Although not known for its great
underwater activities, Molokai does offer some incredible snorkeling
and diving. At
Fish Rain, for example, you may see more fish than anywhere
Hawaii. You may also see serious pelagics such as hammerhead
sharks, tiger sharks, humpback whales, and monk seals during your dive
here. The problem is that the best spots are centered on the
small, offshore island of Mokuhooniki, off Molokai's east shore, where
the lack of protection from wind and waves makes dive sites only
accessible on perfectly calm days, which are rare. The area is
subject to very strong currents and dives are usually performed as
drift dives. Only advanced divers should sign up to go diving
Luckily, many very good snorkeling
and dive sites are accessible right off the beach! One Ali'i
Park offers mediocre snorkeling and very calm water for the beginner,
but the best spots are the string of beaches heading east past mile
marker 18 on Route 450, an especially at mile marker 20. Halawa
Bay is excellent, as is Moomomi Beach. Kawakiu is good around
the rocks, but is too dangerous in the winter. For those staying
at Molokai Ranch, Halena and Kolo Beaches along the south coast also
offer decent snorkeling.
If you'd like a guide,
Fun Hogs and
Molokai Charters offer snorkeling tours, while
Bill Kapuni's Snorkel and Dive Adventures offer scuba diving.
If you'd rather go it on your own, make sure you have a guidebook to
help you find the best spots! All of the ones below are rated
highly and are available through on-line secure ordering. Listed
below the table are Molokai Dive Sites and Underwater Photos for you
Don't miss our sites on diving Kaua'i,
Niihau, the Big Island, and Midway!
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Hawaii Beneath The Waves,
our underwater photo gallery from our dives in Hawaii! If you
still haven't had enough, check out the links in the table below to
find more underwater photos off the coast of Maui, which are similar
to what you'll see in Moloka'i.