Snorkeling in Maui
71% of the earth’s surface is water. This means that without embarking on an underwater adventure every now and then, even the most seasoned of globetrotters is missing out. When it comes to exploring the most colorful and enchanting marine ecosystems on the planet, nothing quite compares to Hawaii.
Coveted as one of the world’s most naturally beautiful places, the Hawaiian archipelago is simply stunning. With its nearly 120 miles of beaches, vibrant lava-rock promontories and breathtaking natural formations like the crescent-shaped Molokini Crater, getting wet and wild on Maui is an absolute must for anyone wanting to experience the very best aquatic thrills Hawaii has to offer.
Intrigued? Read on to find out more about two of Maui’s most magnificent highlights, and what awaits those who take the plunge…
Mother Nature can be one wild temptress, and Molokini Crater is a stunning example of just how creative she can be. Rising 300 feet from the ocean’s surface, the crater was formed more than 150,000 years ago. Today, it’s a haven for more than 200 species of fish, as well as reef sharks, ornate octopus, manta rays, moray eels, and even humpback whales during the winter months.
Located just a few miles off Maui’s main island, Molokini Crater is Hawaii’s only island marine sanctuary. Its protected status means it’s brimming with life, with thousands of tropical fish creating a rainbow of glimmering scales among the colorful coral reef.
Thanks to its isolated location, the water surrounding the crater is crystal clear. Plus, it’s made entirely of volcanic rock, which means there’s no sand or sediment to cloud visibility. This means that even at depth, sunlight is able to penetrate the water and light up the reef in a dazzling display of colors, textures and curiosities.
Snorkeling Molokini Crater is an utterly unique experience for hobbyist snorkelers and die-hard marine biologists alike.
Maui’s Southwest Coast
Hawaii is no stranger to gorgeous seascapes, and Maui Island’s spectacular southwest coastline definitely contributes to this reputation. But what about what lies beneath the towering cliffs bordered by the sparkling North Pacific Ocean?
A snorkeling trip to the southwest coast is an aesthetic treat, with charter yachts unlocking access to sites that simply can’t be reached by foot. The sail across Ma’alaea Bay is scenic beyond imagination, but once immersed in the multi-colored reefs of Coral Gardens the experience is nothing short of mind-blowing. Sheltered by the tall cliffs of the West Maui Mountains, the cove is famous for its calm waters and vibrant marine life.
Green sea turtle encounters are a Coral Gardens rite of passage, with Hawaiians believing that the graceful creatures are guardian spirits that watch over divers and snorkelers as they swim.
Ready to get wet, salty, and sun-kissed on Maui?