By Blane Perun
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During the summer, May through October, the water temperatures are in the low 80s. Inshore, water visibility is anywhere from 50 to 100 feet and offshore from 100 to 150 feet. Molokini crater snorkel visibility is always at least 100 feet if not more.
Storms are not much of a concern during the summer and those that do approach shouldn’t affect your Molokini crater snorkel as they are usually short and fast. The trade winds pick up significantly during the day during the summer, making the early morning (7 am) the best time for a Molokini Crater snorkel.
During October the Kona season begins and with it the winter season. The Kona season brings in the Kona winds and with them bad storms full of rain and bad surf. Many dive spots may be off limits during these storms, which can last up to two weeks, and could delay your Molokini crater snorkel. There are great diving sites available during the winter that can’t be visited during the summer, which is a benefit for a Molokini crater snorkel during this time. During the winter the water temperatures range from the low to mid 70s and most divers will need a wetsuit. The water visibility is the same as during the summer, except during storms when it is considerably reduced. Winter in Hawaii means storms, and there are usually two or three storms that can last as long as two weeks.
The weather in Hawaii is generally mild making most any Molokini crater snorkel a good one. The rainy season occurs during the months of November, December, January, February, and March, while the dry season is April, May, June, July, August, September, and October. January is the coldest month for a Molokini crater snorkel with average temperatures reaching 76 degrees Fahrenheit. July through October all average in the low 80s and are the warmest months.
After your Molokini crater snorkel you may want to snorkel or dive some of Maui’s other great dive spots. This includes Airport Beach, Honalua Bay, Black Rock, Kapalua Bay, Jodo Reef, Mala Wharf, Canoa Beach, and Marriott Reef. Beginners will love Jodo Reef as it is easily accessible and not deep. Marriott Reef has reefs as tall as 15 feet with all types of sea life.
When you are out of the water there are other amazing sites you will want to see around Maui. Makhiku Falls are highly recommended and they are about a half a mile from the top of the Pipwai Trail. The falls are 185 feet tall, which is impressive. Continuing on the trail will carry you to Waimoku Falls, which are even more impressive.
Tourists should also check out Kuloa Point. However, it is dangerous
to swim in the ocean here and tourists should stay in the pools.
The trail that leads to Kuloa Point begins at the Kipahulu Visitor
Center and winds its way past historic sites.