Watch the colors of the water and the island come alive on our Sunrise Deluxe Snorkel Tour. Every morning, only Kai Kanani guests explore the ancient wonder of Molokini Crater* alone, before the other boats arrive. Featuring a premium breakfast with frittatas, plus bloody mary and mimosas, this is the most exclusive snorkeling tour on Maui.
Check-In: 5:45am – Return: 9:45am
Check-In: 9:15am – Return: 1:15pm
A natural shelter, teeming with life, Molokini Crater is a largely submerged volcanic cinder cone that lies three miles off of the South shore of Maui and rises about 160 feet above sea level. According to measurements from lava fragments, this volcanic cone was active around 230,000 years ago. Half of the Molokini Crater rim has eroded away, causing the floor of the crater to fill with water, creating a crescent moon islet and a sheltered coral reef. The walls of the crater provide a natural nesting place for sea birds. Molokini Crater was declared a marine preserve in 1977.
Rated one of the top snorkeling and diving destinations in the world, Maui’s Molokini Crater is the best place to explore Hawaii’s underwater wonderland. Famous for its amazingly clear waters and designated a protected marine sanctuary, this offshore wonder is home to over 250 species of colorful reef fish, many of which are endemic to Hawaii.
…that Molokini Crater was created from the tail of a beautiful lizard who was the rival of Pele, the volcano goddess. The beautiful lizard or mo’o, married Pele’s dream lover, a chief named, Lohaiu. In a jealous rage. Pele cut the mo’o in two and turned her into stone. The head of Lohaiu’s lizard wife became the 360-foot tall cinder cone called Puu Olai (Red Hill), which is located near Maluaka Beach (where Kai Kanani launches daily). The tail of the beautiful lizard became Molokini Crater.
Check out the Molokini Fish Guide to see a sampling of Hawaiian reef fish you are likely to encounter on Kai Kanani Maui Snorkeling Tours. In addition to Hawaii’s reef fish, we also often encounter dolphins, manta rays, turtles and more. Visit Kai Kanani on Facebook to see what our guests have been seeing lately.