Pacific Whale Foundation - Molokini Wild Side Eco Adventure
For more than 30 years Pacific Whale Foundation Molokini Wild Side Eco-Adventure has offered excellent snorkeling tours. With this much experience, you know your day at Molokini will be fun and educational. Enjoy six hours with a small group heading off to Molokini for an eco-adventure. With this particular Maui Snorkeling Tour, the Pacific Whale Foundation guides will take you off the beaten path and show you interesting marine life and scenic landscapes that will be awe-inspiring. This Pacific Whale Foundation Molokini Wild Side Eco-Adventure includes a Sea Turtle Photo Safari. Specialized dive instructors will teach you how to use an underwater camera and answer any photography questions you may have. The opportunity to be informed about the research the Pacific Whale Foundation is doing with sea turtles is also available. The Pacific Whale Foundation is the only Maui Activity that offers this new type of underwater excursion. Join us for this exciting and new eco-adventure. All Pacific Whale Foundation Eco-Adventures are guided by skilled United States Coast Guard licensed captain and a group of educated Certified Marine Naturalists. This special Pacific Whale Foundation Molokini Wild Side Eco-Adventure was developed due to the years of marine life research including a detailed and wide-range study of Molokini’s wildlife, corals, and fish. Molokini is a small volcanic caldera, located 2.5 miles from the island of Maui and is the only Island Marine Sanctuary. Birdwatchers, keep your binoculars handy; often, seabirds such as Great Frigatebirds and Wedge-tailed Shearwaters are spotted!
The Molokini Crater was formed approximately 150 thousand years ago, according to scientists that have studied the amazing and unique crater. This amazing caldera seems to be missing half of its crater, but still emerges about 160 feet above sea level and has been measured to be just about a half of a mile wide. Molokini stands alone two miles from the shore of Maui creating an awesome snorkeling experience. There are several reasons Molokini Crater is such a special diving and snorkeling area. The crescent shape of Molokini provides a guard from strong currents and a powerful surge. The consistent high quality of the water around Molokini provides clear visibility and can extend to 150 feet. This is quite remarkable! Molokini is made of rock; therefore, there are no clumps of dirt to slide into the water making it cloudy and dense. The water is quite absent of sediment providing a means for sun rays to penetrate the surface of the water, feeding the algae growing inside the colorful coral. Currents from the offshore carry food, at the same time flushing away the small amount of residue that exists. The cause and effect is a remarkable, hearty bed of coral providing a supreme Maui snorkeling adventure. Molokini is an ecological site and is registered by Hawaii’s State Marine Life and Bird Conservation District. This outstanding underwater sanctuary is where over 30 diverse colorful coral flourish and thousands of marine life and fish live in cohabitation. The shallow reef surrounding Molokini is teeming with an array of over 250 different species of fish with their own unique pattern of colorful design. Many of the fish you will see include Bluefin Trevally, Black Trigger Fish, Raccoon Butterfly Fish, Parrot Fish, Moorish Idol, and Yellow Tag Fish. Molokini Crater is the only location where you can explore these rare and remarkable species of fish and coral. Allow Buzz Hawaii to schedule this fantastic Pacific Whale Foundation Molokini Wild Side Eco-Adventure for you and your family at a discount price.
- Maui Vegetable Frittata - Eggs, Potato, Bell Pepper, Onion, Mushrooms, Spinach, Cheddar & Parmesan
- Assorted Pastries
- Fresh Island Fruit
- Maui Coffee and Juice
- Grilled chicken breasts, Kiawe smoked pork with
guava BBQ sauce, hot dogs, garden burgers
- Potato salad, Maui style
potato chips and dessert
- Unlimited sodas, juices and filtered water
Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle
Freshly Grilled Lunch
- Where and When:
- Check-in is at 6:30 am at Pacific Whale Foundation's Ocean Store at the Ma'alaea Harbor Shops, which shares a free parking lot with Maui Ocean Center, located at 192 Maalaea Rd, Wailuku (GPS address). Parking is free. View Map
Parking at the Ma'alaea Harbor is NOT free.
Snorkel cruise departs at 7:30 am and returns at 1:30 pm.
- COVID POLICIES
We are committed to the highest sanitation standards and routinely clean our vessels throughout the trip. Staff will routinely remind guests to use our sanitizer stations, wash hands frequently and remain socially distanced, even during sightseeing and wildlife viewing.
Masks must be worn throughout the journey except while eating, drinking and snorkeling. Additional exceptions apply to children younger than two years of age.
Seats are pre-assigned to ensure proper distancing from other guests. We encourage guests to remain in their assigned section throughout the cruise.
Food and drink services have been modified to limit contact and minimize the potential transmission of germs or viruses.
To further limit unnecessary contact and exposure to others, we suggest guests bring their own snorkel equipment on snorkel cruises if possible. For guests who need to borrow snorkel equipment, our gear is thoroughly sanitized after every use.
- Children must be at least 7 years old to participate.
As an intermediate to advanced snorkel adventure, this trip is not recommended for non-swimmers, pregnant women, people with heart conditions or anyone with neck, back or knee problems.
Use of any full-face snorkel masks are not allowed on Pacific Whale Foundation activities due to safety concerns.
REEF-SAFE SUNSCREEN GUIDELINES: This tour requires you to use reef-safe sunscreen in accordance with the statewide band on sunscreens that harm the reefs. Please read the ingredients list of your sunscreen as "reef-safe" is not a regulated term and sunscreens listed as such can have the following banned ingredients in them: oxybenzone, octinoxate, avobenzone, avobenzine, homosalate, octisalate, octocrylene, and ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate. Reef-Safe sunscreen can also be found in local stores or be purchased on-board (4oz for $13 rate may change).
Wheelchairs: This vessel is NOT wheelchair accessible. Guests who can board (with or without assistance from someone in their group) may attend but there is only outside seating and no where to store a wheelchair on board.
Destinations subject to change due to sea or weather conditions.
- Special Notes:
- Breakfast is served on shore prior to departure. If you would like breakfast, please be on time for check-in at 6:30 am.
- Operation Days:
- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
- 6 hours
- Pacific Whale Foundation
- 44 passengers
- The Ocean Explorer is a 54 foot modern, smooth riding and eco-friendly catamaran. It features front stadium seating, a shaded galley & serving area, and freshwater showers and bathrooms. Vessel is subject to change without notice.