Inside the caldera, at your snorkel site, the sea floor gently slopes to a gradual depth of about 40 feet. There’s plenty of fish and a variety of colorful corals on the reef you will be snorkeling. The top of the crater rises about 150 feet above sea level and its width is about half a mile. Years of erosion has given Molokini a crescent shape. The steep walls provide shelter from the wind and ocean swells once inside the dormant caldera. Molokini is located about six miles offshore from Maui.
Its isolation creates a unique environment for snorkeling. The quality and clarity of the ocean surrounding Molokini is exceptional. Underwater visibility is consistently 80-100 feet. This is the result of deep ocean water exchange which brings in clean water and removes sediment. The absence of sediment increases sunlight penetration, which in turn feeds the algae living inside the coral. Molokini is a healthy ecosystem providing some of the best snorkeling on Maui.