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When was the last time you had a snorkel adventure inside of a sunken Hawaiian volcano, or enjoyed a freshly cooked BBQ lunch on the deck of a sailing catamaran? Thanks to its calm, crystal clear waters, bright coral reef, and 250-plus species of tropical fish, Molokini Crater is the most popular spot for snorkeling tours on Maui. Spend a day on a snorkeling tour as you explore the protected marine preserve and come face to face with some of Hawaii's most colorful marine life.

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From Ma'alaea Harbor: Molokini & Turtle Town Snorkeling Adventure Aboard Malolo
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From Ma'alaea Harbor: Molokini & Turtle Town Snorkeling Adventure Aboard Malolo

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Imagine swimming in a sunken volcano that teems with thousands of fish, while splashing in crystal clear water. On this Molokini snorkeling tour, cruise out to the crater, before jumping in the crystalline waters and scouring the colorful reef. Make a second stop dependent upon conditions, and search for turtles at Turtle Town or a spot named Coral Gardens. This family-friendly Maui activity is one of the island's most popular, and an unforgettable day of exploring the underwater world.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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Maui Snorkeling Molokini Crater and Turtle Town aboard Pride of Maui

Maui Snorkeling Molokini Crater and Turtle Town aboard Pride of Maui

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A trip to Molokini Crater grants visitors the chance to take in scenic ocean views from a catamaran and discover the world below the surface while snorkeling at the underwater lava formations of Turtle Town. The calm water and bountiful marine life make this an ideal snorkeling spot for everyone from first-timers to long-time snorkeling enthusiasts. Plus, a guide provides security and instruction for beginners.
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  • 5 hours
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Molokini Crater Zodiak Adventure Snorkel and Turtle Cove Swim
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Molokini Crater Zodiak Adventure Snorkel and Turtle Cove Swim

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Join us for an exhilarating snorkel aboard the all new REEF EXPLORER, Maui's newest luxury SUPER RAFT and snorkel the world famous Molokini Crater! Enjoy a full hour of snorkeling in this partially submerged volcanic crater, and view over 250 different species of reef fish and coral formations. REEF EXPLORER is a state of the art, 60 ft Super Raft, which arrives to Molokini Crater in less than 30 minutes. This allows guests more time to snorkel in a private setting, away from crowds. Our second snorkel stop is at our favorite "Turtle Cove", where we swim and observe the abundant population of Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles that make this cove home.  Tour includes pastries, deli wrap lunch, chips, granola bars, bottled water, sparkling water, Aloha juice, soft drinks, all snorkel gear and flotation devices.
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  • 4 hours
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Four Winds II Molokini Snorkeling Tour from Maalaea Harbor
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Four Winds II Molokini Snorkeling Tour from Maalaea Harbor

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Snorkeling in Molokini Crater is undeniably one of the best parts about visiting Maui. Here in this crescent, submerged volcano off Maui’s southern coastline, over 250 species of fish inhabit a world-class reef. Experience water so exceptionally clear you can see down 75 feet, and swim with schools of tropical fish while cruising the vibrant reef. You can also just sit and suntan on the deck, with sweeping views of Haleakala set just off the back of the boat.
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  • 5 hours
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From Ma'alaea Harbor, Maui: Molokini Snorkeling Adventure Aboard Calypso
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From Ma'alaea Harbor, Maui: Molokini Snorkeling Adventure Aboard Calypso

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Over 200 different species of fish inhabit Molokini Crater, and you have the chance to search for them all aboard this Maui snorkeling tour. Inside this ancient volcanic caldera that rises up out of the sea, you might also find manta rays, sea urchins, eels, or even a harmless shark. This tour also stops at a spot called Turtle Town along the Maui coastline, where you have the chance to swim alongside enormous Hawaiian Green sea turtles. Enjoy amenities like a glass-bottom viewing room and snorkeling equipment as well as a buffet lunch on the triple-decker catamaran.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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Molokini Crater plus Turtle Town Snorkeling 4-hour Tour
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Molokini Crater plus Turtle Town Snorkeling 4-hour Tour

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Get an up-close view of Maui’s coastal scenery—and leave the mainland behind for half a day of exploration—on this immersive snorkeling excursion. In the early morning, meet for a personal snorkel-gear fitting, hop aboard your vessel, and head out on the water. You’ll visit the Molokini Crater and Turtle Town, where you can snorkel in clear waters, spy marine life, and soak up the Pacific beauty.
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  • 4 hours
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Maui Snorkeling To Molokini Tour - All-Inclusive 5-Hour - Morning Session

Maui Snorkeling To Molokini Tour - All-Inclusive 5-Hour - Morning Session

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Breathtaking, Yet Relaxing is our goal.  Join us on our brand new 53-foot Lani Kai II, with 20-foot water slide. The Lani Kai II accommodates a maximum of 49 people per trip. Her ideal size makes it large enough to handle the seas, but small enough to provide a tranquil and relaxing experience for all. Our expert crew, veteran captains and our all-inclusive packaging, makes Maui Snorkeling one of the best experiences on Maui.
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  • 5 hours
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Molokini Crater and South Maui Coast Adventure from Kihei

Molokini Crater and South Maui Coast Adventure from Kihei

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Discover the amazing array of marine life that populates Maui’s Molokini Crater during this small-group snorkeling trip. Head by boat to this long-extinct volcanic crater just off Maui, a top-notch snorkeling site where visibility often surpasses 180 feet (55m). Among the many creatures you may spot during your adventure are rays, tropical fish and variety of other wildlife. Finish your trip at ‘Turtle Town,’ another well-known snorkel site where you can glide through the water with Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles. Your snorkel trip also includes, breakfast, lunch, local guide and snorkel equipment.
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  • 5 hours
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2hr Molokini Snorkel Trip
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2hr Molokini Snorkel Trip

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Maui's Molokini Crater is a submerged crater from an ancient volcano. Discover the abundant underwater world around the volcano during this snorkel tour from Maui. Depart from Kihei with a small group and enjoy plenty of time to snorkel inside the crater observing several aquatic species that call the crater home.
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  • 2 hours
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Maui Snorkeling Lani Kai - All-Inclusive 3-Hour Snorkel & Whale Watch

Maui Snorkeling Lani Kai - All-Inclusive 3-Hour Snorkel & Whale Watch

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Breathtaking, Yet Relaxing is our goal.  Join us on our brand new 53-foot Lani Kai II, with 20-foot water slide. The Lani Kai II accommodates a maximum of 49 people per trip. Her ideal size makes it large enough to handle the seas, but small enough to provide a tranquil and relaxing experience for all. Our expert crew, veteran captains and our all-inclusive packaging, makes Maui Snorkeling one of the best experiences on Maui.
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  • 3 hours
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Molokini and Turtle Arches Snorkeling Trip from Ma'alaea Harbor
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Molokini and Turtle Arches Snorkeling Trip from Ma'alaea Harbor

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Get off the beaten path to explore the wild side of Molokini on this half-day adventure from Maui. The small, crescent-shaped island of Molokini is an extinct volcanic crater with a thriving coral reef, home to more than 250 species of fish and 38 species of coral. Hop aboard a 54-foot, single-deck catamaran and jump in the water for a snorkel at the Turtle Arches reef. Then, cruise around Molokini's rugged, red rock back wall, home to a variety of seabirds. Snorkeling equipment plus a continental breakfast, buffet lunch, and refreshments are included.
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  • 5 hours
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Maui Whale Watching & Snorkeling Tour from Ma'alaea Harbor aboard Pride of Maui

Maui Whale Watching & Snorkeling Tour from Ma'alaea Harbor aboard Pride of Maui

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Enjoy a day on the water and combine two great Maui ocean experiences in one. This tour is an opportunity to snorkel at Molokini or another nearby coral reef before embarking on a whale watching cruise in search of humpbacks. As you sail, you can enjoy beverages from the open bar, as well as a delicious lunch.
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  • 4 hours
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5 Island Maui County -Private- Discovery Flight, for up to 3 people: See it All!

5 Island Maui County -Private- Discovery Flight, for up to 3 people: See it All!

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Soar above the islands of Maui County on this private flight. Step into your private cabin, suitable for up to three passengers, and take in the views as you fly over landmarks such as Honolua Bay, Kalaupapa National Historical Park, Molokini Crater, Wailea Beach, and lava fields. Don headsets so you can listen to clear, live commentary from your pilot and ask any questions while you fly.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Molokini Crater Snorkeling 2 hours Tour
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Molokini Crater Snorkeling 2 hours Tour

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Hawaii’s Molokini Crater, which lies off the coast of Maui, is home to hundreds of aquatic species and is an ideal place to snorkel. Enjoy a short cruise from Kihei to the crater and then don your snorkel gear to begin exploring the volcanic atoll. Spend a good amount of time snorkeling and keep your eyes peeled for sea turtles, reef sharks, rays, moray eels, and several fish species.
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  • 2 hours
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Super Raft - Private Charter Maui 3 Hour Snorkel to Coral Gardens or Molokini

Super Raft - Private Charter Maui 3 Hour Snorkel to Coral Gardens or Molokini

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Maui snorkeling options can be quite crowded since it’s a big tourist destination, but this Maui Private Super Raft and Snorkeling Experience helps you bypass the large groups. Ride a super raft with just you and your group to your snorkeling destination with a guide who knows the best places to get into the water at. See protected Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles and spinner dolphins, too.
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  • 3 hours
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Romantic Sunset Champagne -Private- Maui Air Tour: Intimate & Spectacular!

Romantic Sunset Champagne -Private- Maui Air Tour: Intimate & Spectacular!

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Experience the magic of Maui from the air aboard this scenic sunset flight. Board your private plane and take to the skies to enjoy unparalleled views of the lush island just as the sun is setting. Get a bird's-eye view of the island's top sights including Nakalele Blowhole, Molokini Crater, Honolua Bay, and several beaches.
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  • 1 hour
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Maui Whale Watching -Private- Air Tour: Spectacular Humpbacks Seen from Above!

Maui Whale Watching -Private- Air Tour: Spectacular Humpbacks Seen from Above!

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Most whale-watching tours in Maui involve setting out to sea, but the best views are definitely from the sky. With this private air tour, you'll fly over the sea for a bird's eye view of majestic humpback whales. While in the sky, your pilot will also take you over some of the island's most awe-inspiring natural attractions, including the Molokini Crater.
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  • 1 hour
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Maui Circle Island -Private- Air Tour: Maui's Magical & Hidden Beauty Revealed!

Maui Circle Island -Private- Air Tour: Maui's Magical & Hidden Beauty Revealed!

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See the entire island of Maui on this private air tour. Get a birds eye view of waterfalls, lava fields, beaches and such landmarks such as the Molokini Crater and Haleakala National Park as you fly over. From the air you'll see natural wonders that you'd never see at ground level.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Whale Watching

Whale Watching

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We operate from South Kihei 15 minutes boat ride to Molokini Crater. We also take small group of people up to 19 max this way all the guests have front seat viewing of the whales. The other good part is our departure is at 11:30 so you can rest and don't have to wake up so early on your vacation.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Are there sharks in Molokini Crater?

Yes, simply because Molokini Crater is in the ocean and sharks are present in the ocean. However, you are very unlikely to see one. That’s because the most common species at Molokini Crater is the white tip reef shark which hunts at night and spends most of its day in caves.

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Can you climb Molokini Crater?

No, you cannot climb Molokini Crater. Molokini Crater is a protected marine sanctuary, and therefore visitors are not permitted to set foot on it without express permission from both the United States Coast Guard and the state of Hawaii's Division of Forestry and Wildlife. Expect to receive a very hefty fine if you do.

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Is it safe to snorkel at Molokini Crater?

Yes, it is safe to snorkel at Molokini Crater. If you want to snorkel in Molokini Crater, you must visit with a licensed tour company. Companies that have received permits to provide snorkeling tours are trusted to watch over their guests and have a lifeguard in the water. Besides, the high crater protects snorkelers from swells in most directions.

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How do you get to Molokini Crater?

As it is a protected marine sanctuary, you can only visit Molokini Crater as part of a tour. Snorkeling and diving tours depart from nearby Maalaea Harbor, Kihei Boat ramp, Maluaka Beach, and Lahaina Harbor on Maui. Don't even think about trying to swim or kayak: the currents will likely take you far away.

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How long is the boat ride to Molokini Crater?

How long it takes to get to Molokini Crater depends on which Maui harbor you depart from. From Maalaea Harbor, it’ll take around an hour. From Kihei Boat ramp or Maluaka Beach, it’ll take less than 30 minutes. From Lahaina, it’s a journey of more than an hour, so it’s a good idea to drive to a closer harbor.

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How far is Molokini Crater from Maui?

Molokini Crater is located just three miles off Maui’s southwestern coast, from where most boat tours depart. From Lahaina, it’s around nine miles away. While that may sound like an easy distance to cover, dangerously strong currents mean that you should not attempt to swim or paddle there.

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