snorkelers swimming with fish

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 diver by molokini's back wall

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

snuba diver underwater

Molokini Snuba

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.

Some Free Activities


Grab a towel, sunblock & some water. The beach is free!


Watch sunset with friends at the beach or park.


Explore a new area of Maui with a camera & good shoes.

Molokini Snorkeling Trips

More Maui Activities

Mermaid Lessons

Learn to swim like a mermaid and get photos!

Maui Snorkeling

Zipline over and through lush rainforest with amazing views.

Bike The Volcano

Travel downhill for miles while taking in Upcountry views.

Maui Whale Watching

Whale watching in Maui is something you'll never forget.

Maui Fishing

Enjoy the best fishing with an experienced captain and top-notch gear.

Maui Luaus

Experience Polynesian and Hawaiian music, food, and dancing.

Maui Zipline

Zipline over and through lush rainforest with amazing views.

Lahaina Princess

Though the Lahaina Princess doesn't travel to Molokini Crater anymore, they do have great cruises around the west side and an amazing dinner cruise!