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Molokini: Our most recommended tours and activities

Maui: Eco-Friendly Molokini and Turtle Town Tour with Lunch

1. Maui: Eco-Friendly Molokini and Turtle Town Tour with Lunch

Discover the underwater worlds of Molokini crater and Turtle Arches on this cruise from Maui. Get instruction on how to snorkel before exploring the reef. Learn about this biodiverse environment from professional naturalists. Eat a delicious breakfast before starting your trip. Enjoy a continental breakfast including pastries, fruit, and coffee before sailing out to Molokini. Molokini, Maui’s iconic crescent-shaped islet, is a beautiful reef known for its crystal clear waters, abundant coral, colorful fish, and resting seabirds. A protected marine conservation area, this volcanic crater is only accessible by boat with a certified tour operator and is the #1 snorkeling destination in Maui. Learn about the history and nature of your surroundings and the efforts being made to protect the ocean here.  Following your time at Molokini, head to Turtle Arches and enjoy a bonus snorkel site with its underwater lava formations and frequent turtle sightings. Watch for sea turtles, eels, octopi, and other reef fish. Once you are done snorkeling and have worked up an appetite, enjoy a freshly prepared lunch of grilled chicken, burgers, and salad before heading back to Ma'alaea Harbor.

Maui: Molokini Snorkel & Performance Sail with Lunch

2. Maui: Molokini Snorkel & Performance Sail with Lunch

Discover Molokini aboard a fast-sailing catamaran, where your trip includes a continental breakfast on the leisurely sail across Ma’alaea Bay. Take in the stunning landscape that makes Maui special, and during whale season (December – May), spot the humpback whales as they swim nearby. While at Molokini, swim, snorkel, and rinse off with a freshwater shower. After snorkeling, indulge in a full lunch buffet and refresh with a variety of beverages, including wine and local beer. Maui’s afternoon trade winds can really get the boat going, so join the friendly crew at the helm and try your hand at sailing the high seas! 

From: Ma'alaea Harbor: Afternoon Snorkel to Coral Gardens

3. From: Ma'alaea Harbor: Afternoon Snorkel to Coral Gardens

Exploreone of Maui’s most impressive sites on this relaxing afternoon catamaran cruise to Molokini Crater or Coral Gardens. Dive into the rich marine biodiversity of the reefs in this partially submerged volcanic crater. Head to the meeting point at Maalaea Harbor for your check-in before boarding the Malalo catamaran. Set sail and admire the beautiful Pacific coastal views as you cruise towards your snorkel site. Stop at the ideal snorkeling location for that day. Have the option to purchase food and drink aboard. Jump into the pleasant water and look for colorful fish like parrot fish, yellow tang, and cornet fish. Keep your eyes peeled for the elusive spotted eagle ray. Feel free to rent wetsuits, digital underwater cameras, and prescription masks on the day of your activity to enhance your aquatic experience. After your unforgettable swim, relax with a drink (available to purchase) on deck as you return to your boarding point.

Maui: Premium Turtle Town Kayak and Snorkel Tour

4. Maui: Premium Turtle Town Kayak and Snorkel Tour

On this premier tour you will have a full morning of kayaking and snorkeling in Maui’s beautiful south coast. Anyone needing more water time, snorkeling and sunshine, this 3-mile paddle is the trip you're looking for. Expect a full morning of kayaking, exceptional snorkeling, reef life, beautiful corals, and turtles everywhere. Based on the weather and ocean currents, your expert tour guide will adjust your trip to either be more kayaking or more snorkeling to ensure the best excursion. In this small group setting, you will have more time to be in the water and see more marine wildlife! Before the action begins, you will receive an orientation with your guides, ensuring that you have all the appropriate snorkel and kayaking gear you require. During your guided tour you will get to stop at 2-3 prime snorkeling spots. These spots have been chosen to maximize your chances of seeing beautiful underwater marine life. You will also have the chance to enjoy some delicious snacks and beverages throughout the day, provided by your friendly and informative guides.

Maui: Private Rainforest or Road to Hana Loop Tour

5. Maui: Private Rainforest or Road to Hana Loop Tour

Choose from a flexible range of activity options for the entire trip. In East Maui's Rainforest: explore Waikamoi, Pua'aka'a, Hanawi, and Waikani Falls. Hike to hidden locations and discover bamboo forests and Rainbow Eucalyptus trees. Visit the peninsula town of Keanae, known for its unique and stunning lava rock coastline with ocean currents crashing against the lava rock walls. Visit Aunt Sandy's for local snacks, or stop at Coconut Glenn's for the best homemade coconut ice-cream. Stroll along exotic black and red sand beaches or venture into a unique lava cave with headlights. Visit some of the largest and most impressive lava tubes in Hawaii. Arrive in Hana for excellent lunch choices and Hawaiian snacks from local gourmet food trucks, stands, and Hana Farms, da best! See Green Sea Turtles resting on the beach, and more. Should you choose the Full Road to Hana Loop (clockwise or counterclockwise), make your way to the sheltered side of the island with rugged narrow windy roads that transition to the roller coaster smooth paved, Piilani Highway. Witness a remarkable contrast of cliffside driving with spectacular ocean views, panoramas of the Haleakala Volcano, sprawling landscapes, wildlife, and the Kaupo Gap. Make your way back home through the beautiful upcountry area of Kula for views of neighboring islands, Kaho'olawe, Lanai, U-shaped snorkeling isle of Molokini, and Iao Valley Mountains.

Maui: Hana Tropical Rainforest Luxury Guided Tour

6. Maui: Hana Tropical Rainforest Luxury Guided Tour

Discover the lush tropical beauty of Hana on a guided tour by luxury transportation. Learn about the history, the stories, and tales of this tropical rainforest that was once traveled by the island's ancestors. See roadside waterfalls, swim at the black sand beach, and jump off a waterfall into a freshwater pool. Begin with a pick-up from your hotel in the air condition comfort of a luxurious Cadillac Escalade or Custom Platinum Minibus. Arrive in Kahului, you'll make your way up the mountain, stopping at an open-air park to savor a light breakfast of mango bread and Maui Gold pineapple skewers. Weather permitting, start with a trip through Upcountry Maui, cruising through the southern base of Mount Haleakala as you get views of South Maui, Molokini, and Kahoolawe. Admire the rocky coastline of Maui’s last volcanic lava flow and hear the history of areas as far as your eyes can see. Take pictures at the base of a 75-foot waterfall, just before lunch. Stop at Kailani Flower Farm and Gift Shop where you'll have a chance to try the island flavors of a local-style prepared lunch. Visit the famous black sand beach located at Waianapanapa State Park. This will be your first opportunity to refresh yourself with a swim in the cool Pacific Ocean, weather permitting. Travel through the deep foliage, valleys and beauty endearingly called the "Heavenly Road to Hana.” Bamboo forests, lush ferns, and various types of plants line the valley walls as you make your way to each of the 50+ one-lane bridges with flowing waterfalls, streams, and freshwater ponds. Your guide will point things out along the way so you can take pictures, breathe in the fresh air and maybe even swim under a waterfall as long as the weather permits. Hear stories and facts about the Road to Hana which was named a Millennium Legacy Trail by President Clinton in the year 2000 and registered on the list of National Historic Places in 2001.

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What people are saying about Molokini

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,210 reviews

This trip was so cool, we are far from the fittest individuals but managed and felt supported and safe with our guide Jake. We had a leisurely kayak to our first location for snorkelling, during which Jake told us about the sea life and conservation efforts being made on the islands. Once we were at the spot, Jake gave us safety information and off we went, he made sure we were all able to see amazing sea life that was in the area, including multiple turtles, fish, sea urchins and others. Jake was so knowledgeable, fun and genuinely seemed to love his job. We would highly recommend this tour.

Snorkeling was amazing! Highly recommend. John was a terrific kayak guide and so knowledgeable about the Maui coast, culture and helped make the experience fantastic. We saw beautiful sea turtles and loads of fish. the coral reefs he brought us to were a quiet place with no other groups or boat activity. The day before we snorkeled off a boat with 50 people and saw little. As long as you can take instruction and are able to paddle with another person (all our boats were 2 people kayaks) Go for it!

Captain and the crew were awesome. Food was filling and timely (nothing exotic but good). The activity was itself amazing. Weather was cooperative as well. Saw bunch of different fishes, turtles, coral reefs, etc

I used this app today on the road to Hana in Maui. It was the perfect companion and without it we would have missed a lot of great stops along the way. Highly recommend! Well worth the money!!

Great snorkeling experience. Staff is wonderful and helpful