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Molokini Crater

Molokini Crater

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3,598 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
$208.22 per adult
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Awesome
Our guides we really great. Had a fun time In the speedy red boats. Snorkeling was great, and turtles were so fun to see. Appreciated that the guides new their stuff and improvised with a windy day to still provide a great experience. Really great company and nice that it smaller groups
Blake_B, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Maui

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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.
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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
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First time that I enjoyed snorkeling and was taught well
chona_r, Aug 2021
Molokini Crater and Turtle Town Snorkeling Tour from Ma'alaea Harbor
Excellent staff a great experience I do feel safe at all times Clean boat and all the staff is wonderful 💕💕💕
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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.
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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.
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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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Enjoyable tour
Geoff_L, Aug 2021
Molokini Crater Snorkeling 2 hours Tour
Great tour for our interest level in snorkeling. We wanted to visit Molokini Crater but didnt want to spend several hours tied up in a tour. Captain & crew were top notch and captain had a good sense of humor
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Pride of Maui is appropriately named
Scott_V, Sep 2021
Molokini Crater and Turtle Town Snorkeling Tour from Ma'alaea Harbor
The crew on the Pride of Maui is amazingly attentive and helpful. They are always on alert and anticipated our needs without being asked. They noticed our need for eyeglasses and fit us with magnification masks. We enjoyed the whole time with this tour very much. The crater snorkel was full of beautiful sea life and Turtle Bay was a success as well.
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Awesome
Blake_B, Sep 2021
Molokini Crater and South Maui Coast Adventure from Kihei
Our guides we really great. Had a fun time In the speedy red boats. Snorkeling was great, and turtles were so fun to see. Appreciated that the guides new their stuff and improvised with a windy day to still provide a great experience. Really great company and nice that it smaller groups
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Crew and captain were great.
Cathy_L, Sep 2021
Molokini Crater plus Turtle Town Snorkeling 4-hour Tour
Saw a small white tipped shark and many turtles. Snacks were good. Crew was helpful and knowledgeable.
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Best Snorkel Tour on the island
Tommy_B, Sep 2021
Molokini Crater Zodiak Adventure Snorkel and Turtle Cove Swim
Best snorkel tour on the island..! The captain has a secret turtle cove spot he took us all to and we all got to swim with the turtles. The Molokini crater was also awesome..! I swam the reef with all kinds of exotic tropical fish and had a close up experience. The boat ride in itself was awesome and a little like a thrill ride, and the captain plays a perfect classic rock mix to make the ride relaxing and pleasurable. 5 Star experience..!

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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