Your afternoon Molokini snorkel tours seem to cost much, much less than the morning tours. I can see that they are out for less time but why is there such a difference in pricing?
Good question! The very best time to go out to see and snorkel Molokini Crater is in the morning. This is the time when the oceans are calmest and the winds are least. The afternoon time can be a real "wind fest" at times, so much so in fact that the tours will have to be cancelled and re-routed to a different location. The alternate site is usually at an area just off the cliffs near the harbor below Hwy 30 which wraps around the island from Maalaea to Lahaina. This is actually a fairly nice snorkel location but if you are looking forward to Molokini you may be disappointed. Also, most of the morning Molokini tours include a nice lunch and go to another location off the coast of south Maui often referred to as Turtle Town. The afternoon snorkels usually just serve snacks.
Molokini Island Crater is actually the tip of an extinct volcano, barely peeking above the ocean surface between Maui and Kahoolawe. Visibility is often 150 feet, tropical fish are everywhere, and its sheer cliffs and rugged beauty are often the focus of professional photographers.
Hawaii snorkeling is by far the single most popular category of activities to be found in Hawaii. One reason for this is that snorkeling in Hawaii is often a component of many different types of tours found on any individual island such as many of the dolphin watches, whale watches, diving tours, raft excursions and even in some cases dinner cruises.
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