To really feel close to the marine life here, you’ve got to scuba dive Molokini!
The crater seems small when seen from your dive boat, but once you go below the surface, everything changes. To scuba dive Molokini is an incredible experience.
Coral reefs have formed here on expansive underwater layers of ash for the last several hundred years. The Molokini reefs are full of marine life, much of which can only be found in the Hawaiian Islands. As a responsible diver, be sure you don’t touch any of the amazing marine life you see, including the coral reef. Such a respectful approach will help the reef to remain intact for generations to come.
You’ll want to scuba dive Molokini early in the day, when the sea is calm and many other tours haven’t yet arrived. The areas to explore, both inside the crater and around it, are just remarkable. Where you will dive depends on your skill and comfort level as well as the ocean conditions of the day.
Reef’s End is a great spot for both new and seasoned divers. Look for lovely reef sharks, cautious garden eels, and graceful spotted eagle rays. Right across from Reef’s End, you can swim to an area called Enenu’i and the Shark Condos. This part of Molokini slopes down from a gentle 60 feet, and shelters reef sharks on the ledges at about 135 feet. Awesome!
The expansive Back Wall of the crater is for those comfortable with advanced scuba diving. It is common to see nudibranchs, black coral, and large groups of soldierfish in this impressive reef. The very lucky visitor may encounter larger animals like manta rays, whale sharks, and even humpback whales!
All levels of scuba divers will enjoy Molokini. Are you ready to get in the water?