Molokini Crater Snorkel Cruise

Pacific Whale Foundation
Central Maui, South Maui
Breakfast & Lunch Included
Molokini Crater

Highlights

  • Snorkel at renowned Molokini, a sunken volcano crater with incredible underwater visibility
  • Also snorkel at Turtle Arches and/or other sites along South Maui coast
  • Onboard naturalist shares interesting info about marine life and leads reef tour
  • Breakfast and BBQ lunch, plus alcoholic drinks
  • Directly support a non-profit that studies and protects the marine environment
From
$113 per adult
  • Morning
  • Duration 5 - 6 hours

Pricing & Availability

Overview

One of the most famous snorkel spots in Hawaii, the sunken u-shaped volcano crater of Molokini is a marine sanctuary with stunning visibility of up to 180 feet, colorful coral, and plenty of tropical fish. On a half day cruise, you'll stop at Molokini (only accessible by boat) and popular Turtle Arches. You'll have a good chance of seeing large sea turtles, dolphins, whales (in season), underwater lava arches, and varied marine life. The friendly 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 be seeing and the local geology, provide snorkel instruction as needed, give a guided reef tour, and give special attention to the younger ones with the Junior Naturalist Program. A free marine wildlife poster per person is also given.

Two different cruises are available, one more beginner and family friendly on a larger boat with many amenities (Option 1) and the other one more adventurous and longer on a smaller boat (Option 2). You can compare both options in this table.

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TravelShack's Choice

Why we recommend this option over others
Review by TravelShack Team
  • 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 their important work
  • Snorkeling conditions best in the morning when the water is calmer and clearer
  • Option 1: Unlike sailing catamarans, plenty of indoor seating for those who like shaded seating (with spacious windows)
  • Option 1: Starting Nov 1, 2018, the max passengers has been reduced from 130 to 110, which is less than similar sized large boats that hold 130-150

Location

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

Distance
10-25 min from Kihei/Wailea
30 min from Ka’anapali/Lahaina
Guidebook Reviews

Maui Revealed Guidebook:

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

Option 1
Molokini & Turtle Arches Snorkel
Option 2
Molokini Wild Side Snorkel
Times
check-in 30-60 min prior
7 or 8 am 7:30 am
Duration 5 hours 6 hours
Snorkel Stops 2: Molokini and Turtle Arches 2-3: Molokini (+ often back side), Turtle Arches, & sometimes 3rd spot + dolphin viewing
Beginner Snorkelers Yes, well suited Better for more experienced snorkelers & swimmers
Boat Ocean Odyssey, Guardian, or Voyager
65’ double-deck catamaran
Ocean Explorer
54’ catamaran
Max Passengers
Often less
110 38
Water Slide Usually* No
Access to Water Wide steps (easiest) Step ladder
Other Boat Considerations Larger and more stable (better for those prone to sea sickness) Faster boat closer to the water (more adventurous & covers more ground)
Breakfast Continental, served on boat Continental with eggs, served prior to boarding
BBQ Lunch Chicken, hot dogs, & garden burgers grilled onboard Smoked BBQ pork sandwich, chicken, hot dogs, & garden burgers grilled onboard
Refreshments Snacks, sodas, juices, and filtered water Same as Option 1
Alcohol 1 complimentary alcoholic beverage + cash bar Same as Option 1
Age Minimum None Age 7
Other Restrictions N/A Not recommended for pregnant women, non-swimmers, and those with heart conditions or knee, neck, or back problems
Price Age 13+: $125 $112.50
Age 12 & under: 1 Free per adult
or $67.50
Age 13+: $140 $126
Age 7-12: $80 $72
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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 (onshore and onboard0
  • 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