The second largest of the Hawaiian islands and claimed by many to be the most beautiful, Maui is known to locals as “No ka oi” – the best.
This small, crescent moon-shaped island lies just three miles off of Maui's southwestern coast. Just over 18 acres and rising 160 feet above reef-filled waters, Molokini offers visitors snorkeling and diving amongst a kaleidoscope of coral. Because of its natural abundance, Molokini was named a State Marine Life and Bird Conservation District. Tours are available from nearby Maalaea Harbor, Kihei, and Lahaina. Early morning is the best time of day to explore this pristine reserve. If you're an underwater enthusiast, a visit to Molokini is a Maui must. ©2009 HAWAII VISITORS AND CONVENTION BUREAU