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Address: 300 Ma'alaea Road, Suite 211, Harbor Shops at Ma'alaea, Maalaea, Maui, HI 96793
Phone Number: +1 808-249-8811
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Experience Maui's amazing ocean environment with the experts! The...

Experience Maui's amazing ocean environment with the experts! The nonprofit Pacific Whale Foundation offers thrilling and fun ocean ecotours based on more then 34 years of marine research and ocean ecotour experience. Pacific Whale Foundation offers cruises for every style of adventure, including ocean raft adventures, whale watches, wild dolphin encounters, snorkel trips, sunset cocktail and dinner cruises, and stargazing tours. You'll cruise on ultra-stable, eco-friendly vessels (including ocean rafts and double-deck catamarans) in the company of knowledgeable, friendly certified marine naturalists and biologists. Choose Pacific Whale Foundation and make a difference: 100% of the profits go to support efforts to protect whales, dolphins and the ocean environment.

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Snorkel tour

Be prepared for a VERY early start with a 7am check-in at the harbour. We headed to the Molokini crater for the first snorkel of the day. It's a beautiful location but I was a bit... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Be prepared for a VERY early start with a 7am check-in at the harbour. We headed to the Molokini crater for the first snorkel of the day. It's a beautiful location but I was a bit disappointed with the snorkelling and what we saw. Once you've snorkelled in places like Fiji and the Great Barrier Reef it's hard to top.... More 

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Cary, Illinois
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21 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Early in season for whales but we did manage to see one jump. Informative tour about whales, why they come to Maui, and the research the group is doing

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

While visiting some friends on Maui, we decided to chance it and go on a whale watching cruise. Being a resident of Hawaii, I knew our chances of seeing whales would be a hit or miss experience since it was still November, however, there had been whale spottings across the state so we decided to chance it and go and... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We did the molokini snorkel tour with them. Water conditions were amazing and although the start is super early (7am) departure we were the first boat there! It was an amazing experience with great visibility to the fish and corals staff were very helpful and friendly. Service was excellent and food was also good. The boat is big so expect... More 

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Dallas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Took the two hour tour out of Lahaina. Even through it was only mid November the skillful crew knew just where to position the boat so we got to see four whales and a large number of dolphin. Boat was in excellent shape - almost new and well kept by the crew. Free sodas on board. We got the full... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I took a chance and called early in the morning to enquire whether a Gluten-Free option was available for the Pacific Whale Foundation dinner cruise in Lahaina, Maui. I was pleasantly surprised to be informed that it was indeed possible! What a treat! I received a basket of corn tortilla chips with a tasty pico di gallo in place of... More 

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Flower Mound, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We knew that we were early for whale watching, but our crew had seen a whale earlier in the day. We were hopeful, and sure enough we spotted one. My daughter and I got pictures! The boat was not crowded, and the crew was friendly and helpful.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Fabulous day on the boat. Lucky enough to see a couple of whales & several spinner Dolphins. CaptIn extended tour as the whales were close by.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We never select another company to take us on snorkel trips or whale watching. (By choice)They DO give back to the community. It feels like it's education and conservation and not all about the money! The kids love the tide pool sessions they have in the evenings (they don't always run though). We have always wanted to go during school... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a fun 5 hour trip... We were fed a light breakfast of fruit and sweet rolls along with juice while heading out. The ride to M. is about an hour long and can be bumpy. Take meds if needed for motion sickness. They provide lots of noodle floaties for those who wish them, as well as your mask... More 

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