Molokini & Turtle Arches Snorkel Cruise in Maui, HI

Pacific Whale Foundation300 Ma'alaea RdMaalaea, Maui, HI 96793
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Overview

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!

Description

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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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joeandco_11
Melbourne, Australia
"Snorkelling heaven green turtles & whales"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 06, 2019 NEW
Off the Pride of America & transported to our zodiac ride. First stop swimming with giant green turtles. You get up real close but our guides ensure the turtles were respected. Next stop Molokini Crater for another snorkel with abundant sea life. Big bonus on the way back was the Northern Pacific humpback whales who were playing close to the boat as part of their annual migration. The guides were friendly, safety focused and informative. Great day out & highly recommended
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Donald K
Ligonier, PA, United States
"Turtle and fishies "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 31, 2018
We booked this tour on the advice of the concierge at our resort. It is the biggest of the boats that do this sort of tour. Crew was.very friendly and helpful. They serve breakfast fruit eggs and breads and lunch. Both were good. The coffee was awful but the $2 margaritas after the snorkeling were great. I’m only giving it a four because it was not the best of this sort of tour we have done. Would have preferred a smaller group on a catamaran. Our fault for not pushing to book that. It was family friendly. It was a pretty day. We got to see a turtle and lots of fish.
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L2616FNlisaw
"Tons of fun!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 27, 2018
4 hours of coastal tour and snorkeling to boot. Great time, great adventure and great staff. We learned a lot of educational tips on the particular islands we were going to. We saw lots of aquatic life and had a 20-30 pod of dolphins 🐬 show up. Getting to see them in their natural atmosphere was so exciting. They swam with us and showed their skills. Definitely take this tour if you are visiting.
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Paula B
Stockton, California, United States
"Well organized tour -Nice day on water"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 03, 2018
Crew was excellent and a lot of fun - very knowledgeable and engaging Food was fantastic -great continental breakfast and fabulous BBQ lunch Well organized from start to finish Good equipment for snorkeling First spot in Molokini Crater was way too crowded and not much to see. Also very windy for snorkeling in that area. Second stop was beautiful waters, better for snorkeling but NO fish! Didn’t see a turtle all day 😒 Pacific Whale Foundation is a good group for great causes.
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Harleycart
"Pride of Maui Snorkeling"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 19, 2018
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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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.