NileGuide Expert Says:
Molokini is considered, by those in the know, to be the best snorkeling spot in the U.S. and among the top ten world-wide. Go!
Molokini is an uninhabited, partially submerged volcanic caldera or cinder cone, whose summit is only 160 feet above sea level. It is located two and a half miles off Maui's coast, between South Maui and the island of Kaho`olawe, and is the only underwater park in Hawai`i, sanctuary to approximately 250 aquatic species, many of them native, and well-preserved coral reefs. Its crescent shape protects the park area against strong currents and waves, providing the ideal snorkeling spot, with an average depth of only ten feet and visibility of 150 feet in all directions. In addition to the countless tropical fish, it is common to see aquatic birds, harmless sharks, turtles and an occasional seal. As Maui's trade winds usually arrive in the afternoon, early morning snorkeling reservations are recommended.