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Molokini Zodiac Turtle Snorkel
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Snorkel in the crystal-clear waters off Maui’s south shore, where you will find coral reefs teeming with tropical fish and an area just off the beach known for its many sea turtles.
After departing from the pier, you will enjoy a scenic ride across the neck of Maui to lovely Maalaea Bay on the island’s southern shore. Here, you’ll board a Zodiac vessel that is ideal for navigating into areas such as Molokini Crater, a snorkeling paradise.
Geologists believe that the crater was formed following a volcanic eruption about 230,000 years ago and soon filled with seawater. The crescent-shaped crater and surrounding 77 acres have since been deemed a protected Marine Life Conservation District and Bird Sanctuary, and wildlife is abundant below and above the water’s surface.
While snorkeling along the crater’s coral reefs, you can expect to see brightly colored Picasso triggerfish, yellow tang, parrot fish and Moorish idol. The white spotted puffer is another common species that is easily recognized, especially if it feels threatened and puffs up.
Sea birds including the Bulwer’s petrel and wedge-tailed shearwater can usually be seen feeding on the surface. Amazingly, the shearwater is also capable of reaching depths of more than 200 feet to feed.
More wildlife and a lunch break awaits you at nearby Turtle Town, an area just off Maluaka Beach that supports an enormous population of Hawaiian green sea turtles. Known locally as “honu,” these slow-moving, graceful creatures are spectacular to watch, especially as they feed on algae close to the shore.
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Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.
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