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Molokini Crater

 

Molokini Crater is a crescent shaped extinct volcano that sits three mile off of Maui’s Southwestern Coast. This unique location provides amazing visibility which range from 150 – 200′ . Being a protected area also enhances the reefs and the marine life. More than 300 species of fish and diverse sea life abound in Molokini’s unique habitat.

Due to this amazing diversity we offer six different dives at this location.

Enenue

Enenue is located in the Eastern point on the inside of the crater. There is a steep slope that descends toward the center of the carter. Dark crevices on this slope are frequently home to many species of eels, octopus and lobsters. This is an excellent spot to see large jacks which patrol this slope regularly. If there is a current gray sharks often hover out to n the point. This s common in the summer when they congregate to give birth and mate.

Center reef

Center reef is located on the outermost sand channel inside Molokini. This area boasts an extremely healthy coral reef which is protected by the rim of Molokini. Coral eating butterfly fish and yellow tangs commonly call this area home. On the opposite side of the sand is a mixture of coral and rock where octopus and eels are regularly seen. Equally interesting is the sand channel itself as it is home to hundreds of black sea cucumbers and unusual freckled eels. The sand channel serves almost as an entryway for pelagic animals which swim through this channel year round.

Reef’s End

Reef’s end is located right at the tip of the submerged rim of the cone of Molokini. There are two options for diving this area- heading down the slope on the outside of the cone are heading toward the inside of the crater. This area often has a current and schools of damselfish and pyramid butterfly fish occupy the water column feeding on plankton that floats in the current. A large colony of garden eels also lives on this point and allows divers to get fairly close to them. Dark ledges offer hiding places for white tip reef sharks, moray eels, and nocturnal fish tucked away until dusk

Molokini Backwall

The backwall of Molokini faces open ocean and the bottom is just over 300′ in depth. The area is steeply sloped or vertical with shaded overhangs where orange cup coral and black coral thrive. Deep crevices house unique animals such as crabs, shrimp and pipefish. White tip reefs sharks and manta rays are often times seen roaming this area. This dive is done as a drift across the backwall at an average depth of about 60- 70′.

Enenue Backwall Drift

This dive starts at the tip of Enenue and drifts slowly around to the backwall. Most of the dive is done around 60′ and then as the bottom disappears you experience that big blue depth sensation. We drop down to about 70′ for the last five minutes of the dive which averages about 45 minutes. This unique approach to the backwall offers the beautiful creates of Enenue and the pelagic creatures of the backwall.

Outer reef backwall drift

As with the Enenue drift dive the outer reef drift dive offers the best of both worlds- the beautiful variety of sea life found along the outer reef and the magical vast deep blue of Molokini’ s backwall. This dive is amazing and the profile is about 60 -70′ for 45 minutes.

South Maui Coast Dives

 

The South Maui Coast offers amazing topography, stunning coral variety and an abundance of green sea turtles. Our dives offer a variety of options for your viewing pleasure.

Redhill/Pu’uolai

Located just off of the Pu’uolai the Redhill dive is usually done as a drift. The small cove located in the north side of the cinder cone next to the lava cliff is the area where our dive begins. The dark sand from the adjacent cinder cone, lava boulders and coral reef make for a stunning bottom topography. Green sea turtles abound in this area and are comfortable with divers. The area is also a great nursery area so encountering juvenile reef fish is very common. The mild current in the area makes for a gentle drift dive at about 40 feet for an hour.

Turtle Town/ Five Caves

Turtle Town is a guest favorite for it’s amazing lava ridges, lava tubes, caves and swim throughs. Two lava ridges, that run perpendicular to shore and lava rocks create shelter for green sea turtles and reef fish. As you move closer to shore where the ridges meet the coast there are several arches and overhangs with sponge growth and colorful cup coral. Continuing closer into the Makena Landing area you find the shark cave, where white tip reef sharks can often time, be found, and the bubble cave, which offers you a chance to surface and breathe without your regulator in your mouth. Green sea turtles abound and are very people friendly in this area. Frogfish, cleaner shrimp and pipefish are very common in Turtle Town.

Haloa Point

A shallow dive at only 30 feet, Halo Point is located inshore along Makena Coast in South Maui. Between channels of sand, divers will find lava ridges encrusted in coral. The dive consists of patch reef and an overhang where white tips can be found sometimes. Visibility is usually 40-60 feet. You can find Manta and Eagle Rays, Harlequin Shrimp, Eels and more at this site.

Wailea Point

Wailea Point was formed by a lava flow. As you pass over the lava formation  you can imagine the way the ridges formed as the molten lava hit the cool waters of the ocean. This dive offers varied topography of ridges and crevices which provide great homes for eels and lobsters. Threadfin butterfly fish and rarely seen lagoon triggerfish are common in this area. Coral coverage is goon and antler coral can b seen here. Turtles are also very common.

St. Anthony

In October of 1997 the Jerry Garcia Foundation (yes, the guy from the Grateful Dead), sunk a 65- foot long liner 1 mile off of the South Maui Coast from Mokapu Beach- making and addition to Maui’s only artificial reef. In preparation for the sinking of the St. Anthony the State of Hawaii deposited hundreds of concrete forms covered with tires. As time passed the tires aged and coral began to grow on them and a reef began to form. This reef attracted a variety of fish and local sea turtles took up residence in the boat. Guests enjoy many photo opportunities taking a selfie with a turtle along the ship’s rail. Frogfish, eels, octopus and nudibranch are commonly sighted here too.

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