We’ve all seen the photos of Molokini.
A giant half-moon volcanic crater, seated like a flaky French croissant in a perfect sea of crystal blue water. How could there be a better snorkeling destination? But the word has gotten out, and without savvy planning, Molokini can be a crowded experience.
With the increased popularity of Molokini, the term “Cattle-maran” has developed to describe a large boat tour where up to 150 passengers are crammed on board!
If loud music and kicks from nearby snorkelers isn’t your thing, don’t despair! Molokini is still one of the most spectacular natural wonders in Hawaii. Here are some tips to help you find your best experience at Molokini.
A small, agile boat will allow you to dodge the cattle-marans, and find a nook where you can swim with tropical fish, green sea turtles, in a world of colorful reef!
The big boat tours all go to Molokini in the morning. If you can go a little later, you’ll arrive at Molokini just as the hordes are leaving!
Molokini is amazing, but it is actually only the 3rd best snorkel location in Maui. West Maui’s world famous coastline, and the island of Lana’i, are considered better destinations for interacting with colorful, tropical fish and green sea turtles!
One of the best snorkel trips around is The Snorkel Safari, a private of the gorgeous West Maui coastline, with a world-class free diver as your guide!
The island of Lana’i is the pristine snorkel destination Molokini was 40 years ago! A trip to Lana’i is the eco-adventure you’ll never forget.
If you want to see the giant croissant, seated squarely in the center of the Pacific Ocean, no one is going to blame you! Molokini is pretty awesome.
To avoid the crowds, consider booking a small boat tour that leaves a little later in the morning. If it’s just colorful, tropical fish and green sea turtles you’re after, try out West Maui, or Lana’i! These stunning locations offer some of the best snorkeling around, and plenty of space to enjoy it.