Cleaning and safety practices
An opportunity to navigate around the Molokini Crater
Snorkelling adventure in warm tropical waters
Chance to swim with tropical fish & green sea turtles
Delicious BBQ lunch & drinks with unobstructed island views
Custom snorkelling gear along with an introductory class
About this activity
What's included, what's not
Use of snorkel, mask, and fins
Continental Breakfast and BBQ lunch
Unlimited water, soft drink, juices and 1 complimentary alcoholic drink
Coral reef guide and snorkelling lesson
Junior Naturalist programme for children
Reef safe sun cream 4oz bottles available for purchase on board
Know Before You Book
Children 7 and younger are not allowed.
Children 8–17 years old must be accompanied by a paying adult
You must be able to swim on your own.
If you are pregnant, you should not take part.
If you have back or neck problems, you should carefully consider whether to participate.
Check-in is 6:30am, 60 minutes prior to your scheduled departure time for breakfast prior to boarding.
You must be 21 years of age and present a valid photo ID in order to consume any alcohol
Any food allergies must be called in directly to Pacific Whale Foundation after confirmed booking
What you can expect
On a 54-foot (16-m) single-deck catamaran, head out to explore the ocean surrounding Molokini Crater as well as a nearby snorkelling spot. This adventure offers an opportunity to swim with tropical marine life and is complemented by an onboard lunch.
Before boarding, enjoy a continental breakfast in the crisp morning air at Ma'alaea Harbour. Then grab a seat on the bow and relax on your journey along the South Maui coastline. As the captain motors to Molokini Crater, a team of certified marine naturalists are there to provide narration. An onboard Junior Naturalist programme gets youngsters excited and ocean-ready, and a snorkelling lesson is available to all novice snorkellers.
Once moored at the crater, strap on your custom-fitted snorkel gear and get ready to dive into the crystal-clear water, which offers visibility of up to 150 feet (45 m). The crater is home to approximately 250 different marine species like black triggerfish, yellow tang, and raccoon butterflyfish.
Before heading to the next reef spot to look for Hawaiian green sea turtles, the captain takes you to the back wall of the crater, which rises above the ocean 200 feet (60 m) and drops 300 feet (90 m) to the floor. This crescent-shaped crater gives you an opportunity to spot nesting sea birds such as frigates and petrels. A scrumptious lunch is served onboard before the captain signals for your return journey.
Pacific Whale Foundation advocates for the use of protective clothing and reef-safe sun cream to help protect fragile coral reefs and to promote a healthy ocean environment. We support the statewide ban on sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate and, beginning November 2019, we are moving from encouragement to enforcement and instituting our own ban onboard PWF vessels of sunscreens containing: oxybenzone, octinoxate, avobenzone, avobenzine, homosalate, octisalate, octocrylene, and ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate in order to alleviate any additional stress on the coral reefs. When buying sun cream, it is important to read the ingredient list, as the term “reef safe” is not regulated and can be used as a marketing device. Choose sun cream that is non-nano zinc oxide based. Mahalo for helping us protect the ocean.
Cleaning and safety practices
Enhanced cleanliness measures
- High-touch surfaces cleaned and disinfected
- Vehicles and venues cleaned with disinfectants
- Vehicles and venues kept vacant between travellers
- Contactless ticket redemption
- Social distancing measures in place
- Protective shields in place at main contact areas
- Personal protective equipment worn by staff
- Temperature checks given to staff
- Temperature checks available
- Masks required
- Hand sanitiser provided