Snorkel, Parasail, and Boat to Breathtaking Vistas
Molokini Crater in Maui boasts some of the most unique geological features in the world. Not only is it a marine preserve, it is also a federally owned and protected Seabird sanctuary. The two nesting birds that most frequent the area are the Wedge-Tailed Shearwater and the Bulwer’s Petrel. The visibility in this beautiful crater is often 150 feet deep and there are an estimated 250 species of fish and 38 hard coral species. The humuhumunukunukuapua’a, which is Hawaii’s state fish, can often be spotted at the crater. You may even see moray eels, octopus and reef sharks. From the months of December-April our guests also frequently see majestic humpback whales on their boat ride to and from the crater. The waters surrounding the area are part of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale Marine Sanctuary. Considered to be an underwater paradise by many, it is no wonder that Molokini is one of the most popular dive and snorkel sites in Hawaii. Many of the tour boats conveniently leave from Ma’alaea harbor which is great whether you are staying on either the West side or South side of Maui. You can the crater year round, however, the optimal time of day to visit is in the early morning before the trade winds start blowing. The only way to enjoy a Molokini snorkeling excursion is by taking a boat tour. You can choose a family friendly catamaran or a fast paced exhilarating zodiac raft. Some of the tours offer barbecue lunch while others offer a deli lunch. All of the tours include continental breakfast, snorkel gear and flotation devices. Most excursions go to two snorkel sites.
Cruise to the scenic coastline of Lanaʻi island and snorkel a dazzling coral reef, home to abundant sea life. Wild dolphins are found in bays and offshore, including acrobatic spinner dolphins, friendly bottlenose dolphins, and curious spotted dolphins. Sightings of humpback whales are also common from December to April.
Maui is known for its warm weather, white sandy beaches and of course its sea turtles. Snorkeling is the easiest way to encounter these beautiful creatures.
Many of our visitors choose to book an excursion to Molokini and Turtle town, which is a second site off the coast of South Maui where you can snorkel with sea turtles.
Kaanapali and Honolua Bay are well known for their colorful sea life, underwater rock formations and abundant sea turtles. The most common sea turtle in Maui is the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle also known as the Honu in Hawaiian. In 1978, Honu were declared an endangered species and it is illegal to touch or harass them. Sea turtles are calm creatures and appreciate space and distance, but when you stay calm and relaxed, they will likely swim close to you.