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“Mahalo Pacific Whale” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Pacific Whale Foundation

Pacific Whale Foundation
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US$116.12*
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Molokini And Turtle Arches Snorkeling Trip
Ranked #1 of 11 things to do in Maalaea
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Experience Maui's amazing ocean environment with the experts! The nonprofit Pacific Whale Foundation offers thrilling and fun ocean ecotours based on more then 34 years of marine research and ocean ecotour experience. Pacific Whale Foundation offers cruises for every style of adventure, including ocean raft adventures, whale watches, wild dolphin encounters, snorkel trips, sunset cocktail and dinner cruises, and stargazing tours. You'll cruise on ultra-stable, eco-friendly vessels (including ocean rafts and double-deck catamarans) in the company of knowledgeable, friendly certified marine naturalists and biologists. Choose Pacific Whale Foundation and make a difference: 100% of the profits go to support efforts to protect whales, dolphins and the ocean environment.
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Lahaina, Hawaii
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“Mahalo Pacific Whale”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2012

Had 2 great Pacific Whale trips this weekend. First the dinner cruise out of Lahaina on the Ocean Discovery. Wonderful evening, great food and service and live music. Just beautiful.
Second the Whale Watch on the Freedom Raft. IF YOU ARE GOING ON A WHALE WATCH YOU HAVE TO GO ON A RAFT!! What a difference, the whales are so close to you, they go under the raft and come up right in front of you! The raft is the way to go. Great Whale Watch and Dinner Cruise, Thanks Pacific Whale

Visited February 2012
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“Whale watching”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2012

We went on a two hour whale watch yesterday afternoon. The crew was excellent. Someone sat with my 7 and 9 year old with whale models and provided them about 5 minutes of education about whales. We were on one of the large boats and it was very nice. Saw plenty of whales and spinner dolphins.

Visited February 2012
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San Francisco, California
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“Great Snorkeling and Whale Watching”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2012

We had two great experiences with the Pacific Whale Foundation. The first was a "Molokini Wild Side" snorkeling trip. The two snorkeling spots were great - lots of fish and several turtles. The boat used on this particular trip is small - only about 40 people, and heads out past the reef for a scenic view of lava flows down the volcano. Be aware that the surf can get choppy in this small boat, and if you're prone to sea-sickness you might want to take precautions.

The second trip was a sunrise whale watching trip, which was also fantastic. The crew did a great job of steering us toward close sightings and providing information about the whales and their habits. Another bonus - PWF is a non-profit, and all ticket sales go toward research and conservation.

Visited February 2012
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Overland Park, Kansas
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“Exciting trip to see the whales”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2012

Overall it was a great experience. I did think it was a bit pricey and the boat is big with lots of people. The staff did seem very knowledgeable and helpful in pointing out where the whales were located. I would recommend this company if you are wanting a mild and relaxing cruise.

Visited February 2012
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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“Excellent boats”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2012

We did a whale watch close to sunset hours with Pacific Whale Foundation last January in Maui . The operation was good. Their boats are really impressive catamarans, and the whole operation is very organized. Boat driver was very aware of close-by whales and the highlight of the tour was the mic drop in the water, to hear the whales "conversation". Environmental message was clear and biologist/guide explained patiently every single question people had. For such large operation, this is a plus. Thought the drinks in the boat were a little pricey, though.

Visited January 2012
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