When you need somewhere to go to defrost from a harsh winter, Hawaii is a great option. Just 2.5 miles off the coast of Maui is a gorgeous area called Molokini. This moon-shaped area is a partially sunken volcanic crater between Maui and Kahoolawe that has evolved into one of the most beautiful snorkel and dive locations in Maui County. It is now considered a State Marine Life and Bird Conservation District and is an underwater safe haven for marine life. In addition to the natural world that exists below the surface, there is a lively tourist population that comes into the area on boats each day from the south coast of Maui.
While you are on the island, take some time out in the water to get closer to the underwater world of varied species on the Molokini Afternoon Deluxe Cruise leaving from Maui. You will depart on the Pride of Maui catamaran first, where you will get a taste of the attractive scenery and the sparkling waters all around you. The Pride of Maui is the largest boat in the harbor at 65 feet long. Before you plunge down into the water, you will enjoy an unobstructed view from the upper deck.
Once you have reached your intended destination, you will suit up with the gear that is provided to you and make your descent into the waters below. You have the option of renting an underwater camera to capture your experience, and after the trip you can purchase videos as well. Food will be provided hot off the grill, and you can also buy alcoholic beverages on board.
To take in the sights at night, take the Molokini Sunset Cruise, also departing from Maui. This cruise takes place on the Pride of Maui as well, and provides live acoustic guitar music by Joe Cano and mouthwatering food selections including guava glazed baby back ribs that are prepared out in the open, exhibition style. Fresh seasonal fruits, rich desserts, and a premium open bar stocked with regional wines, imported beers, and mixed and blended drinks round out the menu. As you cruise around, Joe will play anything you want to hear, from jazz to rock and flamenco. This is truly an enjoyable evening not to be missed.
Whether you stay in Molokini or explore the other islands, the important thing is that you decide to make the trip. It is an experience that is well worth the time and money it takes to get there and there are activities to keep you busy from sun up to sundown.
Check out www.molokinitours.com for more information and to book your next tour.