Molokini Crater Snorkeling Tours

Kai Kanani offers two Molokini Crater Snorkel Tours to choose from daily:

Sunrise Deluxe Snorkel


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

Adults: $199 | Children: $161

Departing Daily

Signature Deluxe Snorkel


Our classic tour. Enter Molokini just as the other boats are leaving and snorkel with room to explore. Swim with the Green Honu of South Maui, with a full lunch and open bar coming out once snorkeling is finished. This is the tour you’ll be talking about once you get back home.

Check-In: 9:15am – Return: 1:15pm

Adults: $199 | Children: $161

Departing Daily

The History of Molokini Crater

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.

Snorkel Molokini Crater, Maui

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.

Legend Has It…

…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.

How Do I Get to Molokini Crater?


The experienced South Maui traveler calls Kai Kanani’s reservation desk at (808) 879-7218 to make all arrangements. No worries about traffic or getting lost, because at Kai Kanani we are pleased to offer a Mercedes shuttle from select Wailea Resorts to our exclusive Maluaka Beach launch. From there it’s a short 15-minute sail to Molokini Crater.  This means you’ll have more time to sleep before you leave and more time to snorkel once you arrive at Molokini Crater.

What You Are Likely To See…

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.

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