Molokini Snorkeling, Marine Life, History & More
If you love to swim, snorkel, scuba dive, bird watch, or simply feel the history of somewhere new, this place is awesome. There is no way you can call your visit to Maui complete without a Molokini snorkeling experience.
Molokini Crater rises out of the Pacific Ocean between the Hawaiian Islands of Maui and Kaho’olawe. The ancient Hawaiians used it for its excellent fishing grounds. They developed several effective methods to find and catch fish that you may have never even heard of. Read more under Relics of Ancient Hawaii. In the 1940s, the US Navy used the back side of the crater as a target for bombing practice. In 1977, it became what it is today: a Marine Life Conservation District, State Seabird Sanctuary, and your next exotic destination.
Many different kinds of seabirds nest and fish here, as you will find when bird watching here. When you take a boat tour to the crater between December and April, you are sure to see a humpback whale or two on the way. When you swim during whale season – wow! You can hear the whales singing underwater. Their songs are ethereal, and the loud, drawn out sounds can carry for several miles.
Frequently, tour boats that take you to experience the crater will also bring you to a second beautiful snorkeling site called Turtle Town. Aptly named, this spot off the south Maui coast is home to an abundance of Hawaiian green sea turtles. You may even see one rising to the surface before you get into the water.
On our site, you can also learn about lovely whale watching on Maui. And if you’d like to know about the other types of activities the island has to offer, check out Awesome Activities. So please, take a look around, learn more about this unique volcanic shoal, and let us know if you have any questions (or answers!) for us. We hope to see you enjoying the crystal clear blue waters here very soon. Aloha for now!