The unmatched beauty of the Molokini Crater is not to be missed during your next visit to Maui. Along with amazing scenery, the uniquely shaped island is home to some of the best snorkeling, scuba and snuba diving in the area. Molokini is a designated Marine Life Conservation District and Bird Sanctuary. This means viewing the island’s wildlife in their natural habitat is an experience like no other.
Before you grab your flippers and head to the Molokini Crater, make sure to download our complimentary Vacation Guide! It has all the information you need about the Molokini Crater and other amazing natural areas that will leave you speechless!
The Creation of the Molokini Crater
Technically, the Molokini Crater was formed by the movement of the island of Maui as it passed over hot spots in the Earth’s tectonic plates. The volcanic eruptions that occurred as a result created the horseshoe-shaped crater around 230,000 years ago.
The Hawaiian creation myth is just as fiery, if not more. As the story goes, the fire goddess Pele fell in love with a gecko prince named Mo’o. However, Mo’o loved another, and the enraged goddess cut either Mo’o or the other woman in half. (Which of the unfortunate lovers fell victim to Pele’s fury differs depending on the source.) The head became Pu’u Ola’i, while the body became the Molokini Crater.
Though the story is a little gory, the breathtaking beauty of the Molokini Crater makes it clear that the exquisite can be born from ruin.
See the Beauty of the Molokini Crater
There are several ways for you to witness the paradise that grew out of Goddess Pele’s destructive obsession. Molokini Crater snorkeling is one of the best ways to view marine life unique to the area. Swell and currents don’t disturb the waters within the crater the way they do those off the shore of Maui, and marine life have become used to human visitors. You’ll be able to view a lively underwater scene, including around 250 species of fish. Catch a boat nearby to find the best spots for snorkeling in the Molokini Crater.
Molokini snuba and scuba diving are even more in-depth ways to observe the diverse array of underwater animals that call the crater home. Snuba is a combination of scuba diving and snorkeling. Instead of carrying an air tank on your back, you are connected to a tank on the boat by an air tube that allows you to swim 20 feet under water. Snuba and scuba divers can expect to see dolphins, sharks, eels, manta rays, and hundreds of varieties of tropical fish during their plunges. There are several ideal diving locations. Advanced scuba divers should stick to the backside of the island, where the reef is the most dynamic.
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After your excursion to Molokini Crater is complete, come and relax at our lush bed and breakfast! Just a short drive from Molokini, we offer the best lodging on Maui. Gorgeous guest rooms and upscale amenities will add a majestic touch to your vacation. Rest in style at night, and fuel up for each day’s adventure with a sumptuous homemade breakfast each morning! Contact us today to start planning your perfect trip to the beautiful island of Maui!
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