Molokini & Turtle Arches Snorkel Cruise in Maui, HI

Pacific Whale Foundation300 Ma'alaea RdMaalaea, Maui, HI 96793
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Overview

Offered daily from 7:00 am until 12:00 pm, the Molokini & Turtle Arches Snorkel Cruise features memorable snorkeling experiences with an expert team at Molokini and at another reef often visited by sea turtles. Guests can also enjoy a tropical-style continental breakfast, a free learn-to-snorkel class, whale sightings (not guaranteed), educational discussions about Hawaii’s marine life and more.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Maalaea, Maui Travel Experts
  • Tour departs daily at 7:00 am.
  • Guests feast on a continental breakfast and lunch onboard.
  • Snorkel instruction provided for those who may need it.
  • The cruise includes two snorkel locations for maximum fun!

Description

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This 'double the fun' excursion includes snorkeling at Molokini Marine Preserve plus a second snorkel stop at Turtle Arches, a dazzling reef off Maui’s south coast known for its underwater lava arches and large resident population of green sea turtles. Pacific Whale Foundation’s certified marine naturalists give a free guided reef tour to point out sights you could easily miss on your own! We also include all of the snorkel gear, reef safe sunscreen, "learn to snorkel" class for beginners, and a Jr. naturalist program for kids. Each party receives a complimentary color guide, "Enjoying Maui's Unique Ocean Environment" and free dolphin or sea turtle poster. Rash guards are also available for rent (cash only).

Molokini is a world class snorkeling environment inside the protective ring of an ancient volcanic crater, where over 250 marine species thrive in crystal-clear Hawaii waters. The islet's arc shape, the fact that there is little or no soil to run off into the sea, and the relatively shallow, protected waters combine to offer an incredible Maui snorkel experience with excellent visibility. Located just 2.5 miles off the coast of Maui's south shore, Molokini's shallow inner cove provides a unique habitat for fish and coral species, some of which are found nowhere else in the world but Hawaii.

Check in Location: Pacific Whale Foundation Ocean Store at the Harbor Shops at Ma’alaea (next door to the Maui Ocean Center Aquarium)

What to bring: Towel, cover up, hat, sunglasses, extra cash for souvenirs, recreational lifejacket for kids 30lbs and less.

Includes: snorkel gear (with optical masks for eyeglass wearers) and flotation devices, free "learn to snorkel" class for beginners, free guided reef tour led by naturalists, free Jr. Naturalist program for kids, plus free color marine life poster.

Menu: Continental breakfast: banana bread, assorted pastries,fruit juices (pineapple, passion orange guava, cranberry), and freshly brewed premium Maui or Kona Coffee. Barbeque Lunch: onboard grilled chicken breasts, veggie burgers, or hot dogs with all the fixings, homemade rolls, fresh pasta salad, ice cold soda, juice, and filtered water. After 2nd snorkel site, we offer beer, wine, and tropical drinks with proper photo ID.

Schedule: 7:00 am departure. Check-In 45 minutes prior to departure.

Tour Duration: 5 hours

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

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RODNOC114
Los Angeles, California
"Snorkeling with Trilogy Excursions Molokini"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 15, 2019 NEW
This started at 7:00 am to 1:00 pm. We arrived at slip 99 at 6:45 am. We were checked in boat side and boarded the catamaran. We sat at the bow and enjoyed our tea and coffee was served with a warm cinnamon bun. We began our way to Molokini for our first stop for snorkeling. Apparently the Captain was in a good mood, so he took us to the far side of the crescent. He showed us the island which was used for military ballistic target practice back in the 1960’s. There is an endangered species of bird, which inhabits Molokini. They stopped and tied down approximately 200 yards from the island to snorkel. You DON’T have to be a swimmer to do this activity, as they deploy several of the staff as lifeguards in the water. They also provided floatation devices, a life vest or the banana belt, or a bogey board. We made our way into the water and water was crystal clear. It was absolutely stunning in the water with the fish and coral. Our second was Turtle Town where we saw several sea turtles. On our journey back to shore, they served lunch. They served grilled teriyaki chicken breast, garlic rice, salad, and a roll. The food was delicious, the crew was phenomenal. They made safety their number one priority.
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E C
"AMAZING"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 11, 2019 NEW
We went on a family trip and did snorkeling at Molokini and we just amazed! T was great. He was helpful and everone else who were part of the crew were just amazing. Definitely going back! First time snorkeling for us all and we're loved it!
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idahoranchin
"Trilogy Excursions Snorkeling"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 05, 2019
Our family of 4 went on the Trilogy Excursion Molokini Snorkeling Tour and had the best time! Wow, talk about first class service from the crew! We were directed to the top deck where there are individual tables to sit at and they waited on us from the time we got on the boat until the time we got off. Amazing food and drinks the were unlimited and the snorkeling was amazing. Our two kids did the Snuba option and loved it! They said it was worth every penny, way better than just snorkeling! We highly recommend Trilogy Excursions for your trip.
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joeandco_11
Melbourne, Australia
"Snorkelling heaven green turtles & whales"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 06, 2019
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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donaldk16
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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Frequently Asked Questions about Molokini & Turtle Arches Snorkel Cruise

How long is the Molokini and Turtle Arches Snorkel Trip?
The excursion last approximately five hours.

What do I need to bring with me?
Bring a towel, cover-up, sunglasses, picture I.D. if you plan on enjoying a complimentary alcoholic beverage, and, if you have a child 30 lbs. or less, bring a life jacket for them. Reef safe sunscreen is provided at the check-in location, but it is recommended that guests bring their own as well. You are in the sun a lot on this trip, and sunburn is a quick way to put a damper on a vacation. Extra cash is handy to have as well as the Pacific Whale Foundation crew takes great care of all guests and tips are appreciated.

Are wetsuits or underwater cameras available for rent?
Yes, Pacific Whale Foundation has both of these items available. The camera cost is $35, which includes a CD of all the photos you take. The camera rental is for eight hours. Wetsuits are $10. 

How much does the souvenir photo cost to purchase?
It is $10.   

Where do I check-in for my Molokini snorkel trip?
Check-in at the Pacific Whale Foundation Store at the Harbor Shops at Ma’alaea, right next to Maui Ocean Center.  

Is there a fee to park?
Parking is free of charge.