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Molokini and Turtle Arches Snorkeling Trip from Ma'alaea Harbor

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Wailuku, United States
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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Get off the beaten path to explore the wild side of Molokini on this half-day adventure from Maui. The small, crescent-shaped island of Molokini is an extinct volcanic crater with a thriving coral reef, home to more than 250 species of fish and 38 species of coral. Hop aboard a 54-foot, single-deck catamaran and jump in the water for a snorkel at the Turtle Arches reef. Then, cruise around Molokini's rugged, red rock back wall, home to a variety of seabirds. Snorkeling equipment plus a continental breakfast, buffet lunch, and refreshments are included.
  • Enjoy a snorkeling adventure from Maui
  • See more than 250 species of fish
  • Get up close with wildlife in their natural environment
  • Snorkeling equipment included
  • Continental breakfast and buffet lunch provided

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This trip takes you to quiet Molokini on a catamaran with a waterslide. 
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Professionally-fitted snorkel gear, including optical masks for eyeglass wearers, flotation device, learn-to-snorkel class, fish ID class, guided reef tour
Continental breakfast: banana bread, assorted pastries and fresh island fruit.
BBQ Lunch: teriyaki marinated chicken breasts, hot dogs, garden burgers, potato salad, corn and bean salad, and chocolate chip cookies for dessert.
Refreshments: sodas, tropical juices and filtered water.
One free child ages 6 and under per paying adult. Children ages 7-12 charged child rate.
Gratuities
Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
Hotel pickup and drop-off are not available.

Departure Point

192 Maalaea Rd, Wailuku, HI 96793, USA

Departure Time

7:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • For each paying adult, 1 child ages 6 and under goes free. All children must be on the order/voucher as they account for a seat.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • To protect the reef environment and in support of the statewide ban on sunscreens, we will no longer allow the use of any non-reef safe sunscreen on board any snorkel eco tours. 4oz Reef safe sunscreen will be available on board for $13
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 70 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Pacific Whale Foundation

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Molokini and Turtle Arches Snorkeling Trip from Ma'alaea Harbor?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Molokini and Turtle Arches Snorkeling Trip from Ma'alaea Harbor?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Molokini and Turtle Arches Snorkeling Trip from Ma'alaea Harbor?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Molokini and Turtle Arches Snorkeling Trip from Ma'alaea Harbor?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Molokini and Turtle Arches Snorkeling Trip from Ma'alaea Harbor.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Molokini and Turtle Arches Snorkeling Trip from Ma'alaea Harbor?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 70 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Molokini and Turtle Arches Snorkeling Trip from Ma'alaea Harbor.

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Traveler Tips


  • "The tour starts early but it's worth it for the clear waters." See review
  • "Weather plays a huuge factor here, proceed only if you’re okay not seeing what you want." See review
  • "Go on the early trip to beat the other boats." See review

Reviews

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star-5
Overall fun experience
Kevin_B
, Jun 2021
Great staff, very clean and helpful. Amazing lunch with plenty of leftovers for those who needed more. Didn’t see as many fish or turtles as expected but the staff made it an enjoyable experience regardless.
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Molokini Snorkling
Lourdes_T
, Jun 2021
Our Molokini snorkeling was cut short instead of 2 hrs of snorkeling it was only 30 mins due to an emergency a woman was drowning! Everyone was instructed to go back to the boat! I think it’s protocol!
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star-5
Fantastic
Justina
, Jun 2021
Great customer service. Wonderful and professional crew. They were super helpful and organized. Amazing time.
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star-5
Highlight of our Maui Trip!
Saumeil_S
, Jun 2021
Amazing tour! We took this snorkeling tour with Pacific Whale Foundation and absolutely enjoyed the experience. The water at Molokini Crater is crystal clear and it is a treat to snorkel there. The second site we visited was Turtle Town and even though this site does not have as clear waters as at Molokini, we saw plenty of Turtles there and is totally worth the time! The crew was really passionate and helpful. Do not hesitate to book this tour even if you cannot swim - there is enough guidance, floating aids and supervision to make one feel safe. I would recommend taking the water suits that are provided at additional rental cost as they do really help. Finally, the breakfast and lunch service was brilliant as were the drinks! Don't forget to try the POG juice. Highly recommend this tour.
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star-5
1st time snorkeling
Stephanie_M
, Jun 2021
It was a wonderful trip. My first time snorkeling and it was a great time. Only down side was the assigned seating we were stuck inside and could not enjoy the views. But overall great experience.
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star-3
Terrible Seating Protocols, if not Lucky Ones, but Nice Snorkeling at Crater
Sherri
, May 2021
The reason this tour gets a 3 is because of the snorkeling at the crater. The snorkeling at the crater was awesome, however, you can pay less to get there. The crew was nice enough while on the trip and the food was good, but really the terrible method of seating quite frankly put a damper on it. The crew assigns seats “randomly” and those unfortunate enough to get the inside are left staring at nothing but wetsuits, cloudy glass windows, and walls for the entire boat ride there and back. Meanwhile presumably paying the same price as everyone else for a subpar experience. The tour proceeds with the tour guides pointing out all the awesome features of the surroundings - none of which can be seen of course from the inside of the boat. For example, on a good day they say you can see all 5 islands - if you aren’t jammed underneath that is. Also the crew lets you know to keep an eye out for the turtles - apparently only if you are randomly selected for that opportunity, however, as you can’t see anything while sitting underneath. You are requested not to leave your area as the boat travels, so theoretically you’re just supposed to enjoy the hours of ocean travel while staring at the walls and wetsuits, meanwhile others are enjoying the nice ocean air and fabulous views. After asking for a refund, if this was seriously what they intended, they gave us a seat at the back of the boat. Slightly better than the inside, but not without its issues - such as the upper deck draining into where you are sitting, motor noise with limited ability to hear the tour, being in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the crew, and your limited sight distance of the surrounding islands and ocean. My suggestion is to either not assign seats and let everyone enjoy the views or disclose it up front and have selected seating with discounts if you are going to make people sit underneath. I would never pay this much for an inside view of a boat. Part of why I paid a higher price was for the experience of a boat ride to the crater and back.
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star-5
Beautiful
Leah_F
, May 2021
Great couples and fam trip. The meals and boat ride were nice. We saw beautiful fish and turtles. Trip on time.
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star-5
Wonderful staff made for wonderful experience
Keely_L
, May 2021
The passionate and helpful staff ensured a truly wonderful experience. It was neat to learn from them about the ocean, sea life, and Hawai’i. On top of that, the service was exceptional. We will be recommending this in the future to people we know traveling to Maui.
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5/5
melissatani
, May 2021
Saw fish and turtles and dolphins! Staff was awesome and knowledgeable. Lunch and boat were very nice. Would definitely go again.
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star-5
Awesome experience!
Angelo_L
, May 2021
Awesome the crew was awesome food was great! And snorkeling even better saw so many fish it was something I’ll never forget and would do again immediately lol!
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