Best Moomomi Beach Snorkeling

The 4th most popular snorkel dive spot in Molokai.

  Molokai, Hawaii


  April 30, 2018

On the northwest side of Molokai, the snorkeling at Mo'omomi Beach offers seclusion at this remote location. It is located within the Mo’omomi Preserve and is only accessible by a rutted 4WD road that is frequently impassible all together when wet. Since the shores are unprotected by a fringing reef, this snorkel spot is only safe during summer months when the surf is very calm. There is a nice rock in front of the pavilion just offshore that creates a small pool perfect for teaching kids to snorkel.

To reach Moomomi Beach from Kaunakakai, head west on Highway 460. Turn right heading north on Highway 470 for a couple miles. Turn left on Highway 480 through Ho’olehua and continue as road changes from pavement to dirt. Generally stay right at intersections staying on the more major dirt road. Park to the left of the pavilion at signed Moomomi Beach.

While Molokai does have several good shore-accessed snorkeling spots, the best Molokai snorkeling is found off-shore along the 25 mile fringing reef. This coral reef crests about a half-mile off the southern and eastern coastline; the northwest wavefronts are too powerful for fringing reefs along the northern and western coastline. There are extremely healthy corals and excellent water clarity just outside the crest. The reef consists of green lobe coral, antler coral, cauliflower coral, finger coral and blue rice coral. From the Kaunakakai Harbor on the south coast, there is a snorkel boat tour that regularly heads out to one of 25+ dive sites on the fringing reef, usually in the morning when the winds are calms. It is a 20-35 minute boat ride out to the snorkel spots where the mooring is in 8-12 foot deep water. The water clarity ranges from 50 to 150 feet and the water temperature ranges from 70 to 80 degrees. The best time of year is from May through September. During Molokai snorkeling, you may encounter spinner dolphins, green sea turtles, spotted eagle rays, octopus, butterflyfish, parrotfish, wrasse, surgeonfish, triggerfish and the occasional monk seal.

To reach the snorkeling on Molokai, you’ll need to arrive on island by an interisland flight from Oahu provided by Hawaiian Airlines. There are several flights per day. While there used to be a ferry boat service from Lanai and Maui, it was discontinued in October 2016. It is best to rent a car to explore the various snorkeling spots, but keep in mind there is only one national rental car agency at the airport and one locally run rental car company. When planning a trip to the Hawaiian islands, be aware that the State Of Hawaii has banned all sunscreens that oxybenzone, which has been proven to kill coral reefs.

Overall, Moomomi Beach is the 4th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 11 snorkeling dives in Molokai.

Local Contacts:  Moloka'I Visitors (808) 553-3876; Molokai Fish And Dive, Kaunakakai (808) 553-5926.

Best Season:  May - Sep

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Pala au State Park Campground; Dunbar Beachfront Cottages; Hotel Molokai

Luxury Loding:  None

Breakfast Restaurant:  Kanemitsu's Bakery; Kualapu'u Cookhouse

Reference Source:  click here

GPS:  21.197676, -157.148513

Date Published:  12/29/2011

Date Updated:  4/30/2018

ID:  23015

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