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Top Maui Snorkeling Destinations

We provide you with the snorkeling trip of a lifetime to some of Maui’s premier snorkeling destinations like Molokini Crater and Coral Gardens.  Join us for the best Maui snorkel tour.

Molokini Crater

Molokini is a unique crescent-shaped, partially submerged crater found between the islands of Maui and Kahoʻolawe. Only three sheltered volcanic calderas still exist in the world! Snorkeling in Molokini crater is like being inside of an aquarium.

The Four Winds II has been operating snorkel tours to Molokini for over 30 years. The beautiful clear blue water and incredible marine life provides you with the best snorkeling on Maui and an unbelievable experience.

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Coral Gardens

Coral Gardens is one of the best snorkeling spots on Maui. Whether you’re looking for colorful tropical fish or a chance to see Hawaiian green sea turtles, Coral Gardens has it all.  Located just south of Olowalu and fronting the gorgeous West Maui Mountains, this lush environment allows marine life to thrive.

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Best Maui Snorkeling Locations

Maui Snorkeling
With more accessible beaches than any other Hawaiian island, it’s truly no surprise why Maui is the go-to destination of millions interested in water sports. The island has an average year-round temperature of around 75 to 85F, making Maui snorkeling the most popular activity on the island.

Voted the ‘Best Island in the World’ a grand total of 16 times by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine, Maui has 80 beaches and has been recognized as the third best whale watching destination in the world. Owing to the beautiful landscape and relaxed environment of the island, Maui snorkeling trips are generally extremely peaceful and serve as the ideal blend between an adventurous trip and a tropical getaway.

The best part about the island is that it features both shallow and deep snorkeling locations making Maui the ideal snorkeling destination. Top that off with clear blue water that is home to abundant aquatic life, and snorkeling becomes the one thing that you’ll definitely not want to miss on your trip to this Hawaiian island.

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When snorkeling in Maui, you get the chance to see a variety of fishes from unicorn fish and surgeonfish to Humuhumunukunukuapua’a, the state fish of Hawaii. The clear and fresh water of Maui is also home to eels, octopus, and pencil urchins that can add to your experience.

If you’re into more exotic types of aquatic life, you’ll be glad to know that you might even cross paths with sea cucumbers, pincushion sea stars, and spotted Moray eels when you choose Maui your snorkeling trips.

Whether you’re taking a Maui snorkeling trip with your best friends for a memorable experience that will live with you forever, or wish to teach your children more about the mysteries of the ocean, Maui’s waters are guaranteed to bid you a warm welcome.

Pro-tip: Keep an eye out for whales and dolphins for a snorkeling trip to write home about.

An aerial view of Molokini Island Hawaii, with boats moored inside

Molokini Crater

Molokini Crater  is a unique crescent-shaped, partially submerged crater found between the islands of Maui and Kahoʻolawe. Only three sheltered volcanic calderas still exist in the world! Snorkeling in Molokini crater is like being inside of an aquarium. Best opportunity to snorkel Molokini Crater our Morning Molokini Snorkel Tour.

A Rich History: From Creation to Conservation District

Molokini Crater is believed to have come into existence after a volcanic eruption that occurred hundreds of thousand years ago. Being one of the only three sheltered volcanic calderas in the world, Molokini crater is truly a snorkeler’s paradise and offers one of the most unique snorkeling experiences in the world.

Even though Molokini Crater has been a popular site for fishing and bombed excessively during the Second World War, the Crater has fortunately been protected and developed as a tourist destination especially for people who live for rugged landscapes and water sports. Named a State Marine Life and Bird Conservation District, Molokini Crater is home to some of the most spectacular marine flora and fauna. Molokini Crater is one of the most popular snorkeling locations on the island. In addition to Maui snorkeling, you can also enjoy scuba diving tours and tours that are specifically designed for whale watching. The Crater is also popular for tall sea cliffs at what is known as the ‘Edge of the World.’

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Coral Gardens

Coral Gardens is one of the best snorkeling spots on Maui. Whether you’re looking for colorful tropical fish or a chance to see Hawaiian green sea turtles, Coral Gardens has it all.  Located just south of Olowalu and fronting the gorgeous West Maui Mountains, this lush environment allows marine life to thrive. We take daily afternoon snorkel tours to Coral Gardens.

Coral Gardens is an underwater world unlike any other.

What makes the Coral Gardens special is that it is located within a Maui ocean bay that is naturally protected. For this reason, Coral Gardens is home to the most beautiful and colorful types of fish from parrotfish and angelfish to butterflyfish and triggerfish.

Natural coral reefs are the highlight of snorkeling trips to the Coral Gardens since they host thousands of different types of aquatic life. With weather conditions that are perfect for snorkeling and other water sports all year round, Coral Gardens is one of the best locations for water lovers.

Coral Gardens Marine Life

The Best Time for Snorkeling in Maui

Maui snorkeling trips often start early in the morning. This is because the best time for snorkeling is generally considered to be between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. since the trade winds are lower and visibility is best.

Even though you can always snorkel later in the day, the majority of people opt for snorkeling trips that depart early in the morning because of better conditions.

Regardless of the time of the day you decide to go snorkeling, you’re bound to catch a glimpse of gorgeous tropical fish such as parrotfish, butterfly fish, triggerfish, and angelfish in the water.

If you’re lucky, crabs might also make a guest appearance and add to your experience. What’s more, if you choose to go snorkeling at Coral Gardens, you might even have a green sea turtle or two drop by and say hi!

Our Maui snorkel tours to Molokini Crater and Coral Gardens are ideal for all ages and accommodate every level of snorkeling experience.

Morning Snorkel

Morning Molokini Snorkel Tour

5 Hour Snorkel
Molokini Crater*

  • Free Tropical Breakfast
  • Free Hot Grilled BBQ Lunch
  • Fresh Baked Cookies
  • Free Drinks
  • Family Friendly
  • Waterslide
  • SNUBA
  • Professional Photography
  • Friendly Helpful Crew

Afternoon Snorkel

Afternoon Coral Gardens Snorkel Tour

3.5 Hour Snorkel
Coral Gardens*

  • Hot Grilled BBQ Lunch (Optional)
  • Free Drinks
  • Family Friendly
  • Waterslide
  • SNUBA
  • Professional Photography
  • Friendly Helpful Crew
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MAUI’S FAMILY FUN BOAT

Four Winds Molokini Snorkel Tour

MAUI’S FAMILY FUN BOAT

Four Winds II is a 55-foot catamaran features a glass bottom room and other great amenities for kids.

Kids under 3 GO FREE!

Super fun water slide
Kid tattoos
Family friendly food
Glass bottom
Plenty of shade
Sea-Boards (clear bottom floats)

* Both tours go to Molokini Crater when weather permits.

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