When we visited Maui, we had the pleasure of going on a snorkeling trip to Molokini and Turtle Arches with the Pacific Whale Foundation. Molokini is a crescent shaped island off the west coast of Maui. It is a partially submerged volcanic crater.
We chose the Pacific Whale Foundation because they had discounts for kids and I’m glad we did. They were one of the first boats out. As we headed out on the trip, they offered rental wet suit tops for $10 each. I highly suggest getting them. Even though the water is fairly warm, we were definitely more comfortable with them and they provide extra flotation. They provide all other snorkeling gear for free including corrective masks which my husband loved.
We got to Molokini before any other boat, so we had a great location. I couldn’t believe how clear the water was. The ocean floor is more than 100 feet down and I had no problem at all seeing to the bottom. The island blocks the waves so the water is quite still. Everyone who worked on the boat was a marine biologist and could answer any question we had for them about the marine life. They even called all the kids to the front of the boat to give them a marine biology lesson.
The second stop was Turtle Arches. Unfortunately I didn’t get to see a lot of this location because my sons decided that they didn’t want to snorkel much. We did enjoy the lunch provided during the trip including barbecued chicken, fruit, salads, and pretzels. They also had alcohol for the adults (only allowed after the snorkeling was done).
The entire trip was about 5 hours and we enjoyed every minute. We saw several whales during the trip even though that wasn’t the point of the trip.