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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
See all safety measures taken by Maui Snorkeling Molokini Crater and Turtle Town aboard Pride of Maui.
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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
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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
Snorkel Day - Molokini
Patricia_C
, Jun 2022
Bucket list item for sure. Would have been awesome if we made it to turtle town as that was more of interest. Our second drop on Molokini was better than first - more fish including a puffer. The women on the crew were fantastic - so impressed by them, never missed a beat moving from task to task - making it look easy, knowing it isn’t!
star-5
Great time!
Sarah_B
, Jun 2022
The boat crew were all very friendly, professional and helpful. The snorkeling st molokini vrster was fun and the crew provided all equipment and offered rental wetsuit tops. The drinks and food served were really good too.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
So glad you had a great time with us! There are many dynamics that separate us from the competition. We operate the largest Maxi Power Catamaran on Maui, offering unsurpassed stability and comfort. We are the only boat which operates at just 60% of our Coast Guard capacity, providing an unmatched level of personalized service and space. Pride of Maui is impeccably maintained and clean. We have our own commercial kitchen minutes from the harbor, which gives us control of the quality of our food. At the end of the day, it’s my guys that really make all the difference in the world! No other crew comes close! I couldn’t be prouder!
star-5
Amazing day!
Chris_P
, Jun 2022
Great excursion, amazing helpful crew that were extremely attentive to our needs! One crew member took a personal interest in helping us seeing what we needed and went above and beyond kindness helping us snorkel! I swam with a turtle, saw an eel slithering around, saw lots of coral and we enjoyed the ride!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
I’ve read the word amazing so many times in our reviews this week. What an honor and blessing to work with the finest and most caring professionals in the business. All of my guys are amazing and I couldn’t be prouder. The one crew member you mention that really impressed you, is Takako, our GM. She’s well known and respected in the boating and ocean community, and we are so fortunate that Pride of Maui has been her home for decades. Takako is our team mentor whose passion for the ocean, reef and marine animals is matched by her genuine kindness and goodwill. Her mission every day is to provide a level of service that truly is beyond measure. I assure you that she was as happy to share as you were to receive.
star-5
Great crew of people. ...
Amy_C
, Jun 2022
Great crew of people. boat ride was nice and relaxing info from the crew and captain was informative and entertaining. time and food was just right. . Would do it again in a heartbeat
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Mahalo for your kind words about our Captain and crew. It’s always nice to hear that our guests like you had a wonderful time and would join us again. We’d love to see you again too!
star-5
Amazing outing!
Dana_S
, Jun 2022
What an amazing experience! The staff was exceptionally hospitable and the whole day was top notch! Lunch was awesome, too! Highly recommend to anyone considering this excursion.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Aloha and Thanks for sharing your amazing experience. We’ve been doing this for over 40 years and I can honestly say that this team we have now are the best of the best. We operate Maui’s largest Maxi Power Catamaran at just 60% of our Coast Guard capacity. This provides an unmatched level of service, at a relaxed pace, with lots of room on a spacious and stable yacht. Thank You so much for joining us and recommending others to do the same. We sincerely appreciate your references to us with words like top notch, amazing and awesome! It really makes us proud and inspired to continue providing the highest level of exceptional guest service possible.
star-5
Awesome crew!!! Good...
CJ_L
, Jun 2022
Awesome crew!!! Good food!! Clean boat, friendly passengers great views. I have nothing else to add but survey won’t let me quit with under 100 characters
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
SOMETIMES LESS IS BEST TOO! You have touched on some very important key reasons we are the best in the business. After 40 years, we have developed an experience like no other. Pride of Maui is the largest Maxi-Power Catamaran in the islands, which we operate at just 60% of our Coast Guard capacity. We used to fill the boats like our competitors in the old days, though have since realized there are a number of guests who like yourself understand the difference it makes to choose wisely. Our sprawling vessel, operating at limited capacity provides our guests with much more space and comfort. It also creates a relaxed pace with very personalized service. We cater to guests looking for something special. This in turn attracts crew members who want to work with the company that attracts such a guest. The reason my guys are awesome, is because they love our guests, the pace at which we operate, and sharing their wealth of knowledge and expertise with those who truly appreciate them and the unmatched level of service they provide. Our Master Captains and General Manager Takako have been with us for decades and are simply the best of the best. We strive to exceed your expectations and provide memories you will cherish for years to come. The care we take of our guests resonates throughout every aspect of the company and our core business philosophy, which is why the boat is immaculate, the food delicious, and the experience you have with us, goes so far and above. Thanks for appreciating us as much as we appreciate you.
star-5
Most memorable Molokini Adventure (2022)
Cynthia_G
, Jun 2022
The crew! Each one was attentive, helpful, courteous and just generally fabulous! The trip was so organized and each step was meticulously handled! Thank you for a most memorable trip!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Aloha Cynthia, Mahalo Nui for appreciating the efforts of my fabulous team! I am the luckiest boss in the world, with the finest team on Maui, who strive to exceed the expectations of our guests each and every day and do so with great pride and passion. Thanks for acknowledging how organized we have become after 40 years in the business! we are so pleased that you had the most memorable Molokini Adventure with us, this year, and we look forward to seeing you again next year!!
star-5
Two thumbs up!
Jason_F
, Jun 2022
We greatly appreciated such an awesome family trip! Thank you for a great boat ride, delicious food, and taking so many safety precautions due to strong winds that day!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Aloha and Mahalo for the two thumbs up! Your safety is our number one priority and part of the reason we operate at just 60% of our US Coast Guard capacity. Doing so, allows us to provide unmatched personalized service at a relaxed and safe pace.
star-5
Fun , turtles and a whale
Wendy_P
, Jun 2022
The staff is great! Hard working and made sure we were safe and had a great time. We saw several large sea turtles and many fish. They had one of the ladies out in the water on a surf board spotting the turtles for us and keeping us safe. This was a beautiful day! We also saw a whale which was a surprise as it is late in the season
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Aloha Wendy, You had a very well rounded day on the ocean, having swam with turtles, and lots of colorful fish, plus seeing a whale this late in the season. My guys are the best of the best and go the extra mile to provide a safe and seamless relaxing day of fun on the ocean with memories not soon forgotten.
star-3
Ok, but won’t go again
Jeff_S
, Jun 2022
Boat and crew were great. Molokini Crater not so much. Very busy snd really not a lot of fish. The water was pretty rough. The water was very clear and could see forever.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
If only we could control the weather. Molokini actually is a fantastic world class and highly popular snorkel destination. There are those days when inclement weather affects the surface conditions and animal behavior, though you might be a bit hasty in writing off the crater altogether. There are only three semi submerged volcanic calderas in the world and Molokini is the only one where you can actually snorkel and enjoy warm water temperature and nearly unlimited underwater visibility. There are a wide variety of colorful fish and corals which are endemic to Molokini and found nowhere else in the world. I’m glad you enjoyed the crystal clear water, our exceptional crew and boat, even though you didn’t see as many fish as you hoped to.
star-4
Being up close to the...
Vichay_P
, Jun 2022
Being up close to the Crater that was amazing view. The people working there all nice & watching you that everyone ok in the water. Food was good. The boat was nice & clean & not crowded. Can even see fishes swimming around the boat.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Well this sounds like a 5 star operation. I think you missed a star! Thank You for joining us and sharing your experience. My team go all out to make sure everything is just right and we appreciate all the positive reviews from our guests.
star-5
The beauty of the ocean...
CESAR_C
, Jun 2022
The beauty of the ocean life. So clear and amazing. The crew was so helpful and kind to us new to snorkeling
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Just yesterday I was telling a friend it’s the beauty of the ocean here in the islands that I love most about Maui and Hawaii in general. We are so fortunate to be here and get to be part of the splendor. We love guests like you who really get how special this truly is. My crew are unmatched in the care they all have for our guests. Thanks for letting us know how much you appreciated them.
star-5
We had a great time in...
Katie_M
, Jun 2022
We had a great time in the staff was amazing! I would highly recommend this snorkeling trip to families! So much fun - The slide off the back of the boat was a highlight for my kids
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
The water slide is a blast! Kids of all ages love it! We always look forward to summer when so many of our guests are families and we get to see so many kids enjoy the slide. I’m happy you feel our crew was amazing. I agree, they are the best of the best! I’m the luckiest boss ever, to have the best team on Maui!
star-5
Great for all levels
Shermina_G
, Jun 2022
The crew were very helpful and engaging, especially the captain! Great for all levels of snorkelers.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks for recognizing my exceptional team. Captain Jason, Pat, Matt and CJ are exceptional and highly skilled watermen and skippers. They also appreciate our guests and strive to exceed your expectations.
star-5
Fabulous experience!
Heidi_V
, Jun 2022
The wonderful crew made this excursion so fun from start to finish. Can’t say enough about them! Even though the weather didn’t allow us to visit turtle town, we had extra time to snorkel at the crater. They had all the gear. So helpful. Good food, limited capacity and open bar rounded out the trip for a fabulous day. Make sure to pack reef-safe sunscreen in a higher SPF. Bring cash for some extras and tips. Well worth it!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Yes indeed, my crew is amazing! Seriously, no other crew delivers the level of service we provide. We operate the largest Maxi Power Catamaran on Maui, and are the only boats which operate at just 60% of our US Coast Guard capacity. By limiting our passenger capacity, we are able to provide an unmatched level of personalized service, at a relaxed pace, taking time to help all of our guests throughout the day, and making sure you are well cared for, safe, and happy! I agree that the BBQ lunch served hot off the grill and open bar are a nice touch. Nothing better than a big juicy burger and ice cold micro brewed beer, out on the ocean, after a beautiful day of world class snorkeling, except maybe a glass of ice cold Chardonnay, paired with a delicious grilled breast of marinated chicken. Depends on your palate that day I suppose. Thank you so much for lounging us and your kind words!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
No Turtles
lynda_A
, Jun 2022
We booked this to see marine life and We’re not able to even see the turtles. Only made one stop to the crater due to high tides, I feel the ads were very misleading. We could have snorkeled for much less somewhere else.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Its interesting to read reviews from guests who were with us on the same trip. Thankfully, the vast majority of our guests have such a wonderful day out on the ocean, aboard a spacious and stable yacht, experiencing beautiful snorkeling at a world class location like Molokini, on a day when a whale shark dropped in for a visit. They appreciate our amazing crew, limited capacity, unmatched service, delicious food, open bar and all the other amenities and care we provide. Once in a while there are those who believe the glass is always half empty and miss out on so much while bumming out about their half empty glass. Then there are those who sink deeper into negative energy and feel a need to blame others for their self inflicted disappointment. I’m sorry, but adjusting our snorkeling locations and staying at Molokini because the surf was dangerous up on the shallow reef, is a very good decision which you should be well pleased with. Your safety is our number one priority. There are loads of turtles at Turtle Town, and other shallow reefs along the coast, where we take you 90% of the time. What you call false advertising, we call CARE and concern for your safety, and best snorkeling experience for that day and those conditions. I suppose you could have snorkeled off the beach that day for free, and wound up in serious trouble, with strong currents, surge and big surf, on your narrow quest to “see a turtle”.
star-5
Snorkeling Day
Elizabeth_T
, Jun 2022
Personally haven’t been here in 20 years and was sad to see the condition of the coral and diminished sealift First time for the grandkids. One loved it, one was terrified, and one was ambivalent. We had a good time and employees were awesome but prices way to high for the overall experience
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks for your 5 star review and kind words about my awesome crew. You are correct, they truly are the best of the best. The world's oceans have changed over the last 20 years. Maui and the Hawaiian Islands are no exception. Elevated ocean temperatures have caused certain species of coral to bleach and eventually die. The use of non compostable plastics and harmful sunscreens have also taken its toll on the reef. It is up to us humans to do as much as we can to care for our oceans. Aboard our vessels we start by limiting the number of passengers we operate with to 60% of our US Coast Guard capacity. This significant reduction in passengers leaves a smaller foot print, while providing an elevated level of unmatched personalized service. The vast majority of our guests are happy to pay a little more for this. We use biodegradable cups, plates, utensils, and serving ware. Reef safe sunscreen and wetsuit tops are available onboard, and long ago we banned the use of sunscreens that contain harmful chemicals. Please visit our Reef safe section on our website @prideofmaui.com to learn more about what we can all do to help maintain our worlds oceans and the coral reef.
star-5
Great trip!
Natalia_G
, May 2022
The trip was great, it gives you exactly what it said, we could go to turtle town but we stay in the crater longer. The crew is awesome and are very well organized.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
My crew truly are awesome, with decades of experience, which is why we are so organized. We want you to completely relax and take in all the beauty of Maui above and below the ocean. I’m glad you had a great trip!
star-4
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Jovana_O
, May 2022
Very fun! We did crater but the weather didn’t allow turtle town but the service was great and we were given breakfast and lunch.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
We are glad everything was great. Occasionally the surf along the shoreline prevents us from snorkeling at Turtle Town or other reefs along the coast, and we remain at Molokini Crater. Fortunately the crater is a fantastic snorkel site and of course your safety our number one priority. Thanks for joining us.
star-5
Worth it!
DANIEL_W
, May 2022
This crew is truly professional. We have done snorkeling tours before but these guys are good. We did not get to snorkel the crater because of rough water but found another location and all was good.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
I’m so proud of my team. They are plainly and simply unmatched and the primary reason we have been in business 40 years. When the surf prevents safe access to Turtle Town, our expert Captains assess where the conditions offer the very best snorkeling for the day. I’m lucky to have such a wonderful and experienced team. Thanks for sharing your experience with us.

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