Maui Activity Center

Molokini Crater Snorkeling

Maui Activity Center

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Molokini Crater Snorkeling Tour

Molokini Crater is a volcanic cinder cone that has eroded over the ages. Now the island is a Marine Life Conservation District Seabird Sanctuary, and a world-class dive location. Located 3 miles off the shores of Maui, it is famous for having incredibly clear water with visibility exceeding 100 feet almost every day.


You will enjoy brightly colored tropical fish of which these waters are home to around 250 species, and it is possible to see monk seals, whale sharks, manta rays, spotted eagle rays and harmless white tip sharks. Molokini is one of the most popular & exotic snorkel & diving sites in the entire world. The back of Molokini drops off to depths of 300 feet. This area makes for a fantastic scuba dive.

The Molokini snorkeling video below provides

details on the Molokini Crater / Turtle Town snorkel activity that departs from Maalaea Harbor and Kihei Boat Harbor. Be sure to let us know if you would like to try scuba diving or snuba, rather than the standard snorkeling. Seems the best way to view all there is to see such as morey eels, turtle hiding spots, octopus, and the vast amount of tropical fish is by scuba diving or snuba.

Molokini Crater Activity Ideas

Molokini as a snorkel destination is weather-dependent. A few days a year the winds are too strong and the boats go to alternate dive sites. When that happens the captain will select a different snorkel site with the safety of the passengers in mind. Many boats offer afternoon trips that cost less than the morning snorkel tours, but the afternoon trips SELDOM go to Molokini. They usually go to "Coral Gardens" which is near the tunnel along the Pali Highway between Maalaea and Lahaina. If you want to be reasonably sure you are going to Molokini, you definitely want to book a morning trip.

Most Molokini boats offer introductory scuba diving and snuba tours as additional options. Both add about $50 to the cost of the snorkel tour. Snuba is a cross between snorkeling and scuba diving. You can swim 20 feet below the surface with a regulator in your mouth. An air hose comes down from a raft that follows you around on the surface. You don't need any certification for this, and it really gives a nice introduction to scuba diving without having to wear all the gear.

NCL passenger update
NCL cruise ship passengers are able do most of the Molokini Crater Snorkeling tours on second day in port in Kahului. When planned properly, the Molokini afternoon tours can be done on the first day. Both ideas require a rental car as the drive from the cruise ship is about 35 minutes. You can be picked up by the rental car companies at the cruise terminal. The Kihei tours are not practical for cruise ship passengers who come into the Lahaina port, so it's best to pick a Maalaea tour. Be sure to give us a ring and we can help coordinate tours that fit into your schedule.


Listed below are the Maui boats that provide

Molokini Crater Snorkeling Tours


Blue Water Rafting Maui Hawaii
Molokini Snorkeling Activities Lahaina, Kaanapali, Wailea, Kihei, Maalaea Snorkeling on Maui
Molokini Crater
Snorkeling
A vast array of colorful tropical fish await each ocean rafting tour. Spinner dolphins are frequently spotted on both Kanaio tours and snorkeling with them is common, though not guaranteed. Green Sea Turtles glide through all tours except the 2 hour Molokini Express . Humpback whales, flying fish, octopus, moray eels, manta and eagle rays, bottlenose dolphins, whale sharks, the endangered monk seals, corals, urchins, starfish, & more make appearances throughout the day.

Blue Water Rafting operates out of the Kihei small boat ramp, and offers a great alternative to people who are staying in a resort at Wailea, Makena, or one of the South Kihei condo properties. They offer four different tours, three of which go to Molokini crater. These tours are operated on a 24 passenger zodiac raft; their tours are exciting and fun for the adventure-seeker; no pregnant women, no neck or back injuries, and the minimum child age is 5.


Friendly Charters - Lani Kai Maui Hawaii
Maui Snorkeling Activities Lahaina, Kaanapali, Wailea, Kihei, Maalaea Snorkeling on Maui
Molokini Crater
Snorkeling
Best price for Molokini Snorkel Catamaran built for Kids. Great slide, snorkeling, snuba aboard the Lani Kai - departs Maui's Maalaea Harbor slip #76 daily at 7:00am for Molokini Crater Marine Preserve and "Turtle Town"; and 1:00pm to Molokini Crater or secluded Coral Gardens.



Mahana Nai'a Maui Hawaii
Maui Snorkeling Activities Lahaina, Kaanapali, Wailea, Kihei, Maalaea Snorkeling on Maui
Molokini Crater
Snorkeling
This 58 foot Sailing Catamaran provides for the most spectacular snorkeling and whale watching (December thru April). Includes equipment, optical masks, and lessons. Tradewind sailing with no motor noise or pollution. Also included is the following: snorkel vests and body boards with viewfinders, spacious decks and sheltered cabin, freshwater shower and easy, extra-wide stairway entry into water.



Maui Classic Charters Maui Hawaii
Maui Snorkeling Activities Lahaina, Kaanapali, Wailea, Kihei, Maalaea Snorkeling on Maui
Molokini Crater
Snorkeling
Whether it's our classic Molokini trip aboard the Four Winds II or our Beyond Molokini adventure aboard Maui Magic, or any one of our seasonal whale watching trips, you will discover the best adventure and a crew that is dedicated to provide you with the best fun that you will ever have!



Trilogy Excursions Maui Maui Hawaii
Maui Snorkeling Activities Lahaina, Kaanapali, Wailea, Kihei, Maalaea Snorkeling on Maui
Molokini Crater
Snorkeling
Trilogy was the first activity company in Hawaii to receive the coveted Pookela Award for customer service (1999). And, even though an independent survey of over 11,000 Maui visitors (Maui's Top 10) chose Trilogy the #1 sailing company and the #1 Activity on Maui, we still feel it is important to earn our reputation the old fashion way - one guest at a time! Our goal is to make you feel like family. Perhaps that's why so many of our guests return year after year. I guess you could say that sailing with us is like coming home!



Frogman Charters Catamaran Maui Hawaii
Maui Snorkeling Activities Lahaina, Kaanapali, Wailea, Kihei, Maalaea Snorkeling on Maui
Molokini Crater
Snorkeling
Frogman II is our 55 ft. sailing catamaran that heads out to Molokini & Turtle Town every morning. The Frogman trip is a deluxe excursion that visits two of the most incredible snorkel sites on earth. Molokini Crater and Maui's Turtle Town located near LaPerouse, Wailea and Makena beaches.



Quicksilver Catamaran Maui Hawaii
Maui Snorkeling Activities Lahaina, Kaanapali, Wailea, Kihei, Maalaea Snorkeling on Maui
Molokini Crater
Snorkeling
The Quicksilver is Maui`s newest power catamaran. Get to Molokini fast, and enjoy some of Maui`s best snorkeling.



Paragon Sailing Charters Maui Hawaii
Maui Snorkeling Activities Lahaina, Kaanapali, Wailea, Kihei, Maalaea Snorkeling on Maui
Molokini Crater
Snorkeling
Experience the ultimate as you sail with us from Lahaina Harbor to Lanai aboard Paragon, or from Maalaea Harbor to Molokini and Coral Gardens aboard Paragon II.



South Pacific Kayaks & Outfitters Maui Hawaii
Maui Snorkeling Activities Lahaina, Kaanapali, Wailea, Kihei, Maalaea Snorkeling on Maui
Molokini Crater
Snorkeling
South Pacific Kayaks & Outfitters can help you discover a different side of Maui that few ever see; stunning coastlines, pristine tropical waters teaming with sea-life and colorful coral reefs just waiting to be discovered. Your kayak excursion takes you along secluded coastlines where you often encounter the famous green sea turtle, playful dolphins and the majestic humpback whale (in season) all in their natural environment.



Maui Kayaks Eco Adventures Maui Hawaii
Maui Snorkeling Activities Lahaina, Kaanapali, Wailea, Kihei, Maalaea Snorkeling on Maui
Molokini Crater
Snorkeling
We pride ourselves on providing Maui's premier kayaking adventures, Maui Kayaks maintains small groups focusing on personalized service for maximum enjoyment. Each kayak trip is conducted with a love and respect for the sea - aloha kai, professionalism, pride and attention to detail will insure a fantastically fun, safe and memorable kayaking and snorkeling eco adventure. Maui Kayaks is not the largest or the oldest kayak outfitter in Hawaii, just the finest! Kayaking has quickly become one of the most popular Maui activities, choose wisely, choose Maui Kayaks!



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