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When planning a trip to Maui, most visitors have some sort of agenda or bucket list of must do items, and I think it’s safe to say that for many, snorkeling in Maui is high on the list. The volcanic island is home to some pretty stellar reefs boasting out of this world coral formations and gorgeous colorful aquatic life. If you’re coming to Maui and looking for the best Maui snorkeling spots, excursions, or places to find sea turtles, this is the guide for you!
Best Snorkeling Spots by Boat
Molokini Crater: A volcanic islet located off Maui’s south shore, Molokini is the most popular snorkeling spot on Maui and on many visitors’ bucket list. Molokini’s crescent shape keeps its interior clam and protected making near perfect conditions for snorkelers. Its interior is literally wall-to-wall colorful coral formations that begin just below the water’s surface and slope to the shallow ocean floor. It’s not hard to find a snorkeling excursion to take you to Molokini so it’s not unusual for a half dozen catamarans to be anchored in the crescent at any given time. While years of fish feeding in the crater has depleted the natural population, there’s still plenty to see and recommend about it to make it some of Maui’s best snorkeling.