Maui: Molokini Crater Snorkel
On this tour discover Molokini Crater and explore one of Maui’s most magnificent natural features, which is also a Hawaii State seabird sanctuary and marine life conservation district. This remarkable submerged volcanic crater is one of the world's top scuba diving and snokeling destinations — its unique crescent shape creates a natural barrier that provides protection from waves and open ocean currents.
Start your morning off by enjoying a continental breakfast served on board a 55' Sloop Rigged Sail Catamaran. Departing from Ma'alaea Harbor you will head in open sea toward the Crater of Molokini. In approximately an hour you arrive for an hour of snorkeling inside the craters 35 feet deep crystal-clear waters.
The unique geography of the half-submerged crater of Molokini creates a habitat for many native Hawaiian fish and bird species. The protective shelter of rock allow many of these rare Hawaiian species to thrive. You may take some time to sunbath on board or snap a few underwater photos while at the crater. If we’re lucky, you may even spot spinner dolphins at the crater. Rarely, a humpback may even enter the waters within the crater itself.
The area within and around the volcanic crater of Molokini provides a home for a wide array of colorful creatures including more than 250 species of fish including parrotfish, butterfly fish, jacks, snapper, various species of tang, damselfish, and even the state fish called humuhumunukunukuapuaa, or the Hawaiian reef trigger fish.
Larger marine life seen at Molokini may include eels, spinner dolphins, monk seals, green sea turtles, and even white-tip reef sharks. Nearly forty different types of hard coral grow around on or near Molokini, along with about one hundred algae species.
Molokini is often listed among the top ten dive spots in the world and offers beginner level snorkeling as well as advanced scuba diving opportunities. Beginners enjoy the basin of the volcanic caldera which is only about 35 feet deep. Intermediate divers can explore an underwater wall reaching depths of about 70 feet, while experts can go hundreds of feet deep on the back wall of the crater. No matter which dive you choose you are in for a colorful kaleidoscope of marine life.
A variety of snacks and beverages are provided as you depart Molokini and head towards a second snorkeling site. While snorkeling, your Captain will start the grill and begin preparing a fantastic plate lunch; to include Teriyaki grilled chicken, fresh tossed green salad, luau rice and Hawaiian sweet rolls. A vegetarian lunch is available, upon request. A wide assortment of non-alcoholic beverages are available and served on board throughout the day.
Finally, upon your return journey, keep your eyes focused along the waters surface for spinner dolphins, and during the winter months humpback whales are often seen on the journey to and from the crater.
Regular - Group Price Includes:
• Round-trip sail transportation from Ma'alaea Harbor to Molakini Crater
• Snorkel lessons
• Snorkel equipment
• Continental-style breakfast, including cinnamon rolls, fresh fruit, coffee, tea, hot cocoa & pineapple juice
• Plate lunch, including Teriyaki grilled chicken, fresh tossed green salad, luau rice and Hawaiian sweet rolls. A vegetarian lunch is available, upon request.
• Assortment of non-alcoholic beverages are available and served on board throughout the day.
Additional Ad-On's Include:
• Intro scuba (one tank intro dive) with instruction
• Certified scuba diving (one tank cert dive); please bring your certification card
• Snuba with instruction
• Private Charters for other dive locations may be available, upon request
Tour itinerary and snorkeling location changes as needed to accommodate seasonal weather, tidal patterns and surf conditions. Access to Molokini Crater marine life conservation district is dependent on desirable ocean conditions. Activity includes about 1.5 hours of snorkeling throughout the day.