Hawaii is legendary for its difficult surf spots, mesmerising volcanoes, and enjoyable jungle waterfalls, however as a scuba diver, there's much more to expertise. Past for the world-class night time dive with manta rays, the islands of Hawaii additionally supply some intriguing volcanic dive experiences like lava tubes and even diving right into a volcano crater.
Maui was my favorite island of my Three-week journey to Hawaii. When visiting Maui Island, don’t miss the chance to go diving into the crater of Molokini Volcano.
I do know, diving inside a volcano close to a number of the most lively volcanic islands on the planet seems like a loopy concept. However, no worries, the half-submerged Molokini Volcano final erupted 230,000 years in the past.
Immediately, the emerged a part of Molokini types a 9.Three ha crescent-shaped island. Since 1977, it has turn out to be a protected nature reserve, each for birds and marine life. Nevertheless, scuba divers can take pleasure in a a lot wider playground. Molokini presents eight totally different dive websites that accommodate all ranges of scuba diver.
Open water divers
Will benefit from the shallowest a part of the internal reef with the websites named “Tako Flats” well-known for its octopus and “Enenue” which shows a lovely antler exhausting coral reef the place the purple dotted coral crabs love to cover. In each instances, it is possible for you to to stay inside the 18 m depth restrict with little to no present.
Will particularly respect the dive website referred to as “Center Reef” with a max depth of 30 m (98 ft). That is the place you get the perfect expertise of diving contained in the crater. The visibility is often between 40-50 m (131-164 ft) and you may see as much as 250 species of tropical fish, some being endemic to Molokini. The marine life highlights of my dive there have been the blue trevally, the raccoon and pyramid butterflyfish, the yellow tang, the flame angelfish and the hearth goby.
In case you are an skilled drift and deep diver
The best enjoyable for you'll be outdoors the crater, alongside its again wall. The visibility drops to 20-30 m (66-98 ft) however nonetheless, it's greater than sufficient to understand how spectacular the 110 m (360 ft) wall is. Past a difficult dive together with currents and waves on the floor, that is the place you've gotten the best probability of pelagic encounters, together with whale sharks. While I didn’t encounter any pelagic’s, I noticed the most important focus of longfin bannerfish and pink pencil urchins. Within the winter (November to March) you even have nice possibilities to scuba dive whereas listening to whales singing.
I used to be staying in Kihei, which is just a 15 minute boat journey to Molokini, and a 45 minute cross over on the massive scuba diving boats, which depart from Maalaea Harbour. It did imply an early wake-up time because the boat leaves round 7 o’clock to keep away from the swell coming at round 10 o’clock. I used the providers of Maui Dreams Dive Co in Kihei, however should you keep in Lahaina (which was my favorite place to remain on Maui) it's good to know that Lahaina Divers additionally go there immediately from their harbour Three occasions every week.
The dive journey stays considered one of my greatest diving reminiscences thus far. They usually additionally supply snorkelling excursions, supplying you with the chance to see each contained in the crater and the again wall.
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Florine is a PADI Divemaster and a Dive Journey blogger at World Adventure Divers. She dives in tropical to excessive chilly waters, choosing her locations when each journey diving and cultural discoveries are a part of the journey, and displaying you tips on how to do it with out breaking the financial institution.