Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Many ocean swimmers around the world tackle the Waikiki Roughwater Swim, the Maui Channel Swim and one of the 9 channels of the Hawaiian Islands (Auau, Kalohi, Alalakeiki, Pailolo, Alenuihaha, Kaulakahi, Kealaikahiki, Kaiwi and Kaieiewaho).

But few take the time to swim off the shores of the Molokai Island.

Molokai offers an isolated oasis from the typical tourists of Hawaii. The pace and pressure of modern society seem to have skipped Molokai. No fast food chains or rush hour, no elevators or escalators, no crowds or congestion. With an unbelievably gorgeous and varied shoreline, there is a lot for ocean swimmers to relish with a profound a sense of tranquility and serenity.

There is a 30-mile fringing reef between a half mile to a mile offshore with another unspoiled reef just a bit further out that remains untouched and undamaged by masses of tourists.

Photo courtesy of International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer Harry Huffaker.

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