Scuba diving in Molokini Crater
Molokini Crater, a largely submerged volcanic cinder cone, is situated off the southern shore of Maui and rises about 48ft/160ft above sea level. This site is a marine preserve with water depths ranging from 5m/16ft to 39m/130ft, and being world renowned for its crystal clear waters, a wealth of sea life and interesting underwater landscape. There are lots of dive sites, and one of them is the Back Wall (back side of Molokini), that drops off to the 106m/350ft depths and can be a dramatic sight for advanced divers. Maui is a great destination for snorkelers and divers.
When to go
Diving is available all year round with water temperature staying around 25C/77F.
What to see
These waters are home to about 250 underwater species, including octopi, bluefin trevally, eels, monk seals, manta rays, spotted eagle rays, harmless white tip sharks and others. The coral-encrusted Back Wall offers breathtaking seascapes, black coral, pelagics and occasionally even manta and whale shark sightings.