Maui’s best-known snorkelling and diving spot is the tiny crescent of Molokini, poking above the sea – all that’s left of a once-great volcano. There’s no beach or landfall, but you do see a lot of fish, including deep-water species. Countless cruises leave early each morning (to avoid the heat) from Maalea Harbor on the south shore of the central isthmus. Recommended boats include Four Winds II (fourwindsmaui.com) and the smaller Paragon II (sailmaui.com).

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