Molokini Snorkel & Turtle Cove
Join us for an exhilarating 4 hour Maui Snorkel Tour onboard “Reef Explorer, Hawaii's newest and fastest custom built Super Raft. This fast and fun ride will take you to snorkel the crystal clear waters of world famous Molokini Crater. We arrive to Molokini with impressive speed, allowing our guests more time in the water to truly explore the marine life of this natural volcanic wonder.
From here we take a short ride over to our favorite "Turtle Cove" to swim among colorful fish and an abundant population of Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles that make this cove their home. This unique cove is also known as a "turtle cleaning station", is where this protected species come to have their shells "cleaned" by the ever helpful Surgeonfish. A fun sight indeed, it is common to see up to a dozen or more turtles at one time!
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.
Turtle Cove Swim
What is a "Turtle Cove" exactly? There are many such coves in Maui, but we have our favorite. Located just a short 15 minute ride from Molokini Crater, this cove along the Kihei shoreline is known as a "turtle cleaning station". Here this protected species comes to have their shells "cleaned" by the ever helpful Surgeonfish. A fun sight indeed, swim with these graceful creatures and observe them glide through the waves and surface for air. More often than not, we see up to a dozen or more at one time!
Molokini/Turtle Cove Adventure 4 Hours
$149Per Adult Book Now!
Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance for a refund. Children must be 4 years of age to participate. Not recommended for pregnant women or those with neck or back injuries. All trips and snorkel locations are subject to change or cancellation due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. The company will make the final decision and may cancel at any time should weather conditions be deemed unsafe to complete the activity. Customers will have the option to reschedule or receive a full refund in the case of operator cancellation. While advanced notice will be provided when possible, tour cancellations may be made up to the activity start time.