Molokini Snorkeling Trips

Molokini snorkeling tours are the most popular off island Maui snorkeling trip.

This odd horseshoe shaped tiny island was created from the top of a volcano off the southwestern coast of Maui.

The shallow protected area on the inside of Molokini crater is a popular snorkeling area because of its water visibility, coral growth, and abundance of reef fish.

Our Molokini Snorkeling Tour with Pacific Whale Foundation

Our Molinini snokeling tour with Pacific Whale Foundation departed from Ma'alaea harbor in central Maui.They use large motorized boats to transport lots of passengers, so they have low prices for family snorkeling.

Photo by Josh Bergland

Snorkeling at Molokini crater
We have been on some snorkeling trips where the provided equipment has been heavily used, so we brought our own masks and snorkels on the Pacific Whale Foundation Eco-Adventure snorkeling trip.

But we were so impressed with the new equipment provided to us that we just used their snorkel gear.

The snorkeling was as good as we had expected. The inside of the crater drops off sharply, but is still relatively shallow where we were snorkeling.

Snorkeling at Molokini crater We spent a lot of time slowly swimming at the surface, watching and following particular colorful fish.

Just before we returned to the boat, we saw a rectangular concrete slab at a depth of about 20 feet that looked out of place in the natural coral reef.

Our boat guide explained that it was put there by the U.S. military to cover an empty bombshell that was too heavy to raise to the surface!

Our oldest daughter has stopped snorkeling (gets her hair wet).

But the large inside cabin provided her plenty of room to just sit and read (she prefers reading about fish to actually swimming among them) when she wasn't tanning topside.

Because she never left the boat, she was first to sample the burgers and hot dogs for lunch while we were out snorkeling.

After getting back on board we just had time for our lunch before the boat raised anchor and headed out for the whale watching part of our Eco-Adventure.

Molokini Snorkeling Tour Video

The Molokini snorkel tour video with Pacific Whale Foundation provides good underwater shots. The background music is by my favorite Hawaiian singer - IZ.

Click on the PLAY button on the image below to view this video.

My Other Maui Snorkeling Pages

Maui Snorkeling Overview

Maui Snorkeling Beaches

Maui Snorkeling Tours Kapalua Kai Catamaran

Maui Snorkeling Tours Gemini Catamaran

Molokini Snorkeling Tours Pacific Whale Foundation

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