorkeling Trip from Ma'alaea HarborSnorkeling

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 5-hour 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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Molokini Snorkeling Adventure Aboard the Calypso from Ma'alaea HarborSnorkeling

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 amenties like a glass-bottom viewing room and snorkeling equipment as well as a buffet lunch on the triple-decker catamaran.
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This tour snorkels Molokini after the morning crowds have left. That gives us much more freedom in the choices for snorkeling.
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Molokini Crater and South Maui Coast Adventure from KiheiSnorkeling

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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Kanaio Molokini Adventure

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We are the only company on Maui that has been going to the Kanaio Coast since 1985 and only we know all the secret places.
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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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Molokini Crater and Turtle Town Snorkeling Tour from Ma'alaea Harbor4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Molokini Crater and Turtle Town Snorkeling Tour from Ma'alaea Harbor

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A trip to Molokini Crater grants visitors the chance to take in scenic ocean views from a catamaran and discover the world below the surface while snorkeling at the underwater lava formations of Turtle Town. The calm water and bountiful marine life make this an ideal snorkeling spot for everyone from first-timers to long-time snorkeling enthusiasts. Plus, a guide provides security and instruction for beginners.
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Maui Whale Watching and Snorkeling Tour from Ma'alaea Harbor4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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Snorkel in the crystal-clear waters of Molokini Crater during this half-day tour. Enjoy a continental breakfast at the dock before heading off on your snorkel adventure. Sail out to the crater and snorkel among tropical fish and colorful corals. If the weather allows, enjoy a “float snorkel” at the back of the crater. Enjoy a delicious deli lunch over in Turtle Town and see some Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles in the cove.
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Molokini Snorkel and Performance Sail from Ma'alaea Harbor

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Sail aboard a catamaran to Molokini crater, one of Maui’s best snorkel sites. The volcanic atoll off the south coast is a natural marine preserve, home to 250 species of tropical fish. Join the crew at the helm of “Paragon II” as Maui’s afternoon trade winds get the boat to this top destination.
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Board a triple-deck catamaran and sail from Maalaea Harbor to Molokini or Coral Gardens during this afternoon snorkel tour. Find a seat on the spacious vessel and take in the views as you sail to one of the locations (dependent on weather conditions). Then, don your snorkel gear and jump in the crystal clear waters for a chance to see a variety of marine life up close.
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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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YOU ARE SNORKELING MOLOKINI CRATE AFTER THE MORNING CROWDS HAVE LEFT. THEN YOU ARE WHALE WATCHING WHEN THERE ARE MUCH FEWER BOATS AROUND WHICH GIVES YOU GREATER VISIBILITY.
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