Say Hello to Turtle Town: Snorkeling in the Molokini Crater in Maui

The Hawaiian Islands are filled with adventurous activities and unbelievable landscapes. While Maui has a lot of fun tourist activities, there are some special events you just can’t miss. Snorkeling in the Molokini Crater in Maui is one of those unforgettable experiences you can only have in Hawaii!

The crescent-shaped crater located in the Alalakeiki Channel just south of Maui is extremely popular with divers and snorkelers from all over the world! Primarily, this is because it is home to hundreds of species of fish and unique coral life, as well as being an excellent location for snorkelers of all levels of experience. Not only that, but it’s home to world-class snorkel tours!

Making Your Way to Maui and the Crater

Once you’ve decided to take your snorkeling tour, and you’ve found budget-friendly accommodation, the time is right to get going on your amazing holiday! Planning the way you travel to this beautiful Hawaiian island location is one of the easiest parts of planning your holiday. There are lots of flights going in and out of Kahului Airport on Maui. 

Once you’ve made it to this stunning island, the hustle and bustle of the many Maui tourist destinations will be enticing! Making your way to Molokini is easy when you find the right snorkeling tour company to get you there. The harbor of Maalaea is where you’ll meet your tour guides. Here you will board a boat filled with amenities to take you on the 45 minutes to an hour-long trip to Molokini!

What to Expect from Your Snorkel Adventure

Once on board the ship, you’ll make your way to Molokini Crater and Turtle Town! On board, you’ll be treated with a wide variety of amenities. This includes the following:

  • Spacious main cabin with hardwood bar, stainless galley, a cool glass bottom, and a hot shower for after swimming in the sea. 
  • A water slide, as well as safe access to the water for swimming
  • Onboard continental breakfast, BBQ lunch, and an open bar for the adults
  • Gorgeous panoramic views from the deck!

The five-hour tour is made all the more special with the help of such a fun-filled boat! Great for all ages, as well as all levels of snorkelers, this tour is only just getting started.

Turtle Town and Molokini Crater

You’ll be treated to not one, but two different snorkeling locations off the coast of Maui. Weather permitting, of course, you’ll be visiting BOTH Molokini Crater and Turtle Town. Whether you’re with a large group of friends, your family, or traveling alone, this tour will allow you to get up close and personal with a wide variety of ocean life!

Molokini is a world-renowned snorkeling spot for several reasons. 

  • All levels of experience: There are several locations for divers along the crater basin. This ranges from first time divers and snorkelers to experienced, highly trained divers. 
  • The Crescent Shape: The shape of the island and its location blocks the inside of the crescent from strong winds.
  • Marine Life: Molokini is home to 250 different species of fish. Some only found in Hawaii! Because the marine life in Molokini is so vibrant, it’s an excellent location for snorkelers and divers to get up close and personal with the ocean life!

Making your way to Turtle Town to see turtles will also be an amazing experience! Located just twenty minutes south of Kihei, Maluaka Beach is the best place to get up close and personal with these sea creatures! 

Hawaiian lore states that Green Sea Turtles are good luck and that they are great for helping you find your way home. Swim with them to see them in their natural habitat, and make sure to do all you can to protect that habitat by traveling with eco-friendly products! 

As Turtle Town is not as protected from the weather as Molokini, there are a lot more variables to diving and snorkeling here. Hopefully, your five-hour tour of this diving and snorkeling haven gets to include swimming with the turtles!

Snorkeling in Molokini Crater and Turtle Town for Your Next Holiday! 

There are so many things included with this snorkeling adventure you may never want to leave! From onboard food to unforgettable underwater views, and even an onboard videographer, this snorkeling adventure to Molokini Crater is worth every penny! Take a trip to Maui for this snorkel holiday, and you’ll be taking a once in a lifetime holiday!

Victoria Brewood
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Hi I'm Victoria, a British girl from Manchester. After graduating from university I decided there was more to life than the hours between 9 and 5, so I packed my journalism degree into my suitcase to travel the world and find a way to make money at the same time. I now call London home, although I still travel whenever I can. I hope to inspire you to be your own boss, live life and see the world.

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