What’s there to do when visiting Molokini Crater? We share our favorite ways to explore the reef as well as other fun things to do around Maui.
Molokini Snorkeling, Snuba, & Scuba
Snorkeling within Molokini Crater offers spectacular visibility of up to 150 feet. You’ll enjoy snorkeling among around 250 species of endemic fish and marine life. Some of the more common fish include yellow tang, moorish idol, parrot fish, black triggerfish, bluefin trevally, raccoon butterfly fish, and even moray eels and sometimes manta rays and whitetip reef sharks. Due to consistent visits from tour boats carrying visiting snorkelers, marine life is less skittish and have become comfortable with the presence of humans. The waters within Molokini Crater are better protected from swell and currents than the shore of Maui.
See some of the boats that can take you to snorkel: Molokini Boats
Scuba diving Molokini Crater has become world famous due to the wall and drift dives available. The backside of Molokini drops nearly straight down to 360 feet. The inside reef of Molokini also offers great diving opportunities. We suggest only advanced divers dive the back side of Molokini, where you’ll likely see many different types of shark, moray eels, many species of tropical fish, manta rays, dolphins, and vibrant reef. Within the crater, search for octopus, moray eels, sharks, and hundreds of exotic fish. You must be a certified scuba diver to dive at Molokini Crater, but if you’re not and would still like to experience it, learn more about snuba diving below.
Learn more about the different specific dive spots: Molokini Scuba Spots
Another fun activity is snuba diving at Molokini Crater. This is the only way you can scuba dive in Hawaiian waters without being certified. How it works: You’re first given a safety briefing, then explained the ins and outs of how it works. Within 20 minutes, you’ll be in the water with a floating raft which holds the scuba tank. Instead of holding the tank on your back, you have very long tubes from the raft to you. This allows you the freedom to go deep below the surface without the encumbering tank and BCD. The range and depth you go is limited to the length of the tube, which actually keeps you safer than if it didn’t. It’s a lot of fun, and very easy to do.