Pacific Whale Foundation – Molokini and Turtle Arches Snorkel
Pacific Whale Foundation Knows 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 in Hawaii and are worthy stewards of our reefs, marine life and ocean. Its 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 at Molokini is away from the main body of charter boats that go out every morning to snorkel Molokini. 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, Pacific Whale Foundation 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 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 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. They also have a great dinner cruise, whale watch, and Lanai Dolphin Snorkel. 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.
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
- E-Ticket Delivery
- Free Cancellation
- No Booking or Credit Card Fees
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.
My family and I did the sunset tour from 530pm-730pm. It was a lovely ride from the start. The crew were so polite and the ukulele player was wonderful. He gave us a bunch of information about the 5 islands that were in view from where our boat was coasting. The food was pretty good for being a heavy appetizer on a boat kind of a deal. It’s good for kids as we took our very excited 4 year old with us and he did great. The boat is safe and plenty of spaces to sit and relax and watch the sunset. Would highly recommend if you are looking to go on a boat ride during your stay. The photos I posted are all different times of the evening and none are color corrected.
My family very much enjoyed our whale sighting trip. The crew was fun and very informative. They found whales quickly. We were able to see multiple whales (2 different species even) as well as dolphins. I really enjoyed that they put the sonar equipment in the water so we could hear them communicating. Great trip!
This is a well organized company. The moment you book you get details such as where to park for free, online booking, email waivers was easy and staff were super friendly at the store. We had 18 people on a boat that holds 90 so it was so nice to spread our. We went near the end of whale season so saw a few whales and one baby that was flipping around on its back. The crew were super nice and knowledgeable. You also got complementary drinks on the boat. It was a nice two hours on the water. The only thing I didn’t care for was when you get off the dock there is a person selling you a photo of you getting on the ship, I guess some people are into that so an ok option for them.
I have done this twice and would do it again. Try to avoid windy days. You can usually book same day even during the busy season. They find whales fast. They can't take you too close by law, but if the whales get curious, they will swim up to the boat -they call it "getting mugged" then. by law, the boat can't move. We got "mugged" the first time I did the trip - the whales swam right under us - it was incredible and I saw a breach from a distance. The second time there were lots of whale tales and a baby whale breached. You don't get this every time - but I guess frequently enough that I got 2 out of 2. Your iphone may not be enough to get a good picture - you'll want a camera with a good zoom.
What a great company. We started with the Photo Safari (approximately 15 people on a boat built to hold over 60). Such a great trip that we went on one more last minute trip our last morning on Maui (slightly more crowded but just as amazing). Guides are fantastic and if you don't see at least one whale (spout, hump, tail) between Jan and March you are looking in the wrong direction.