Molokini & Turtle Arches Snorkel Cruise in Maui, HI

Pacific Whale Foundation300 Ma'alaea RdMaalaea, Maui, HI 96793
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Offered daily from 7:00 am until 12:00 pm, the Molokini & Turtle Arches Snorkel Cruise features memorable snorkeling experiences with an expert team at Molokini and at another reef often visited by sea turtles. Guests can also enjoy a tropical-style continental breakfast, a free learn-to-snorkel class, whale sightings (not guaranteed), educational discussions about Hawaii’s marine life and more.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Maalaea, Maui Travel Experts
  • Tour departs daily at 7:00 am.
  • Guests feast on a continental breakfast and lunch onboard.
  • Snorkel instruction provided for those who may need it.
  • The cruise includes two snorkel locations for maximum fun!


from Molokini & Turtle Arches Snorkel Cruise
This 'double the fun' excursion includes snorkeling at Molokini Marine Preserve plus a second snorkel stop at Turtle Arches, a dazzling reef off Maui’s south coast known for its underwater lava arches and large resident population of green sea turtles. Pacific Whale Foundation’s certified marine naturalists give a free guided reef tour to point out sights you could easily miss on your own! We also include all of the snorkel gear, reef safe sunscreen, "learn to snorkel" class for beginners, and a Jr. naturalist program for kids. Each party receives a complimentary color guide, "Enjoying Maui's Unique Ocean Environment" and free dolphin or sea turtle poster. Rash guards are also available for rent (cash only).

Molokini is a world class snorkeling environment inside the protective ring of an ancient volcanic crater, where over 250 marine species thrive in crystal-clear Hawaii waters. The islet's arc shape, the fact that there is little or no soil to run off into the sea, and the relatively shallow, protected waters combine to offer an incredible Maui snorkel experience with excellent visibility. Located just 2.5 miles off the coast of Maui's south shore, Molokini's shallow inner cove provides a unique habitat for fish and coral species, some of which are found nowhere else in the world but Hawaii.

Check in Location: Pacific Whale Foundation Ocean Store at the Harbor Shops at Ma’alaea (next door to the Maui Ocean Center Aquarium)

What to bring: Towel, cover up, hat, sunglasses, extra cash for souvenirs, recreational lifejacket for kids 30lbs and less.

Includes: Reef safe sunscreen, snorkel gear (with optical masks for eyeglass wearers) and flotation devices, free "learn to snorkel" class for beginners, free guided reef tour led by naturalists, free Jr. Naturalist program for kids, plus free color marine life poster.

Menu: Continental breakfast: bagels with cream cheese, fresh tropical fruit, a variety of homemade muffins, fruit juices (pineapple, passion orange guava, cranberry), and freshly brewed premium Maui or Kona Coffee. Barbeque Lunch: onboard grilled chicken breasts, veggie burgers, or hot dogs with all the fixings, homemade rolls, fresh pasta salad, ice cold soda, juice, and filtered water. After 2nd snorkel site, we offer beer, wine, and tropical drinks with proper photo ID.

Schedule: 7:00 am departure. Check-In 45 minutes prior to departure.

Tour Duration: 5 hours

NOTE: Guests will be required to sign a liability waiver upon check-in prior to your tour.

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"Pride of Maui Snorkeling"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 19, 2018 NEW
Great snorkeling tour!! Takes you to two different snorkel spots that are awesome!! Cost includes breakfast & lunch that is really good!! After the snorkeling & heading back to the dock, the REAL refreshments come out!!!!🍹🍻
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
"Amazing trip to Lanai and so fun going snuba diving"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 06, 2018 NEW
Just finished with a great day tour with trilogy to Lanai to enjoy the beach snorkeling and snuba diving. The crew was amazing. Casey the captain was second to none. Kyle was an awesome Snuba diving instructor and awesome with the kids. Thank you again Trilogy team. You guys rocked it on all fronts. I highly would recommend. Thank you
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Gretchen W
San Bruno, California
"Snorkeling made simple"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 29, 2018 NEW
Signed up for the Molokini crater tour but our weather was so windy, the captain advised everyone before leaving that we would not be making it there. We were given the option to reschedule for another time if we wanted to hope the weather improved within the next couple of days. We chose to go and had a really great time. Once we got in the water, it was pretty funny to watch, as 2 of the 3 of us don't have snorkeling experience. But what the heck, we had a blast. We missed the turtles that were seen. Lunch was enjoyable and the husband discovered that Captain Mike was from our home town San Bruno, California. SHOUT OUT TO CAPTAIN MIKE! Thanks to Captain and Crew for a great trip!
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Alyssa K
"Best snorkeling ever "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 06, 2018
I’ve been on this excursion twice now. Once with my family and once with my husband on or honeymoon. Such a great experience!! The boat ride was fun too. They serve you banana bread and Mai Tais. Very impressed. A must do!
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Jason J
"great snorkeling but not much fish"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed March 06, 2018
Molokini crater is cool to see but not much fish in the area. food was good, crew was great. If you are buying a tour just to snorkel at Molokini, its not worth it. there are a lot of other, better places to snorkel that are right off the beaches.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Molokini & Turtle Arches Snorkel Cruise

How long is the Molokini and Turtle Arches Snorkel Trip?
The excursion last approximately five hours.

What do I need to bring with me?
Bring a towel, cover-up, sunglasses, picture I.D. if you plan on enjoying a complimentary alcoholic beverage, and, if you have a child 30 lbs. or less, bring a life jacket for them. Reef safe sunscreen is provided at the check-in location, but it is recommended that guests bring their own as well. You are in the sun a lot on this trip, and sunburn is a quick way to put a damper on a vacation. Extra cash is handy to have as well as the Pacific Whale Foundation crew takes great care of all guests and tips are appreciated.

Are wetsuits or underwater cameras available for rent?
Yes, Pacific Whale Foundation has both of these items available. The camera cost is $35, which includes a CD of all the photos you take. The camera rental is for eight hours. Wetsuits are $10. 

How much does the souvenir photo cost to purchase?
It is $10.   

Where do I check-in for my Molokini snorkel trip?
Check-in at the Pacific Whale Foundation Store at the Harbor Shops at Ma’alaea, right next to Maui Ocean Center.  

Is there a fee to park?
Parking is free of charge.