Molokini

By excursion boat you can reach the uninhabited island of Molokini where you can go diving

Molokini
Molokini

A small island in Hawaii is Molokini which is very beautiful. Here you can learn everything about the island. Especially this would be interesting for tourists who are looking for a lot of rest and relaxation. In any case an insider tip. Important to know is that this is uninhabited.

Visit Molokini in Hawaii

As a group of islands in the Pacific Ocean, Hawaii is a popular tourist destination due to its pleasant summer temperatures, its varied landscape and beautiful beaches, as well as its many neighboring islands. Not only bathers, but also divers and surfers will find ideal conditions here. One of the many small islands that belong to Hawaii is Molokini.

Its special shape, which resembles a crescent, is the crater rim of a volcano that went extinct more than 150,000 years ago. With its size of 0.093 square kilometers, the uninhabited island is located in the western direction, about 2.6 miles from Maui. As you can see from the data, this is a very small island. Of course, you can’t compare it with Oahu.

Length of the island:
2.034 feet

Width:
377 feet

Inhabitants:
The island is uninhabited

Hawaii map
Hawaii map

How was the island formed with history

Due to extreme volcanic eruptions that formed on the ocean floor several hundred thousand years ago, cinder cones were formed near Maui, some of which rose to the surface. This allowed islands like Molokini, among others, to develop. The lava that was ejected during the volcanic eruption raised the water temperature to the point that the water evaporated. This caused parts of the earth’s surface to form cones. The underwater erosions and the sea waves then produced the crater Molokini.

By what was the island formed:
Volcanic eruptions

This is the legend of Molokini

Among the inhabitants of Hawaii, however, people tell different stories about how Molokini was formed. According to one of these legends, the fire goddess of volcanoes “Pele” fell in love with a handsome prince of Maui ages ago. However, her feelings were not reciprocated and the prince chose a native Maui. This angered the fire goddess so much that she turned the beautiful native to stone and cut her in two. This is how the natives explain the unusual shape of the island.

What was the name of the fire goddess:
Pele

Is this a myth:
It is impossible to say exactly

Molokini Hawaii
Molokini Hawaii
Impressive coast with rocks
Impressive coast with rocks

The island was also used for military purposes

Besides the legends that have been spun around Molokini, the island also has a military past. During the Second World War, the Americans discovered that its shape could be useful for operational exercises of the U.S. Navy. Since it resembled a battleship from a distance due to its deformations, the island was abused as a target for target practice and bombing, for training purposes.

What was done there:
Shooting exercises
Bombing

Today it is a bird sanctuary

After the end of the war, the island was no longer used for military exercises and was able to regenerate completely in the last decades. As a result, the living conditions for a variety of bird and fish species have become so good that Molokini is now a bird sanctuary where fishing has been banned so that the biodiversity and marine fauna can be preserved and continue to grow.

Can you fish there:
No, it is forbidden

View of Molokini
View of Molokini
Molokini panorama
Molokini panorama

Excursion destination, diving and snorkeling are possible

As an interesting excursion destination, Molokini can be reached by tourists from Maui or one of the other resort islands only at certain times of the day by excursion boat. For divers and snorkelers the island offers ideal conditions. Because of its special shape it has an effect like a shield against the current and the waves, so that even inexperienced snorkelers have the possibility to explore the underwater world. The very clear and calm water allows visibility up to 656 feet deep and provides great underwater experiences. Especially for divers it is fascinating to dive along the crater walls.

Do you have to be a professional diver there:
No, it is not necessary

How deep can you look in the sea:
Up to 656 feet

Our opinion

With its crescent shape, Molokini also protects plant and animal life from the current and its natural enemies from the deep sea. With its scenic features and rich occurrence of rare fish and birds, the island is an exceptional destination for vacationers from all over the world. We recommend you to go there once with an excursion boat. It is always worth it.

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