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Molokini Crater – the Perfect Location for a Bit of Snorkeling or Snuba Diving

molokini crater


Before we tell you more about this exciting trip, we just want to let you know that there isn’t a typo or misprint in the heading of this post. Yes, there really is such a thing as snuba diving, even though spellcheck doesn’t like the word either! You see scuba, originally SCUBA is an acronym for Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus, and snuba, or SNUBA is an acronym for Surface Nexus Underwater Breathing Apparatus. The great joy about snuba diving is that unlike scuba diving you don’t need any certification to allow you to dive and the only restriction is that you have to be over eight years of age. Oh, and that you can swim!


So, what’s involved with a Discover Molokini Snorkeling Tour?

There’s more to this tour than you might expect, thanks to the stunning location of the Molokini Crater. Located just over two-and-a-half miles off the south-west coast of Maui, Molokini is unmissable, a crescent rising out of the crystal-clear blue waters surrounding it which teem with stunning ocean life. The first part of your tour is a thoroughly enjoyable boat ride out to the Crater which lasts just long enough to get the adrenalin going as you anticipate your first encounter with ‘life beneath the waves’. Remarkably, there are over 200 species of marine life located on and around the Crater, including the always-popular manta rays and monk seals. Of course, the early start means you probably didn’t have time for breakfast, so that is also provided for you, along with drinks.


molokini snorkelersAs mentioned above, apart from snorkeling, you can also upgrade your tour to a snuba diving one, which means you can dive down to a depth of 20 feet while attached to an air supply on the water’s surface. Those supervising the divers are all highly experienced and all procedures are designed to ensure that snuba diving is particularly safe while you get seriously up close and personal with everything going on around you without having to continually resurface for air.


The treats keep coming with this Molokini Crater diving tour 

It would be tempting to suggest that a trip to the crater and some snorkeling would be sufficient for a great experience, but here at Lea Lea Tours our philosophy is not about providing the bare minimum and more a case of making sure that the tours you book through us are crammed with as much excitement as possible.


hawaiian turtleThis means that you could be in for a real treat as this particular tour has a second snorkeling location, either at the aptly named Turtle Town where you can hopefully get to see and swim with honu, the Hawaiian green sea turtle. Alternatively, there is also the boat’s captain’s option of taking you to another great location for snorkeling on the outer shoreline of the crater, depending on sea and weather conditions.


And a final treat (or two) on your Molokini snorkeling tour   

Once the diving is finished it will be time to enjoy an island barbecue for lunch, while along with non-alcoholic beverages, as there will be no more diving, there will also be cocktails, locally brewed beer, prosecco, and wine available at the premium bar.


To discover more about this particular tour, other tours available on Maui, or any tours on the other Hawaiian islands, make sure you give us a call at Lea Lea Tours and we will be really happy answer any questions you may have, and tell you what else is on offer.