Sunrise Snorkel to Molokini Crater with Kai Kanani

A luxury sunrise snorkel to Molokini crater and Turtle Town from Makena. 

Summary: Head out for an early morning snorkeling trip to Molokini and Turtle Town (conditions permitting). The Kai Kanani operates their catamaran from South Maui, making them the first tour boat to arrive daily at Molokini Crater. The snorkel trip includes excellent food and beverages (coffee! hot chocolate! open bar!), a convenient south Maui location, and a fun, knowledgeable crew.


Molokini Crater Sunrise Tour Highlights

  • 3.5-hour snorkeling trip to Molokini and Turtle Town (conditions permitting)
  • 6:15 am departure so you are the first tour boat to arrive at Molokini
  • Departs from Maluaka Beach (beach loading so you will get wet): click here for directions
  • Multiple course meals and an open bar, so you will have as much fun out of the water as you will in the water


Sunrise Deluxe Snorkel to Molokini Crater Details

You’re up and at em early for this sunrise snorkel trip on the Kai Kanani. But the early bird certainly gets the best experience here — you’ll get to see Molokini before any other tour boats. Molokini Crater is a partially submerged volcanic crater that is a marine sanctuary and a popular snorkeling spot, accessible only by boat. You’ll also visit Turtle Town on the tour, conditions permitting.

Don’t be too concerned about the early wake time. Kai Kanani makes sure to have what you need onboard including Maui Roasters Coffee, hot chocolate, and a full bar (offered after snorkeling). They also start the day off with yogurt parfaits and cinnamon rolls and follow that up with a full breakfast once snorkeling has finished.

Kai Kanani leaves from Maluaka Beach (click here for directions) for a boat loading, which can be a challenge for some people. During beach loading, you will have to wade into the ocean to reach the stairs of the boat so do plan on getting wet. But that beach loading location is just a few miles from Molokini, which makes the trip out there short and gets you in the water snorkeling before anyone else. Plus, it’s an extremely convenient location for anyone staying in Wailea.

The trip lasts 3.5 hours, which means you’ll be back to shore by 9:45, leaving you the rest of the day to explore or relax by the pool. Kai Kanani offers free transportation to the boat from select hotels.

Book online directly with Kai Kanani by using this link.

If the sunrise snorkel tour is too early of a wake-up for you, then check out their 9:45 am departure to Molokini Crater: Mid-Morning Molokini Crater Snorkel Tour details.

About the Kai Kanani Crew

Kai Kanani is a Native Hawaiian family-owned company that has been in operation for more than 30 years. They operate their catamaran tours out of South Maui, and you can hop aboard for a snorkel trip, sunset sail, or whale watching adventure. Kai Kanani supports local farmers and small businesses by shopping locally for the meals and drinks they serve onboard. Their attention to detail, fun and knowledgeable crew, and excellent customer experience have earned them more than 1,300 five-star reviews on TripAdvisor.


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