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
• 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.

Continental breakfast:
Maui Vegetable Fritatta (eggs, potato, bell pepper, onion, spinach, mushroom, cheddar, parmesan), assorted pastries,
fresh island fruit, juice, and Maui coffee.

Lunch:
Kiawe smoked pork sandwich with guava BBQ sauce, grilled chicken, hot dogs, garden burgers, potato-mac salad, house fried trio chips, corn bean salad, and dessert.

Refreshments:
Unlimited 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.)

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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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 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.