The island of Maui and the underwater volcano of Molokini close to Hawaii are a mecca for snorkelling enthusiasts across the world, who come here to explore the region’s tranquil blue waters, rich diversity of marine life and fascinating shipwrecks.
For anyone planning a visit this magical area in the Central Pacific, we’ve dug deep and picked out some of the best snorkeling tours available, based on price, variety of experience and previous guest reviews.
From $148.90 per person
Set sail on a state-of-the-art catamaran for this tropical 6-hour adventure. Departing from Ka’anapali beach, you can begin your tour with a delicious Kona coffee, tropical juices, and a continental breakfast. Once you’ve dropped anchor, dive in to the crystalline waters and discover the extraordinary marine life that lies beneath. Look out for dolphins and turtles as you swim around schools of tropical fish. Afterwards, climb back on board and tuck into a mouth-watering barbecue lunch, featuring Maui potato chips, barbecue chicken breasts, hamburgers and hot dogs. Grab yourself a beer, cocktail, or soft drink from the open bar, while you enjoy the refreshing trade winds and are transported across the ocean back to Ka’anapali.
From $101.90 per person
This tour begins with a 45-minute cruise aboard a Double Deck Catamara from Lahaina Harbor, with plenty of dolphin and humpback whale spotting opportunities along the way. As your captain navigates the waters along the East Lanai coast you can enjoy a leisurely continental breakfast served with fresh island juice. Once the boat is tied up to a mooring, you’ll be invited to don your snorkelling gear (provided) and spend a couple of hours exploring the coral reefs, or you can take runs on the water slide off the side of the boat. On the way back towards Lahaina Harbor, your guide will break out the BBQ and cooks up a mouth-watering lunch, served against a backdrop of sweeping ocean views of the towering West Maui Mountains.
From $109.95 per person
Aboard the Malolo, a 55-foot catamaran, this half-day tour transports you to two of the region’s most incredible snorkel sites: the volcanic caldera is known as Molokini
Crater and the long stretch of coastline called Turtle Town. Accompanied the whole time by an experienced captain and crew, you’ll have 1.5 hours of exploration time at both sites, with snorkeling equipment and wetsuits provided, as well as water toys and float belts. Among the exotic sea life, you’re likely to encounter are triangular-shaped cowfish, bluefin trevally, black triggerfish, and tube-shaped cornetfish. To add to the fun, the boat will play Hawaiian, rock and contemporary music during the excursion. Breakfast and lunch are also provided, and other onboard amenities include a freshwater shower, kickboards with portholes (for those who prefer not to delve underwater), trampolines to relax on, and a shady cabin. Underwater digital cameras can also be rented.
From $135 per person
This fun-packed tour begins from the small town of Kihei on Maui’s southwest shore, where you’ll board your sailing boat before heading off on your unforgettable snorkelling adventure. Highlights will include exploring the Maui coastline’s enchanting caves, lava arches and grottos, and swimming with tropical fish, green sea turtles and Spinner dolphins. You’ll also get to snorkel inside the submerged Molokini crater, as well as its back wall, and if you choose a winter tour you might even encounter North Pacific humpback whales. Experienced guides will be with you for the whole trip, regaling you with fascinating insights about the area’s unique geology.
From $109.95 per person
Over 200 different species of fish inhabit the ancient volcanic caldera known as the Molokini Crater, and you’ll have the chance to spot plenty of them during this all-day tour, starting at Maalaea harbor. Through your Calypso boat’s glass bottom viewing port, you might also see manta rays, sea urchins, eels, dolphins, humpback whales, and even the odd shark, while you’ll also be invited to swim alongside enormous Hawaiian Green sea turtles, overseen at all times by a professional lifeguard. Included in the tour price is full snorkeling equipment, an on-board breakfast and buffet lunch, and use of two on-board water slides. Other amenities include freshwater showers and a restroom, and guests can also rent an underwater digital camera (extra charge) to capture their adventure of a lifetime.