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6 Ripping Drift Dives
Molokini Island, Maui
Long considered one of the best wall dives in U.S. waters, the Back Wall of Molokini is one of those spots in the ocean where anything can happen. Rising vertically from the Auau Channel, the sheer backside of this crescent-shaped cindercone sits at the heart of humpback territory, just minutes from the South Maui town of Kihei.
We dive for many reasons. Some to shoot photos. Some to count fish. And some of us do it for the rush. Maybe you know the type? Always down for deeper reefs, bigger sharks and faster drifts — the wilder the better. If you're anything like that, lazy drift dives just won't do. You need to feel the pull of the current as it wraps around rocks, to fly in formation alongside schooling sharks and massive manta rays, to barrel roll between coral heads like Maverick blowing the doors off Iceman. If that sounds like your scene, read on for our top picks from the world’s wildest drift dives.