Molokini Wild Side Snorkel Tour

Pacific Whale Foundation
Central Maui, South Maui
Breakfast & Lunch Included
Ocean Explorer Boat


  • Snorkel at renowned Molokini, a sunken volcano crater with incredible underwater visibility
  • Snorkel at Turtle Arches and cruise down the South Maui coast looking for dolphins
  • Small fast boat with only 38 passengers max (16 in COVID) for more adventure and to explore hidden gems
  • Onboard naturalist shares interesting info about marine life and leads reef tour
  • Cooked food and drinks included
  • Directly supports a non-profit that studies and protects the marine environment
$180 per adult
  • Starts 7:30am
  • Duration 6 hours

Pricing & Availability


On this intimate and adventurous 6 hour morning cruise, you'll visit arguably the best snorkel spots on Maui, where you'll have a good chance of seeing large sea turtles, dolphins, whales (in season), underwater lava arches, and varied tropical fish and other marine life. You'll snorkel at the sunken Molokini crater (only accessible by boat), first the front edges and then the unique back side of it that is usually only visited by smaller boats. The cruise then heads to the South Maui coast where it stops for snorkeling at Turtle Arches / Town, followed by cruising down to south Makena and La Perouse Bay looking for dolphins. 

This tour is well suited for more experienced snorkelers & swimmers (with minimum age of 7), and the smaller boat and group means it can explore more off-the-beaten-path sites that larger boats do not. The attentive and knowledgeable crew will get you properly fitted with gear (included: premium snorkel gear and flotation devices such as noodles, water belts, and life jackets), educate you about the marine life you’ll see and the local geology, provide a snorkel refresher as needed, and give a guided reef tour. There is a Junior Naturalist Program to engage and inspire any kids. Breakfast and a BBQ lunch cooked onboard included.

Looking for more availability, or a larger boat that is more family or beginner friendly? Check out our other 5 hour cruise, and compare the two here.

Booking Tip

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TravelShack's Choice

Why we recommend this option over others
  • Fast smaller boat for more adventurous cruise that can cover more ground than larger boats
  • More comfortable seating than smaller rafts which also have limited amenities (no bathrooms, basic food)
  • Onboard certified marine naturalists, most with science degrees, to provide context for what you are seeing
  • Learn from a prominent non-profit organization that has advanced marine life research and conservation efforts for over 35 years
  • Profits from your tickets support PWF's important work
Traveler Reviews
TravelShack Customer rating:

5.0 out of 5 stars
Also rated on:

July 2021

suzanne wrote:

Great crew, great food.

June 2021

Robert wrote:

This was an amazing tour! Front and back of Molokini was so awesome. The crew was fantastic, great lunch, and I loved the flexibility of this tour to go where the conditions were best!

June 2021

Amazing trip all round! Highly recommended

Guidebook Reviews

Maui Revealed Guidebook:

Molokini: One of the best snorkel spots in the entire state

Lonely Planet Guidebook:

Molokini: Hawaii’s Top 20 Attractions. 250 species of tropical fish.

Pacific Whale Foundation: These tours do it right

Fodor's Guidebook:

World-famous Molokini Crater is the most popular snorkel cruise destination in Maui. Visibility is generally outstanding and fish are incredibly tame.

Moon Guidebook:

Molokini Crater: Top Highlight. The water is some of the clearest in the world and the snorkeling is the best in the state


  • Central Maui, South Maui
Departure Point
Ma'alaea Harbor

10-25 min from Kihei/Wailea
30 min from Ka’anapali/Lahaina
Frequently Asked Questions
  • Non-profit organization whose mission is to protect the oceans through science and advocacy. It conducts marine research, educates the public, and fights for marine life and ocean conservation.
  • Hawai’i Ecotourism Association Sustainable Tourism Certification
  • Part of the Dolphin SMART wildlife viewing and conservation program
  • Holds annual Maui Whale Festival to raise awareness about conservation and raise funds to support its important programs
  • Provides complimentary reef-safe sunscreen
  • Boats use energy efficient, low emissions engines
  • Developed and outfitted all boats with whale protection devices, the first devices in the world for commercial vessels that guide whales away from propellers and running gear
  • Uses bio-compostable cups, and reusable plates and silverware
  • Sources locally grown fruits, vegetables, and meats to reduce carbon footprint
Terms and Conditions
Cancellation Policy
  • Refundable until 48 hours prior to activity time (72 hours for groups over 15)
Taxes/fees added at checkout
  • 4.166% Hawaii sales tax (GET)
  • 3% Harbor Tax
  • $4.50 fuel surcharge per person
  • As an intermediate to advanced snorkel adventure, this trip is not recommended for non-swimmers, pregnant women, people with heart conditions, or anyone with neck, back, or knee problems. Children under 7 are not permitted.
  • No sunscreen permitted that contains harmful ingredients for the reefs and marine life (oxybenzone, octinoxate, avobenzone, avobenzine, homosalate, octisalate, octocrylene, and ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate)
  • No full-face snorkel masks permitted due to safety concerns