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Molokini Crater

Molokini is a Marine Sanctuary, protected by the state of Hawaii. It is believed that Molokini Crater formed over one hundred thousand years ago. The depth of the ocean on the back side of Molokini is about 300 feet.

Inside the caldera, at your snorkel site, the sea floor gently slopes to a gradual depth of about 40 feet. There’s plenty of fish and a variety of colorful corals on the reef you will be snorkeling. The top of the crater rises about 150 feet above sea level and its width is about half a mile. Years of erosion has given Molokini a crescent shape. The steep walls provide shelter from the wind and ocean swells once inside the dormant caldera. Molokini is located about six miles offshore from Maui.

molokini marine life
molokini crater maui

Its isolation creates a unique environment for snorkeling. The quality and clarity of the ocean surrounding Molokini is exceptional. Underwater visibility is consistently 80-100 feet. This is the result of deep ocean water exchange which brings in clean water and removes sediment. The absence of sediment increases sunlight penetration, which in turn feeds the algae living inside the coral. Molokini is a healthy ecosystem providing some of the best snorkeling on Maui.

Your Captain’s mission is to take you to the very best snorkeling Maui has to offer, and we have found that Molokini and Turtle Town are the best of the best!

Best of both
worlds

We visit both of these wonderful locations 9 out of 10 trips. Occasionally, the prevailing weather prohibits us from going to these sites. Your safety is the Captain’s number one objective and there are those occasions in which the skipper must select alternate snorkeling destinations for your safety and enjoyment. The good news is that we make it to Molokini and Turtle Town nearly every day.

Molokini snorkeling is truly a unique opportunity to visit one of only three semi-submerged volcanic calderas in the entire world. The other two are in Greece.

MOLOKINI
SNORKELING

Layers of colorful coral combined with incredible water clarity and diverse marine life make Molokini one of those “must do” activities on your vacation list of things to do. Snorkeling at Molokini aboard our 50-foot Uniflite with fewer passengers allows us to set a relaxed pace while providing the highest standard of service to each of our guests.

WILL WE SEE TURTLES AT MOLOKINI?

The only thing missing while snorkeling at Molokini Crater is the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles.

The sea turtles habitat is much closer to the shoreline of Maui which provides them with the opportunity to lay their eggs on the beach and bury them in the warm sand. Our guests really appreciate that in addition to snorkeling at Molokini, we take you to a second beautiful coral reef, aptly named Turtle Town, where you will see a completely different ecosystem and have the opportunity to swim with the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles.

The sea turtles habitat is much closer to the shoreline of Maui, which provides them with the opportunity to lay their eggs on the beach and bury them in the warm sand. Our guests really appreciate that in addition to snorkeling at Molokini, we take you to a second beautiful coral reef, aptly named Turtle Town, where you will see a completely different ecosystem and have the opportunity to swim with the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles.

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