Fish. Molokini.


by Eve Andersson

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Molokini is a small island two miles from Maui. The island itself is a bird sanctuary, and the surrounding water is a fish sanctuary. While snorkeling, we were met by many curious, colorful fish (and a huge turtle)!

Captain Beth. Turtle near Molokini. Jin underwater.  Molokini. Man fishing.  Molokini. Fish.  Molokini. Fish.  Molokini.

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Molokini Crater, Maui, Hawaii

Molokini Crater is a partially submerged volcanic crater located off the South shore of Maui. It lies between the islands of Kaho'olawe and Maui and rises 160 feet out of the water at its peak. The crescent shaped island is famous for crystal clear visibility and large amounts of sealife. Because of the regular snorkeling and scuba visitors, the fish in the crater are less shy than at other locations around the island making for a spectacular Maui Snorkeling experience.

Though its probably more popular as far as numbers of visitors for its snorkeling, Scuba Diving Molokini Crater is far more interesting. The backside of Molokini is famous for scuba diving. It's been rated one of the best wall dives in the world, featuring abundant sealife above and below the dive destination point. You're likely to see white-tipped reef sharks as well as many different types of coral and hundreds of fish species. This dive requires experience and a guide due to the currents and depths, of which the backside reaches to depths of 350 feet. There are many boat companies that will take you to Molokini Crater for a fee from Maalaea, Wailea, Kihei, and Lahaina. Have fun and be safe!

-- lindsay Comeau

Our Molokini Crater Experience - AWESOME!

We just loved snorkeling at Molokini Crater! The views were truly breathtaking!

We had booked a trip that was to go to Turtle Town and Molokini crater, but due to cloudy waters at Turtle Town, we ended up spending all of our snorkel time at the crater. I was a bit worried that we'd get bored if we spent too much time snorkeling at one place, but this ended up being a needless worry - we truly had a great time!

It was amazing to see so many fish all in one place - we found that the best way to get close to the fish was to just lie still in the water, and allow ourselves to just drift... the fish seemed to get much "braver" this way, and would swim right up to us - it was awesome!

I'd highly recommend that anyone on a Maui vacation make time for a snorkel trip to Molokini crater! Yes, you can snorkel off many of Maui's beaches for free, but I can honestly say that since the experience of snorkeling at Molokini was SO different from that, it was 100% worth every penny!

-- Sheralyn Guilleminot

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