I can't think of two less comparable things, to be honest!
Molokini is overused, overrated, and not worth it, though :-).
Completely different things. I would pick Na Pali Coast in a second. It is so beautiful and has amazing scenery. You will only see it by boat or helicopter. The snorkeling isn't great but ok. We often have seen dolphins and monk seals on our Na Pali trips as well. Molokini you are out on the water but will not get the fantastic views. The snorkeling is meh...way overused. You really should see the Na Pali Coast. Have you looked at pictures? And pictures just don't do it justice.Edited: 06 December 2015, 01:08
Agree with TB 4 100%!! Do Napali Coast!
However... If you will be on Maui during whale season, later December- early April, I would also do a whale watch tour. The humpbacks are amazing! You may see some on your Napali trip, but a dedicated whale watch off of Maui is so worth it! Its a shorter trip so less pricy. Usually $25-50/person.
What time of year are you traveling? Na Pali coast is the winner, no contest. But be aware that depending on the time of year, they do cancel the boat trips out there, due to weather. So do book the tour to Na Pali early in the time you are there. That way, you have a better chance of rebooking it, if necessary.
We lost out twice, because of weather. Thunder and lightening one day, and the next day, though beautiful blue skies, the coast had 30 foot swells. We ran out of time to book it again, so never made it out there.
A helicopter tour would be another option to see the Na Pali coast.
We were there in early Nov. Did both. we never made it to Molokini because of high seas. actually we were a bit miffed because they, took our money, started boat ride, and soon after we left announced they could not get to Molokini. They ended up with two snorkel sites just off Lahaina. We were pretty sure they knew they could not make it before we left.
A few days later we were at Poipu on Kauai. Wife and daughter and her boy friend joined us there. Seas were up a bit but not too bad. they were not able to snorkel off Na Pali coast, but they did on early part of boat ride. I did not go because I do not snorkel and had made that trip a couple of times before. saved a few bucks.
Na Pali coast is very interesting and scenic trip even if you do not snorkel.
Great point phirl.... the Molokini trip gets cancelled prob just as much or they go to their back up sites.
Still think there is not a comparison between the two.Edited: 06 December 2015, 03:11
Any time you do a boat tour during the winter months there is a possibility it could get cancelled. The Na Pali Coast is pretty iffy in the winter months. The scenery can't be beat though. Hopefully you are coming during the summer? If so, no problem!!
Personally, I would try to do both, Na Pali for the scenery and Molokini for the snorkel. I'm one of the few who happen to have been out to Molokini numerous times during winter, summer, fall and spring and was lucky enough never to have run into a cancellation. True, not as many fish as other places but the clarity of the water can't be beat anywhere else on Maui. The boat trip is fun and the scenery isn't bad with Haleakala looming in the distance.
If you can only do one, and the weather isn't a concern, I would go on the Na Pali tour.
Nothing in Hawaii compares to the Na Pali Coast. FWIW, we liked the boat trip better than the chopper. Both a great.
"True, not as many fish as other places but the clarity of the water can't be beat anywhere else on Maui."
What good is there in clearer water when there is so much less to see? Attached is an example of what you can see with the Maui's typical lousy water quality.
So true Patrick! I go snorkeling to see fish, turtles, octopus, coral and many other things. I've had great luck with clarity off Maui's shores and Lanai. Speaking of a good "snorkel" trip, Lanai is my favorite snorkel tour off Maui.
Thanks for showing your pics again Patrick! Can't wait.. Less than 2 weeks for me now and your pictures are getting me excited!