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Molokini Crater and South Maui Coast Adventure from Kihei

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Discover the amazing array of marine life that populates Maui’s Molokini Crater during this small-group snorkeling trip. Head by boat to this long-extinct volcanic crater just off Maui, a top-notch snorkeling site where visibility often surpasses 180 feet (55m). Among the many creatures you may spot during your adventure are rays, tropical fish and variety of other wildlife. Finish your trip at ‘Turtle Town,’ another well-known snorkel site where you can glide through the water with Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles. Your snorkel trip also includes, breakfast, lunch, local guide and snorkel equipment.
  • Be one of the first boats in the morning to snorkel Molokini Crater where visibility often exceeds 180ft.
  • Snorkel the back wall of Molokini, a place very few visitors ever get to see.
  • Look for dolphins at La Perouse Bay
  • Swim with the Hawaiian green sea turtle!
  • Enjoy world famous Maui cinnamon rolls and fresh fruit for breakfast and a delicious deli sandwiches and pasta salad for lunch.
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NO Back or Neck Injuries or Pregnant Passengers Please
Local guide and instructor
Use of Snorkeling equipment
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

2800 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, HI 96753, USA

You can also put in Kihei Boat Ramp in Google Maps. Parking is free and you park at one of the two parking lots above the lot where the boats/trailers are. Look for the big red boat for check-in. Please make sure to arrive 30 minutes prior to departure - show up at 6:30AM, departure at 7.

Departure Time

7:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Spend your day in Maui enjoying an up-close encounter with the island’s diverse marine life during this snorkeling adventure to some of the island’s top sites. You’ll stop by Molokini Crater and Turtle Town, allowing you the chance to spot a wealth of tropical fish, rays and Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles.

Check in for your day’s snorkel adventure early in the morning at the Kihei Small Boat Ramp. Skim over the waters near Maui in a speedy, eco-friendly military-inspired raft, heading first to Molokini Crater. This crescent-shaped crater is all that remains of a volcanic eruption millions of years ago. Today it plays host to a wealth of marine life like rays and tropical fish. 

Thanks to your early start time, you’ll likely be the first boat at the site, ensuring an uncrowded snorkeling experience. Enjoy a continental breakfast before jumping into the water. Visibility at this top-notch diving and snorkeling site often exceeds 180 feet (55m), ensuring you clear sight lines all the way to the bottom. If you want to relax, feel free to take a break on the boat’s comfortable pontoons for some sunbathing. Then head to the backside of Molokini Crater, a snorkel site few visitors ever see.

Leave Molokini behind as you head to your next snorkel spot at ‘Turtle Town,’ stopping on the way to see some recent lava flows at La Perouse Bay, a favorite habitat for Hawaiian spinner dolphins. Arrive at your final snorkel site, ‘Turtle Town,’ where you’ll have a chance to swim with the gentle Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles that inhabit the area. When you come back up, dig into a deli lunch before returning back to your departure point in Maui.
Stop At:  
Molokini Crater
Skip over the waves on a comfortable and speedy military-inspired, eco-friendly raft to the Molokini Crater, where you will snorkel with tropical fish, rays and various other wildlife. As the first boat to arrive at the crater, the waters will be uncrowded. Here, you'll also enjoy a delicious continental breakfast. Water visibility at this prime diving and snorkeling spot often reaches 180 feet (55 meters)! If you need a break, relax on the boat’s comfy pontoons and soak up the sun. After snorkeling in the crater, head to the backside of Molokini Crater, a place many people rarely see, for another snorkeling experience.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Keawakapu Beach
On your way to your final snorkeling destination, 'Turtle Town,' hug the Maui coastline and view the island’s most recent lava flow on the way to beautiful La Perouse Bay. The bay is a natural habitat for the Hawaiian spinner dolphin, so keep a look out and get your camera ready!
Stop At:  
Redline Rafting Co.
The Kihei Boat Ramp is where we depart from and return to. We are one of the first boats to Molokini because we can get there faster than most boats so you will have plenty of pristine time to snorkel.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
La Perouse Bay
At 'Turtle Town,' jump in the water and swim with the friendly Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles! After snorkeling with the turtles, refuel with a deli lunch before heading back to Maui.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Guests must be able to climb a vertical ladder to re-board boat after snorkeling.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Must show up 30 minutes prior to departure, 6:30AM for 7AM departure
  • Travelers should have a strong physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Redline Rafting
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Molokini Crater and South Maui Coast Adventure from Kihei?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Molokini Crater and South Maui Coast Adventure from Kihei?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Molokini Crater and South Maui Coast Adventure from Kihei?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Molokini Crater and South Maui Coast Adventure from Kihei?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Traveler Tips

  • "Don't miss out on this fun excursion when in Maui!" See review
  • "A word of caution: the ride can be a bit bumpy due to the ocean waves and you may get sea sick." See review
  • "Totally worth the extra money for the boat 🚣‍♀️ and smaller group." See review


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Great value for snorkeling, fantastic crew
, Jan 2022
The crew were fun and very knowledgeable. The time on the excursion was well spent with more than enough time to explore each snorkel spot. I appreciated the attention given to safety and advice on the best spots to look for a variety of sea life.
Cannot be missed!
, Jan 2022
Amazing! Snorkelling in Maui's clear water is like visiting a whole other world. Guides were informative and helpful, providing clean and defogged snorkelling gear. They also tried to help us see whales during the trip and we got really close up to a few of them. All in all absolutely delightful!
, Jan 2022
This company was a little more $$$ than the other ones but they had openings and at the end of the day it was money well spent and one of the highlights of my time in Maui! Staff was knowledgeable, fun, and friendly! Food was good, snorkeling spots were AMAZING!!! The one thing I found out is becasue this boat is smaller it was able to go to the "back wall" of the crater, most big ships do not do this. At the end of the day it was worth it and the memories are priceless!!!
Great trip regardless of boat problems
, Dec 2021
Snorkeling at Molokini was fantastic! The water on the backside was the most amazing blue! Jonathan and Eric were excellent guides. Our motor broke after 2 stops so our tour ended early but the company gave us a full refund. The guides still served us lunch and gave us directions to still snorkel with the turtles. We saw multiple whales as well. Wish we could have completed the last two stops but a first rate company to give us a full refund. Highly recommend.
Fantastic Snorkling!
, Dec 2021
Hands down the best snorkeling trip I have done on Maui. The guides were awesome, and we hit a few great spots, saw tons of fish, even a whale. Ended the trip by snorkeling with turtles. Really can’t ask for a lot more. Book with these guys. It’s worth every Penny!
Great trip
, Dec 2021
Great time out on the water. Boat was a very smooth ride. Tim and Zach were awesome! Don’t hesitate!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Molokini crater
, Dec 2021
It was an amazing experience!!! The crew members were very kind and concerned when my husband and I got sea sickness. The music selection was VERY GOOD!!!! We got to see turtles dolphins and learned a little bit about the places we visited!! I recommend them 100%.
Amazing Snorkeling Experience
, Dec 2021
My husband and I took this tour as a part of Maui vacation. The weather was not great, but the underwater world was amazing. You felt you could literally touch the coral and the fish. We were both beginners and were nervous about getting into water. The staff gave us detailed instructions and watched us closely when we were in the water. A lady on the boat was not even a swimmer, Zach guided her and she actually enjoyed time snorkeling in the water. Overall very satisfied with the nice staff and the experience.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Snorkel fun
, Dec 2021
We went a few days after the storm so unfortunately the water was a little crazy but it did not ruin the experience! The crew were awesome, super nice and knowledgeable. We were the first ones out at the crater and by the time we were done with our first spot, most boats haven’t even arrived yet. Definitely will be going back on our next trip!
Highlight of our Trip
, Dec 2021
Our skipper, Eric, had a choice playlist. Whenever we moved on to the next snorkeling site, he would crank it up or chill it down as the occasion warranted. While we were bummed we didn't get to snorkel at La Perouse due to wind it was a kick to see our son riding the wave roller coaster on the front of the raft. The backside of Molokini was intimidating. Half our party conquered 'The Elevator', and the rest of us at least managed to take a quick dip before 'noping out'. Definitely for the adventurous! Molokini is a jewel among reefs. Unforgettable. We've gone with larger snorkel tours and were ultimately disappointed with the crowds frightening away the creatures we were there to see. Redline surpassed our expectations in every way. Their kindness with our kids and gentleness with explaining the lack of shark danger to my daughter has made us customers for life. I'd give them 10 stars if I could. All in all, this was a highlight of our trip.

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