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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
So fun
Fantastic adventure for those who love the water. Visited multiple locations that all had different viewings and environments. Crew was friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. My husband said snorkeling may be ruined for him from now on because he can’t imagine a better experience.
Sarah_W, Aug 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
Awesome crew who cares about your experience
Leslie_A, Jul 2022
Molokini Crater Zodiak Adventure Snorkel and Turtle Cove Swim
The crew was amazing! We had less than ideal conditions for snorkeling but the crew made sure we got an awesome experience and looked out for our safety and enjoyment. Highly recommend this tour!!! They really went above and beyond our expectations when mother nature wasn't cooperating!
star-5
Awesome crew!!! Good...
CJ_L, Jun 2022
Maui Snorkeling Molokini Crater and Turtle Town aboard Pride of Maui
Awesome crew!!! Good food!! Clean boat, friendly passengers great views. I have nothing else to add but survey won’t let me quit with under 100 characters
star-5
Two thumbs up!
Jason_F, Jun 2022
Maui Snorkeling Molokini Crater and Turtle Town aboard Pride of Maui
We greatly appreciated such an awesome family trip! Thank you for a great boat ride, delicious food, and taking so many safety precautions due to strong winds that day!
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
Wonderfully fun!
Tennille_G, Aug 2022
Molokini Crater plus Turtle Town Snorkeling 4-hour Tour
We loved seeing the turtles and fish. The crew were wonderful. They educated us on not only the fish we would see but also on ocean conservation.
star-5
Clearwater snorkeling with plenty of tropical fish.
Larry_S, Aug 2022
Molokini Crater Snorkeling 2 hours Tour
This is the if you just want to experience beautiful clear Molokini waters and the tropical fish. You can experience plenty of turtles snorkeling off the beach near turtle town. Loved it!
star-5
Great snorkeling, skilled and fun crew, beautiful day on the water!
Hannah_F, Aug 2022
Molokini Crater and South Maui Coast Adventure from Kihei
The snorkeling was amazing, especially at Molokini with crystal clear water on the front side of the crescent. Lots of turtles at Turtle Bay. The crew was skilled, fun, and engaging.
star-5
Wonderful experience
Rebecca_H, Aug 2022
Molokini Crater Snorkeling 2 hours Tour
The crew was so friendly and knowledgeable! The snorkeling is phenomenal- clearest waters I’ve ever been in. We saw so many fish!
star-5
Amazing Trip
Theresa_C, May 2022
Molokini Crater and South Maui Coast Adventure from Kihei
What an amazing experience snorkling Molokini Crater. The coral reefs are so stunning! We saw lots of fishes and the best part was swimming with 2 turtles 🐢. Kai and Kim are the best captains! 10 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Highly recommended! Just book it! Experience the best of Molokini Crater
star-5
Amazing experience. Very...
Nilda_I, Aug 2022
Molokini Crater plus Turtle Town Snorkeling 4-hour Tour
Amazing experience. Very helpful crew. Bella was so kind! I would definitely do it again. We so many topical fish.
star-5
Great time!!
Logan_J, Jul 2022
Maui Snorkeling Molokini Crater and Turtle Town aboard Pride of Maui
My husband & I had an amazing time. We truly enjoyed the snorkeling trip. The crew on Maui Pride was phenomenal. They went out of their way to ensure everyone had a great time while be safe! Definitely recommend them. The Molokini crater was gorgeous. We didn’t see any turtles in turtle town but still cool!
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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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