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Molokini Crater - Maui HI

Molokini Crater is a boat accessible salt water dive site, located in Maui, HI. This dive site has an average rating of 3.94 out of 5 from 67 scuba divers. The maximum depth is 101-110ft/31-34m. The average visibility is 51-60ft/16-18m.

A Molokini dive trip is a truly exciting journey where every inch of the islet can be examined. Reef sharks, turtles, manta rays and other marine life will surround you as you analyze the makeup of Molokini Crater and it’s rough surface texture, fed on by a myriad of fish and other creatures. Another advantage of a Molokini dive is the clear water which offers some of the best visibility and showcases the natural wonders that are highlighted at the Maui Ocean Center. Unfortunately due to extensive visitation Molokini Island has suffered the consequences and has sustained damage from boat anchors carving out large areas of coral. (Why haven’t the dive ops added moorings?)

The inside (the bowel portion) is a National Marine Sanctuary. This is where the snorkeling boats go. Scuba diving 99.9% of the time is done on backside of the crater. About a 300 foot deep wall dive. Sometime they do start at the back near one of the corners. The backside is sometimes in books broken into as many as 5 dive sites. One of the reasons no one dives inside is the area would be closed to everyone else while the dive flag was on the boat. Its not that big an area. Planodiver

Molokini Back Wall

Molokini Crater is a geologic treasure, a picturesque submerged caldera filled with coral reefs that are a shallow, sunny haven for new divers. But our savvy readers know the real action is found around the backside of the 160-foot cliff, where a wall of volcanic rock drops more than 360 feet into the deep. Maui ranked in the top three of our Top 100 Readers Choice awards for best wall diving, no doubt in part because of this outstanding dive site. This advanced drift dive tours a vertical tapestry of cracks, caves and overhangs where octopuses, spiny lobsters and nudibranchs hide, along with whitetip sharks. But the main attraction is the chance to spot exotic passers-by, including manta rays, black-tip sharks, schooling jacks and the rare whale shark.

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BeautifulByNature - 9/21/2020 11:38 AM
Rating Added: 5
Absolutely gorgeous! It was my first ever diving experience at the age of 33 and loved every minute of it!
Dive the outer wall! The colors were vibrant and the ocean life was soo varied!!
mauidiver808 - 6/20/2018 4:49 PM
Rating Added: 5
back wall is great dive.
bsharp117 - 11/10/2017 5:18 PM
Rating Added: 3
Snorkeled here
Aquadawnb - 9/18/2015 1:52 AM
Love Maui
SCJosh49 - 7/21/2015 9:50 AM
Rating Added: 5
Unrivaled wildlife and terrain features in one site. Neat caverns and geology!
SCJosh49 - 7/21/2015 9:43 AM
Rating Added: 5
caverns, wildlife are unrivaled at this Hawai’i location
bkahrar - 8/10/2014 10:20 PM
Rating Added: 5
Spectacular wildlife and visibility. Amazing.
bkahrar - 8/10/2014 10:15 PM
Rating Added: 5
Unbelievable dives. Hawaii’s premier marine preserve offers spectacular diving. Highly recommended.
CGR - 7/31/2014 6:00 PM
Rating Added: 4
Much fun....
gina_LA - 4/04/2014 10:57 AM
Rating Added: 4
done it once and want to return ;-)
justinsane - 3/22/2014 3:39 PM
Rating Added: 4
Love Maui
Aquadawnb - 2/20/2014 3:50 PM
Rating Added: 5
Great dive. Can get crowded. Lots of fish and marine life.
planodiver - 2/02/2014 7:49 PM
Its important to remember that the snorkeling site and the dive site are not the same. Snorkeling is done inside the crater (A National Marine Reserve) and diving on the sides and back of the crater. I was there again for several dives in late October and early November diving with ProDiver Maui. It is till the best place I have ever dived.
pilot_sailor - 10/01/2013 7:38 AM
Rating Added: 3
So far Hawaii is my favorite. I went with my snorkeling GF (of the time), and about 300 others in this tiny piece of paradise.
planodiver - 9/05/2013 1:15 PM
I have never experienced crowd problems on the backside of the crater. The inside is a National Park and a very popular with snorkelers. Most dive operation don’t dive in this area. Prodiver is the first to leave the dock at Kihei at 6 am sharp every morning and the first on side with a 6 pack of divers. B@B leaves about the same time with a little bit larger boat. They usually pick a different part of the backside. They are both very high quality operations. Unlike other parts of the world, most of these operators are very high quality.
tinahawkins - 8/30/2013 6:07 PM
Rating Added: 5
Crystal clear water, not tons of fish but amazing coral, my first ocean dive! Went with Dive and Sea Maui, small outfit, had the best boat I saw and the boat was never crowded. I’d do it all again!
Brian_V - 8/29/2013 4:06 PM
Rating Added: 2
So crowded that I thought I was in Disneyland! I did see my first whitetip reef shark here!
planodiver - 8/15/2013 12:40 PM
Rating Added: 5
About as good as gets
Striper - 1/13/2013 1:27 PM
Rating Added: 4
good viz over 100’, moderate sea life, no current to speach off
Eric_R - 9/06/2012 4:45 AM
Rating Added: 4
Very popular with the cattle boats so bring your Torero uniform.
planodiver - 8/15/2013 12:42 PM
If you go out with a group like ProDiver they get their before the crowds. 6 divers and they leave the dock at Kihei at 6 am sharp. I did 4 dives with them in November and will doing that many again in a couple of months.