Molokini Wild Side Eco-Adventure

Why We Love It -  Smaller group and more intimate way to explore the underwater crater! Includes everything from reef-safe sunscreen and premium snorkel gear to adult beverages, breakfast, and lunch!

Explore the iconic crater of Molokini with our eco-tour. The best diving and snorkeling destination in Maui is this gorgeous reef, popular for its abundant coral, clear water, resting seabirds and colorful fish.

This flexible adventure also includes a visit to a second snorkeling destination, like Turtle Arches, and you will get to cruise along the coastline of Maui. You will enjoy a continental breakfast and sumptuous lunch prepared onboard.

All adventures carry a maximum of 38 guests on our Ocean Explorer, the catamaran that offers unimpeded views with open seating. You will have sufficient room to enjoy the stunning views and move around. We do not recommend this tour for pregnant women, non-swimmers, individuals with heart conditions, or people who have back, neck or knee problems. Kids below 7 are not allowed.

Tour Includes
  • Maritime naturalists
  • Finest snorkeling gear, with optical masks
  • Snorkeling instructions and flotation devices
  • Two snorkeling destinations
  • Filtered water and reef-safe sunscreen
  • Colorful  marine life posters
Food and Drinks
  • Premium continental breakfast including Vegetable Frittata (potatoes, eggs, bell pepper, spinach, onion, mushroom, parmesan, and cheddar), fruit platter and assorted pastries
  • Lunch includes grilled chicken with lettuce and spinach, carrots, tomato, cucumber, Mac Potato Salad, bean, and corn salad
  • Dessert: chocolate chip cookies
  • Refreshments include unlimited juice and soda

Vessel Details
  • State-of-the-art and eco-friendly catamaran
  • Length is 54'. We limit 34 passengers although boat certified for 49.
  • Separate serving area and shaded galley
  • Bathrooms for men and women
Optional Items
Available for rent onboard are underwater cameras, wetsuit shirts, and binoculars
Time 7: 30 am
Check-in is 60 minutes prior to departure
Duration 6 hours
Location Maalaea

Please view the cancellation policy and restrictions.

Cancellation Policy

48 hours advance notice is required for any changes or cancellations. Cancellations made within 48 hours of check-in time will be charged 100%.

Last Minute Bookings

Please be aware that these bookings are subject to confirmation. If this is a same-day or next-day booking, there is a reasonable chance this will not be confirmed. For bookings that are confirmed, there will be no cancellations or refunds.


As an intermediate to advanced snorkel adventure, this trip is not recommended for non-swimmers, pregnant women, people with heart conditions, or anyone with neck, back or knee problems. Children under 7 are not permitted.

All activities are at your own risk. All reservations are non-refundable and changes are not permitted within 48 hours prior to the scheduled check-in. Check-in is at least 45 minutes prior to scheduled departure time. All no-shows are non-refundable. We reserve the right to reschedule or cancel due to weather, sea state or other exigent circumstances at the discretion of the Captain. Destinations, menus, vessels and equipment subject to change without notice. 

Frequently Asked Questions


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- Jun 2018 -

Horror Frans

I am so happy I booked my snorkeling trip with pacific whales. This was my first time snorkeling, I am terrified of open water and fish in general. So I knew it would be something that I might end out chickening out about. I jumped in the water and had a major panic attack so I went back on the boat. Well there was nick one of the staff member right there keeping me calm. So anyone would of just not cared but nick finished passing out the noddles to other swimmers and said come on I’m gonna help you. Well took about 10-15 min of his time inside the water with me keeping me calm and teaching me to breath and stay relaxed also having a conversation to keep me talking and thinking about other things and not freaking out again. Well after 10-15 min I was calm and doing it with out freaking out on my own. I know not everyone has panic attacks and it might not be something u would have to deal with but just the way he treated he didn’t want me to loose the opportunity. Nick you rock!!!! And actually the entire staff was no nice and knowledgeable. Loved them all... I will definitely be back and will book with them again.. mohalo pacific whales foundation.

- Jun 2018 -

Brandon Scales

The captain and his crew I really great on the ship. They are all very passionate about their work and educating others about it. The first spot, crater is so-so you see a lot of fish. Second spot a little better nice view and may or may not see turtles.

- May 2018 -

Dillon Warwick

Great store with great prices. Non-profit organization that helps marine wildlife protection and research so your money is going to a worthwhile cause. The trips to turtle island and molokini are fun and informative. Worth every second!

- Apr 2018 -

Amy Angradi

During our trip to Maui we took the Molokini Wild Side Eco-Adventure charter to see the humpback whales. We loved the experience so much a few days’ later we used them for a snorkel trip to Molokini Crater. The Molokini Wild Side Eco-Adventure is extremely committed to educating passengers about the ocean and sea life. The naturalists on board we’re extremely knowledgeable and made the experience memorable. They guarantee you will see whales and they knew just where to find them. One of the highlights of our trip!

- Apr 2018 -

Annlan Tran

This is the only non profit organization that helps whales and ocean research. They served lunch from Threes Bar & Grill; pulled pork and chicken sliders with their signature guava BBQ sauce. The fruit was fresh, the ocean was amazing, we saw whales slapping their fins, and one actually swam about 15-20 feet from our boat! Heading back the captain turned off the engine and put up the sails so we coasted back to port. We were lucky to see whales this late in the season! They recommend going in February during peak whale season.

- May 2018 -

Jennifer Karim

My family and I did the sunset tour from 530pm-730pm. It was a lovely ride from the start. The crew were so polite and the ukulele player was wonderful. He gave us a bunch of information about the 5 islands that were in view from where our boat was coasting. The food was pretty good for being a heavy appetizer on a boat kind of a deal. It’s good for kids as we took our very excited 4 year old with us and he did great. The boat is safe and plenty of spaces to sit and relax and watch the sunset. Would highly recommend if you are looking to go on a boat ride during your stay. The photos I posted are all different times of the evening and none are color corrected.

- Mar 2018 -

Tracy Johnston

My family very much enjoyed our whale sighting trip. The crew was fun and very informative. They found whales quickly. We were able to see multiple whales (2 different species even) as well as dolphins. I really enjoyed that they put the sonar equipment in the water so we could hear them communicating. Great trip!

- Apr 2018 -

Brandon Zoras

This is a well organized company. The moment you book you get details such as where to park for free, online booking, email waivers was easy and staff were super friendly at the store. We had 18 people on a boat that holds 90 so it was so nice to spread our. We went near the end of whale season so saw a few whales and one baby that was flipping around on its back. The crew were super nice and knowledgeable. You also got complementary drinks on the boat. It was a nice two hours on the water. The only thing I didn’t care for was when you get off the dock there is a person selling you a photo of you getting on the ship, I guess some people are into that so an ok option for them.

- Jun 2018 -

zach jordal

Amazing staff! The lady's that took us on our snorkel tour were incredible. The did they cooked was great and me and my wife had a perfect day on the water when them.

- Apr 2018 -

Karyn Pugliese

I have done this twice and would do it again. Try to avoid windy days. You can usually book same day even during the busy season. They find whales fast. They can't take you too close by law, but if the whales get curious, they will swim up to the boat -they call it "getting mugged" then. by law, the boat can't move. We got "mugged" the first time I did the trip - the whales swam right under us - it was incredible and I saw a breach from a distance. The second time there were lots of whale tales and a baby whale breached. You don't get this every time - but I guess frequently enough that I got 2 out of 2. Your iphone may not be enough to get a good picture - you'll want a camera with a good zoom.