By Blane Perun
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Molokini diving is an option for divers of all skill levels.
There are many dive sites within the Molokini Crater and Molokini
diving provides a range in sea life, coral, and water temperature
based on the depths and location.
Covered in cauliflower coral, the Reef’s End section of the
Molokini Crater runs below the water for about 200 yards right
at the surface. Remarkable terraces formed where the edge of
the crater suddenly ends and drops off into “steps” that continue
to 350 feet. Many eels and sharks call the deepest ledges of
the terraces home and it’s common to see humpback whales from
December until April. This dive is recommended for certified
divers who have an 85 feet for 30 minutes dive profile.
The Tako Flats are an incredible place for more advanced divers
to enjoy Molokini diving. Speckled with rocks and coral heads
there are many octopus that hide here. Many fish live in and
around Tako Flats, which is appreciated by the Manta Ray that
frequent this area of Molokini.
In the center of Molokini Crater is Middle
Reef. This area is protected by the crater, which means the water
is calm and there are no waves or strong currents. As a result,
many indigenous Hawaiian fish and other exotic fish live here.
These include butterfly and trumpet fish. Due to the tranquility
of the water, beginners will especially love Molokini diving
here. Intermediate and advanced divers can also enjoy Molokini
diving in the crater’s center.
Advanced divers may be interested in Molokini
diving in the shark condos. The depth reaches 130 feet and there
are many underwater caves and terraces where sharks and lobsters
hide. White tip reef sharks are found in shallow water while
the Maui sharks and lobsters are in the deeper terraces. The
view from the shark condos is incredibly due the visibility of
the water and the underwater caves and terraces.
At the Edge of the World the crater’s shelf
sticks out of the side and then there is water until the bottom
200 feet below. The Molokini Crater’s backside is deepest here
at 250 feet. Many of the larger marine animals live here, like
sharks and tropical fish, as the area is typically in the shade.
The back side is only for highly trained and experienced divers
and those with expert buoyancy control. Those interested in Molokini
diving on the back side should be prepared for strong currents
and amazing sea life. This includes tropical fish, manta rays,
and spinner dolphins. The wall dive here is world renowned and
part of the reason Molokini diving here is popular.