Molokini and Turtle Arches Snorkeling Trip from Ma'alaea Harbor

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Molokini And Turtle Arches Snorkeling Trip
  • 5 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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. 

What's Included

  • 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 age 4 and under per paying adult. Children ages 5-12 charged child rate.
  • Gratuities
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off are not available.

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 192 Maalaea Rd
    192 Maalaea Rd, Wailuku, HI 96793, USA

    PWF retail store in Ma'alaea Harbor Shops next to Maui Ocean Center Aquarium shared parking Check-in 45 minutes prior to departure time

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Leave the crowds behind and board a 54-foot (16-meter) catamaran, designed for comfort and style. Put on the provided snorkeling equipment and get fueled up with a continental breakfast.

Travel to the coral reef of Molokini and immerse yourself in the vibrant world beneath the surface of the ocean. You have the chance to encounter over 250 species of colorful fish and marvel at the beauty of over 30 different types of coral.

Next, dive into the waters of Turtle Arches and watch these fascinating creatures up close. When hunger strikes, indulge in a flavorful barbeque lunch.

When you've thoroughly explored this underwater realm, head back to shore.

Molokini Crater

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Maalaea Harbor

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Pacific Whale Foundation (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • For each paying adult, 1 child ages 4 and under goes free. All children must be on the order/voucher as they account for a seat.
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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
  • You will need to bring your own towels and credit cards for any onboard purchases as the vessels are cashless except for gratuities
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 70 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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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Great tour with expert staff! They answered all questions and were eager to help guide the tour and history of the island and sea life. They also support a worthy cause researching and helping marine life and conservation.


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Fun time!
Kate_B, Nov 2023
We had a fantastic time on this snorkel trip, despite how windy it was!! We were surprised to learn it was the second windiest port in the world, and a little worried, but some Dramamine and the incredible crew put us right at ease! We saw so many different varieties of fish, a sea turtle and even 2 whales!! Also the lunch was delicious and even included an alcoholic beverage of your choice. The crew was clearly passionate about what they do and very informative!
Trip cancelled due to...
Teri_F, Nov 2023
Trip cancelled due to weather so went to Aquarium which was completely brilliant! No more to say as I did not attend this adventure
Wonderful experience
Hongzhuan_T, Oct 2023
Beautiful view, very friendly crew, wonderful water experience. Wish we had a direct contact number so that we wouldn’t have to spend much time looking for the sign in store.
Lots of fish few turtles 😁
Philip_M, Oct 2023
Trip was great. Company could have provided better instruction on arrival and parking. Computer format may have been part of the problem. Still worth the frustration for the boat trip.
The best snorkeling experience!
Dan_A, Sep 2023
Great tour with expert staff! They answered all questions and were eager to help guide the tour and history of the island and sea life. They also support a worthy cause researching and helping marine life and conservation.
Fun was had by all.
Tom_M, Sep 2023
Seeing all the sea life up close was incredible. We raced with dolphins in front of the boat. Even saw a mongoose seal. Swimming with Turtles was definitely a highlight. Crew was great. Food was great. Fun was had by all.
Loved it
Yvonne_D, Sep 2023
We had an amazing experience. The crew was awesome, food and drinks were delicious. Snorkeling was so much fun we saw lot of fish. Over all a must do in Maui.
So much fun!!
Rita_T, Aug 2023
Soo much fun. Great tour, great info about the wildlife and everyone was so helpful with this beginner!! (And the food was really good!!)
Good time.
Robert_P, Aug 2023
Crew was fabulous. Very knowledgeable and friendly. Captain knew just where to go and pointed out all interesting sites.
Didn't see any turtles...
Jody_W, Aug 2023
Didn't see any turtles but it was still amazing. FYI bath in the sunblock, this is something you won't regret!
Nice calm trip.
Katy_K, Aug 2023
It was a good experience. Seemed much less fish than 15 years ago. Check the weather and it was lucky windless calm day.
Amazing :)
Alyssa_S, Jul 2023
Was a beautiful luau!! Food was delicious, drinks were great dancers were beautiful and amazing to watch and loved that we got to take pictures with them. Great experience :)
Experience of a lifetime
Jose_C, Jul 2023
The organization of the tour and the service of the staff was outstanding. Will definitely do it again with a Pacific Whale Foundation Tour.
Nice snorkeling but no turtles
Mordechai_R, Jul 2023
Snorkeling was nice, the first place had good view but the second one had very bad observation conditions
Response from Host, Jul 2023
We thank you for coming out with us and taking the time to provide your feedback about the snorkeling conditions at the second turtle sight. Unfortunately sometimes, ocean conditions such as swell, wind chop or previous rain can impede shoreline clarity. We hope that you enjoyed your overall experience, but understand your disappointment in not seeing any green sea turtle. Sometimes Mother Nature or wildlife can make it challenging, but we do appreciate your feedback and hope you will visit the island again and be able to see some of the wonderful green sea turtles found in our waters. Have an amazing day.
Have fun and make a difference!
Shari_V, Jul 2023
Crew is great! Food is good. I love that some of the proceeds go to further whale research! The snorkeling spots weren’t as good as I had hoped. I saw a good number of the local fish, but the water wasn’t as clear as I’ve experienced in the past. I wouldn’t recommend renting the cameras, unless you can see the screen well. I got a few good photos, but not many. But some are better than none. You definitely felt well taken care of and the overall experience was great!
Response from Host, Jul 2023
We thank you for taking the time to provide your wonderful feedback and truly appreciate the support. I'm just sorry to hear that the water clarity that day wasn't as good as your past experiences. We will hope to have you out with us again on your next visit to Maui. Mahalo!
Well-run eco-tour
Johanna_C, Jul 2023
If you are traveling to Maui, you must take the time to snorkel in Molokini, as the coral and water clarity are excellent (go with reef-safe sunscreen please)! The crew had everything planned well for everyone on this adventure, i.e. meals, wet suits, a floating pad if you were nervous about snorkeling. This group is also ecologically minded and some of the proceeds seem to go towards conservation of whale species. This is exactly what we were looking for on our vacation.
Time spent well
Anu_G, Jul 2023
I was skeptical of booking this as there are so many open snorkel spot in Maui but the whole experience of this tour is worth it. You’ll be served good food and drinks, and be taken to amazing spots to see exceptional marine life. They make the journey to the spots also interesting by sharing really cool facts and knowledge about the Maui reefs and marine life. If you are in two minds right now, don’t worry! You’ll leave the boat smiling 🙂
It was great my family...
Suzette_V, Jul 2023
It was great my family had a blast. Would definitely come back to do it again. Everyone on board was very helpful.
Absolutely amazing
ys9kzyp8cg, Jul 2023
The water was perfect in both snorkeling locations and the crew made it fun and easy the entire day. Both captain and crew were fun and eager to help with questions or anything else we needed. The food they provided was delicious too. We also loved this is run by a non profit.
Check it out
Adam_J, Jul 2023
Ship was spacious, staff was attentive and knowledgeable. Everything was very organized which made for a great overall experience. One of, if not the, best snorkling excursions we've been on.

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