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Maui Snorkeling Molokini Crater and Turtle Town aboard Pride of Maui

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Maui Snorkeling Molokini Crater and Turtle Town aboard Pride of Maui
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A trip to Molokini Crater grants visitors the chance to take in scenic ocean views from a catamaran and discover the world below the surface while snorkeling at the underwater lava formations of Turtle Town. The calm water and bountiful marine life make this an ideal snorkeling spot for everyone from first-timers to long-time snorkeling enthusiasts. Plus, a guide provides security and instruction for beginners.
  • Enjoy a catamaran trip to the Molokini Crater and snorkel in Turtle Town
  • The all-inclusive trip provides meals, snacks, and drinks (alcohol included) on board
  • Learn about the surroundings from your guide
  • The area is known for its great visibility and plentiful marine life—especially sea turtles
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233 Maalaea Rd , 233 Maalaea Rd, Wailuku, HI 96793, USA

Check-in 7.30am. Google Maps 233 Maalaea Road, places you in front of US Coast Guard building. The pier is to your left. Walk onto the pier, turn left and go to the very end. Look for the large white boat with black and gold trim that says Pride of Maui on its side.

8:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Check in at 7.30am, 30 Minutes Prior to start time
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 74 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Pride of Maui
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Maui Snorkeling Molokini Crater and Turtle Town aboard Pride of Maui?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Maui Snorkeling Molokini Crater and Turtle Town aboard Pride of Maui?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Maui Snorkeling Molokini Crater and Turtle Town aboard Pride of Maui?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Maui Snorkeling Molokini Crater and Turtle Town aboard Pride of Maui.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Maui Snorkeling Molokini Crater and Turtle Town aboard Pride of Maui?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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star-5
Great tour and fantastic crew
sarapollard
, Aug 2022
Fantastic tour. Friendly and helpful staff. They even had a little area by the boat with a staff member helping beginners. Molokini was great and we even saw 4-5 turtles at turtle town. Highly recommend this tour.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Aloha and Thank You for joining us, aboard the Pride of Maui, and for appreciating my friendly and helpful staff. So glad you saw not one, but 4 turtles at Turtle Town!
star-5
2 thumbs up
Jose_A
, Aug 2022
It was awesome! The whole crew was so nice and everything is so well organized. We had plenty of time to swim in both spots and a nice time while on the boat.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Glad you had an awesome day with 2 thumbs up! 40 years in the business has provided us with the opportunity to discover what our guests are looking for. Thank you for naming some of the most important components of what makes us the stand out Molokini Snorkel Yacht!
star-5
An awesome experience...
hossein_m
, Aug 2022
An awesome experience with Professional and polite crew members, Fantastic lunch barbeque in the middle of the ocean. So Grateful to booked this tour. Highly recommend for family even first time snorkeling.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Professional and polite service is at the core of who we are. I agree, that a freshly prepared BBQ lunch served hot off the grill, out on the ocean, makes that big juicy burger taste even better. I am so glad you and your family had an awesome experience, and we are as grateful for your business, as you are for having chosen us!
star-5
Amazing experience with...
Savannah_N
, Aug 2022
Amazing experience with the best crew! 10/10 would recommend. The service and snorkeling were top notch.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
WOW!! Another 10 out of 10 with and added "top notch"! We love to hear from our guests, knowing what an amazing experience you had with us.
star-5
Pride of Maui is amazing!
Rachel_W
, Aug 2022
My friends and I were extremely impressed by this snorkeling tour! Pride of Maui provided some of the best customer service I’ve experienced in a long time. The food was delish, mai tai’s were yummy, and the boat itself was clean and very nice. If you’re considering going on a tour like this, choose Pride of Maui!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Aloha, We have been in the business over 40 years and never tire of reading how extremely impressed our guests are to experience the unmatched level of guest service we provide. Not to boast, though I will say that no one else comes close. My team of experts are the best of the best, and I am the luckiest boss in the business! So glad you loved the food, drinks, and the care we take of maintaining and deeply cleaning our flagship. Thank you for joining us and your kind words!
star-5
Great board crew! They...
Larissa_L
, Aug 2022
Great board crew! They always make sure you’re having a great experience. Food is good as well - I expected it not as good.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
I said it many times before and will say again, exceeding the expectations of our guests, is exactly what we strive for!
star-5
You will be proud to ride on the Pride of Maui!
nicole_V
, Aug 2022
What a wonderful experience lovely crew from Zach to Hannah to Savannah to the captain everyone was very hospitable they operate like a well oiled machine definitely enjoyed our trip. Warm fresh water shower on board delicious barbecued lunch, yet nothing was pretentious! Just a lo ha fun! “ even got to see a green Hawaiian sea turtle while snorkeling my dream come true.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Aloha Nicole, Zach, Hannah and Savannah are lovely, as you say and I am the luckiest boss in the business to have the best of the best crew on Maui. We have been in the business over 40 years, and I have never been more proud of our seasoned Captains and exceptional crew. Genuine ALOHA is what we are all about. I am so happy that your dream to swim with Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles came true, and you have wonderful stories to share when you go back home.
star-5
Great boat and staff
Beth_S
, Aug 2022
We had a great day on the water! Everyone was s super friendly and helpful which made for a fun trip!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
I am so glad you had a great day on the ocean with us. We are super friendly, because we love sharing the beauty of Maui from offshore, and snorkeling at some of the most wonderful reefs in the world.
star-3
Five Star Staff, snorkeling just okay
Stephanie_D
, Aug 2022
The staff were super friendly and helpful which made the trip worthwhile. You spend the majority of the trip (3 hours) traveling on the boat. You are forced to use the reef friendly sunscreen which is ineffective for preventing sunburn. I applied it religiously all over, several times during the trip and was burned. As for the snorkeling portion, you get a total of two hours in the water, one hour at each location. The Molokini Crater was pretty to see up close. It was overcrowded with other snorkelers and boats, and there were not many fish. I was told ahead of time from someone who had been there previously (a couple of decades ago) that it was like swimming in an aquarium. It is no longer like that. Even another guy on the boat made a comment that there used to be more fish in that area in past years. We did not go to turtle town due to the water conditions. The second location was similar to the first as far as the type and amount of fish we were able to see. Perhaps my expectations were too high especially for the cost of over $250. Again, the staff was awesome, food and drinks were fine and what you would expect, equipment was good (there are a few add-ons- I would recommend the wetsuit top), but the snorkeling portion was just okay. For those reasons, I would not do this snorkeling trip again but I would recommend Pride of Maui for other activities.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Quite a lot of inaccuracy in this review, I must say. Travel time to Molokini Crater and back is a little less than 2 hours round trip, which leaves 3 hours of time to snorkel, which is the ideal amount of time to spend in the ocean. We do not force anything on anybody. The State of Hawaii (thankfully) banned the use of sunscreens containing chemicals which are harmful to the coral and marine animals. Applying the reef safe sunscreen that we provide on the boat throughout the day and especially after swimming or sweating is important. Several times over the course of the day in the tropics is not enough. The State of Hawaii (thankfully) limits the number of boats permitted inside Molokini Crater, unlike years past when there were no limitations on the number of boats permitted. There are plenty of fish and colorful coral varieties, including species endemic to Molokini and found nowhere else on the planet. Molokini is a unique opportunity to swim in an ancient offshore volcanic caldera, teeming with wonderful marine life, but yes, an aquarium it isn't, and yes if that is what you expected in the wild, then perhaps your expectations were a bit high. There is a very distinct uniqueness to the snorkeling at the crater which is much different on the reef closer to shore, which is why we and most the other boats visit both. While I do think you are being far too critical of the quality of snorkeling, we do appreciate your business and your five star compliments about the unmatched level of personalized service we provide.
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star-5
Wonderful staff!!!! … and snorkeling!
Anthony_L
, Aug 2022
What an absolute wonderful staff! The trip was a blast, the staff was extremely friendly and accommodating, and of course the snorkeling was amazing! Got breakfast, lunch and mai tais! I can’t stress enough how great the captain’s fun facts about the island was and how nice everyone was! Highly recommend this trip, worth every penny!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Pride of Maui is the most spacious and stable tour boat on Maui. She’s also the only Maxi Power Catamaran operating at just 60% of our US Coast Guard capacity. This allows us to provide very personalized service at a very relaxed pace. The snorkeling at Molokini Crater and Turtle Town truly is amazing and we thank you for sharing. Comfortable yacht, delicious food cooked right onboard, amazing snorkeling indeed. At the end of the day,, you are right, it’s my awesome team of expert watermen and women who make your day so special! They are the very best of the best!
star-5
Definitely recommend!
Carrie_S
, Aug 2022
The crew was great! The crater was ok, but the 2nd stop had amazing corral. Definitely recommend though. Well organized and friendly!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Indeed, Pride of Maui is a 5-star experience. Her expert crew are passionate about sharing their knowledge of the ocean and excellent snorkeling. Maui's coral reefs offer a variety of colorful corals and marine animals.
star-5
The snorkeling was great the crew was even better
Stephen_G
, Aug 2022
Awesome experience with a family. Everything was great the entire crew didn’t amazing job they were so professional nice and welcoming would recommend this 100%
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thank you for your enthusiastic recommendation. It doesn't get any better than 100% We love to see this, and we love our customers. Thank You so much for joining us and sharing your experience with others.
star-5
Friendly Staff
Anne_S
, Aug 2022
Saw lots of different fish, especially at Turtle Town. There I saw 3 turtles. The staff is extremely friendly and professional. My family and I had a blast.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Aloha and Mahalo for joining us. I’m so happy you had such a great day on the ocean with us. The clear water, colorful reef and marine animals are a big part of what makes snorkeling on Maui so special. Three turtles is definitely a nice gift. I’m glad your entire family appreciated my extremely friendly and professional team. They truly are the best of the best and I’m one lucky boss to have such a great team!
star-4
Great time. Can't wait to do it again.
Kenneth_R
, Jul 2022
Loved the diversity of fish and the clear water. The service was great and the crew was super friendly.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
It’s nice to hear that you had a great time. Molokini Crater offers some of the best snorkeling anywhere. The clarity of the water is particularly impressive. Thank you for sharing.
star-4
Great experience
Nick_P
, Jul 2022
Friendly staff, great snorkeling. Very convenient and family friendly. It was perfect for our family. Mahalo
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
I am so glad your great experience was perfect! Thank You for joining us and taking time to share.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Worth it!
Jennifer_N
, Jul 2022
Great trip! The service from the crew was awesome! The grilled lunch tasty and hot! Had choices too! The snorkeling was amazing in Molokini! Turtle town was bit disappointing.. murky water and someone saw a turtle. Not us:( overall fun trip! Recommend renting The $10 wet suit jacket to keep warm
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thanks for joining us and taking the time to share your experience. Molokini is a unique and wonderful snorkel destination. I’m glad you and your family had such a great time. Nothing better than burgers, chicken, and hot dogs served hot off the grill. I’m really glad you felt the uncrowded boat and experience was worth it! We operate at just 60% of our Coast Guard capacity, providing lots of open space to comfortably move around.
star-4
Great for families
Andrea_D
, Jul 2022
My husband and booked the trip 5 years ago and had an absolute blast. So much so, that we decided to being our kids back to experience it. There were a few differences that I was somewhat dissapointed about: no "pre-board" picture or Snuba diving option despite mentioning it in the confirmation. Outside of that, the kids had a great time and I'd recommend for families.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Aloha and thanks for joining us again this year. You are right, we have made a few changes since COVID. We stopped taking the pre boarding dockside photos while the state required face masks to be worn and social distancing. The process of checking guests in improved so much, that we decided not to bring it back. As for SNUBA, we do still offer this activity aboard the boat on the same basis as before, which means you must still reserve it, when making your reservation. Another very important change we have made is that we now operate at just 60% of our Coast Guard capacity, which allows us to elevate the level of personalized service we provide, and run the tour at a very relaxed pace, with plenty of personal space to comfortably enjoy the boat.
star-3
Over priced excursion
Paulette_C
, Jul 2022
For the price, the sunscreen and wet suits should be included. Instead they charge you for both. The post snorkeling drinks are low grade. We also saw zero turtles.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Our goal is to protect the reef, while making sure you are comfortable, which is why have “reef safe” sunscreen available on the boat. We also offer wetsuits to protect you from the sun and keep you warm. The nominal cost of $5 for sunscreen and $10 for a wetsuit allows us to continue to provide them. We serve Coke, Diet Coke, sprite, orange juice, pineapple, guava and passion fruit juice, coffee, and osmosis filtered water throughout the day. The post snorkeling adult beverages include 3 micro brewed beers from Maui Brewing Company ( lager, IPA, and an ale), served ice cold on tap. We also serve Chardonnay and red zin wines from NAPA. You can also order up a freshly made mai-tai, from the bar. All of the 13 different beverages we serve are provided at no additional cost. There are numerous turtles at Turtle Town, which is why it’s called Turtle Town. Fortunately we do see them at this location with great regularity., although they are wild animals in a big ocean and while plenty of our guests have gotten to swim with them, there are the occasional days when you may not. Most of our guests, like the one below your review who was on the same excursion, understand that we do not have control of the sea turtles, and still have a great time. Our site selections each day are chosen by where the wind and ocean conditions offer the safest conditions and best overall snorkeling experience.
star-5
Great time!!
Logan_J
, Jul 2022
My husband & I had an amazing time. We truly enjoyed the snorkeling trip. The crew on Maui Pride was phenomenal. They went out of their way to ensure everyone had a great time while be safe! Definitely recommend them. The Molokini crater was gorgeous. We didn’t see any turtles in turtle town but still cool!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Aloha and thank you for joining us and sharing your great experience. The snorkeling at Molokini is fantastic and though you didn’t see turtles at TT, I’m glad you took in all the other wonderful colorful corals and marine life. The crew aboard Pride of Maui are second to none and I thank you for saying so. Your safety, comfort and enjoyment are very important and I’m so proud of my guys!
star-3
No underwater life
DARRICK_E
, Jul 2022
1st Snorkeling was awful. 2nd stop for snorkeling was non existent. Crew, drinks & food was amazing!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
We appreciate the opportunity to read these reviews to better understand our guests. I believe the number of great reviews we receive from nearly all of our guests speak volumes. Reviews with titles such as “Best Snorkeling Ever”, and a long list of others, tell the true story of how beautiful the reefs are and how much there is to see. What you say above about the crew and food is true and appreciated.

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