Pacific Whale Foundation – Molokini and Turtle Arches Snorkel
Pacific Whale Foundation offers a Molokini snorkeling tour that is more than just another Maui snorkeling trip. It’s also an opportunity to learn about the eco-environmental efforts that are underway to protect the most valuable resource Maui has, its ocean residents. Pacific Whale Foundation is known as the environmental leaders in the State in Hawaii and worthy stewards of our reefs, marine life and ocean.
Their mooring pin is away from the main body of charter boats that snorkel Molokini. With over 250 varieties of fish at Molokini Crater, colorful reefs and a Maui charter boat company that is dedicated to protecting our environment, who better to enjoy a Molokini snorkel tour with? Join us for a Maui adventure on a large power catamaran specially designed for Hawaiian waters.
During the course of the morning, Pacific Whale Foundation fires up the BBQ and serves lunch. While enjoying the views, Pacific Whale Foundation motors to Turtle Arches off the coast of Olowalu. Here you will be able to snorkel with the green sea turtles. To raise awareness for the environment 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 Eco-environmental issues that are cause for concern not only on Maui but around the world as well.
Our favorite experience with Pacific Whale Foundation was snorkeling at Turtle Arches. The turtles are so amazing and graceful. Without a care in the world, they swim about with grace and beauty.
Founded in the 1980’s as a non-profit company by Greg Kaufman as a small business, Pacific Whale Foundation has grown into one of the largest Maui activity providers and a champion for saving our oceans. Although Pacific Whale Foundation is based on Maui their research efforts have extended to the South Pacific in an attempt to understand 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 Pacific Whale Foundation 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.
Tip of the Day:
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 come first serve. The supply is limited.
Wetsuits are for rent and usually run about $10.00.
Includes fruits, pastries, island fruit juices and hot coffee
Barbecue grilled chicken, hot dogs, veggie burgers, pasta salad, chips, and cookies
Bar & Beverage:
Soda, juices, beer, wine & Mai Tais.
A valid photo ID is required for alcohol consumption.
Pacific Whale Foundation Molokini Snorkel
- E-Ticket Delivery
- Free Cancellation
- No Booking or Credit Card Fees
Departs Maalaea Harbor – Meet at Village Shops Logo Store
GPS: 300 Maalaea Road, Wailuku Hawaii 96793
48 Hour Cancellation Policy
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Check-in 6:15am, Departs at 7:00am
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.
Such a wonderful time for these first time whale watchers. Our boat narrator Dan was super informative and fun, with the help of another crew member Annie on the Spirit boat. We were lucky enough to see a few whales breach, dive and even a couple of whales swim directly under our boat. Dan and Annie told us several whale facts as well. Would highly recommend the Pacific Whale Foundation because it was a great time and especially because the money you spend helps to fund their nonprofit work.
We went on a tour with them in spring and saw male humpback whales "competing"for a mate. My husband was able to get a video of them underwater as well with his camera. We saw some dolphins too. There were about 3 more boats from other companies in the water with us but our captain was the best because she stayed abreast with the whales the whole time, giving us great views, and it seemed like the other boats we're following her to find the whales.
Went with them for a dinner cruise. For the money it was worth it. The boat essentially went south from the harbor about a mile or two out. It turns around and comes back after dark. Did I mention its all you can drink. They encourage drinking as much as you want and they won't cut you off unless you fall overboard. The boat was nice and we got a seat on the second level. We were lucky to have a friendly couple to chat with as well. The food was alright, nothing amazing, but definitely nothing wrong with it. It is just difficult to find a caterer who can feed a lot of people with hot food at amazing quality. They were above average but I am picky! Staff was very nice and upbeat.
The tour was great. I have been on a number of whale watching tours and this one was one of the best. The pontoon boat held about 18 people so that was nice. The guide and captain were both very knowledgeable and helpful. We seen many hump back whales including calves. Educational and fun.
Our tour was good, and the whale expert did a wonderful job, I learned a lot about humpback whales that day. Our only complaint was that the captain kept the boat situated with the whales on the right side of the boat and my wife and I were seated on the left. It would have been nice if he would have turned the boat to give all an equal opportunity to get a good view of the whales. I had to stand on my tip toes and take pictures over people's heads.