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Pacific Whale Foundation

300 Ma'alaea Road, Suite 211, Harbor Shops at Ma'alaea, Maalaea, Maui, HI 96793
+1 808-249-8811
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Ranked #2 of 9 Attractions in Maalaea
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Boat Tours, Sightseeing Tours
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Owner description: 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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Barcelona, Spain
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21 reviews 21 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

We had a wonderful time with the PWF snorkeling at Molokini Crater and Lanai. We went with a 3 year old, the boat is big and stable enough and we were so comfortable all the time. Our daughter had a very nice time swimming on the crater and lanai. if you have snorkeled in places like Mexico, Costa Rica or... More

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Sacramento, California
17 reviews 17 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 NEW

You can tell they have a lot of knowledge about the whales, and get just as excited as the group when a whale is spotted. They give you a lot of information and we have always seen multiple whales on these trips. We have gone in December and February, and we saw whales each time

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Florissant, Colorado
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014 NEW

This was the highlight of our trip! We had originally booked with another snorkeling company but met people on the flight who told us to take this instead. Glad we listened. The crew was knowledgeable, fun, attentive, courteous.....just can't say enough. We were told we might only see a whale or two, if any but boy, what a surprise! We... More

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Morgan Hill, California
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21 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014 NEW

Of course, having a perfectly sunny, calm day helped, but the PWF crew and the Ocean Quest were perfect for a morning snorkel trip to Lanai. Lots of colorful corals and tropical fish, and then three whales breached near the boat on the ride back to Lahaina harbor.

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Dallas, Texas
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21 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014 NEW

Great trip. Saw some humpback whales. Crew was very attentive and knowledgeable. Ride was very smooth and enjoyable.

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Edmonton, Canada
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

During a vacation in Maui in October my husband and I booked two activities through the Pacific Whale Foundation - the Molokini & Turtle Arches Snorkeling Tour and a Sunset Dinner Cruise. Both were really great and I definitely recommend booking with this organization - as a scientist myself, I also appreciate that my money goes to marine biology research... More

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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

For the sixth consecutive year we went on the Whale Watch Tour. I was an amazing experience and Captain Gabe and Callun were phenomenal epitomizing professionalism enthusiasm and dedication to their job these two staff members epitomize guest service and are the best staff members at Pacific Whale Foundation.

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Barrie, Ontario, Canada
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5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

We recently did the PWF "Molokini and Turtle Arches" trip and enjoyed it so much we booked a 2nd trip, the Wild Side Rafting Tour" to Lana'i. Both trips were so much fun and all the staff were so professional and personable. The trips were fun but also very informative and educational. The staff were all passionate advocates for the... More

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Berkeley, CA
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Our trip to Molikini and Turtle Bay was fabulous. Great weather, beautiful fish, etc. PWF doesn't get the credit for Mother Nature's gifts but it does get credit for an awesome crew. The fish and reef session taught by Clare was superb. Both my husband and son (8 y.o.) were impressed by her knowledge and enthusiasm. Later when we went... More

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Vancouver, Canada
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

This was such a great trip! I have a fear of the ocean so I originally went on this tour for the boat ride. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable. The boat was also very comfortable with inside and outside seating. When we stopped to snorkel at Molokini I listened to the beginners instruction talk and was thinking maybe I... More

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