Pacific Whale Foundation – Molokini and Turtle Arches Snorkel
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Pacific Whale Foundation Knows How to Snorkel Molokini
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. It’s great for families with children under 12 as we offer 1 child 12 and under free per paying adult.
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.
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.
Pacific Whale Foundation Molokini Snorkel
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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
48 Hour Cancellation Policy
Pacific Whale Foundation Snorkel Molokini Days Available:
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
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.
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!
The Pacific whale foundation whale watching was an awesome experience. They took us to the right spots where the whale watching was guaranteed. The crew were giving all the required details to know about the whales and about whale's lifestyle and habitats. we watched more than 7 whales in total along with a baby whale. It was an awesome experience.
I highlyt recommend Pacific whale foundation . Also all their profit goes to the whale research foundation which a very good cause.
Great experience. We saw whales within the first 15 minutes and saw dolphins on the way back. The team was knowledgeable about the whales, their behaviors, and the need to respect and protect them and their home. Appreciate that proceeds go toward additional research on ways to learn more about these giant beauties.
Went on a snorkeling trip to the molokai crater. On the way there we stopped to check out sea turtles. Then from there our captain noticed some whales so we went to check them out amazing experience. Highly recommend this group.
We booked the whale tour in the evening from 2-4 during mid November. We didn’t see a whale breach the water but we saw it do a few dives and blows. It was fun chasing the whale and the workers were very knowledgeable and made the experience fun! The boat was grade A and very clean and had plenty of room. We sat at the top deck and were able to view every sighting.
The PWF supports great causes and the story will make you fall in love with the whales around the world!