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