Maui Magic catamaran

Maui Magic - an adventurous itinerary on a state of the art catamaran

Maui Magic dolphin encounter

Dolphins are frequently encountered on Maui Magic tours

Maui Magic snorkel in Molokini Crater

Snorkel the crystal clear waters of Molokini Crater

Maui Magic dolphin encounter

Dolphins love to play in front of the Maui Magic's bow

Maui Magic waterslide

Maui Magic's water slide adds to the fun

Maui Magic swimming with Hawaiian green sea turtles

Maui Magic's second stop is a favorite spot for Hawaiian green sea turtles

Maui Magic snorkel and whale watch

Snorkel on either the Dolphin Discovery or the Whale Watch tours

COVID-19 UPDATE: To allow for social distancing, all snorkel trips are running at reduced capacity. As a result, MOLOKINI SNORKEL TRIPS ARE CURRENTLY SELLING OUT 14 DAYS IN ADVANCE!!! Reserve any future dates NOW! First availability on Maui Magic is currently!
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If you are an adventurer that likes the wind in your hair, the possible opportunity of getting to see dolphins in the wild, and want to enjoy a snorkel tour without the crowds … the Maui Magic Adventure Snorkel tour is for you! The Maui Magic is a fast, comfortable, state-of-the-art 54 foot power catamaran equipped an onboard waterslide, and an awesome sound system.

Your captain will provide you with a complete Hawaiian historical and cultural narration about the sites that you will pass along the coastline. During the narration a selection of Hawaiian music and chants is played to enhance the experience. This is a true Hawaiian cultural cruise and totally unique in every way!

The weather dictates snorkel sites and destinations … typically two and sometimes three snorkel stops are made. Weather permitting, Molokini is always one of these stops … other possibilities include La Perouse Bay, Turtle Arches, and the beautiful Coral Gardens. They like to say that no two snorkel trips are ever exactly the same.

Maui Magic is fast … and their speed in getting to and from their snorkel destinations allows for about 30 minutes of extra snorkel time compared to other larger, slower boats.

General Information
Schedule: Daily with 6:30am checkin

Duration: 5 hours

Check In: Maalaea Harbor slip #55

GPS: 11 Maalaea Boat Harbor Rd., Wailuku, HI 96793 Click to view map

Tour includes: Breakfast, BBQ lunch (vegan and gluten free options available) cold beverages and open bar

Gear Provided: Snorkel gear, Boogie Boards and Sea Belts

Restrictions: The Maui Magic is not a stroller-friendly vessel, and due to its more rugged itinerary this tour is not recommended for most children under the age of 5. However, parents are the best gauge of their child’s capabilities. If you have a child who is 3 or 4 and is particularly “tough” for their age, they are permitted on the tour … but all children pay the child rate regardless of age. Infants who require constant attention are not appropriate for this tour. We would recommend either the Pride of Maui or the Fourwinds instead.

What to Bring & Wear: Beach bag or water-friendly bag to keep your goodies in, swimsuit, towels, sunscreen , light jacket, sunglasses, and camera

Vessel: 54 foot Custom Power Catamaran

Capacity: 45

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be made at least 48 hours before the start of the event.

maui magic molokini
Soak in the tropical sun at Molokini
dolphins at molokini
Dolphins love to play in the wake of the boat

CMaui Magic Molokini and Beyondruise Ship Passengers

NCL cruise ship passengers in Kahului are able to do Maui Magic on their second day in port. This is a 12-15 minute cab ride to Maalaea Harbor, or we can arrange a rental car with shuttle pick-up at the harbor; rates vary throughout the year but start around $40 per day in low season; see our rental car page for more information.


Lahaina cruise ship passengers can do Maui Magic only on day 2 (assuming your ship is spending the previous night in Lahaina). This would require a 20-25 minute cab ride, or we can arrange a rental car.

Activity Tips

Kevin Ditamore – Owner / Manager

Let’s begin by making it clear … there are MANY boats that do Molokini snorkel tours. There are lots of old icky boats, a host of mediocre trips, and then there are a few great ones and THEY are the ones you are reading about on this page. WE ONLY BOOK NICE MOLOKINI TRIPS!!! You can’t go wrong with ANY of the boats listed on this page. We don’t book OLD boats that are poorly maintained … period. I have personally been on EVERY one of these boats and stand behind these tour operators. Now that you don’t have to worry about us booking you on a BAD boat the only question left to settle is “Which boat is the very best for you?”

For those who prefer a smaller group for their snorkel experience, the best choices are Aqua Adventures and Maui Magic.  Both of these vessels have less than half the number of people on board than the larger snorkel boats. The smaller size also allows them to get to their destinations faster, maximizing your time in the water.

Molokini as a snorkel destination is somewhat weather-dependent … while all of these tours that advertise Molokini as a destination will make every effort to provide guests with the experience they seek, a few days a year the tours get diverted to an alternate snorkel spot. All snorkel destinations are ultimately the decision of the captain of the respective vessel and that decision is always made with the safety and comfort of the guests in mind.

Morning is typically better snorkeling than the afternoon because our trade winds here in Hawaii are typically much lighter in the morning and the wind kicks up around noon or so. Many boats (and activity desks) advertise less expensive afternoon Molokini trips … we don’t find this approach to be an honest one. Because of afternoon trade winds most PM trips go to “Coral Gardens” which is near the tunnel along the Pali Highway between Maalaea and Lahaina. Coral Gardens is a nice spot to snorkel … but it isn’t Molokini. We do offer these afternoon trips, but we take the high road here at … since your chances of going to Molokini in the afternoon are less than 20%, we prefer to market them as Coral Gardens snorkel tours … which occassionally get diverted to Molokini on really calm afternoons. If you want to be reasonably sure you are going to Molokini, you definitely want to book a morning trip when your chances of getting to Molokini are more like 95% instead of 20%.

Other Molokini Snorkel options are Pride of Maui, Fourwinds, Blue Water Rafting, and Aqua Adventures.

We also offer scuba diving to Molokini Crater which is not found here on this page … see our Maui scuba diving page for details. We offer both certified diving and introductory, no experience necessary dives. The tours featured on our scuba diving page are best if EVERYONE in your party wants to scuba dive. If you have some snorkelers and a few certified divers, the Pride of Maui is the best choice.