Pacific Whale Foundation
300 Maalaea Rd #100, Wailuku, HI 96793(808) 249-8811
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Dominic Bucci · December 25, 2020
We spent 2 days with this outfit. First day was snorkeling and it was phenomenal. Great crew and captain, good gear, breakfast, lunch and hit two awesome spots. Second day we went whale watching and although it started slow we saw several whales in close proximity to the boat. Boats were great and turbulence was minor, even in slightly choppy water the first day. Also, both excursions were very kid friendly. That had all the floaties and a giant raft in the water to keep the kids safe and having fun. They had several crew members on surfboards in the water around the perimeter of both snorkeling locations to keep everyone safe. I would recommend this for anyone visiting Maui and wanting to catch some snorkeling and island views from the water.
Shelby Kosmecki · December 23, 2020
This was the best experience we had during our recent trip to Maui! The staff was so knowledgeable and provided some awesome education about these animals - we felt like experts after this tour :) We got to see several whales out on the water and it truly was a magical experience. You can tell the staff truly cares about these animals and their well being, so we were very happy we chose this organization for our tour. Highly recommend!!
Tania Kostolnik · December 19, 2020
Beautiful store, quality merchandise. Wonderful audio and video of sea life, books, jewelry and clothing.
Shahzeen Karim · December 22, 2020
We purchased our tickets through Auntie Snorkel Beach Rentals- they gave us the wrong receipt for the wrong day. It was so frustrating but PWF took us in last second anyway, thank God!
On board,the staff, particularly Izzy, took excellent care of us. The boat had about 75 people out of their usual 150 due to the pandemic, and were constantly wiping down the railings. Seats were assigned but guests didn’t stay in their seats during the ride - this made social distancing a bit difficult despite some people wearing masks. Food was ok (the veggie burger and the grilled chicken breast were good) but we weren’t big fans of the sides. The staff kept coming and checking in on us to see if we needed anything- we really appreciated that.
Snorkeling at Molikini wasn’t really ALL that if you’ve snorkeled at other exotic locations in the world. It’s worth the trip though, especially if you’ve never snorkeled before. We got to see some whales and turtles on the way and the captain kept stopping for everyone to see.
The second stop to see the turtles was a total failure. 99% of the crowd didn’t see any turtles and the visibility was extremely poor. Maybe it was just today, who knows.
Note- we brought our own snorkels and life jackets but ended up renting wet suits because the water was a tad chilly (it’s December right now). They were $10/each.
Sun Lee · December 28, 2020
Fiance and I did two tours with Pac Whale Foundation - a snorkeling trip to Molokini and the two-hour whale watching tour. Positives: 1) superb crew - very knowledgeable and friendly! Worried about crowding at sea due to large boat and crowding onboard given COVID but they were very careful to ensure social distancing (assigned seating on board) and rubbing down the rails multiple times during the trips. We saw multiple whales and they explained everything so well! 2) The size of the boat probably made for a smoother ride too, for people who may get sea sickness. 3) Fair prices for the excursions - felt it was worth what we paid and that if you do a second tour with them they offer you a 20% discount - sweet! 4) excellent communication over email prior to booking. 5) Felt good about supporting an NGO and whale research.
The only thing I didn't like about the snorkeling trip was that the radius in which you can snorkel was pretty limited. If you are experienced snorkeler, you might want to go to Molokini in a smaller group through boat rental. I did not think the underwater life at Molokini crater was that amazing. Same situation with the "Turtle Arches" stop - we did not see any turtles and I wonder if that's because we were not allowed to go outside of our small radius. It's also possible to access the same location from the beaches in Wailea.