By Blane Perun
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The Molokini crater superb snorkeling due to inner area of the
crater being protected by the northern rim. This results in calm
waters and superb clarity up to 150 feet in the center. The diameter
of the crater is 1,770 feet and its unique location protects
it from harsh currents and waves. This attracts all types of
marine life, including up to 250 species of fish, and divers
will be exposed to a life sized aquarium. The inside of the crater
is recommended for beginner and intermediate snorkelers while
Maui snorkeling Molokini’s outer edge should be left to the experts
and those with incredible buoyancy control.
When visiting Maui, snorkeling Molokini is on every snorkelers
list of things to do. The islet above water is 162 feet above
sea level and the portion of the crater below the water runs
for approximately 200 yards. At this point the crater drops off
sharply into terraces, underwater caves, and other lava rock
formations. These extend for hundreds more feet. There are many
locations within the crater for Maui snorkeling Molokini, but
the following are recommended.
Those interested in Molokini diving will find Enenue to be calm
with a gentle slope that reaches 60 feet before dropping off
considerably. This is an appropriate place for intermediate Molokini
diving as well as advanced beginners. Butterfly fish inhabit
the shallow areas around the Enenue area of the crater.
Along Molokini Crater’s backside there are
shelves that may easily be seen at approximately 50 feet. After
the main shelf there is a large stretch of water before the bottom.
Here tube coral and red sponge coral may be found. Intermediate
and advanced divers
The Reef’s End is great for certified divers
interested in Maui snorkeling Molokini. The end of the reef is
covered in cauliflower coral and suddenly drops sharply into
the clear blue waters. Here, lava rock formations and terraces
have been formed and are home to sharks, eels, and other sea
animals. There are also lava steps that appear to descend hundreds
of feet to the ocean’s floor. Snorkelers diving in the Reef’s
End portion of the crater during the months of December-April
are likely to see humpback whales.
The Edge of the World is a wonderful Maui
snorkeling Molokini opportunity as it allows experienced divers
the opportunity to see where the crater’s shelf juts out into
the water before being overtaken by the crystal clear water for
an additional 200 feet. This area is mostly shaded, and as a
result many large marine animals prefer this area of the crater.
Maui snorkeling Molokini’s edge of the world provides the perfect
backdrop with more than 250 species of fish swimming by. The
currents are strong here and it’s common to be approached by
spinner dolphins and manta rays. Expert divers must try the wall