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Wailea Daily Photo

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1/4/08

Molokini Crater



See that object in the distance? It may look small from the distance, but actually, it's fairly large. It's called the Molokini Crater. Located 2 1/2 miles off of Maui's South Coast, it is a daily destination for many snorkel and dive tours. These boat tours leave for Molokini from Ma'alaea Harbor or the Kihei boat ramp at different times of the day.

Because of it's crescent shape (which you can't see in this photo), the walls of this extinct volcano provides protection from waves and powerful currents. Some people say this is one of the top ten dive sites in the world.

There used to be a friendly reef shark that hung out there. I haven't been there in awhile, so I don't know if it's still there. However, once I was snorkeling with friends, and one friend who didn't know that reef sharks are harmless saw this shark and went into a near panic trying to alert everyone about this shark. We all had a good laugh at the size of her eyes in her snorkel mask.

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3 Comments:

Blogger Southern Heart said...

Very lovely area....I had to giggle at your story about your snorkeling friend. I would probably have been alerting people, too, being unfamiliar with the area. :)

We were once wading in the Gulf of Mexico (FL coast) and this gentleman was waving at us and trying to tell us to move quickly, that a stingray was coming our way. Well, he apparently didn't know that stingrays usually won't bother you if you don't disturb them, and the last thing you want to do is move quickly!

I enjoyed your post today...

January 04, 2008  
Blogger Steve Buser said...

I think I probably would have done the panic thing too.

January 04, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

as of summer 08 he was still there, his name is oscar, thats what our snorkel tour said and when we arrived and dived in, he was wrestling an eel for lunch and he won, i stayed on the boat until he left haha.

November 19, 2009  

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