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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
$179.00 per adult
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Best snorkel trip ever!!
The sea and wind were challenging for this snorkel trip HOWEVER our captain and crew pivoted and took us all to a different area to view lava flows and calmer seas. We were able to snorkel there and had a fabulous day! everyone was so friendly, lunch was perfect, music choice was fun, and we had a truly fantastic experience!
Mary_H, Nov 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Maui

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Scott_O, Nov 2022
Maui Snorkeling Molokini Crater and Turtle Town aboard Pride of Maui
The crew did a great job and were very attentive. There were 2 members of our party who had partied a little hard the night before and the ride from Molokini Crater was a little rough, choppy water and they helped them and the other members who were feeling a little sea sick. I would highly recommend them and use them again the next time we are in town.
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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.
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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!
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Great guides, great snorkeling!
Dakota_A, Oct 2022
Molokini Crater Zodiak Adventure Snorkel and Turtle Cove Swim
Esteban, Ryan, and Maria were awesome guides and their experience and knowledge really made the trip special. We got to swim right alongside a bunch of turtles and then went to molokini crater where the water was unbelievably clear. A very awesome experience indeed!
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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!
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Bumpy memorable ride! Sit up front
Ale_G, Nov 2022
Molokini Crater and South Maui Coast Adventure from Kihei
A great time! The boat is pretty fast ride, a little bumpy but i definitely recommend sitting in the front! We wouldn't have had such a fun ride in a bigger smoother boat. My friend and I were laughing so much when it was rocky and we were clinging to our seats! Staff is super friendly and nice. the spots we went to were nice to swim fishes were definitely present! The price is a little steep but worth the experience.
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Perfect experience!
Hugh_H, Nov 2022
Molokini Crater and South Maui Coast Adventure from Kihei
The whole redline team were extremely knowledgeable and so much fun! Also, the snorkel spots were the best we’ve seen in Hawaii. We will use redline again, every time we come back to Maui.
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Best snorkeling experience so far
Curtis_F, Nov 2022
Molokini Crater Snorkeling 2 hours Tour
Loved the snorkeling with a great staff. Bella was fun and helped with everything. Great day! Highly recommend!
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Amazing trip
Heidi_B, Nov 2022
Molokini Crater Zodiak Adventure Snorkel and Turtle Cove Swim
The captain and crew were amazing. Felt safe in the water! Saw many turtles! Great lunch! Fun atmosphere!
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So Much Fun
Shannon_C, Sep 2022
Maui Snorkeling Molokini Crater and Turtle Town aboard Pride of Maui
Beautiful experience! The captain and all members of the crew made sure we were having a good time! The whole excursion was relaxing and fun! Loved snorkeling at Molokini Crater!
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Beautiful spot with active sea life.
Christine_S, Oct 2022
Molokini Crater plus Turtle Town Snorkeling 4-hour Tour
Our guides were extremely helpful and knowledgeable. Loved the variety of ocean life they were able to show us.
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Must do in Maui
Eric_R, Oct 2022
Molokini Crater plus Turtle Town Snorkeling 4-hour Tour
The crew was friendly, informative and entertaining. The experience was awesome. Plenty of turtles at Turtle Town. The crater didn't have as much of a variety of fish as I was expecting, but it was still something I would recommend.
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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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