Dive Molokini Crater

Molokini Crater is a small volcanic cone, situated only a few miles off Maui’s shore. It is home to more than 250 tropical fish species, a coral reef and amazingly clear waters. With that said this is the number one diving spot for an unforgettably unique experience.

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Key Stats

Best Time To Visit

Dec - Jan

Flight from London London

19:00 hrs

Time Difference

GMT -11 hrs

The crater was formed 150 thousand years ago from volcanic eruptions. Part of it peaks at 160 feet above the see level while the other part disappears in the Ocean, forming the incredible underwater Marine Sanctuary. The outstanding quality of the Crater's shallow inner waters provides amazing visibility of sometimes up to 150 feet. The lack of sediment keeps the water crystal clear, allowing the sunlight to perfectly penetrate, which is ideal for diving enthusiasts to explore and closely observe the wealth of this fantastic sea life.

The islands crescent shape keeps strong waves from the crater, protecting the incredible coral reef. This marine ecosystem boasts thousands of tropical fish, including surgeon fish, tangs, parrot fish, Moorish idols and many more. Other exotic marine animals can be found in the clear waters, including species that can be found nowhere else on earth! Observe plankton feeding whale sharks and discover colourful reefs filled with life while diving or snorkelling your way through the beauty of the pristine waters.

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Original Highlight

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Early morning when nobody has been there before you is the best time to explore Molokini’s marine reserve!

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Where to stay

The pool at night at Hotel Wailea, luxury hotel in Hawaii

Hotel Wailea

Hotel Wailea is one of the few quality boutique hotels in Hawaii, with a relaxed, laid back vibe verging on hippy-ish, but authentic all the same.

The beach at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, luxury hotel in Hawaii

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is, in our humble opinion, the best of the bunch among the Four Seasons properties in Hawaii. It seems others agree, as it’s also apparently the most successful Four Seasons in the world.

Four Seasons Lana'i Manele Bay, luxury hotel in Hawaii

Four Seasons Lana'i at Manele Bay

Four Seasons Lana'i at Manele Bay is perched on top of a red-lava cliff overlooking the lovely Hulopo'e white-sand beach. The resort borders a marine preserve and is coloured with waterfalls, gardens, streams and ponds.

The pool bar at Four Seasons Resort Maui Wailea

Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea

This Four Seasons Resort is located in the white-sand crescent of Maui’s southwest coast.

The balcony at Koa Kea, luxury hotel in Hawaii

Koa Kea

Koa Kea on the lush tropical island of Kauai is a smaller set up than the ubiquitous Four Seasons resorts we recommend on other islands.

St. Regis Princeville, luxury hotel in Hawaii

St Regis Princeville

The St Regis is part of the larger Princeville Resort, which also includes a Westin Hotel, a smattering of condos, two golf courses and a ranch where guests can go riding or zip-wiring.

The Modern Honolulu

The Modern Honolulu

The Modern is a contemporary urban hotel at the top end of Waikiki Beach on Honolulu. Unlike on some of the other islands where height restrictions are in place, the Modern – all 18 floors of it – is a genuine skyscraper with predictably good views as a result.

Andaz Maui

Andaz Maui

Andaz Maui is a new addition to Maui’s trendy beachfront portfolio of luxury hotels. The resort is situated directly on Wailea’s shore displaying a blend of class and eco friendly amenities.

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