Molokini Crater Fun Facts
1. Molokini is world renowned for its exceptional water clarity with visibility up to 150 feet.
2. It was created from an eruption that occurred about 230,000 years ago.
3. Molokini is home to about 250 types of marine species making it some of Maui’s best snorkeling.
4. There are 38 different types of hard coral species inside Molokini Crater.
5. The island is home to at least 2 different species of nesting seabirds.
6. Molokini is a Marine Life Conservation District and the island is a Hawaii State Seabird Sanctuary.
7. Molokini’s literal translation means “many ties”.
Accessible only by boat, due to the steep cliff lines, Coral Gardens is home to some of Maui’s most beautiful coral heads (hence the name). Tucked away along the West Maui coastline, it provides excellent shelter from trade winds. Fish, turtles and even an occasional monk seal can be spotted here. Coastal Living Magazine has listed this as one of the top 10 snorkel sites in the world! We agree this spot has spectacular underwater views. This is one of the best spots to swim with sea turtles in Maui.
Located between Lahaina and Ma’alaea Harbor, directly off the Pali Highway is home to some of Maui’s unique reefs. Olowalu is accessible by land and boat, this is often a popular spot for snorkeling (better viewed from a boat because of the water clarity off shore). Here you can view 100-year-old coral heads ribboned through sand channels and a vast array of fish and marine life as well as the mountain backdrop.
Maui Snorkel Destinations
Join us for the best Maui snorkel tour and snorkel Maui’s top snorkel spots. Premier Hawaii destinations where you can snorkel with turtles, fish, and view dolphins in Hawaii. Avoid the hustle of the larger crowded boats and join us on the Maui Magic Molokini tour!