Molokini Wild Side Tour in Wailuku, HI

300 Ma'alaea Rd, Ste 211Wailuku, Maui, HI 96793
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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.


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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.

• 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

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

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.

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. Refills available for sale at a reasonable price.)

Also Available:
• Affordable rentals of underwater cameras and binoculars
• Rental of wetsuit tops

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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Waco, Texas
"Rough water, but worth it"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 13, 2020
We booked this tour through the Norwegian Cruise Line. We were picked up at the ship by our crew and they seemed excited to see us. We were taken out the the crater on a large boat and given instructions while we were on the boat. They provided sunscreen that would not harm the coral reefs. We were given a continental breakfast and kept well hydrated. The water was a little rough at the crater, but there was plenty of crew to help those of us that needed it. We were given wet suit tops to help us stay boyant and helped with the water temperature. There were life jackets and noodles for anyone that wanted to use them. We saw beautiful fish and a shark or two. Crew was there to help us get back on the boat. After snorkeling at the crater, we then proceeded to snorkel with the turtles. The water seemed a little rougher at this point. The crew was very good about pointing out the various fish and the lava tubes and caves that we were seeing. You could stay in the water as long as you wanted or go back to the boat when you felt like you were through. On the trip back to the van the crew took it slow so we could find turtles in the water and enjoy the ride. Would do this trip again in a heartbeat!
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Algonquin, Illinois
"Windy but fun!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed January 11, 2020
It was a great experience, we didn’t get to go all the way to Lanai though. It was far too windy. But we saw a lot of fish, a couple turtles and the most exciting was the whales!! So awesome! The staff is also very knowledgeable and very nice. Food was yummy too. Boat was nice as well. I would definitely recommend taking this trip, but go in springtime when it’s less windy and rainy😄👍🏻
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"Great plan for family "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 12, 2019
I made a booking for my family and we all enjoyed the tour. Water was so clean and had great opportunity to see turtles and tropical colorful fishes.
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East Longmeadow, Massachusetts
"Snorkel and sailing "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 26, 2019
Had a great time. Long boat ride saw many dolphins, fish and coral. Fed us breakfast and lunch. Took us to a great spot water was calm although main water was rough and choppy. I was in the water during the whole stay. Awesome
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Los Angeles, California
"Snorkeling with Trilogy Excursions Molokini"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 15, 2019
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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Molokini Wild Side Snorkel is located at 300 Ma'alaea Rd, Ste 211Wailuku, Maui, HI 96793
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