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Snorkel, Scuba, or Hike around Mighty Molokini

According to ancient Hawaiian mythology, Molokini was once a beautiful goddess who fell in love with a man. The mighty goddess of fire and volcanos, Pele was also in love with the man and out of jealousy and rage split Molokini in two and turned her to stone.

History

There is in fact historical fact preserved in this old Hawaiian tale as the crescent-shaped islet of Molokini was formed approximately 230,000 years ago as the result of a volcanic eruption. The subsequent crater that formed is only one of three such structures in the entire world and while the islet and the crater were born out of fire and destruction it laid the foundation for numerous coral reefs that bring visitors from all around the world. Ancient Hawaiians used the site for fishing as numerous different fishing artifacts have been excavated from the area.

Molokini had another period of fire and destruction as it served as target practice for the United States Navy during World War II. Standing at only a half-mile long and three hundred feet wide the site was perfect for testing because of its resemblance to a battleship. Due to its natural beauty, the site was eventually selected for marine preservation in the 1970s where it continues to draw people toward its natural beauty.

Actual day

When you visit Molokini today you will many other boats anchored in the beautiful crescent-shaped bay. Be sure to take plenty of pictures of the beautiful crenellations of the coarse rock walls and peer into the crystal clear water of the mighty Pacific ocean. There are many different ways to see Molokini at your own pace including scuba diving, whale watching, snorkeling, and so much more. If you chose to take a dive or a swim around the site you will be amazed at the numerous different species of colorful fish and corals. As your boat skips across the water keep an eye out for sharks and if you’re really lucky you may even get the chance to see a whale breaching the surface on your way to Molokini or on your way back to Maui.

Malolo Molokini Snorkeling

One of the best ways to see the islet and the surrounding marine life is by booking a tour with Malolo Molokini Snorkeling Tours which is one of the highest-rated touring companies in all of Maui. They not only offer information filled tours about the local history and legends about the site but they take you to some of the best diving locations in the area where you will find some of the best views of local wildlife and even a few relics from World War II. A trip to Maui would honestly not be complete without going to explore one of the scuba and snorkeling capitals of the world. The beautiful scenery of the Molokini and all the colorful fish that you see there will surely be a memory that you will treasure for the rest of your life.


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