Most Molokini snorkeling tours include
a stop at Turtle Town.
The best way to experience Molokini is aboard one of these awesome Molokini snorkeling tours! Over hundreds of years, coral polyps have found Molokini Crater to be a perfect spot to settle and grow. All the beautiful fish living among the corals couldn’t agree more, especially since their crater was named a Marine Life Conservation District! (No fishing is allowed, although the seabirds there never follow that rule.) You and your family will have an incredible time when you snorkel Molokini, which sits just three miles off the Maui coast. Several different and exciting vessels can take you there. Look below to see which one floats your boat!
The Quicksilver is a high-speed, double-decker catamaran and one of the best Molokini snorkeling tours. This boat has a water slide for folks who are ready to dive right in. There are kick boards with built-in viewing portholes for anyone who doesn’t want to put their face in the water. And for those who prefer to stay completely dry, there is a glass bottomed viewing room below deck. With Quicksilver, everyone in the family can enjoy the incredible beauty of the coral reef at Molokini!
You’ll need sustenance for this fun sport, so the day starts off with a tasty continental breakfast. The crew gives you all the snorkel equipment you will need, as well as a detailed explanation of how to use it. The gear includes prescription masks and comfortable flotation aids. Don’t be afraid to ask any questions you may have. Quicksilver’s crew will make sure you feel comfortable before you begin snorkeling. Once you’re in the water, they focus on your safety while you focus on having a great time!
Molokini is a Marine Life Conservation District, and the fish in the crater are incredible. They shine with brilliant colors and move as if they are dancing. Yellow and black stripes, neon green and purple outlines, white spots, and blue lips are just a few of the highlights you’ll see. Look for needlefish just below the surface, black triggerfish throughout the water column, octopus tucked into crevices, and more! After you have explored Molokini, the Quicksilver will motor you to another marvelous snorkel site. This one is named Turtle Town. Many Hawaiian green sea turtles spend time here, and you will love being a guest in their ocean home. Once you’ve had your fill of turtles, you’ll climb back aboard the boat to find a delicious hot lunch prepared for you!
Once you rest a bit, you’ll see that your day on the Quicksilver is still going strong. You’ll get a chance to run by La Perouse Bay, a favorite hangout spot for spinner dolphins. And if it is whale season, there is always the possibility for a sudden humpback whale watch as you return to the harbor. Awesome!
Snorkeling Molokini and Turtle Town with Quicksilver is amazing, so make it a great day!
The Malolo motorized catamaran is 55 feet long and outfitted with everything you could want for your Molokini snorkeling trip. You and your family have a great crew at your service, a continental breakfast and savory lunch served up throughout the day, and all the gear and instruction you’ll need for a great time on the water! This boat comes complete with a water slide for splashing right in, and there are also kick boards with portholes for those who don’t want to put their face in the water. The visibility in this volcanic crescent can be an incredible 150 feet! Snorkeling in the crater, you are sure to find Moorish idols, red slate pencil urchins, parrotfish, bluefin trevally, and more. If you are lucky, a spotted eagle ray may glide by as you float on the surface. And after exploring Molokini, the Malolo brings you to a second magnificent site they call Turtle Town. This place is a underwater paradise for sea turtles, and it will feel like paradise for you, too. Your day on the Malolo is ready and waiting!
Maui Dive Shop offers the Ali’i Nui, an incredible luxury catamaran, for your trip to Molokini. A hearty breakfast with scrambled eggs, bacon, and more is served as you leave the harbor. Once you reach the marine and bird preserve of Molokini Crater, you’ll have hours to spend in the water. The Ali’i Nui has all snorkel gear and instruction ready for you. Their array of equipment includes the fabulous dry snorkels. You can decide to huka dive, if you like, which is like snuba diving and will add to the depth of your coral reef experience. Regardless of your activity choice, you will have an amazing time getting to know the colorful Molokini fish. The fun and friendly crew will serve up an amazing lunch once you’re finished exploring. The Ali’i Nui boasts heated freshwater showers for you to rinse off with, and plenty of room to chill out. You will have time to rest before heading back to Maui. And there’s no way you can go wrong with complimentary transportation to and from your hotel!
Blue Water Rafting
If you’re up for some real adventure, Blue Water Rafting’s excursion to Molokini is the one you’re looking for. Not only do you get to visit the crater, but this fun craft will take you to snorkel Turtle Town and see the Kanaio Coast and La Perouse Bay! The raft accommodates just 24 passengers, and 60% of the vessel is shaded. Hang on tight while enjoying your continental breakfast and searching for dolphins in the early morning. The fabulous crew will explain how snorkeling works, hand out your gear, and get you in the water for some amazing underwater vistas. The brilliant fish living at Molokini and the sea turtles resting at Turtle Town are sure to make a lasting impression on you. A delicious deli style lunch is served between snorkel spots. As part of your amazing day, you’ll zoom over to Maui’s south coast. The Kanaio Coast and La Perouse Bay are full of fascinating jagged lava formations to see and photograph. If the water is calm enough, you may be able to get in the water here, too!
The Four Winds 55 foot motorized catamaran brings extra fun to your Molokini snorkeling trip. They provide some awesome amenities. There is a water slide, a below deck viewing room with a glass bottom, and excellent tunes on the stereo sound system. During your time on the water, enjoy a continental breakfast and barbeque lunch. Relax as all of your snorkel gear is brought right to you, including special prescription masks if needed. Haven’t snorkeled in a while, or ever? No problem! The experienced Four Winds crew will give you the rundown. They’ll not only make sure you’re comfortable in the water, they’ll be in the water with you, watching you have fun. An underwater photographer is also on hand to document your family’s adventure! The photos are shown in a slide show on board during lunch, and you can buy them if you wish. If you have any questions about the magnificent sea life at Molokini, a marine naturalist is on board for you to ask. Snorkeling at Molokini with Four Winds is a great time—guaranteed!
Every Maui morning, the excellent crew at Friendly Charters is ready to take you out to Molokini! They bring you aboard the Lani Kai – their large motor catamaran – with aloha. You’ll have a great continental breakfast while you enjoy the trip to the crater. All your snorkel gear is provided, and you can even upgrade your activity to a snuba dive! The Lani Kai crew will teach you how to watch the fish in safety and comfort. No matter which fun you choose, no experience is necessary. After enjoying the beautiful reef at Molokini, you will motor over to see Turtle Town, too! This place is a popular sea turtle rest stop, so you are sure to see some of these awesome animals. Lunch is served after you get out of the water, beaming, at this second site. After some rest of your own, you and your family will return to the shores of Maui, full of excitement about your incredible day in the sun with Friendly Charters.
Paragon will sail you out to Molokini on a 47 foot catamaran. The beautiful boat leaves the harbor with a maximum of 38 passengers, so you and your loved ones have plenty of room to explore. The amazing crew serves a tasty breakfast on the way. A deli style lunch buffet is ready for you once you’ve finished snorkeling. Paragon really cares about the coral reef you’ll be exploring. They offer reef-safe sunscreen for you to use throughout the trip. Once you arrive at Molokini, you’re sure to enjoy yourself with Paragon. The crew provides all the snorkel instruction and equipment you could desire. This includes fabulous flotation aids and outstanding optical masks! While you’re looking at the incredible reef fish, be sure to keep an eye out for the strong and graceful spotted eagle rays as well as interesting eels. When the whales are in Maui, put your ears beneath the surface at Molokini and listen closely for their song.
If you are looking for an ocean thrill ride on the way to Molokini, you’ll want to take Redline Rafting! Their fun, 35 foot, rigid hulled rafts will bring you to Molokini very quickly. You will arrive before most of the other boats do, which places you at the front of the line to see the fish. This is actually the only company that guarantees you’ll go to Molokini. Sometimes the water is a bit too rough for good visibility inside the crater. When that is the case, these guys take you to the beautiful back side (the open ocean side) of Molokini for snorkeling! Both the inner crescent and the back side of Molokini are gorgeous coral reef habitats. You will love getting in the water there. Redline boasts a great crew, a delicious breakfast and lunch, a restroom on the raft, and all the snorkel equipment you’ll need! In addition to Molokini snorkeling, you’ll get a chance to sight see the “Forbidden” south coast of Maui. This wild area includes La Perouse Bay, where there is a good chance to see spinner dolphins.
Trilogy’s outstanding crew will take you to Molokini in style! Their fantastic fleet of sailing catamarans is the oldest family-owned excursion company on Maui. How do Mom’s homemade cinnamon rolls sound for breakfast? And what about a barbeque teriyaki chicken lunch (with vegetarian option, of course) after snorkeling? Trilogy gives you all that on your voyage, as well as personalized service and any snorkel gear you could ask for. When you are really interested in watching the fish (and you will be at Molokini), you tend to stay still and float. The wetsuit tops offered by Trilogy will keep you warm, and you’ll have more time in the water. Also, if it is your first time Molokini snorkeling, the friendly crew will teach you how everything works. If you want to try something a bit different, they offer a snuba option, too. Whether you snorkel or snuba, you’ll be checking out the butterflyfish, yellow tang, surgeonfish, and humuhumunukunukuapua’a before you know it! Trilogy also takes you to Turtle Town. This site is as exciting as its name suggests – there are sea turtles all over the place!
Molokini snorkeling is fantastic on every one of the boats above, so get on board and enjoy yourself!