Molokini Crater
Molokini Crater
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The unique crescent shape and rugged beauty of the Molokini Crater make it a popular day trip for travelers to Hawaii’s Maui island. With stunning reefs and some of the clearest water in Hawaii, the crater has become a snorkeling hot spot—there are more than 250 species of marine life, from colorful fish to stunning coral, and even turtles at Turtle Bay. Tours will take you by boat to the crater from Maui island, which is also a great chance to spot whales gliding through the water if you keep your eyes peeled. – Tripadvisor
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5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We enjoy the view of the crater from the cruise ship, the most incredible views. Highly recommend it. There are plenty of tour which will take you to the area and you can snorkel.
Written March 29, 2024
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Hrothmir
Smyrna, GA203 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Based on some other reviews and sources, I wondered if it was worth taking the trip to Molokini. Several reviews indicated the coral was in poor shape and that one was far better off saving one's money and just going to some of the snorkel spots one can access from the coast of Maui.

That last point has some validity; one can snorkel at places like Ahihi-Kinau and see just as good fish without incurring the cost of a boat excursion. But there is value on being out on the ocean on a boat, seeing the coast of Maui from the ocean, approaching Molokini from the ocean, and having professionals take you right to a great place for snorkeling and (at the 2nd stop) swimming with sea turtles without your having to figure it all out on your own.

While the coral at Molokini was not mind-blowing, it was healthier and more interesting than I had expected from some reviews/comments I had seen. Our guide explained that Covid was actually great for the Molokini coral; the lower volume of visitors gave the coral a chance to recover; perhaps some of the reivews I had read were before this recovery period.
Written March 13, 2024
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Jess
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
There are other spots on the island you can go for free from shore that has amazing views. I think the crater is overrated and there wasn’t much of anything unique to see there. The fish were average and only a couple different varieties. Not a terrible adventure and if you are looking for something unique it’s fun to say you did it, it’s just a lot of money for what you get.
Written December 28, 2023
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northwestfam
Seattle, WA27 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
This was probably a breathing taking spot at one time. The abundance of fish I expected was not there. Still a nice variety, but not worth the cost and effort to go out to snorkle at when you can have a same if not better experience just off the coast at any reef.
Written May 28, 2023
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Patrick R
San Rafael, CA13 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
I give this a poor rating not because of the tour or boat operators, but because the lack of sealife was very disappointing. Keep in mind that this is from a Honolulu boy that now lives in the Continental US and wanted to bring his family to experience it. I had not ever had the chance either.
I think the lack of sea life was probably due to the impact of people on the area and other factors. My older twenty-something kids even commented on it. We found more sea life and better viewing along the shoreline of Maui, especially toward the Makena side.
Maybe we hit it at the wrong time of the year, but it was sad.
Written February 9, 2023
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quotebutt
South Bend77 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
I loved snorkeling here. On the way back saw a few whales which added to the experience! I highly recommend snorkeling here.
Written October 20, 2022
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brian
3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
In our opinion the site is vastly over rated. Yes you do see lots of fish maybe 4-5 different varieties but was expecting much more after reading reviews on here. It is very crowded as boats set their snorkel areas and are bound to get a flipper to the face lol. We were scheduled to go to turtle town second but the ocean didn’t cooperate so we stayed longer at the crater. Main purpose was to see some turtles which didn’t happen.
Written June 29, 2022
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Kia O
Rice Lake, WI31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
We snorkeled with Boss Frog's on the Malolo. We had a wonderful experience! For people who have never snorkeled this is a perfect set up. The crew was very helpful and put everyone at ease. Food and beverages were just right. We jumped right off the boat at the crater and saw so many fish! The water was so clear, it was an amazing first time experience. We went to "Turtle Town" in search of sea turtles and were not disappointed. We saw 5 huge sea turtles very close up; it was a once in the lifetime experience. After this experience we felt more comfortable snorkeling on our own later in our vacation.
Written June 23, 2022
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Duong N
6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
The guides were very friendly, helpful and accommodating. The site was somewhat crowded and the snorkeling was OK, nothing extraordinary. The reefs were very pretty.
Written June 10, 2022
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Road376115
19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
While you might find areas that have higher fish counts on Maui, Molokini is such a great spot to snorkel simply because of the water clarity.
Written May 26, 2022
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