Best Snorkeling in Molokai, Hawaii

A lot of people love to snorkel in Hawaii, but not many people know about Molokai. This is a well-kept secret that experienced snorkelers like to take advantage of. At the same time, it's also a place where beginners try snorkeling for the first time and fall deeply in love with it.

What makes Molokai so special are all the different types of reefs. You can access these reefs from different beaches or from a boat. Both are great options. When you take a boat, you have access to the best snorkeling in Molokai, Hawaii. When you enter the shore on your own, you still have access to beautiful reefs and tropical fish, but you will also be in an amazingly unique environment. Some of the beaches here have dessert-like sand and all of them have turquoise water. If you enjoy having your own space, then you will especially enjoy snorkeling in Molokai. These beaches are rarely crowded. Actually, the only time you're going to find crowds is in the winter, which is when the surfers come out in droves. Otherwise, it's not uncommon to find yourself being the only one on the beach in the summer. Without trying to sound corny, it truly is delightful. The best part is that many of the beaches offer shade thanks to large rocks and trees. This is a big plus considering the sun can burn you up quickly when you're hanging out on the beach.


If you're looking for the absolute best snorkeling in Molokai, Hawaii, then you need to head straight to Kealakekua Bay. You will have to take a kayak to get to the best snorkeling spot, but it's well worth the effort. You might even have a few dolphins swim with you as you kayak to your destination. Another option is to take a catamaran, but that's not as much fun because you're not as close to the wildlife. Once you're snorkeling, you should see butterfly fish, parrot fish, yellow tang and much more.


Another good spot for snorkeling in Molokai is Ali'i Park. If you're a beginner, then it's recommended that you go to the south side of the beach. This area is protected and the water is always calm. The reef is also shallow. The other side of the beach is best suited for surfers. There are lifeguards here, which is a very good thing considering the currents are powerful.


Halawa Bay is another good option for snorkeling. While the snorkeling is just average here, the surroundings make it well worth a visit. For instance, you will have a picnic area, a stream and mountain views. There are also basic facilities, but there are no lifeguards. When you snorkel, you should be able to see some tropical fish, but don't expect anything that will blow your mind.


Murphy Beach Park should be considered by anyone who has never been snorkeling before. If you fall into that category and you're a little nervous about snorkeling, then this is the perfect place for you. The water is always calm and shallow near the reef. If you swim out, you might run into some rough surf. Therefore, stay near the reef. This is a beautiful spot for both snorkelers and non-snorkelers alike. Take advantage of the list above. It will make your trip even more enjoyable.

By Roy Jamason

Updated April 5, 2015

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