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Molokini Wild Side Tour in Wailuku, HI

Pacific Whale Foundation300 Ma'alaea Rd, Ste 211Wailuku, Maui, HI 96793
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Overview

Presented by Pacific Whale Foundation, Molokini Wild Side Snorkel offers a fun-filled eco-adventure led by a team of knowledgeable and certified marine naturalists, as well as a U.S. Coast Guard-certified captain. Guests can enjoy snorkeling around a beautiful mid-ocean reef, offering up-close encounters with sea turtles, Molokini fish, coral and other marine wildlife.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Wailuku, Maui Travel Experts
  • Departs daily at 7:30 am.
  • Passengers must check-in 1 hour prior to departure at the Pacific Whale Foundation Ocean Store.
  • Children under the age of 7 are not permitted on the cruise.
  • Wetsuit shirts, underwater cameras, and binoculars available for rent.
  • Breakfast, lunch, and refreshments served throughout the 6-hour cruise.

Description

from Molokini Wild Side Snorkel
Pacific Whale Foundation has been offering quality ocean eco-adventures to Molokini for more than 30 years. We are pleased to offer a new small group Molokini eco-adventure that travels off the beaten path. It includes an opportunity to visit one or more reefs where sea turtles are plentiful and learn about these fascinating marine reptiles. There's no trip like it on Maui.

As with all of our Pacific Whale Foundation Eco-Adventures, this new trip is led by our team of knowledgeable Certified Marine Naturalists and a professional U.S. Coast Guard certified captain. It's based on our decades of marine research, including an extensive study of Molokini's fish, corals, and wildlife.

We depart in the morning from Ma'alaea Harbor and head for Molokini. After snorkeling this remarkable mid-ocean reef, we'll cruise around Molokini's rugged red rock back wall. Birdwatchers, be ready. We often sight seabirds such as Wedge-tailed shearwaters and Great frigate birds that roost here!

And then we'll set off to explore, stopping to view wildlife at sea turtle and dolphin habitats. We'll also choose a reef that offers the clearest and calmest conditions for our second snorkel site. Explore on your own or take part in a guided reef tour led by our knowledgeable naturalist.

Our Molokini Wild Side Eco-Adventure is offered on our 54-foot single deck catamaran, Ocean Explorer. With comfortable armchair seats arranged grandstand style on the bow, plus a shaded back deck, shower, and onboard bathrooms, Ocean Explorer combines comfort with the thrill of being closer to the water and ocean wildlife. It's U.S. Coast Guard certified for just 49 passengers, but we'll carry just 38 people, so there's plenty of room for everyone.

Includes:
  • Expert narration by our Certified Marine Naturalists

  • Opportunity to learn about sea turtle research

  • Snorkeling at Molokini and a second site

  • Professionally fitted, premium snorkel gear (including optical masks for eyeglass wearers)

  • Flotation devices

  • Wetsuit tops available for rental

  • Free learn-to-snorkel class

  • Free fish ID class

  • Free guided reef tour

  • Free Jr. Naturalist program

  • Continental breakfast: bagels and cream cheese, assorted pastries, and a fruit platter

  • Lunch: Grilled Chicken Wrap with spinach, tomato, carrots and cucumber (with condiments), Potato Mac Salad, Corn and Bean Salad and chocolate chip cookies

  • Refreshments: sodas, tropical juices and filtered water. (After snorkeling, adults age 21 and over with valid ID may enjoy 1 complimentary alcoholic beverage, including local micro-brew beer or wine or Mai Tai. Refills available for sale at a reasonable price.)

  • Free marine wildlife poster

  • Free downloadable Hawaii Wildlife Guides:

    • Hawaii's Coral Reefs
    • Hawaiian Monk Seals
    • Hawaii's Sea Turtles
    • Hawaii's Humpback Whales
    • Hawaii's Wild Dolphins

Also Available:
  • Affordable rentals of underwater cameras and binoculars
  • Rental of wetsuit tops

  • Love the snorkel gear? You can arrange to rent it for the week for a small additional fee.


Departs: Daily at 7:30 am (except Wednesdays)
Duration: Approximately 6 hours
Check-in: 6:30 am (1 hour prior to departure) Breakfast is served in their Discovery classroom prior to departure.
Check-in Location: Pacific Whale Foundation's Ocean Store at Ma'alaea Harbor Shops (next to Maui Ocean Center)

For ages 8 and over only. This eco-adventure is not recommended for pregnant women or individuals with back problems.

Destinations subject to change due to sea or weather conditions.

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

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Sue W
"Bucket List item "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 21, 2017
Crew was friendly and knowledgeable. Equipment was well maintained and mask for glasses wearers was very helpful. Food was good and crew was very attentive, especially with a diverse group of people. We saw a few Humpback Whales in our voyage. Trilogy really takes care of the guests and is worth every penny. We have snorkeled while visiting Maui and Trilogy is by far the best.
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JJGoodell
Portland, Oregon
"First time snorkeling--good experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed January 18, 2017
The best part of this trip was that there were professionals there at all time to ensure our safety. My husband got to swim with a turtle, but when he was getting to close to the coral, there was a lifeguard right there to keep him at bay. When I came up and pulled off my mask, a lifeguard came upon me and asked if all was well. The experience was wonderful. Saw lots of fish and a whale breach 20 ft into the sky. Worth every penny. Food was good too.
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Lawrence G
New Jersey
"First thing you should do in Maui"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 12, 2017
We had a fabulous day snorkeling with our kids. It's insane to think that on Christmas day when the rest of the East Coast is freezing that you could be swimming in the ocean looking at fish. Then add the fact that what's doing by Molokini Island is amazingly cool. They served lunch on the boat and had a slide, which the kids loved as well. As for the pictures, they let you rent individual cameras, but we bought the disk for $60 where they had a staff member taking pictures. If you get 1 or 2 great shots, it's totally worth it. Highly recommend this excursion. Well worth the price!
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Lackeyabbott
"Great snorkeling! "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 01, 2017
Today we went on the trilogy five boat. Our guides, Willie, Nick, Jim, along with captain Martin were very skilled,hospitable as well as knowledgeable. Captain Martin even let my daughter Charlee, drive the boat for a few minutes during the trip. This was very exciting. We got to see two whales breach simultaneously on the backside of Molokini island. The snorkeling that we encountered was on coral gardens and it was really beautiful. Lots of good large fish and very colorful coral. The food is very excellent, and they serve seconds. They also offer delicious mai tais and unlimited drinks and ice cream for the kids! I'd highly recommend this trip. We are going to do it again for sure!
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daustin97222
Portland, Oregon
"Lanai snorkeling trip aboard Pacific Whale Foundation Ocean Quest"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed December 26, 2016
12/26/16 we did the Pacific Whale Foundation Lanai snorkeling and dolphin watch trip. Here's my view of the trip: * Crew was amazing and a lot of fun. * Boat was fairly clean * The "heads" smelled badly - REALLY badly. Woah!! * Many people were seasick * The Ocean Quest was jammed with people. * The kids (17 and 19) saw several big fish and a couple of turtles. My suggestion for those considering this: stay up ON TOP of the boat. Get there early to pick your seat. Also: if you are going out of Lahaina and not Maalea then parking is a big issue and you will want to go past the PWF office about 2-3 blocks and look for the underground parking which is $8.50 fo the day. Parking behind PWF was $18 for the excursion.

Frequently Asked Questions about Molokini Wild Side Snorkel

What is included in the tour experience?
Guests enjoy the following while on the Molokini Wild Side Tour:

  • Expert narration by our Certified Marine Naturalists
  • Opportunity to learn about sea turtle research
  • Snorkeling at Molokini and a second site
  • Professionally fitted, premium snorkel gear (including optical masks for eyeglass wearers)
  • Flotation devices
  • Wetsuit tops available for rental
  • Free learn-to-snorkel class
  • Free fish ID class
  • Free guided reef tour
  • Free Jr. Naturalist program.
  • Tropical-style continental breakfast (coffee, juices, fruits and pastries)
  • Barbecue lunch: chicken tenders (marinated in teriyaki sauce), hot dogs, veggie burgers, marinated Kula cucumber salad, three bean salad (with kidney, black and garbanzo beans), Kaiser rolls
  • Homemade double chocolate chip cookies (made with organic flour)
  • Refreshments: sodas, tropical juices and filtered water. (After snorkeling, adults age 21 and over with valid picture i.d. may enjoy one complimentary alcoholic beverage, including local micro-brew beer or wine or Mai Tai. Refills available for sale at a reasonable price.)
  • Free marine wildlife poster.
  • Free downloadable Hawaii Wildlife Guides

How long is the tour?
The tour is approximately 6 hours long.

Where do I check-in for the tour?
Please check-in at the Pacific Whale Foundation's Ocean Store at Ma'alaea Harbor Shops (next to Maui Ocean Center). Guests should arrive 45-minutes prior to departure.

Can children participate?
The tour is for participants ages 8 and older.

Are there physical restrictions for the tour?
 It is not recommended for pregnant women or individuals with back problems to participate in the tour.

What is the cancellation policy?
Any cancellations made by the listed cancellation date will receive a FULL REFUND with absolutely NO CANCELLATION FEES. Any products past the cancellation date cannot be changed or canceled.