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Molokini Crater
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 Zodiak Adventure Snorkel and Turtle Cove Swim
Molokini Crater Zodiak Adventure Snorkel and Turtle Cove Swim
US$179.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
First class experience!
Boat is an amazing ride and gets you to places you want to see quickly. Amazing efficient crew. An added bonus. Saw lots of Whales.
Les_E, Jan 2023

Recent reviews from experiences in Maui

star-5
Whales, turtles, fish, oh my!!
Karla_b, Jan 2023
Molokini Crater and South Maui Coast Adventure from Kihei
Snorkeling off the backside of the Molokini crater is not to be missed!! The sea life was beautiful and hearing the whale song under the water was epic!! Are captain and crew were very knowledgeable and entertaining through out the trip and we are so thrilled we had the best time!! 10/10 recommend redline tours!!
star-5
Overall a good experience
aniruddhadas, Dec 2022
Molokini Crater and South Maui Coast Adventure from Kihei
Molokini crater snorkeling was fun. Too crowded though.. I wouldn’t recommend this if you are doing this for the first time.
star-4
Our family trip
Melissa_S, Jan 2023
Maui Snorkeling Molokini Crater and Turtle Town aboard Pride of Maui
Our only negative was that we didn’t see any turtles. The staff was friendly and helpful and the boat was clean and well-maintained.
star-5
Great trip!!!
Robert_M, Sep 2022
Maui Snorkeling Molokini Crater and Turtle Town aboard Pride of Maui
Crew was very friendly and willing to assist with any requests. The boat was clean and organized. The open bar was great.
star-4
Rain couldn’t stop us!
Mark_W, Jan 2023
Molokini Crater Zodiak Adventure Snorkel and Turtle Cove Swim
Pouring rain. Made the most of it. Saw a few whales along the way, highlight was a school of dolphins swimming alongside our boat.
star-5
First class experience!
Les_E, Jan 2023
Molokini Crater Zodiak Adventure Snorkel and Turtle Cove Swim
Boat is an amazing ride and gets you to places you want to see quickly. Amazing efficient crew. An added bonus. Saw lots of Whales.
star-5
We’ll worth it and will do it again next time we come back
Jeremy_G, Jan 2023
Molokini Crater plus Turtle Town Snorkeling 4-hour Tour
Great trip. Lots of fun. Staff was friendly and helpful. They showed us were the best spots were and kept us safe.
star-5
I was hoping to see a...
Michele_T, Jan 2023
Molokini Crater plus Turtle Town Snorkeling 4-hour Tour
I was hoping to see a shark and sure enough, one showed up. A small white tip. Plenty of beautiful tropical fish to see. It was magical.
star-5
Pride of Maui is amazing!
Rachel_W, Aug 2022
Maui Snorkeling Molokini Crater and Turtle Town aboard Pride of Maui
My friends and I were extremely impressed by this snorkeling tour! Pride of Maui provided some of the best customer service I’ve experienced in a long time. The food was delish, mai tai’s were yummy, and the boat itself was clean and very nice. If you’re considering going on a tour like this, choose Pride of Maui!
star-5
Incredible snorkel
Christopher_O, Dec 2022
Molokini Crater Snorkeling 2 hours Tour
One of the best snorkels in Hawaii. Also the birds on the island are amazing to watch. Staff was also very helpful.
star-5
Great day
Raleigh_H, Jan 2023
Maui Snorkeling Molokini Crater and Turtle Town aboard Pride of Maui
The staff was amazing. Very helpful. The trip was filled with information and saw a number of whales.
star-5
Absolutely LOVED
Katherine_C, Jan 2023
Molokini Crater Zodiak Adventure Snorkel and Turtle Cove Swim
My husband and I had such a great experience /land our guides were incredibly knowledgeable and nice. Had great music, good food, and great company. The cove was an entirely new snorkeling experience and definitely not great for those nervous in a current!
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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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