Maui is known for its beautiful beaches and stunning scenery. Some of the best scenery you can see in Maui is found underwater and the only way to view it is by snorkeling or scuba diving.
One of the world’s best scuba diving locales is Molokini Crater, a crescent-shaped, partially submerged volcanic crater home to abundant sea life and one of Hawaii’s most pristine hard coral reefs. The Molokini Crater is located about 45 minutes from the shore of Maui, and the only way to get there is by boat. Most Molokini Snorkeling tours depart from Maalaea Harbor.
· Molokini and Lanai Snorkel Cruise: Double your fun with this excursion. It takes you to Molokini as well as the reefs of the coast of the island of Lanai. Lanai is known for its dolphin population so choose this cruise if dolphin watching appeals to you.
· Molokini and Turtle Arches Snorkel Cruise: With this combo cruise you’ll explore the majestic sea life and reef at Molokini before experience Turtle Arches, home to underwater lava arches and a large resident population of green sea turtles. Swim with sea turtles? Yes, please!
Another Molokini Snorkel Cruise option is from Maui Classic Charters. Hop aboard the Four Winds II, their glass-bottom boat, and discover Molokini Crater and Coral Gardens. At Coral Gardens, expect to see green Hawaiian sea turtles, eels, and parrot fish.
One of the reasons snorkeling and scuba diving at Molokini is so magnificent is visibility is often 150 feet, meaning you can spot the abundant sea life and coral creations with ease. Molokini is also ideal for snorkelers and divers of all skills levels. The crescent moon shape protects beginners against powerful currents, while the more experienced can head to the back of the crater, which has a depth of 350 feet.
Travel Tip: Make your Molokini Snorkel reservation in the morning for the best viewing.