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Molokini crater (Maui Hawaii)

Molokini crater (Maui Hawaii)

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Description

Molokini is a tiny crescent-shaped island about three miles east of Makena.Molokini Crater is what’s left from an eruption that is said to have occurred around 230,000 years ago. The cinder cone created has since been eroded to a crescent atoll.
Since it’s violent volcanic creation, Molokini Crater has served as a useful place for marine life, bird life and humans (for good and bad.)

The little, uninhabited island has been fished, bombed, and finally protected as a Marine Life Conservation District.

Now the island is used primarily as a tourist destination for snorkeling, scuba diving, and snuba diving. Access for boats has been restricted to a certain amount of moorings. There is still some controversy as to whether the abundance of snorkelers is damaging the reef, and whether the constant visits of swimmers is affecting the marine life’s natural response to human contact.

Anchoring is forbidden. All boats are required to pick up one of the moorings provided by the state. The mooring floats are 3 meters beneath the surface so someone will need to dive down to retrieve the pennant. One is allowed three hours on a mooring.

The Coast Guard seems to drop by frequently.

You can only visit Molokini with a certified tour company. You may not walk on the islet itself.

12/12/2015
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La perouse bay (Maui Hawaii)

4.5nm
114°
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Maalaea harbor (Maui Hawaii)

9.5nm
355°
Maalaea Harbor,is conveniently located between the Kahului Airport and Lahaina Ka'anapali.Phone: (808) 243-5824
Fax: (808) 243-5829
89 Berths/Moorings
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Kihei Charly Young Beach (Maui Hawaii)

8.9nm
A little rolly and tricky to land at beach.
Good holding ground - big Sand patch for many boats.
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Kahului harbor (Maui Hawaii)

16nm
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Phone: ...
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Lahaina bay (Maui Hawaii)

18nm
325°
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Manele small boat harbor (Lanai Hawaii)

22nm
286°
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Honolua bay (Maui Hawaii)

24nm
340°
Wonderfull anchorage, great snorkeling.
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Kaumalapau Harbor (Lanai Hawaii)

29nm
288°
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Pukoo harbor (Molokai Hawaii)

31nm
327°
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Kaunakakai harbor (Molokai Hawaii)

40nm
312°
Kaunakakai is a small town with a small harbor fisheriy management area, on the south shore of the island of Moloka'i.
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N Okala island (Molokai Hawaii)

40nm
323°
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42nm
128°
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Local Area

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