the snorkelling Molokini day

Friday 27 May 2016

Going snorkelling today and I just can’t wait to see Molokini Crater which is a crescent shaped caldera of an old volcano located between Maui and the island of Kaho’olawe.

I haven’t been snorkelling since I was about sixteen years old, just a few short years ago. I grew up in a coastal town and my dad had a boat so several times a year we would go out to the back of a nearby island, drop anchor and set up for a day on the beach. I loved to snorkel and wasn’t too bad at it. But that was a while ago and I am a little bigger and a lot less fit now. I was excited but also worried if I could still even snorkel.

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I booked with the Pride of Maui and paid a little extra for the round trip transportation from our hotel. We were the last pick up at 6.30am, there were just a few people already in the van. It was an easy drive to Maalaea Harbor, arriving there in around 30 minutes or so. They had coffee available, though it was in an urn, and we filled out our permissions and disclaimers and the like. We joined the check in line and then the line to get on the boat. As usual I always try to get near the beginning of the line so I can get a good vantage point. We were about the third party on the boat and were given our snorkelling gear just after we got on, then I was straight up the stairs and found a spot up top and at the very front of the boat. Fantastic spot. Breakfast was provided when the boat left the harbour for the hour long ride to Molokini.

Maalaea Harbor

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Looking back at Maui

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Kaho’olawe in the distance

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A container ship passing in front of Kaho’olawe

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Less than ten minutes later it appears to have anchored

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Finally getting close enough to Molokini to get a decent photo

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Pulling into Molokini with Kaho’olawe behind it

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Once the boat is moored at Molokini you are no longer able to see Kaho’olawe as you are sheltered by the crescent shape of the crater. While everybody was getting their snorkel and flippers and making their way to the back of the boat I was holding back and taking photos of Molokini.

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From the boat you can see the fish in the water

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Ready to go in the water with his underwater camera. They do have underwater cameras available to hire but as Peter had one we didn’t look into it.

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Once almost everybody was in the water I was ready to go, once I was in Peter came to me and gave me his camera to use. Yay, I could take some photos, so off I went. It only took a few minutes for me to remember how to snorkel!

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so cute 🙂

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The boat

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That’s enough of that, time to the face back in the water to see more fish and stuff

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I think we were at Molokini for well over an hour and it was so much fun. We went back on the boat to go to another snorkelling spot, Turtle Town, which is much closer to the Maui shore at Makena but first we left Molokini and drove around and behind it. It looks much different from behind, I would guess because it’s not as sheltered from the winds as the inside.

The inside of Molokini a little closer up

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Leaving Molokini we had to go out and around the partially submerged section. We were then driving between the crater and Kaho’olawe and behind Molokini

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We got a better view of Kaho’olawe with no Molokini in the way

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Behind Molokini – I was so happy the water was calm enough to allow this

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Heading to the next snorkelling spot close to the Maui coast at Makena

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Looking back at Molokini from a different angle with Kaho’olawe dwarfing it

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Almost at Turtle Town

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As before, I got in the water after everybody else but I only stayed in there for 10 or 15 minutes. Peter stayed in and saw quite a few fish hanging around the boat. Apparently some people reported seeing turtles but we weren’t so lucky.

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After getting back on the boat and before the boat left, somebody thought the slide looked like fun

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Once the boat was heading back to Maalaea Harbor, lunch was served and alcohol was available, and free.

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When we arrived back at the harbour the next boat load of snorkellers were there and ready to get on the boat. We just had to get off first. We found our transport and were driven back to our hotel in Ka’anapali.

We got back to our room and this gorgeous view

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I was cold and I must have been tired too, because, this

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Later, much later, we took the Maui bus to the Cannery Mall, walked across the road and had dinner at Aloha Mixed Plate. This restaurant is right next door to the Old Lahaina Luau and is run by the same company. It’s a great outdoor restaurant right on the beach, with reasonable prices. We had to wait about 15 minutes for a table but once we had one and had ordered dinner I went out to the beach to watch the sunset.

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The huts on the other side of the wall are at the Old Lahaina Luau. From the beach you could see into the grounds of the luau next door.

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Dinner was served, I had kalua pork and I think Peter had the mixed plate. I love kalua pork.

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That Maui sunset isn’t too bad, is it?

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