Pacific Whale Foundation - Molokini & Turtle Arches Snorkel
Here’s a fantastic way to begin the day
– snorkeling at stunning Molokini, the ancient, submerged volcano
(don’t worry – it’s extinct). Molokini is home to a stunning array of
wildlife, which you will get to see firsthand. The experts at Pacific
Whale Foundation will be right there with you to tell you all about the
natural wonders that unfold before you. As a bonus, you’ll get to dive
into the cool waters of Turtle Arches, which are named for the giant
sea-turtles that abound. Tour Highlights:
- Cruise to two prime snorkel destinations: Molokini and Turtle Arches
- See a wide variety of marine life – colorful tropical fish and turtles
- Boat features a waterslide, sunbathing areas and a shaded cabin
- Continental breakfast
- BBQ lunch
- Refreshments including sodas, tropical juices and filtered water
- Snorkel gear, including optical masks for eyeglass wearers
- Flotation devices
- Learn-to-snorkel class
- Onboard naturalists provide educational talks about Hawaii’s reefs and fishes
- Guided reef tour
- Junior naturalist program for kids
- Free Marine Life Picture Card
Continental Breakfast: Banana Bread, Assorted Pastries, Fresh Island Fruit, Coffee & Juices.
BBQ Lunch: Grilled Chicken Breasts, Hot Dogs, Garden Burgers, Potato Salad, Veggie Salad, Chocolate Chip Cookies
This tour is offering alcoholic beverages after snorkeling.
- Where and When:
- Tour times:
Tour 1: 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tour 2: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Check in 45 minutes prior to departure at Pacific Whale Foundation's Ocean Store at the Maui Harbor Shops, which shares a parking lot with Maui Ocean Center, located at 192 Maalaea Rd, Wailuku (GPS address). View Map
Parking at the Maui Harbor Shops/Maui Ocean Center Aquarium is $1.00/hour and the first 15 minutes are free.
- COVID POLICIES
Pacific Whale Foundation has safety protocols in place that strictly adhere to state- and CDC-mandated guidelines to ensure the health and well-being of all guests and vessels staff.
We regularly clean and disinfect surfaces and equipment and use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA-approved) cleaning chemicals with label claims against the coronavirus.
All onboard services have been altered to reduce contact and maintain social distancing.
We no longer require masks on board our vessels, but invite guests to wear their masks if they are more comfortable.
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.
- Participants must be able to swim to go snorkeling.
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 ban 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 walk onto the boat (with or without assistance from someone in their group) and head to a seat may attend but probably will not be able to snorkel. Restrooms and the upper decks are not wheelchair accessible or easily accessible for guests who cannot walk long or are not steady on their feet. There is no storage available for wheelchairs.
- Special Notes:
- Operation Days:
- 5 hours
- Pacific Whale Foundation
- 110 passengers
- Ocean Guardian or Ocean Voyager
Both vessels are modern 65-foot double-deck power catamarans delivering an ultra-smooth ride. Both vessels feature a spacious cabin and sunbathing areas, a galley with bar and serving area, comfortable armchair seats, and snorkel platform, freshwater showers and his/hers bathrooms. Both vessels have a capacity of 130 passengers (for snorkeling tours) and 147 passengers (for whale watching tours).
Snorkel cruise vessel is subject to change without prior notice.