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“Pacific Whale Foundation, Lahaina, Maui”

Pacific Whale Foundation
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Owner description: 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.
Manhattan Beach, California
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“Pacific Whale Foundation, Lahaina, Maui”
Reviewed January 6, 2013

Our family of 5 signed up for what we thought was a two-hour dolphin and whale watching tour. Turns out, the hotel had booked us on the five hour snorkeling tour. Fortunately the boat was slightly delayed - just enough time for us to grab some swimsuits. PWF had the rest of the gear we needed. On the way out to the reef we saw several spinner dolphins (what we were there to see). Snorkeling on the reef was good. PWF staff kept an eye on everyone from kayaks and gave us clear instructions on what areas were safe. Once we were back on the boat we were fed lunch (they had vegetarian options). On our way back to Maui we saw several whales, one so close the boat had to cut its engine - what a wonderful sight! A few notes: several people were seasick on the trip back. If there is any chance you (or your kids) might be seasick, take the medication before you leave! If you wait until you feel sick the medicine won't do you any good. Second, wetsuits were not included in the cost. We had to rent them for $10 each, and even then it was only a long-sleeved upper body suit. That was fine for my husband and I, but for the kids it was not enough to keep them warm on the overcast day we went. They also did not have sizes small enough for my 7-year-old, so the suit we rented for her did nothing to keep her warm. Lastly, we rented an underwater camera from the PWF - I was glad they had that option, but the camera was not the best. Pictures from a distance or of fish that blend into the reef did not come out well, but we did get some great shots of bright yellow fish, coral in brighter colors and of the kids in the water. The staff was wonderful. On our trip, Vanessa (the marine biologist) shared information about the fish, whales and dolphins we saw and Amy hosted a question & answer session with the kids. We would take this trip again, only next time we would bring with us better wetsuits for the kids.

Visited January 2013
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near Cincinnati, Ohio
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“Informative and exciting!”
Reviewed January 2, 2013

We rode out of Lahaina harbor and didn't have to wait too long before a sighting. The staff were wonderful with sharing information about the whales, and quick to zoom in on any action.

Visited December 2012
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Glen Ellyn, Illinois
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“We saw whales!”
Reviewed January 1, 2013

Sailed on the "Discovery" out of Lahaina Harbor. I would recommend this boat if you're worried about seasickness. It's one of their larger boats. It was a nice 2 hour tour and the staff where all marine biologists! It was very educational and we did manage to see 5 whales.

Visited December 2012
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“Incredible raft trip!!!”
Reviewed December 20, 2012

We got a Maui Mugging surrounded by humpbacks just as if we were being filmed for a show on the Discovery channel. Serena and the Captain whose name I forgot, were awesome too!

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las vegas, nv
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“We had whales within 10 minutes”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

I know no one can control if you will actually see a whale on a whale watching cruise- but within 10 minutes of leaving the dock we had whales - a mother and calf and a young male- they put on quite a show. The staff was very friendly and made sure we had plastic bags to put our items in so not to get wet. We wished we could have been out there longer. Great whale watching at the beginning of December!

Visited December 2012
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