A tiny island can be seen off of Maui’s southern coast, just close enough to be an alluring draw. This volcanic crater is partially submerged, resulting in a crescent-shaped islet visible above the Pacific. Though it may seem redundant to explore an island when you’re already vacationing on an island, the illusive Molokini Crater has been dazzling people for years with its crystal clear waters and ideal snorkeling and diving conditions.
Numerous tour operators on Maui’s west and south shores offer boat excursions to explore Molokini Crater. The three-mile ride across the blue Pacific offers a look at Maui’s stunning coastline. Along the way, it is not uncommon to see dolphins leaping and playing alongside the boat. During whale season, from December to April, you also may catch sight of these gentle giants who have migrated from Alaska to Hawaii’s warm waters.
Arriving at Molokini reveals steep emerald green cliffs towering 160 feet above the ocean. While the island itself is off-limits for exploration, it’s the waters surrounding the island that are the real treasure. The ocean here offers unmatched visibility and reefs teeming with hundreds of species of fish and coral. Snorkeling is generally done inside the crescent, while experienced divers may venture to the backside of the islet to explore the ledges and walls descending hundreds of feet below the ocean’s surface.
Planning Your Excursion to Maui Attractions
Molokini Crater is located 3 miles off the coast of Maui in the Alalakeiki Channel between South Maui & Kaho’olawe and can only be reached by boat. Most boats heading to Molokini Crater leave from Ma’alaia Harbor, Kihei Boat Ramp, or Lahaina. This is one of the most fascinating Maui attractions out there.
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