A Tiny Gem Off The Coast Of Maui: Molokini Crater

About Molokini

Molokini Crater is a great place to experience during your trip to Hawaii. The summit of Molokini, which rises 160 feet above the ocean’s surface, is the only part of the volcano that is exposed to the world, but just below the surface awaits a treasure trove of sights to be seen. Molokini lies just 2.5 miles from the coast of Maui, and is a Marine Life and Bird Conservation district; this means the islet is federally protected, and marine life from the area cannot be fed, caught, or removed. Not only are the fish protected, but the actual islet is protected as well as a bird sanctuary. Visitors are not allowed to set foot on the physically exposed part of the islet.  

What You’ll See

The waters surrounding Molokini are home to about 250 species of fish, some of which are extremely rare, and are found nowhere else in the world. You’ll see beautiful four spot butterfly fish, reef trigger fish, parrot fish, Saddleback butterfly fish, and many more colorful, beautiful, exotic fish. Molokini is in between two larger islands, Maui and Kahoolawe, and the orientation of the islet makes for perfect snorkeling conditions. The water is clear, shallow and completely protected from the strong ocean currents between Maui and Kahoolawe.  

Local Legend

Local legend holds that Molokini was once a beautiful woman. She was beheaded and turned to stone by Pele because they were both in love with the same man. Legend has it that the woman’s head is the cinder cone by Makena Beach.

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