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South Maui: PM Snorkel to Coral Gardens or Molokini Crater

South Maui: PM Snorkel to Coral Gardens or Molokini Crater

Explore one of Maui’s most impressive sites on this relaxing afternoon catamaran cruise to Molokini Crater or Coral Gardens. Dive into the rich marine biodiversity of the reefs in this partially submerged volcanic crater. Head to the meeting point at Maalaea Harbor for your check-in before boarding the Malalo catamaran. Set sail and admire the beautiful Pacific coastal views as you cruise towards your snorkel site. Stop at the ideal snorkeling location for that day. Have the option to purchase food and drink aboard. Jump into the pleasant water and look for colorful fish like parrot fish, yellow tang, and cornet fish. Keep your eyes peeled for the elusive spotted eagle ray. Feel free to rent wetsuits, digital underwater cameras, and prescription masks on the day of your activity to enhance your aquatic experience. After your unforgettable swim, relax with a drink (available to purchase) on deck as you return to your boarding point.

South Maui: Molokini & Turtle Town Snorkeling Tour with Meal

South Maui: Molokini & Turtle Town Snorkeling Tour with Meal

See Maui from a new perspective as you swim and snorkel alongside its marine life at Molokini and Turtle Town. Cruise to these famous snorkeling destinations by catamaran, and enjoy breakfast and lunch onboard. Meet your captain and crew near Maalaea Harbor for your check-in. Board the comfortable catamaran and enjoy a continental breakfast of pastries, muffins, fresh fruits, coffee, tea, juice, soda, and water as you head towards Molokini. Arrive at Molokini and admire the scenery of the extinct volcanic cone, home to around 250 different local species. Jump into the water and snorkel with native wildlife such as black triggerfish, yellow tang, and parrotfish. Continue onto Turtle Town, where you’ll swim with protected Hawaiian green sea turtles among the underwater lava formations. Rest assured a lifeguard will be in the water at all times as you snorkel around the beautiful coral gardens. Enjoy a deli lunch with turkey and ham Hawaiian sweet roll sliders with Mediterranean pasta salad, soft drinks, juice, and water. Choose to purchase beers or a Mai Tai, and relax in the shade of the cabin. Or top up your tan on the bow of the boat as you return to Ma'alaea Harbor.

South Maui: Eco Friendly Molokini and Turtle Town Tour

South Maui: Eco Friendly Molokini and Turtle Town Tour

Discover the underwater worlds of Molokini crater and Turtle Arches on this cruise from Maui. Get instruction on how to snorkel before exploring the reef. Learn about this biodiverse environment from professional naturalists. Eat a delicious breakfast before starting your trip. Enjoy a continental breakfast including pastries, fruit, and coffee before sailing out to Molokini. Molokini, Maui’s iconic crescent-shaped islet, is a beautiful reef known for its crystal clear waters, abundant coral, colorful fish, and resting seabirds. A protected marine conservation area, this volcanic crater is only accessible by boat with a certified tour operator and is the #1 snorkeling destination in Maui. Learn about the history and nature of your surroundings and the efforts being made to protect the ocean here.  Following your time at Molokini, head to Turtle Arches and enjoy a bonus snorkel site with its underwater lava formations and frequent turtle sightings. Watch for sea turtles, eels, octopi, and other reef fish. Once you are done snorkeling and have worked up an appetite, enjoy a freshly prepared lunch of grilled chicken, burgers, and salad before heading back to Ma'alaea Harbor.

South Maui: Sunset Prime Rib or Mahi Mahi Dinner Cruise

South Maui: Sunset Prime Rib or Mahi Mahi Dinner Cruise

Watch the glow of the sunset on the Kahalawai Mountains, Lanai Island, and the Molokini Crater on this sunset catamaran cruise from Ma’alaea. Keep an eye out for humpback whales while listening to Hawaiian music. Savor a gourmet dinner and relax with two drinks from the bar. Depart from the Ma’alaea Harbor and set off into the waves on a catamaran. After exiting the harbor, enjoy a complimentary drink before the dinner service kicks off. Explore the alcoves of the boat, gaze out over the ocean, and snap photos. While soaking up the tropical views, listen to island-style music. For dinner, chef Keoni will serve the succulent Hawaiian prime rib, Mahi Mahi, teriyaki chicken, ribs, steamed vegetables, white rice with soy sauce, and more. As you dine, take in views of Kaho’olawe and Lanai in the distance, as well as the top snorkeling location, Molokini Crater. Gaze out at the Kahalawai Mountains of Maui extending toward the sky. You are likely to see humpback whales visiting the islands from Alaska along with other marine mammals.

From Kihei: Molokini Snorkeling Adventure Tour

From Kihei: Molokini Snorkeling Adventure Tour

Get ready for an exhilarating adventure with "The Getaway," our delightful 40-foot Raft Boat designed for an unforgettable snorkeling and whale-watching experience. Explore the stunning south coast of Maui, snorkel with hundreds of vibrant marine lives, and witness majestic whales like never before. Our 2.5-hour snorkeling and whale-watching tour also includes complimentary snacks, tropical juice, bottled water, and high-quality snorkeling gear. Brace yourself for a wet and bumpy ride at times, but rest assured, it's all part of the excitement! Please note that our voyage to the Molokini Crater is weather-permitting and not guaranteed all the time. The alternative location is Turtle Town. The safety and comfort of our passengers are our top priorities, and our experienced crew will make the best decisions to ensure an enjoyable trip.

Maui: Molokini Snorkel and Performance Sail with Lunch

Maui: Molokini Snorkel and Performance Sail with Lunch

Discover Molokini aboard a fast-sailing catamaran, where your trip includes a continental breakfast on the leisurely sail across Ma’alaea Bay. Take in the stunning landscape that makes Maui special, and during whale season (December – May), spot the humpback whales as they swim nearby. While at Molokini, swim, snorkel, and rinse off with a freshwater shower. After snorkeling, indulge in a full lunch buffet and refresh with a variety of beverages, including wine and local beer. Maui’s afternoon trade winds can really get the boat going, so join the friendly crew at the helm and try your hand at sailing the high seas! 

South Maui: Molokini Crater and Turtle Town Snorkeling Trip

South Maui: Molokini Crater and Turtle Town Snorkeling Trip

Board your boat at Kihei and set sail for Molokini Crater. Dive into the sea with your snorkel to see butterfly fish, triggerfish, turtles, and many other species of tropical fish. Take a break and eat a sandwich while you relax aboard the ship. Arrive at Kihei boat ramp for check-in, then board your boat at the dock and set sail. Listen to a safety briefing from your captain while you are on the way. Travel to Molokini Crater, a volcanic island formed by a crater, if the weather allows it. Jump into the sea to snorkel or relax on the ship. Eat some snacks and have a drink, before you visit another snorkeling spot. Look out for Hawaiian green sea turtles, triggerfish, butterflyfish, and many more. Swim around in the sea and admire the natural beauty, then have a few more snacks if you like. Finally, sail back to Kihei boat ramp.

South Maui: Molokini Snorkeling Adventure

South Maui: Molokini Snorkeling Adventure

Embark on a half-day snorkeling adventure on a glass-bottomed catamaran, with breakfast, lunch, and a professional crew included. Look out for all types of Pacific marine life, from dolphins to turtles and coral reefs, in 2 snorkeling spots — the Molokini Crater and Turtle Town.  Begin your tour at Maalaea Harbor to board your boat. Join the crew aboard the Calypso, Maui's newest addition to the fleet, where you can even view the ocean from its glass bottom. Calypso is the only 3-deck catamaran in Hawai'i. Benefit from an easy-to-use stairway in and out of the water, lots of shade, and plenty of Jimmy Buffet music.  Start the day off right with a continental breakfast that includes mixed muffins, pastries, fruit, coffee, tea, and juice. Next, be dazzled by Molokini Crater, located off the south shore of Kihei. Expect pristine conditions as Molokini is a protected marine preserve and bird sanctuary.  See how the extinct volcanic cone provides a home for native Hawaiian marine life such as manta rays, fish, urchins, and sharks, who all swim around the coral through the clear water year-round. Use the provided snorkeling equipment to explore the underwater world.  Take advantage of the 2 water slides to make it more fun, especially for kids. And fret not— a lifeguard is always in the water watching over the snorkelers to ensure their safety. After leaving Molokini, your second snorkeling spot of the day is Turtle Town, where you will swim with Hawaiian green sea turtles amid the calm water and coral. Then, return to the boat for a relaxing deli sandwich lunch. Some of the tour’s top amenities include 2 slides, a jumping platform, 2 freshwater showers, use of snorkeling gear, flotation devices, and restrooms on the boat. There are 11 stair points to get into the water for easy and comfortable access. Wetsuits and underwater digital cameras are available to rent once onboard.

South Maui: Molokini Volcanic Crater Snorkeling Cruise

South Maui: Molokini Volcanic Crater Snorkeling Cruise

Explore beautiful underwater landscapes around Molokini Crater, and enjoy snorkeling while trying to spot some of the crater's 250 different marine species. Cruise through clear waters from Maui to reach the crater and enjoy snorkeling with its many marine species on this snorkeling cruise. Meet your skipper and depart from the starting point on Maui. Snap pictures of the shore as you embark on your cruise. Feel the wind in your hair as you ride to the Molokini Crater. Listen as your skipper provides you with fascinating educational information about the area. Stop at the crescent-shaped and partially submerged volcanic crater of Molokini. Use the provided snorkeling gear to explore the 38 hard coral species in the area. Have the chance to spot marine life like black triggerfish, yellow tang, parrotfish, butterflyfish, and bluefin. Uncover the beauty of the ancient volcanic crater of Molokini on this snorkeling cruise from Maui. Swim through waters that are teeming with colorful marine life including various types of hard coral. After snorkeling, return to the starting point.

Maalea: Koa Kai Maui Molokini Snorkel Tour

Maalea: Koa Kai Maui Molokini Snorkel Tour

Join a thrilling snorkeling adventure on Koa Kai, with seating guaranteeing plenty of space for everyone on board. Stop at Molokini Crater, Maui's most iconic snorkeling location, then on to witness Maui's diverse water ecology in your multi-stop snorkeling adventure. Watch a snorkeling demo for any individuals with all levels of experience before being outfitted with your snorkeling and flotation equipment, including premium silicon masks, snorkels, and fins, flotation vests, and optical masks.

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What people are saying about Molokini

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4.6
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We loved the experience!! The reefs were beautiful and it was amazing to have a chance to go reefs off an island that is a bird sanctuary. The guides are very knowledgeable and the tour is eco friendly, plus your money goes towards their company’s environmental conservation and research efforts, so it’s a lot of fun for a good cause! It was a big plus that they had optical masks since both of us are nearsighted and wear glasses—the last time I went snorkeling, I had to look through my phone camera the whole time to see, so it was so cool to actually be able to look at everything!! We didn’t personally get a chance to see a turtle but some people on our tour did. It was amazing and we definitely recommend it!

Well organized snorkeling tour. Safety measures were taken very seriously. Captain was very dedicated to give snorkeling 101 to all beginners and little kids. I personally would prefer Molokini tour instead of Corral Garden, but due to conditions it was not possible. Corral Gardens is beautiful and it was really cool to see Hawaiian monk seal. Very good tour for the money paid!

I think several tours were combined because I received an email about the ship change the day before. But that didn't affect the whole thing. Tour size was 150, which was almost a bit too much in the water. But all in all, I can only recommend the tour if you want to snorkel and see turtles 👍🏼

They all were awesome! We had the best time as a family and we love the pictures! They even babysit my lil toddler for a while, meanwhile a snorkel for a couple of minutes!

The sunset cruise was so nice- the food was very good- the staff were all very pleasant and did an awesome job- Would definitely do this again🌸🌺🌸