Pacific Whale Foundation

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Molokini and Turtle Arches Snorkel

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Pacific Whale Foundation offers a unique Molokini snorkeling tour that is more than just another Maui snorkeling trip. It’s also an opportunity to learn about the preservation efforts that are underway to protect the most valuable resource Maui has, its ocean residents. In the island activity business, Pacific Whale Foundation is known as the environmental leaders in the State of Hawaii and are worthy stewards of our reefs, marine life and ocean. 

Molokini Crater is a crescent-shaped volcanic crater that is actually a collapsed caldera. Its unique position in the ocean makes it the perfect short journey by boat as well as a world-class snorkeling destination. The mooring pin for Pacific Whale Foundation to Snorkel Molokini is away from the main body of charter boats that go out every morning to do these snorkel Molokini tours. With over 250 varieties of fish at Molokini Crater inhabiting colorful reefs in crystal clear waters, there really isn’t a better snorkeling destination in Hawaii. Pacific Whale Foundation will provide the snorkeling equipment or you may bring your own. Large power catamarans, such as the one used for this activity, are specially designed for Hawaiian waters and provide great stability.

Breakfast and Lunch are Served

After a full morning of snorkeling at Molokini, PWF fires up the BBQ and serves lunch. After lunch, you’ll enjoy the views on your way to the second snorkeling destination as Pacific Whale Foundation motors to Turtle Arches off the coast of Makena. Here you will be able to snorkel with the green sea turtles. To raise awareness for the environment the Pacific Whale Foundation includes an informative tour of the reef area with an onboard naturist. The naturist will bring to your attention the sensitivity of the marine issues that are cause for concern not only on Maui but around the world as well. The turtles are so amazing and graceful. Without a care in the world, they swim about with grace and beauty. 

Founded in the 1980s as a non-profit company by Greg Kaufman as a small business, PWF has grown into one of the largest Maui activity providers and a champion for saving our oceans. They also have a great dinner cruise, whale watching, and Lanai Dolphin Snorkel.  Although PWF is based on Maui their research efforts have extended to the South Pacific in an attempt to understand the effects that climate change has on the oceans. Pacific Whale Foundation gives back to the community each year with several fundraisers and awareness programs that add to the charm of Maui. By sponsoring these activities, they have created an interest in Maui and the issues that as an Island we face daily. A few of the activities that PWF sponsors are a 5K run that is known as “Run for the Whales” and several ocean activities that are a tribute to the Humpback Whale.

What You Need to Know

Bring a towel and sunscreen. It is a good idea to know how to swim.
Pacific Whale Foundation provides all the snorkel gear for this trip. A snorkel 101 is available on the way out to Molokini for beginners. Also included are noodles and boogie boards. There are optical masks on-board available. They are first to come first serve. The supply is limited. Wetsuits are for rent and usually run about $10.00.

Menu:

Breakfast: Includes fruits, pastries, island fruit juices, and hot coffee

Lunch: Barbecue grilled chicken, hot dogs, veggie burgers, pasta salad, chips, and cookies

Beverages: This trip does not provide any alcohol.

Other Activity Options by Pacific Whale FoundationPacific Whale Foundation – Lanai Dolphin SnorkelPacific Whale Foundation – Maui Whale WatchesPacific Whale Foundation – Sunset Dinner Cruise

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Pacific Whale Foundation Molokini Snorkel

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per Adult $149.95

13 and Up (4.50 Fuel Surcharge Applied in Checkout)

5-12 Years Old (4.50 Fuel Surcharge Applied in Checkout)

0-4 Yrs Old (1 Per Paying Adult)

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Pacific Whale Foundation Molokini tours depart Maalaea Harbor – Meet at the Pacific Whale Foundation Village Shops Logo Store at Maalaea.
GPS: 300 Maalaea Road, Wailuku Hawaii 96793

Maui Tickets For Less Cancelation Policy:
A 72 hours notice is required for a refund. Only exception is a note from a local doctor.
No-shows” will be charged full.

Pacific Whale Foundation Snorkel Molokini

Days Available:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Times:
Check-in 6:15 am, Departs at 7:00 am
Return 12:00 pm

Check-in 45 minutes prior to activity start time.

Duration: 5 hours

Molokini as a snorkel destination is at the discretion of the captain. The captain may select another snorkel site during inclement weather.

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Pacific Whale Foundation
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PacWhale Eco-Adventures
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Craig ..
Craig ..
Took the Maui Nui Wild Side/Lahaina tour as it was advertised as a more intimate setting and that you'll see things others usually don't. First off, what is...
Brandon Z.
Brandon Z.
We did two tours with them during our stay in Maui - a dolphin sightseeing tour and a snorkeling tour. We felt that the staff for both tours were...
Alejandra B.
Alejandra B.
This was the most affordable charter out here in Maui, it includes breakfast lunch and drinks For those that are vegetarian, call ahead to make sure your...
Matthew W.
Matthew W.
We got our tour to Turtle Town and Molokini crater; Turtle Town had almost no fish and nobody on our 96 person tour saw a turtle, unfortunately. Molokini...
Laura L.
Laura L.
We all had an exceptional time on this tour with the primary focus being snorkeling! The boat first took us out to the Coral reef outside of Lanai, then...
Jeff S.
Jeff S.
We had an incredible snorkeling tour. Water was rough so we spent a little extra time traveling to a safe location. Once there, the snorkeling was a blast. On our way back we were blessed to see 4 humpback whales at the very end of the season. It was an incredible experience. The supplied breakfast and lunch were a very nice touch. Staff was very friendly and are undoubtedly experts in their fields. If you want to get on the water, I definitely recommend going with the experts.
Alicia L.
Alicia L.
My experience with PacWhale Eco-Adventures was excellent. With the exception of some confusion at the Lahaina Harbor for the Whale Watching tour. For us,...
Robert C.
Robert C.
Checked out a pamphlet with whale watching tours starting at $52, by PacWhale Eco-Adventures. When making a reservation, it does not include a mandatory $5...
Keith T.
Keith T.
Fantastic experience. The 1st mates knowledge of whales was impressive. We were there the last week of February and we saw a pod of spinning dolphins just outside the harbor. We saw over 1 dozen whales and got more than our money's worth.At one point in the adventure a male whale went under our boat and the whale song could be heard perfectly without the use of a microphone.
Cinda C.
Cinda C.
The store had something for everyone. But the whale finding/watching was by far the best money ever spent. The crew of all women were totally awesome. Knowledgeable, flexible, and just as excited as we were to see the whale"show,".
Taeylor G.
Taeylor G.
A MUST DO! The team is absolutely amazing and so nice. The experience was so relaxing and magical. I cannot recommend this more. Jessica, Dana, and the other crew members were amazing. Thank you so much for an amazing experience
Mark A.
Mark A.
I call this the poor man's dinner cruise. Food and drinks were good. One man and his guitar provided the music. Waiters looked like they worked on the boat in the morning and cleaned up and acted as waiters for the cruise. Very friendly though. Didn't care much for the area around the departure point. Had to hunt for parking on the side streets.
Marshall G.
Marshall G.
We did the mid day whale watch Trip. I would guess half capacity. Which is fine because the views are easier to see. We never went below. But there is a...
Brian S.
Brian S.
We took a day snorkel cruise to Molokini crater with a stop at Crystal garden on the way back it was about a five hour trip and we were served two light...
Casey C.
Casey C.
LOVED this sailing line! We got a delicious breakfast on the way to our snorkeling trip at Lanai and had the best time. The crew is all about safety and I...
Alan H.
Alan H.
I did a lot of research before booking the Molokini Crater snorkeling tour. Pac Whale looked like the best option and it didn't let me down. Let me first...
Hyunjung L.
Hyunjung L.
I went by myself for Molokini snorkeling. Still had a lot of fun. The only thing that I didn't like about was assigned seats. They're doing assigned seats...
Irene S.
Irene S.
This is my third trip to Maui and my third Molokini trip. PacWhale was amazing...the best Molokini trip I've ever been on. The crew and naturalists were...
Sophia S.
Sophia S.
My family and I booked the snorkeling experience with PacWhale, which was fairly enjoyable but perhaps not worth, given the expensive price. I later...
Derek P.
Derek P.
First time Snorekling and first time in Maui, so my wife and I didn't know what to expect. When I was trying to find places to take us Snorkeling at...
Betsy B.
Betsy B.
When you board, you are assigned to seats-no choosing. Ours were downstairs where you couldn't hear the speaker due to the engine noise. There were...
Mary D.
Mary D.
This was our third charter to Molokini and by far, the best. We took the Wild-Side tour that went to the front and back side of Molokini. They took us to...
Phoenix B.
Phoenix B.
My family and I did both the day snorkel boat/dolphin watch AND the sunset cocktail cruise. Both experiences were phenomenal! The day snorkel boat requires...
Jenner B.
Jenner B.
This experience is excellent for anyone that loves marine life and all efforts to protect it. I booked a trip for the dolphin and snorkel tour, which...
Meagan Y.
Meagan Y.
Booked a snorkel tour for 4 and it was amazing! They served breakfast and lunch, had a bar on the boat as well. Masks mandatory except when eating and...
Justin W.
Justin W.
We were able to get on this snorkeling trip and it was a blast! They were only doing about 3/4 capacity due to covid but that honestly made it a little more...
Steve S.
Steve S.
My family and I booked an adventure during our trip to Maui. We lucked out, as there were limited bookings available due to coast guard imposed...
Dang L.
Dang L.
We booked the sunset sail/cruise dinner. They have the check in procedures down. Drinks were open bar pretty decent I. Taste for the cocktail. Started...
Andrew R.
Andrew R.
We went on the Molokini & Turtle Arches Snorkel tour and had a great time. Overall I'd recommend it, but I'd be cautious if you're uncomfortable with the...
Beth N.
Beth N.
We just returned from the deluxe whale watch- 3 hours on the sail boat. We saw plenty of whales even though it was the end of the season. We saw a lot...
Maria A.
Maria A.
Absolutely amazing experience today. We took a snorkeling trip with 3 kids (one of them is under 2) and everyone was super attentive, understanding and...
Lindsey G.
Lindsey G.
Loved the staff, logistics were easy, and saw many many whales! They were very COVID safe: assigned seats, masks the whole time for guests and temperature...
Julie F.
Julie F.
We booked a family-friendly snorkel tour with this group, and would highly recommend!Covid precautions: check-in was socially distanced and with...
William S.
William S.
To be able to safely do a sunset sail cruise during a pandemic was a definite unforgettable experience for me in the island of Maui. I booked through airbnb...
Nighthawk W.
Nighthawk W.
we were 4 adults and 2 young children, we had a great whale watching experience, had great seating, saw 3 whales breaching. The staff went around making...
Ron C.
Ron C.
My only regret is that I can't give this more stars. We've done a lot of these types of tours, all around the world, and there have been none better than...
KK G.
KK G.
We did a sunset sail and it was great! Even saw some whales jumping and a giant rainbow. Pretty magical. The apps and drinks were great. Crew is super...
Jorja P.
Jorja P.
The trip was fantastic! The crew (Makayla, Lisa, Jen and Captain Doug) had an awesome energy, love for whales, and outstanding hospitality. I am already...
K Y.
K Y.
been on many tours with Pacwhale. ---have never been disappointed. first during covid. we did the sunset cruise out of Lahaina yesterday.. the crew did an...
Jason R.
Jason R.
Really fun snorkeling trip. We visited two areas - one in Molokini crater where the coral reefs and fish were great. The second was off the coast of Maui,...
Marc M.
Marc M.
Great, relaxing whale watching boat ride to see the migrating whales. Friendly staff and knowledgeable about the various whales.
Tanya B.
Tanya B.
Wow covid came these guys split. Closed. No phone call saying your boat trip canceled or we know you paid and you'll get a rain chk. I called twice no...
Stan G.
Stan G.
This is a great place to schedule a whale watching trip. Everyone is super friendly, the boats are clean and safe and you will see whales. More importantly,...
TheNhestbech .
TheNhestbech .
Did a 3 hour whale watching tour on the catamaran. Was incredible experience, saw a ton of whales, one even came right up to the boat to investigate. Also heard whale songs below the boat with my bare ear. 10 out of 10 would recommend.
Chris J.
Chris J.
Went on the 9am whale watch. Saw our first whale at 0908 AM. Awesome mix of both sides of the boat so everyone could see. Had several breaches. Super informative and supporting a non profit. Had a couple sea sensitive people in our group that were fine with a ginger pill. Highly recommend! Awesome experience!!!
Tonya M.
Tonya M.
Had an amazing time and saw plenty whales. We did the early morning whale watching sail tour. Captain Anna, Jack, and Desmond did a great job and were very informative. We also did the Captain's sunset dinner tour and Heddie was really friendly and informative as well. We couldn't have asked for better service!
Brenda C.
Brenda C.
This is an experience you can't pass up.I will always remember our first trip to Maui and a very special part of that trip was going whale watching....
Kim S
Kim S
Whale watch with an experienced team who are also researchers. I experienced whale watching while learning about their behaviours, history and conservation efforts. If you’re looking for a tour where you can also feel good supporting and protecting wildlife then this tour is for you. The whales came so close to us we had to cut the engines as they were inside the 100yard range and the whales came closer to check us out. We had a mother calf on both sides and it was incredible and quiet too. There was a distinct reverence for what we were witnessing. As soon as the whales moved away a safe distance we started up and moved away to give them a break from us tourist. We went off in search of new ones. We also saw dolphins and you know it’s good when the people who do this day in and day our are beyond excited. What an amazing trip!!
Joya P.
Joya P.
We did a 7am snorkeling tour with Pacific Whale Foundation and it was worth every penny. Both the locations were great and we had fun snorkeling. Being our first time snorkeling, the crew made sure we were comfortable in the water and helped us in every way possible. We also saw lot of whales throughout the tour. The crew was friendly and took great care with food and drinks. I would highly recommend this snorkeling tour.
Ace B.
Ace B.
What a great experience. First at their store Andrea was awesome, she helped book our dinner cruise and was extremely helpful, friendly and knowledgeable! My parents were visiting so I wanted to take them on something special. John was the captain and Dylan our server and it was fantastic. Whales everywhere, breaching and with calves. The sunset was breathtaking and the food was excellent. The entire crew was awesome. We loved it. We stopped by store after cruise to thank Andrea. Highly recommend!
Luke W.
Luke W.
We chose these guys for a whale watching trip as we knew they were a conservation group and wanted to put our money toward that.The price was great for a...
Taylor E.
Taylor E.
We went on the whale watching cruise and it was so much fun. The caption and crew were amazing and gave us a ton of information about the whales. We saw...
Tim E.
Tim E.
Yeah, this is the Whale seeing experience you want. Knowledgeable, scientific, friendly. You cannot skip this tour.Our sight seeing tour came with all you...
Stephen V.
Stephen V.
Exceeded every expectation. This was absolutely wonderful. Captain Paul was fantastic (extra points for saying how awesome my shirt was) and the crew were very knowledgeable and friendly. The snorkeling was amazing: beautiful location, plenty of time, and TONS of fish. We got to swim with a sea turtle, so... It was great!
Maria K.
Maria K.
We love supporting the Pacific Whale Foundation by going on their various ocean experiences. It is based at the Maalaea Harbor. We have been on...
Shayne R.
Shayne R.
Great attention to detail and a wonderful sunset dinner cruise. Friendly staff and great crew. Feels a little rushed but they were missing one of the waiters. I don't know if it would have changed anything but would I would go again.
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