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Pacific Whale Foundation

#1 of 11 things to do in Maalaea Features Animals
Maalaea, Maui, HI 96761
+1 808-249-8811
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Experience Maui's amazing ocean environment with the experts at Pacific Whale Foundation! PacWhale Eco-Adventures offers thrilling and fun ocean adventures based on more than 37 years of marine research and sustainable ecotour experience. PacWhale has cruises for every style of adventure, including dolphin and whalewatch ecotours, snorkel trips, sunset cocktail and dinner cruises, holiday cruises and stargazing ecotours. You'll cruise on ultra-stable, eco-friendly vessels in the company of knowledgeable, friendly certified Marine Naturalists. Choose Pacific Whale Foundation and make a difference: all profits support efforts to protect whales, dolphins and the ocean environment.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Maalaea, Maui, HI 96761
+1 808-249-8811
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Reviewed yesterday

Despite a really windy ride our whale watching experience was great. We were up close to witness lots of tail slapping, pec slapping in many areas. A bonus was a pod of bottlenose dolphins. Unusual according to our captain. As always, we love getting out...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I'm sure this tour is normally decent as we had issues with the swells that had been affecting these trips for the last few days. What disappointed me was that we tried to move our tour to another day and we're denied by Pacific Whale...More

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Reviewed yesterday

We saw a pod of 150-200 spinner dolphins! It was spectacular,never saw that many dolphins in my life.The crew was very knowledgeable and captain Doug was very helpful and kind to my disabled daughter who loves dolphins. She was not disappointed and we will never...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

I've gone with PWF to go whale watching in Maui many times, and this time it was off season for whales, but I decided to pick them to go on the 4 hour snorkel cruise to Honolua Bay in Maui. It was the BEST decision...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

We have been on this excursion four time in the last five years and it doesn't disappoint. You get to go to scenic spots with lots of fish and at least one turtle. Throw in the fact they feed you well and have a great...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

We lucked out and saw a pod of spinners early in our cruise. Had to be 200, babies too. Swimming along the boat and jumping out from time to time. 3 hours is a bit long especially for some little ones on board. Can go...More

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Thank Curly8
Reviewed 2 days ago

We took the boat for snorkeling at Molokini at 830 am. Check in was easy and we were led to our boat wher you could grab a table and chairs for your gear and a place to sit for the ride. Clean boat and friendly...More

Thank Brandon K
Reviewed 3 days ago

Too many people at Molokini during the snorkel caused a log jam when everyone tried to see an octopus. I was shoved aside my other guests due to sheer volume. Food and drinks were good. Be prepared for over 100 people on your vessel

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Our family of 11 went on the tour yesterday. For many of us, it was a first time for snorkeling. We had a wonderful time. The crew was outstanding making everyone feel welcomed aboard. The crew was helpful and very informative and helpful when we...More

Thank jpatka
Reviewed 4 days ago

My son and I went on a snorkeling trip. First stop was great to see the dolphins. First spot to start snorkeling we saw a few different types of fish. Not a big variety. Going to a second site we seem to just drive around....More

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What is the name of the sunscreen you provided on the whale watching and snorkeling trips out of Maalaea?
12 April 2017|
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Response from gregkaufman | Property representative |
Aloha, the sunscreen we provide on our boats is from a brand called Hawaiian Sol. It's biodegradable and reef-safe, mahalo!
Melissa L
Are you allowed to bring your own gear? In particular a snorkel vest? I'm reading some of the reviews and there's potential for them to run out of vests. I would personally feel more comfortable if I had a vest and I wouldn't want to risk not getting one.
2 April 2017|
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Response from gregkaufman | Property representative |
Yes, you are more than welcome to bring your own snorkel gear although we usually carry more than enough for our guests. Mahalo and we look forward to seeing you!
Taylor P
Would you recommend the Molokini Snorkeling with Turtle Arches Tour with PWF?
12 March 2017|
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Response from mgenis | Reviewed this property |
I didn't take the PWF on their snorkeling trip, so I really cannot comment on that excursion. You may want to compare the size of boat/groups of PWF with other groups that offer similar tours. I would suggest only going in... More