Top 5 Molokini Snorkel Tours for Kids

Are you traveling to Maui with young kids and wondering if you can even take them on a Molokini snorkel trip?  Maybe they are not yet swimming so the thought of snorkeling with them is out of the question.  Or maybe you are not even sure if the snorkel boats allow young children.  We are here to tell you that it is possible and will also be one of the greatest adventures you have on your Maui vacation.  Here are our Top 5 choices for snorkeling at Molokini crater with kids.   



#1 Highest Rated

Calypso is the newest and largest boat on Maui that offers tours to Molokini Crater. This boat has 3 levels of fun for your kids to run around on. It features 3 restrooms, 2 water Slides, a jumping platform, a glass bottom for viewing, and a roomy, shady cabin on each level. Calypso offers many different kinds of flotation devices and boogie boards and is wonderful for parents whose children may or may not be into snorkeling. The kids can just swim, jump off the deck, and slide down the waterslides.


Pacific Whale Foundation

#2 Molokini Ocean Discovery

Pacific Whale Foundation is the only company that offers a free child (0-12 years old) – 1 per paying adult. They feature a non-sailing double decker catamaran with 2 restrooms, and a roomy, shady cabin. They have all of the latest flotation devices on board including a surfboard with a window. The Foundation also provides a Jr. Naturalist on board who conducts a snorkel and fish identification class for the kids and the young at heart.


Four Winds

#3 Maui’s Family Fun Boat

Four Winds is a large catamaran that goes to Molokini and anchors out for the entire time. It’s like anchoring out on your yacht with 80 of your closest friends. They provide stairs for easy ocean access, set up the slide, help your kids with your snorkel equipment that they provide for you, and then they open up the bar and start prepping for lunch. This boat is perfect for parents who don’t want to worry about getting their children ready for a next snorkel spot. They provide many different fun flotation devices and your kids can jump off the boat or slide down the waterslide.


Maui Reef Adventures

#4 Ocean Freedom

This boat is for families with children who are a little older- you must be 5 years old or older. The boat is an inflated rigid- hulled raft which means it’s fast, bumpy, and did we mention Fast? Fast translates into less time getting there, and more time swimming and snorkeling. This boat is for those looking for something a little more adventurous. It holds a maximum of 30 people.

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Maui Magic

#5 Go Beyond Snorkeling

If you are looking for a boat that is fast and provides all the amenities of the larger boats, but not as crowded, this one is for you! It has 2 restrooms, a roomy cabin for shade, a jumping platform, a water slide, and it goes to the south shore of Maui which is wild and boats rarely go there. This boat is not recommended for pregnant women and the minimum age is 5 years old.