If you’re a scuba diver who’s visiting Hawaii, you’ve probably heard of Lehua Rock or Molokini’s Back Wall. You’ve dove with manta rays off Keauhou Bay and scoured the Cathedrals off Lanai—and maybe even explored the Corsair off Oahu’s southern coast.

Even so, until you’ve logged some bottom time on Molokai’s colorful reefs, you haven’t experienced the best diving Hawaii has to offer.

If you aren’t familiar with scuba diving on Molokai it isn’t for lack of spots—the island has over 40 named dive sites, and the fringing reef off the southern coast is 30 miles long. Here you’ll find finger corals, parrotfish, and eagle rays all plying the pristine reef, with a range of options for beginner divers all the way up through advanced.

Imagine splashing off the side of a dive boat with no other boats in sight, and then navigating the walls of a natural blue hole full of resting Hawaiian green sea turtles. You spot an octopus darting from a rock as it flees a moray eel—and it perfectly camouflages itself with the reef before your very eyes.

Of all Molokai’s exceptional dive spots, none is more famous than Mokuho’oniki off the island’s northeastern coast. This rocky islet was once used as a military target island, and is still bombarded every winter by large northerly swells. Beneath the tradewinds and tumult, however, is a reef best known as “Fish Rain”—an appropriate name given the thousands of fish that seem to rain down from above. For advanced divers, the spot’s also known as a pelagic outpost of scalloped hammerhead sharks, and when paired with the eerie soundtrack of whale song reverberating throughout the winter, makes for a surreal aquatic experience unlike anywhere else in the Islands.

To learn more about scuba diving on Molokai, contact Molokai Fish and Dive for current conditions and rates.