Molokini Wild Side Eco-Adventure

Molokini Wild Side Eco-Adventure

Offered daily 7:30am - 1:30pm from Ma'alaea Harbor on Ocean Explorer

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Offered daily 7:30am - 1:30pm from Ma'alaea Harbor on Ocean Explorer

Step aboard the Ocean Explorer and cruise to the wild side of Molokini! This intimate tour carries no more than 44 passengers and departs daily from Ma’alaea Harbor. As a guest on this trip, you will spend the day exploring Maui’s scenic coastlines, pristine reefs and abundant wildlife with Pacific Whale Foundation’s certified marine naturalists.

Molokini Crater is a partially submerged volcanic tuff cone in the waters between the islands of Maui and Kaho’olawe. Utilized as fishing grounds by the native Hawaiians for centuries, it was used by the US Navy during WWII for military training exercises, and in 1977 Molokini became a Marine Life Conservation District providing protection for this incredible ecosystem.

Ocean Explorer is our 54-foot single deck catamaran. With comfortable armchair seats arranged grandstand-style on the bow and a shaded back deck, shower, and onboard restrooms, Ocean Explorer combines comfort with the thrill of being close to the water and ocean wildlife.

A typical day on Molokini Wildside includes breakfast on shore prior to departure and lunch (prepared onboard), 2-2.5 hours of snorkel time, and over an hour spent cruising while exploring Molokini and Maui’s coastline.

The itinerary changes with the weather! As a small, fast boat with a flexible itinerary, we are able to travel farther than most to make sure that our guests experience the best snorkeling that Molokini and Maui have to offer each day.

PWF’s expert naturalists will help you to perfect your snorkeling skills in addition to helping guests find fish and invertebrates that may be hiding in the reef.

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.

snorkeling coupleTurtle swimming on wild side cruise


  • Expert narration by our certified Marine Naturalists
  • At least two snorkel sites
  • Professionally fitted, premium snorkel gear including optical masks for eyeglass wearers
  • Flotation devices
  • Snorkel skills improvement lesson
  • Fish I.D. program
  • Discussions about local geology and the surrounding islands
  • Guided reef tour
  • Free Jr. Naturalist program
  • Tropical-style Continental Breakfast: coffee, juices, fruits, bagels and pastries
  • BBQ Lunch: grilled chicken, hot dogs, garden burgers, 3-bean salad, and potato-macaroni salad. Note: If you require a vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free lunch, please call 1-808-249-8811 ext. 1 to make arrangements in advance.
  • Homemade brownie to end the trip
  • Snacks, ice-cold sodas, juices and filtered drinking water are available throughout the day
  • One complimentary local craft beer or a glass of wine for passengers 21 and over. Additional drinks are $3
  • Free marine wildlife poster and downloadable Hawaii Wildlife Guides


  • Affordable rentals of underwater wetsuit tops, cameras and binoculars

Duration: Approximately 6 hours
Check-in: 45 minutes prior to departure at Pacific Whale Foundation's Ocean Store at Ma'alaea Harbor Shops localed next to Maui Ocean Center.
Please Note: For ages 7 and over only. This eco-adventure is not recommended for pregnant women or individuals with back problems.
Please Note: Destinations subject to change due to sea or weather conditions.

underwater snorkelingMolokini view

All activities are at your own risk. No liability, expressed or implied, rests with PWF Eco Adventures or its subsidiaries or officers. All reservations are non-refundable and reschedules are not permitted within 48 hours prior to the scheduled check-in. All no-shows are non-refundable. Pacific Whale Foundation reserves the right to reschedule or cancel due to weather at the discretion of the Captain. Destinations, menus and equipment subject to change without notice. By purchasing your cruise ticket you agree to receive cruise confirmation emails and promotional emails from us. You may opt-out of our promotional emails at any time using the unsubscribe link.