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Molokini Crater Zodiak Adventure Snorkel and Turtle Cove Swim

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Wailuku, United States
Molokini Crater Zodiak Adventure Snorkel and Turtle Cove Swim
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Overview

  • Take fun half-day snorkel adventure to Molokini Crater in Maui
  • Spend your time swimming, snorkeling in a high quality, small group setting
  • Observe over 250 species of fish, coral, and green sea turtles in a secluded turtle cove
  • Delicious deli lunch, snacks and non alcoholic beverages included
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101 Maalaea Rd , 101 Maalaea Rd, Wailuku, HI 96793, USA

Check in at Maalaea Harbor the south loading dock. The loading dock is located at the very end of the pier next to the Harbor Master Building. The boat is yellow, and will tie up to the dock at 7:30 am for boarding.

8:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Check in time 30 minutes prior to departure for all tours.
  • Minimum age is 4 years old
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Touching of sea turtles is not permitted.
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Maui Reef Adventures
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.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience 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.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Molokini Crater Zodiak Adventure Snorkel and Turtle Cove Swim ?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Molokini Crater Zodiak Adventure Snorkel and Turtle Cove Swim .
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Molokini Crater Zodiak Adventure Snorkel and Turtle Cove Swim ?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Molokini Crater Zodiak Adventure Snorkel and Turtle Cove Swim .

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  • "Pack light, as you have to hold your things on your lap while seated and the boat is in motion." See review
  • "If you are prone to motion sickness, I recommend taking some Dramamine before leaving (it didn't help me much, but I'm very sensitive)." See review
  • "There was more than enough time for everyone to snorkel; most people came back on the boat early." See review

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star-5
Great trip!
Lachele_E
, Jul 2022
The fish were amazing and swimming with the turtles was incredible! The crew was helpful and informative.
star-3
Rough waters = limited snorkeling
Jason_G
, Jul 2022
I would recommend this trip to others, except during high winds and rough seas. The boat checked all the boxes for the day, but limited snorkeling opportunities since the high winds and rough seas were not the relaxing experience that we were expecting. We were hoping for the opportunity to find calmer waters along the shores for a better snorkeling experience. Crew did a fantastic job taking care of the customers as they were very attentive and professional.
star-4
Molokini crater has best snorkeling
Lucy_G
, Jul 2022
The snorkeling was fabulous well worth the trip. The boat captain did his best considering the high winds and choppy seas. Disappointed we only got off the boat once and didn’t see turtle town.
star-5
Excellent day!
Victoria_F
, Jun 2022
Excellent day! The Captain Joe and the crew were very friendly and were wonderful hosts. Beautiful fish on the reef. Very fun!
star-5
A Blast!
Terry_B
, Jun 2022
We had a wonderful time! The guides were the best with us 1st timers and we were very comfortable in the water. Will definitely do this again and other tours as well through Viator. Molokini snorkeling led to a memorable tattoo for my husband. His experience will never be forgotten.
star-3
Disappointed
Michael_B
, Jun 2022
We enjoyed the snorkeling at Molokini but felt rushed when looking for turtles. We had problems finding parking and that caused us to be late. Some guidance would have been appreciated. The sandwiches were not great. Also, there were not enough seats for everyone. Sitting on the inflatable pontoon was not a seat!
star-5
Unforgettable
Ronald_B
, Jun 2022
The staff were awesome! The trip out and back was awesome! This will be a lifelong memory! I strongly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Maui!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Aloha Ronald, We are so glad you enjoyed the trip and thank you so much for your kind words!
star-5
Great experience
Shannan_Y
, Jun 2022
Tour is ran by friendly and professional people. Plenty of time to snorkel in both areas. More relaxing and casual than larger tour boats.
star-3
Not what was advertised
Lynn_B
, Jun 2022
I want to give some advice regarding this excursion. It will say the boat leaves at 8 am and you can start boarding by 7:30 am. We arrived promptly at 7:30 am. The boat was already full. There are not enough seats for all of the tickets sold. They have you sit on the big yellow pontoons on the sides of the boat. By the time we left the dock the pontoon areas were completely full of passengers. This is both very uncomfortable and very wet. You get sprayed with sea water the entire trip. Not fun. My suggestions should you choose to take this excursion is to arrive no later than 7:10 am to get a seat and bring your stuff in a water proof bag. Even if you have a seat everything gets wet, it’s an open boat. If you don’t have a seat your stuff is on the ground in the aisle where people step on it and drip all over it. I would not take this trip again.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Aloha, We are so very sorry you did not enjoy our trip. We are not used to disappointed customers and typically get rave reviews! We are a speed boat that is open, so if the weather and wind pick up like it did during your trip, there is the chance of getting wet. Getting wet on the ride is very rare, and the day you went out was particularly windy and there was spray. We dock at 7:30 am for check in, so it would have been impossible for the boat to already be full at that time. We also have plenty of seating, there are never not enough seats as we do not operate at our full capacity. We do provide dry bags for guests who would like them, I apologize you were not offered one. Usually guests love the fun and adventurous nature of our trip, I’m sorry it wasn’t the right fit for you.
star-5
Best part of our trip!!
Mary_R
, Jun 2022
Our boat captain was handfeeding birds while driving us out to the island, it was very much like something out of a movie! Great environment, yummy snacks and kind staff. Staff remembered our names and greeted us personally every time we entered the boat. 10/10 would recommend!
star-5
You have to book this one!
Tiffany_M
, Jun 2022
Brian, Noah, and Scott were spectacular! Captain Brian was entertaining and the whole crew was so friendly! My husband and I agree this was one of the best parts of this trip! We saw lots of turtles and fish. Awesome!
star-4
Great trip! Highly recommend!
Alex_W
, Jun 2022
Super fun excursion to Molokini Crater! Awesome!!! 1. Really easy to find departure location with bright yellow boat. Bathrooms onboard helped a lot. Boat is really fast and made for a fun experience getting from place to place. 2. Breakfast was coffee, juice, granola bars, and muffins which were available all day. 3. The snorkel gear they had was even better than the snorkel gear I had rented! They also offered fins, anti-fogger, and pool noodles to help float more conveniently while snorkeling! 4. Molokini Crater snorkeling was so amazing. Beautiful crystal blue waters teeming with life... best snorkeling experience I've had. Amazing! 5. Due to the southern swell, waters were not ideal so snorkeling at Turtle Cove was not great due to unclear waters. However, we still got to see a few turtles but probably spent too much time here and should've just cut losses and spent more time at Molokini Crater. Not a huge deal still. 6. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful, yelling out locations of turtles nearby and even offering prescription goggles for people with glasses. The only reason why I went down to 4 stars 1. I had messaged the tour company via Viator about requiring 1 vegetarian meal. I didn't hear back from the tour company and on the day of, they ran out of veggie wraps for lunch so embarrassingly, my friend had no lunch after a 6 hour snorkeling trip except chips and a granola bar. I would recommend checking correspondence on Viator and also packing extra veggie wraps.
star-5
Smaller is BETTER
Julie_C
, Jun 2022
It was an AWESOME time. Because the boat is smaller we got to go Places the larger boats couldn’t. The captain and crew were great and very helpful. We loved it !!
star-5
Epic morning adventure!
Nick_M
, Jun 2022
Amazing from start to finish. Crew was awesome and they have snacks and coffee to kick things off. We visited three spots, seeing over a dozen sea turtles and beautiful coral reefs. The smaller raft can get to areas the larger boats can’t. Highly recommend!
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star-5
A great boat and crew!
Ann_B
, Jun 2022
I LOVED the boat, the crew and the experience! I didn’t want a huge packed boat. This was the perfect size. And I prefer a speed boat to a slow cruise. Lunch and snacks were good. There’s a restroom on the boat. We weren’t able to see turtles because the water was murky from the rough waters the day before. The crew has no control over that. But the water at Molokini Crater was clear and the bluest water I had ever seen. There was mainly one type of fish. I was hoping for more. Again, not at the fault of the crew. We had the same conditions as any other tour boat. But we saw sea urchins on the coral at the bottom. And some scuba divers. If we ever get back to Maui, I will definitely go with Molokini Crater Zodiac Adventures again.
star-5
Lovely crew- thoughtful...
Deanna_L
, Jun 2022
Lovely crew- thoughtful and knowledgeable. Provided delicious sandwiches. Make sure to indicate your preferences (vegetarian for ex) so they can accommodate. The hose to rinse off the salt water at the end was very nice.
star-5
A MUST do in Maui
Karen_W
, May 2022
By far this snorkel experience was the highlight of our entire trip! A definite must do activity! We started out boarding the boat, and waiting for us was coffee, muffins and granola bars (at no additional fee). We set sail and went directly looking for turtles. Our first stop, the Captain didn’t like the visibility within the water, so we went to another spot. Tons of turtles to see and swim with. The highlight though is in fact the Molokini Crater! Save your Go-Pro battery for this. Our Captain took us on the backside first, which is incredible. A steep ocean wall, with a 400 foot ocean drop with sea life growing on the sea wall. Its nothing short of what you would see on National Geographic! I’ve never seen anything so beautiful in my life. This is the real deal! Then the Captain took us within the crater, and that was equally as beautiful. You could see the bottom of the crater, which made me feel a little better. There were truly tons to see. Again, there is no snorkel areas in the world that have looked like this. Upon entering the boat, we were greeted with sandwiches, sodas, chips (again all included in the price). This is a must do in Maui. Highly Recommend! (Family of 4- 2 adults, 2 kids, ages 16 and 8).
star-5
Must do experience for Maui.
Garrett_D
, May 2022
Fantastic dive. The Molokini Crater was great but the additional dive the Capt put us on along the outer wall of the crater was amazing. Loved the sea turtles at the first stop as well. Will do again.
star-5
Great Excursion!
Lori_K
, May 2022
Swimming with turtles was fantastic! The smaller zodiak was our ideal vs. a bigger boat/group. Great choice during our week on Maui!
star-5
Great, attentive crew....
Allison_S
, May 2022
Great, attentive crew. Nice size boat compared to much bigger options. An overall laid back and relaxing experience. Definitely recommend!

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