SNORKel | maui

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For thrill-seekers of all ages, PacWhale’s Maui snorkeling tours offer the adventure of a lifetime. From swimming in sight of dolphins to exploring Maui’s most vibrant coral reefs and volcanic craters, our expert team provides active guidance ensuring every guest is safe and prepared for a fun-filled snorkeling experience.

  • The crescent-shaped islet of Molokini is an extinct volcanic crater with a thriving coral reef, home to more than 250 fish species.
  • The island of Lana​‘i​ is known for its rugged coastline full of vibrant reefs, sea turtles and wild dolphins.
  • Honolua Bay is a protected marine conservation area off the western coast of Maui.
  • All three destinations are among the Island’s most scenic snorkeling spots.
  • Wildlife Info

    • When you snorkel Maui, you’ll have the chance to swim and explore alongside a wide range of fish species including butterflyfish, triggerfish, and several different kinds of marine fish.
    • The Molokini Crater itself is home to hundreds of fish species – many of which are native to Maui.
    • Some of our Maui snorkeling tours, like the ​Lana‘i Snorkel & Dolphin Watch​, provide guests with unique encounters with lively spinner dolphins, bottlenose dolphins and spotted dolphins.
    • The green sea turtle (honu) is one of the oldest turtle species ever researched on the Island. This iconic turtle species likes moving in groups and are truly an amazing sight to see up close.
    • Keep your eyes peeled for other forms of wildlife that are often hiding in and around nearby reefs including sea cucumbers, urchins, sand dollars, starfish, and many others. These amazing creatures can be just as colorful and vibrant as some of the fish you’ll see while snorkeling Maui’s coastline.
  • Weather & Climate

    • The great thing about snorkeling Maui is you can get in the water any time of year and see something special. The Island’s tropical conditions keep the air and water feeling relatively warm all year-round.
    • If you’re concerned about being too cold, however, summer is the best time to go. Water temperature, while still comfortable overall, is coldest during the winter months (a neoprene wetsuit is recommended).
    • Another factor with snorkeling during the winter months is the wave sizes (swell). While wave sizes are difficult to predict and depend on your specific snorkel location, winter typically has larger wave sizes than other seasons.
    • Our tours concentrate on ideal snorkeling destinations with calm seas and low winds like Molokini and Honolua Bay.


Our thoughts go out to all that are being impacted by COVID-19. With a team dedicated to our response to this pandemic, we are meeting regularly to ensure the continuation of programs and services that allow our mission work to continue.

Pacific Whale Foundation’s leadership team is closely monitoring updates from the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization regarding COVID-19. We will continue to seek guidance from these agencies, public health officials and government agencies on an ongoing basis.

The role that our organization plays in keeping people connected for the sake of the environment is incredibly important in times like these. If we all take the proper precautions and continue to treat each other with kindness and care, we’ll get through this together.

How is PacWhale Eco-Adventures addressing COVID-19?

-Following guidance from Hawaii State and County officials, PacWhale is suspending Eco Tours and our Retail Store operations from March 20th – April 30th. 

- To support our employees, we are offering paid, temporary emergency sick leave, restricting all non-essential business travel, deep cleaning work areas, offering teleworking and flexible work schedules, and continuing to communicate updates and reinforce good hygiene practices.

How is Pacific Whale Foundation addressing COVID-19?

-Spring Break Ocean Camp has been cancelled.

-Keiki Whalewatches are being cancelled for the remainder of the season.

- Our marine research and conservation programs will continue to run without disruption.