Molokini Snorkel Tours
Join us for an exhilarating Maui Snorkel Tour onboard “Ocean Freedom” and snorkel the crystal clear waters of world famous Molokini Crater. Weather permitting, we will do a “float snorkel” on the back side. This is a special treat very few tour companies offer! Then we follow that up with a short ride over to “Turtle Town” and swim among the colorful fish and abundant population of Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles that make this cove their home.
Molokini, a crescent-shaped volcanic crater about 3 miles off Maui’s south shore, is one of Maui’s most unique and beautiful places to dive and snorkel. Its shape creates a protective oasis from waves and strong channel currents. The partially submerged cinder cone is home to a lush reef teeming with marine life, 250 different species of reef fish and hundreds of species of coral, some of which are found only in Hawai’i. Reef sharks and moray eels can sometimes be seen in the crater.
This world-renowned spot has excellent visibility, with depths ranging from only a foot near the shore to 20-50 feet in most dive spots, to over 300 feet at its deepest points. It has an area of 23 acres and is almost a half mile wide. It is the remains of one of seven volcanoes that formed the prehistoric Maui Nui island over 230,000 years ago. Early Hawaiians visited Molokini to fish, as well as to hunt seabirds, eggs, and feathers. Today, the crater is a Hawai’i state seabird sanctuary.
According to Hawaiian legend, Molokini was a beautiful female mo’o (gecko) who fell in love with a handsome Maui prince, whom the fire goddess, Pele, also loved. Pele, in a jealous rage, cut her rival in two and turned her into stone. Her head is said to be Pu’u Olai, the cinder cone by Makena Beach, and her curved tail formed Molokini. A Molokini Snorkel Trip to the crater’s crystal clear tropical waters is a must-do activity for any visitor to the island of Maui.