Molokini & Turtle Arches Snorkel Cruise

Overview & Activity Comparison

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 tropical fish and other 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 any younger ones with the Junior Naturalist Program. Continental breakfast and a hot BBQ lunch are included, as well as drinks and 1 alcoholic drink (+ cash bar). Ticket proceeds support the non-profit Pacific Whale Foundation that researches and protects the ocean and its wildlife.

Guidebook Reviews

Maui Revealed guidebook:

Molokini is one of the best snorkel spots in the entire state. It's where you'll find the best water visibility in all of Maui.

Lonely Planet guidebook:

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

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

Activity Comparison

The below table outlines the key differences between our snorkel cruises to Molokini and Turtle Arches. Please visit the individual pages for all the details and to book. 

Activity 1
Big Boat Cruise
Activity 2
Wild Side Adventure
Times 7, 8, or 8:30 am* 7:30 am
Duration 5 hours 6 hours
Snorkel Stops 2: Molokini, Turtle Arches 3: Molokini front and back, Turtle Arches
Boat 65' double deck 54' single deck
Max Passengers
Often less
110 (currently 90 due to COVID) 38 (currently 16 due to COVID)
Water Slide Yes (most cruises) No
Access to Water Wide steps (easiest) Step ladder
Other Considerations Larger & more stable boat (better for those prone to sea sickness) Faster boat closer to water (more adventurous & covers more ground but also bumpier)
Age Minimum None Age 7
Restrictions None Not recommended for pregnant women, non-swimmers, beginner snorkelers, and those with health conditions
Price Age 13+: $159.95
Age 7-12: $109.95
Age 6 & under: Free
Age 13+: $179.95
Age 7-12: $139.95
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