1 maj 2008

Snorkeling in Maui, Hawaii, USA

Coral Reefs - another world on Earth

The memories of my first snorkeling experience at Pulau Kapas, Terengganu, Malaysia is still fresh in my memories. It was a real introduction to another world on this amazingly diverse world of ours and if anyone mentions the possibility of snorkeling in an interesting location, I am all ears.

Snorkeling off a beach is one thing. Mention snorkeling in a volcanic crater, like for example, the Molokini Crater, I have 8 ears all pricked up (if you know what I mean). Crater?? That sounds like that hollow at the top of a big bad dangerous volcano.

Molokini Crater, Maui, Hawaii

Molokini is harmless inactive offshore crescent moon-shaped volcanic crater south of Ma‘alaea Bay, Maui, Hawaii. It attracts scuba diving and snorkeling enthusiasts like bees to honey. If you are interested in snorkeling in Molokini Crater, Pride of Maui specializes in organizing snorkeling cruises to the Molokini Crater.

reef fish in Molokini Crater, Maui, Hawaii
Photo of reef fish at Molokini Crater is property of Adam Hertz

Adam Hertz is a cautious man and says he have to check that that (reef fishes) are what he saw at Molokini Crater. No fear Adam. I checked Wikipedia and it says "Coral reefs are home to a variety of tropical or reef fish, such as the colorful parrotfish, angelfish, damselfish and butterfly fish..." which means that the word reef fish can be applied to many fishes that inhabits a reef.

Turtle Town, Maui, Hawaii

If you try goggling Turtle Town, you will find it hard to pin-point an exact location as turtles are all Maui Island, and I suppose you can call many places Turtle Town. However, it seems there are a few spots where turtles tend to congregate, and if you want to get to these places, let Pride of Maui guide you to Maui Turtle Town where you can swim with the gentle and graceful Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles.

Turtle Town, Maui, Hawaii
Photo of turtle in Turtle Town is property of Ewen Roberts

However, here we are talking about ecotourism and you are not supposed to disturb these gentle creatures. Touching, chasing and riding the turtles are prohibited as they are a protected species. But just swim or snorkel around normally, and these curious creatures will likely approach you on their own initiatives.


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