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|Molokini Snorkeling from Maui|
|Aloha Blue Charters - 40' Power Catamaran|
|Aqua Snuba Adventures - 50' Power Boat|
|Blue Water Rafting - Rigid Hulled Inflatable|
|Four Winds II - 53' Sailing Catamaran|
|Friendly Charters - Lani Kai - 53' Power Catamaran|
|Frogman - 55' Power Catamaran|
|Kai Kanani - 65' Sailing Catamaran|
|Leilani - 45' Uniflight Motor Yacht|
|Mahana Nai'a - 58' Power Catamaran|
|Maui Magic - 54' Power Catamaran|
|Pacific Whale Foundation - 65' Power Catamaran|
|Paragon Sailing Charters - 47' Sailing Catamaran|
|Pride of Maui - 65' Maxi Catamaran|
|Quicksilver Charters - 55' Power Catamaran|
|Redline Rafting - 35' Ocean Raft|
|Sea Fire - 30' Aluminum Hull S.A.F.E (Secured Around Flotation Equipment)|
|Trilogy Excursions - 55' Sail Catamaran|
|Wailea Boating Company - 36' Powerboat (Private Charters)|
Molokini Snorkel Tour
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Molokini snorkeling tours offer one of the premier snorkeling adventures in all of Hawaii
Molokini Crater is actually the tip of an extinct volcano vent, barely peeking above the ocean's surface between Maui and Kahoolawe.
- Visibility is often 150 feet, tropical fish are everywhere, and Molokini's sheer cliffs and rugged beauty are the focus of professional photographers from all over the world.
- Of all the activities we have sent people on over the years, none has been more popular or has provided more positive feedback than our snorkel trips to Molokini. People just love it! It's a perfect destination - only a forty-five to sixty-minute cruise out of Maalaea Harbor.
- Molokini is an underwater Marine Preserve and Molokini's snorkel areas are protected.
- Molokini is also a protected habitat for sea birds.
The bowl of Molokini Island Crater is teeming with marine life. The colors and shapes of the fish are so beautiful and distinctive that visitors to our island find themselves returning to Molokini year after year in what has become for many a pilgrimage of sorts.
The only way to get to Molokini to snorkel is by boat and there are lots.
Large boats, small boats, power boats, sail boats - you name it, we have it. There are so many choices it can become confusing. Here are a few of the key questions to ask yourself to help you (and help us) sort out what Molokini snorkel trip might be best for you.
- Do you want a large boat that is stable in the water for your snorkeling tour to Molokini?
- Would you prefer a smaller, more personalized vessel with fewer people on board?
- How about a zodiac raft trip for your Molokini snorkel?
- Would you like to snorkel at Molokini and then go to a second location off the coast of Maui to snorkel again?
- How about taking advantage of the late morning trade winds and choose a sail boat for a refreshing sail home?
- Would you like to leave from Maalaea Harbor, the small Kihei boat ramp, or Lahaina harbor?
- Is price a factor? Molokini snorkel prices vary considerably.
Tom's Tips - Molokini Snorkel Tour
- Snorkeling Molokini is best in the morning. Afternoon trade winds make snorkeling impossible most days. Many boats advertise an afternoon trip to snorkel Molokini at an attractive reduced rate and will go if weather permits. When weather does not permit, which is most often, they maneuver to a protected spot off Maui's coast and snorkel there instead. If you want to snorkel at Molokini, book a morning trip.
- Do the Molokini snorkeling tour first. If you're here during whale season and plan to go on a whale watch trip as well as a Molokini snorkeling tour you just might see enough whales on your Molokini snorkel to last your whole vacation.
- Book your Molokini snorkeling tours early. During busy times we book up most boats days in advance.
- If you have an underwater camera, be sure to bring it.
Aloha Blue Charters will take you to Molokini aboard the "Hokua". The "Hokua" is a forty-foot power catamaran that is extremely fast. This boat will get you to your destinations quickly and comfortably. The catamaran hull makes for a very stable stance in the water. She is a modern eco friendly jet drive propelled vessel with no external propellers for added safety. This boat takes smaller groups of no more than thirty passengers.
(From: $79.90 - To: $79.90)
Aqua Adventures is a well-designed, fast and stable mono-hull that has an ideal design for its daily tours to Molokini. It limits its passenger count to just about forty
passengers so it's a bit more personalized than some of the larger boats. A true distinction this boat has compared to many others is that they make a concerted effort to provide the technique of "SNUBA dives" into their Molokini experience. SNUBA is a patented system connecting you and your dive companions to an inflatable raft, which follows you along the surface supporting your air tank. SNUBA Diving allows you to dive to a depth of 10 feet and is a thrill your entire family can enjoy together. SNUBA is probably the simplest, most fun introduction to the thrills of scuba diving there is. All it takes is a short 15 minute lesson and away you go exploring Maui's underwater world. No prior experience is required. Keep in mind that "SNUBA" is an option on this boat but if you want to just snorkel that's not a problem.
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Blue Water Rafting is one of the few Molokini snorkel companies that also offers snorkel and rafting tours to the remote Kanaio coastline along Maui's southern shore. Kanaio is the site of Maui's last volcanic eruption in the 1780s and the underwater lava flows, lava arches and sea caves built a seabed of clarity and visibility for some of the most beautiful snorkeling on the island. This part of the island is very difficult to access by land. The lava fields are very abrasive because of their extremely porous texture. The texture looks almost like a sponge and the rock will eat through all but the most rugged footwear or truck tires. Once you get into the water you will understand why the ancient Hawaiians would set up fishing encampments along this coastline. This texture is a blessing for the undersea world. When you get into the water you will see how the corals are able to easily root into the stone and grow into some amazing formations. These coral formations provide shelter and food for the abundant populations of fish that inhabit this region.
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The "Four Winds II" is a boat that is great for families and mixed-groups going to Molokini because there is something for everyone. The large fifty five-foot double deck power/sailing catamaran has a spacious shaded cabin and an upper sundeck. There is a glass bottom viewing room where for those that would rather not get in the water. There is a waterslide, BBQ lunch and SNUBA diving is available too. The crew is known for their ability to help beginners and people who are not yet comfortable snorkeling learn the correct methods and feel comfortable in the water. They will be in the water to assist, teach and serve as lifeguards for the entire time.
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The "Lani Kai" is a very fast fifty-three foot power catamaran. She is one of the quicker boats to depart out of Maalaea Harbor. The speed of the "Lani Kai" allows them to spend more time snorkeling and less time en route. They snorkel at two locations. They will go to Molokini first before they move on to turtle town where they will set up the buffet lunch. You can spend your time on the upper sundeck relaxing, playing on the waterslide, cruising by the buffet and bar, or swimming in the tropical water! They also have SNUBA available on board for those that want be a little closer to the reef. The maximum that the crew allows on the boat is seventy passengers.
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Frogman Charters has been a big name in the Molokini Snorkel industry for quite some time. The fifty-five foot catamaran "Frogman II" has always been known as a value themed trip that goes to Molokini as well as to Turtle Town. Their catamaran hull design is stable and allows for easy access into the water. The snorkeling at Molokini is for lack of better words, amazing. This shallow reef that is surrounded by deep water provides visibility that can be at times reach as much as two hundred feet. The second snorkel spot you will visit when you're done snorkeling Molokini is Turtle Town. Turtle Town is a snorkel spot that is nestled next to a white sand beach. Turtles crawl up onto the beach and lay their eggs. This ideal breeding environment and their protection under law has allowed the Turtle population to flourish, which is something I'm sure you'll agree with after you've snorkeled Turtle Town yourself.
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The "Kai Kanani" is a sixty-five foot sailing/power catamaran that departs from the beach in front of the Makena Beach and Golf Resort. "Kai Kanani" goes to Molokini and on some trips they also go to a second spot that is known for it's abundant population of Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles. This departure location is much closer to Molokini then the Maalaea Harbor or the Kihei Boat Ramp so the "Kai Kanani" is able to get out to the snorkeling destination very quickly. The catamaran hull design makes for a very stable and smooth ride out to the protected waters of Molokini. After you're done snorkeling Molokini you can go to a second snorkel spot and look for some turtles. This boat is a convenient option for those that are looking for a boat that is departs from a location that is close to the resort communities of Wailea and Makena. The large catamaran can pull right up onto the beach to pick up and drop off passengers, you board barefoot and you'll generally get wet up to about your knee as you climb the stairs of the "Kai Kanani".
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A sister ship to the Pride is their boat "Leilani" which is used for Molokini Tours. There are a slew of desirable features, which make this boat a great choice for a Molokini adventure. They have an upper sun deck and a completely enclosed lower cabin, fresh water shower, modern marine head. Recently the boat has been renovated with new engines and with cosmetic additions making it sleek, comfortable and reliable. For over thirty years Pride Charters has provided top-quality tours to Molokini on snorkel adventures as well as providing great dinner, cocktail cruises and whale watches. Their homeport is Maalaea Harbor which is situated centrally on the island. This central location provides convenient access from all island locations. The focus and philosophy of the company has always been to provide impeccable service to their guests and their large, stable and spacious vessel has greatly assisted them in achieving this goal for many years.
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The "Mahana Na'ia" is one of the original boats used to tour Molokini. Their catamaran hull design allows for a very stable platform to snorkel from. The success of this theory is evidenced by the countless other boats that have also adopted the catamaran hull design for this trip. The crew of the "Mahana Nai'a" has always been among the friendliest and we have received countless accolades regarding their attentiveness and generous concern for their clients well being. The "Mahana Na'ia" goes to both Molokini and Turtle Town on its daily sojourn into the South Maui waters. The "Mahana Nai'a" and is also available for private snorkeling charters to Molokini as well as custom private charters.
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The Maui Magic is one of the faster boats to go to Molokini from Maalaea Harbor. She often times does a trip out to Molokini and then Turtle Town, The Kanaio Coast or La Perouse Bay. This boat is so fast it is able to get all the way to La Perouse in the time it takes many boats just to go to turtle town. This translates into more time in the water snorkeling and less time waiting around on the boat to get there. The Maui Magic features a waterslide, BBQ grills, quality snorkel gear and a great sound system. She is fifty-four feet long and is certified by the coastguard to take seventy people. However, in effort to keep their boat as spacious and comfortable as possible they limit their capacity to forty-five passengers.
(From: $108.90 - To: $108.90)
The Pacific Whale Foundations is perhaps best known for their Whale Watches, but what many people do not know about them is that they also offer a variety of different trips to go snorkeling in the waters off of Molokini and Lanai. Molokini is perhaps one of the most well known marine preserves in Maui County. This small caldera shaped atoll is home to some of the best water visibility you can find anywhere on the planet. The reason for this is simple. The reason why the visibility levels of the water deteriorate is because of sediments that get either churned up off of the bottom, or by runoff from a nearby landmass. Molokini is surrounded by rather deep water and is generally fairly calm water. This keeps the amount of sediments down because there is a generally very small amounts of sediment being churned up off of the reef of the deep water that surrounds the island acts as a buffer zone to absorb most of the runoff from the nearly islands of Maui, Kahoolawe and Molokai. Pacific Whale Foundation offers a variety of trips to this location.
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The “Paragon” and “Paragon II” are some of the fastest wind powered vessels to sail in the waters of Maui. These boats have been clocked at over thirty knots on windy days and to be along for the ride is a thrill to say the least. The amazing thing about these boats is how luxurious they are considering how well they perform. The wide deck of these catamarans allow for plenty of space to spread out and find a place to lie out and enjoy the sun. There is also a large shaded cabin for you as well
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The "Pride of Maui" one of the largest boats that offers snorkel trips to Molokini. It is a sixty-five foot vessel that is designed for comfort and stability. It is a "Maxi" catamaran which is designed means that is very wide. This wide design allows for a very high degree of stability as well as a great deal of deck space. The crew of the "Pride of Maui" is known to be very helpful and will be right there with you to assist throughout the entire trip. Snorkeling gear and instruction is included. The snorkeling destinations that are visited by the "Pride of Maui" are truly world class with frequent sightings of Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles, Parrot Fish, Angel Fish, Trevally, Wrase, Eel, Triggerfish as well as a multitude of other species of tropical reef fish. "Pride of Maui" offers trips in the morning and afternoon, and during the winter it is common to see whales on either of these trips.
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The "Quicksilver" is a fifty five foot double deck catamaran that offers trips to the Molokini Marine Preserve. The "Quicksilver" is a very comfortable boat with plenty of shade in the lower cabin as well as a full open air sundeck on top. All snorkel equipment and instruction is included. The Molokini Marine Preserve has some of the clearest water you will find on the planet and in addition to snorkeling here, the "Quicksilver" also will go to a second spot called Turtle Town because of the large population of Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles that are found here.
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Redline Rafting offers South Maui Coast and Molokini Snorkel Tours and Private Charters out of the Kihei Boat Ramp in South Maui. Redline is owner operated and has over 20 years experience running charters with an emphasis on customer service. Travel a shorter distance with smaller groups on a 35' Custom Ocean Raft.
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The "Seafire" is one of the shortest and least expensive trips that goes out to Molokini. The "Seafire" is a thirty foot aluminum hulled S.A.F.E (Secured Around Floatation Equipment) Raft. The "Seafire" departs from the Kihei Boat Ramp, which is only about a fifteen-minute boat ride from Molokini. Some of the trips offered by "Seafire" will also go to another snorkel destination called "Turtle Town". All snorkel equipment and instruction is provided. The "Seafire" is a very fast boat and the ride can be a bit bumpy at times, anyone that has had any recent operations, has a history of back problems or joint issues should not go on this boat.
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Trilogy Excursions has been offering sailing and snorkeling trips in the waters of Maui County for over thirty years. The company was founded by the Coon brothers and is now run by their many sons and daughters. They offer trips to Molokini as well as a variety of other locations including the island of Lanai. The crew of Trilogy Excursions is very safety conscious and has reputation for going all out to make sure that their guests are enjoying themselves throughout the entire trip.
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If you're looking to escape the people and would like to go to Molokini on your own private boat then you should look into the Wailea Boating Company. Their speedboat the "Xian" was constructed by a renowned Florida builder and will take you in comfort and style to the destination and tour of your choice. The "Xian" measures thirty six feet in length and cranks out over four hundred horsepower to get you wherever you want to go quickly. The boat is designed for comfort with a canopy to provide shade as well as a large swim step.
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Molokini Crater Snorkeling Tours near Maui - Molokini is the tiny island located about 6 miles off the coast between Maui and the island of Kahoolawe. Since 1977 it has become both an Underwater Marine Reserve and a Marine Bird Sanctuary and enjoys the governmental protections that are provided by each. In geological terms it is referred to as an underwater caldera and is one of three such formations on the planet. Essentially it is a volcanic cinder cone that just manages to peak its top above water and its cone provides a shallow protected area in the middle of the ocean that is reminiscent of a fish bowl. The center of the bowl is about 80’ in depth however the areas closer to the surface that are ideal for snorkeling are at the 20 to 25’ levels. The highest points of the island above sea level are about 160’ and the entire island covers about 18 acres but you are not permitted to go onshore because of the extremely fragile ecosystem on the island. The back side of the island is quite sheer and descends straight down to depths of about 350’ and this area is only really accessible to and recommended for experienced divers. Marine life here is prevalent and it is estimated that this is the home of over 250 species of fish.