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Snorkeling Molokini Crater
I’ve had a lot of clients ask me lately if I just book travel or if I help plan activities. I do both! If you already know where you want to go and what you want to do – great! I can help you book it. You may be wondering why to use a Travel Agent if you already know? Simply put, you will have someone on your side in the event that something goes wrong. That’s just one reason, there are plenty more reasons to work with a travel agent in 2019.
Most of my clients have no idea where they want to go or what they want to do, and I can help with that too! I will gladly answer questions and offer expert suggestions based on your personal preferences.
With all of that being said, I decided to start this series on some of my favorite things to do in Hawaii. First stop? Maui. Destination: Molokini Crater.
Snorkeling Molokini Crater
I already have a post about the 7 best things to do on Maui, but Molokini Crater deserves its own blog post. Is it worth it to snorkel Molokini Crater? In my opinion: YES. This is my favorite thing to do on Maui and one of my top three in all of Hawaii. Keep reading for my personal experience snorkeling Molokini Crater.
We started our day at Maalaea Harbor. There are some tour operators that depart from Makena and Kihei but the majority depart from Maalaea Harbor. Even if you’re staying in the Kihei/Makena/Wailea area, it isn’t far to Maalaea. There is at least one tour operator out of Lahaina Harbor but again, it isn’t far to drive to Maalaea from Lahaina. If you’re wondering if you need a rental car on Maui, check out do you need a rental car in Hawaii.
What is Molokini Crater?
Molokini is a crescent-shaped islet between Maui and Kaho’olawe. It is a sanctuary for seabirds and you are not allowed on the land. Molokini is home to approximately 250 marine species including black triggerfish, yellow tang, and Moorish idol. You might even see moray eels or white tip reef sharks. During our trip to Molokini, a few people did spot a white tip reef shark!
Morning or evening?
We opted for a morning tour and that is what I recommend to my clients. You’ll probably be up early anyway if you’re at the beginning of your trip thanks to the time difference. Our tour was 5 hours and included breakfast and lunch. If you have dietary restrictions (as I do) many of the tour operators have gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options.
For our tour, the crew kept us very entertained on the way out to the island. It was also a unique perspective to see Maui from Molokini and it was very cool to get a closer look at Kaho’olawe too!
The snorkeling itself was amazing. We got out of the water for a little while to hang out on the boat but quickly got back in. You can also Snuba which is a fun option that is in between snorkeling and scuba for an extra cost. There are also photographers who will take photos and a video of you that you can purchase if you want.
We didn’t purchase any photos because we had a GoPro with us. The photographer actually held the GoPro for us so we had a few shots of both of us on the GoPro! You can also rent a GoPro for the trip, but if you’re going to Hawaii, just buy one! You’ll have so many opportunities to use it since there are so many adventure activities in Hawaii where you can’t bring a normal camera. Go here to check out more of my travel gear recommendations.
The food was pretty good. We also went on a tour that had an open bar. I opted out of any drinks due to feeling sick, but I did enjoy the fresh ginger ale. The cost of the tour is pretty low if you factor in meals and beverages.
Before you leave, make sure to check out what is included and what costs extra so that there will be no surprises. This is one reason why you should work with a travel agent, then you won’t have to figure it out! Booking your adventure with a Hawaii Travel Specialist (aka me) doesn’t cost any extra (seriously!) and you get your vacation custom planned for you. How cool is that?!
Don’t forget to bring cash for tips! I have seen a few people complaining about tip jars but I for one do not have a problem with them. The crew works very hard to make sure that you have an awesome adventure so don’t forget to tip them.
Who would enjoy snorkeling at Molokini Crater?
Families, couples, single travelers, a boat tour to Molokini Crater is for everyone. Even if you can’t swim or have young children, most companies have assisted swimming devices and even glass bottom boats. Ours had both.
Should you go on a snorkeling tour if are prone to motion sickness?
I am very prone to motion sickness and I will say that I noticed on the ride. Even with some medicine, I still wasn’t feeling 100%. I also had a few special drinks made with real ginger that seemed to help too. To be honest, I felt sicker on the Road to Hana than I did on the boat.
As you can see, I highly recommend snorkeling at Molokini Crater to all of my clients who are visiting Maui.
***Since this is the time of bloggers and influencers, I do want to mention that I paid my own way for our Molokini Crater snorkel tour and did not receive a discount. I do not even mention the tour operator that we used because there are several that I recommend, depending on what you’re looking for.***
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