Molokini Crater Blog

See what’s new at Molokini Crater! We also share articles about other regions of Maui County.

Maui News and Molokini Posts

Olowalu Snorkeling Review

Manta rays, crystal clear waters, and 400-year-old coral heads – Olowalu snorkeling blows us away every time.

Olowalu is part of a 900-acre reef system known to be one of Maui’s largest and oldest fringing reefs. This reef harbors a dazzling number of corals and the largest known manta ray population in the United States. It’s an undeniably special place.

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Trilogy Snorkeling Molokini
Trilogy Snorkeling Molokini

Ahihi Cove Snorkel Review

Nestled amid Maui’s most recent lava flow, Ahihi Cove is home to a flourishing underwater world.

Vibrant corals shimmer beneath the surface. Schools of striped manini move in unison as turtles drift lazily on the currents. And occasionally, larger animals like reef sharks and spotted eagle rays stop by to say hello.

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What Is Maui SNUBA?

So, you’ve finally booked that long-awaited Molokini snorkel trip – and now you can’t wait to don your snorkel and dive into the deep blue.

But you’ve noticed your boat offers something called SNUBA, and you think to yourself, ‘What the heck is that?!’

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12 Facts You Didn’t Know About Humpback Whales

Did you know that humpback whales are amongst the most well-known and beloved creatures in the ocean? These majestic mammals have captivated the hearts of many with their complex behavior, unique characteristics, and sheer size. With that in mind, here are 12 fun humpback whale facts that you may not have known before!

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Trilogy Snorkeling Molokini
Trilogy Snorkeling Molokini
Things to Do with Kids on Maui

Things to Do with Kids on Maui

Maui is one of the most family-friendly beach destinations you can hope for, and an excellent place for kids of all ages to explore a wide range of both land and ocean activities. No matter if it's...

All About the Molokini Back Wall

All About the Molokini Back Wall

Arrive on Maui’s leeward side, and it may be impossible to tear your eyes away from Molokini. This small, horseshoe-shaped landmass rests between Makena and the outlying island of Kaho’olawe....

Molokini Questions Answered

Molokini Questions Answered

Via social media, email and comments, we're asked the same questions over and over.  So, we've answered them more thoroughly below. Is your Molokini Crater question not answered below? Let us know...

Maui Discount Snorkel Tours

Maui Discount Snorkel Tours

How to Snorkel on Maui Without Breaking the Bank Snorkeling is one of the best things to do on Maui. And better yet, it can be one of the cheapest activities on the island! While some visitors go...

Top 5 Maui Snorkeling Spots

Top 5 Maui Snorkeling Spots

Best Maui Snorkeling from Shore Here on the Valley Isle, it's no secret that nature is paramount to the island's allure. Maui is home to a rare type of in-your-face natural beauty. It's for this...

Redline Rafting Review

Redline Rafting Review

Review: South Maui's Redline Rafting   Redline Rafting, my new favorite tour on the island, is one of the only snorkeling tours that leave from Kihei Boat Ramp and takes you to a total of five...

Kai Kanani Snorkeling Molokini
Kai Kanani Snorkeling Molokini

West Maui Snorkeling Spots

West Maui is home to some of the most beautiful snorkeling spots in all of Hawaii.  Sea turtles, octopuses, exotic fish, and many other spectacular ocean sights await you on your snorkeling...

How To Get To Turtle Town

Maui's Turtle Town is often promoted as the island's best bet for snorkeling with sea turtles. But ask the wrong person how to get there— or several different people, for that matter— and you might...

Best Places To Stay On Maui

Although there are hundreds of places to stay on Maui, it can be tough to nail down an accommodation that fits your budget, style, and location preference. With the help of Maui Accommodations...

10 Things to Reserve before Maui Vacation

When traveling to Maui, there are a few things worth reserving beforehand in order to escape the hassle and/or higher prices.   1 - Car Rental It feels like regardless of when we reserve, we...

Top 10 Maui Ocean Activities

For millennia, life in Hawaii has revolved around the ocean. The early Hawaiians relied on the sea for both sustenance and recreation. While the islands have changed drastically since pre-contact...

Tips For Taking Great Underwater Photos

Whether you're a well-versed photographer or an iPhone user, you're probably looking forward to capturing stellar underwater shots during your visit to Maui. Well, snapping the perfect underwater...

How to See Maui in Two Days!

If you only have a small window to explore the stunning beauty of Maui, we want to make sure you don't waste your time behind a slow-driving chicken farmer on the Road to Hana or end up eating at a...

Best views of Molokini Crater from Wailea and Makena

Situated between Kaho’olawe and Maui, Molokini Crater is one of Hawaii’s most unique and identifiable natural landmarks. This volcanic crater is partially submerged, so only a rocky crescent of land...

Jellyfish in Hawaii

Jellyfish Stings, Portuguese Man O’ War Bites, and Sea Lice: What to Know While Vacationing in Hawaii Beachgoers are often floored by the gorgeousness of Hawaii’s waters. And who can blame them? Few...

Top 5 West Maui Snorkel Spots

When it comes to scenic snorkeling, whale watching, and the perfect mix of outdoor activities, natural beauty, and nightlife, Maui is everyone’s go-to Hawaiian getaway. No matter what your level of...

Best Aerial Ocean Views over Maui Hawaii

Want to see whales breaching, the world's tallest sea cliffs, and emerald-green rainforests, all within one hour?  Then hop aboard a first-class ride in the sky and get ready to have your socks...

Spectacular New Molokini Photos

We saw these photos from Redline Rafting, and we had to share them.  You can't really beat Molokini in the afternoon with no wind and no one around.  Doesn't get better than that! This shows the...

A Brief History of Molokai

From lush, razor-backed mountains to some of the largest sea cliffs in the world, it’s no wonder why Molokai is considered one of the best-kept secrets in Hawaii. Commonly known as the Friendly...

Maui Fauna of the Month: Hawaiian Spinner Dolphin

The shores of Maui are often synonymous with Humpback Whale sightings. And while these magnificent creatures are well-worth the decision to book your Hawaiian vacation during whale season, the...

Sailing off the Coast of Maui, Hawaii

We recently enjoyed a pretty amazing boating experience with Maui Custom Charters out of Maalaea Harbor. We chose the S/V Nova, a 42' Catalina MKII sailing yacht for the day, but the 47' Leopard...

Maui Animal of the Month: Hawaiian Monk Seal

Think of seals and odds are you’ll picture the craggy coasts of Northern California or the frigid waters of Oregon’s shores. But an exceptional breed of seal prefers sandier banks and warmer climes....

Wildest Whale Watch EVER!

We've been on countless whale-watching trips in Maui waters: large catamarans, fast rafts, sailing charters, kayaks, snorkeling, from the beach, and from the cliffs. But nothing compares to a...

Salty Ceremonies on Maui

While weddings in Hawaii are most often located on the shores of sprawling golden sand beaches or lawns of pristine resorts, there's an alternative not many couples consider - a boat! Wedding...

Fish of the Month: humuhumunukunukuapuaʻa

Much of the Hawaiian language is so beautiful it stops newcomers in their tracks. Mahalo, kokua, pono, keiki, kuleana—and who would ever be able to forget the oh-so-ubiquitous,...

Scuba Diving at St. Anthony’s Wreck

Ever dream of scuba diving a sunken ship in tropical waters? Our friend Trevor Boyce, from the Mill House Restaurant, went last week and got some great footage and photos from his dive at the St....

South Maui Weddings

We've listed some of our favorite spots to get married as well as great vendors for your wedding day on Maui.   Wailea Weddings When it comes to getting married in Maui, Wailea is the most...

Father’s Day Maui Treasure Hunt

Happy Father's Day, everyone! I thought I'd share a fun thing I did for my wife and kids recently, in hopes that it inspires dads to do something different and create some memories they won't soon...

Favorite Maui Breakfasts

Forget drive-thru breakfast burritos and protein bars eaten at your desk: Maui breakfasts are meant to be savored. Whether you’re fueling up for a day of fun or indulging after some Molokini...

A Brief History of Ni’ihau

Think of Hawaii and the major players of Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island will likely pop into mind. But besides the smaller islands of Molokai and Lanai, which, together with Maui, comprise...

Charles Lindbergh and Hawaii

The Aviator’s Last Flight - Hana, Maui, Hawaii Hana—Maui’s remote, heavenly town—boasts both astounding natural beauty and fascinating history. It’s the birthplace of Kamehameha the Great’s most...

Underwater Adventure with Atlantis Submarine

We recently adventured on an incredible underwater tour with Atlantis Adventures exploring the deep blue world. The high tech submarine can take up to 48 passengers at a time out of Lahaina Harbor....

How to protect both your skin and Maui’s reefs

If you’ve been paying attention recently, you know how important it is to protect our oceans. Chances are, as an ocean lover, you probably are already doing your part by recycling, avoiding...

Maui Fishing

Maui is home to numerous tropical fish that are native only to Hawaiian waters. These fish come in all colors, sizes, and flavors as well as catch difficulty level. Maui Sport Fishing On the way to...

Maui Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Maui has small waves built for beginners and stand up paddleboarding. Below you’ll find detailed information about SUP in Maui, local tips, video, photos, & the latest updates. SUP lessons are a...

Maui Bike Tours

Ride from the summit of Haleakala Crater, enjoy the diverse trails of Maui, or cruise along the streets on your road bike. There are currently a couple of highly recommended ways to ride down...

Maui Chefs Table Blows Doors Off!

An unparalleled culinary adventure awaits you at The Mill House Restaurant and Bar.  If you're looking for a sensational evening or event, then you've met your match. learn more about the Maui Chefs...