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: Maui Vegetable Fritatta (eggs, potato,bell pepper, onion, spinach, mushroom, cheddar, parmesan), assorted pastries,
    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: 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.)

  • 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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Harleycart
"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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Anonymous
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 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.