A trip to Maui is not complete without Maui Snorkeling. We reserved a spot on the Pacific Whale Foundation Molokini & Lanai Snorkeling Cruise. We checked in at 7:45am and had a short briefing before boarding the Ocean Voyager. We enjoyed a continental breakfast on the one hour ride to our first stop.
The first stop on this Maui Snorkeling Adventure was Molokini Crater. Molokini Crater is a crescent-shaped, partially submerged volcanic crater which forms a small islet about 3 miles from the shore of Maui. Molokini is one of the top 10 dive spots in the world due to the excellent visibility (often in excess of 150 ft), a flourishing coral reef and over 250 species for tropical fish. Some of the common fish seen at Molokini Crater include Black Triggerfish, Yellow Tang, Moorish Idol, Parrotfish, Raccon butterflyfish and Bluefin Trevally. A trip to Molokini Crater should be at the top of the list of things to do on Maui.
It was such as sight to see the volcanic crater as we got close to Molokini.
There were many people enjoying Maui Snorkeling at Molokini but the fish are used to people so it was easy to find my own space where I could get close to the marine life.
The Pacific Whale Foundation Ocean Voyager had 3 ways to get in the ocean: jump, ladder or the popular slide!
As soon as I got into the water I was welcomed by beautiful fish. The water was beautiful and clear. We snorkeled for about an hour at Molokini Crater. I decided it was my favorite Maui Snorkeling location!
When we climbed back on board we headed towards Lanai. During the journey we were treated to a delicious bbq lunch and beautiful views.
I was blown away by the friendliness and knowledge of the Pacific Whale Foundation staff on board our Maui Snorkeling Cruise. There were 7 crew members for the 81 passengers on board. These experienced marine biologists obviously love their job. It was fun to see how excited they got when someone spotted marine life from the boat. They even led sessions about the marine life in the waters around us.
After lunch we enjoyed the Wild Dolphin Encounter. The Pacific Whale Foundation Naturalists on board spotted several dolphins and we were treated to a fun dolphin watch. From December 17th- April 23rd, whale watching season, you are guaranteed to see whales or you get a FREE Whale Watching Tour! Check out the video below to see the sights of the Molokini & Lanai Maui Snorkeling Cruise including a variety of beautiful fish and the playful dolphins we saw during the dolphin watch. I can’t wait to go whale watching with Pacific Whale Foundation.
The famous shark fin rock as we approached our snorkeling location off of Lanai.
Once again it was a stunning location to take in before even getting into the water.
We had an hour to snorkel at the Lanai snorkeling location. One of the Pacific Whale Foundation Naturalists led a guided reef tour so I joined the tour. She pointed out marine life and coral while giving us information about them. It was great to see things I would not have noticed on my own while learning about the marine life I was viewing. Not only did she point out things we could see but she also pointed out sounds we heard underwater – such as the shrimp under the sand/coral that sounded like rice krispies.
The snorkeling was great! I also enjoyed seeing the beautiful rock formations.
When we got back on the boat after snorkeling the Lanai location they opened the bar! The open bar included beer, wine, cocktails and soft drinks. I enjoyed my favorite beer, Bikini Blonde Lagar, as we headed back to Ma‘alaea Harbor.
As we headed back to Maui the Pacific Whale Foundation Naturalists held a session just for the keiki (kids). The kids seemed to have fun during this informative session.
Finally we made one last stop to see the green sea turtles.
The views of Maui were stunning as we got closer to the Harbor.
If you are looking for things to do on Maui check out Pacific Whale Foundation. From Maui Snorkeling Tours, Maui Dinner Cruises, Maui Sunset Cruises and Maui Whale Watching Cruises Pacific Whale Foundation offers a variety of Maui Activities.
I would highly recommend this tour. It was long (6.5 hours) but it was a great way to experience Maui Snorkeling. The experts at Pacific Whale Foundation made the trip fun and informative. I can’t wait to go whale watching with Pacific Whale Foundation.
What is your favorite Maui Snorkeling location?