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Maui Snorkeling Molokini Crater and Turtle Town aboard Pride of Maui

Wailuku, United States
Molokini Crater Snorkeling Tour

From $196.12

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 5 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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
  • Snorkel and SNUBA (additional cost) at two exceptional locations aboard the largest Maxi Power Catamaran on Maui

What's Included

  • Use of Snorkeling equipment - **Please note. No full face snorkeling masks will be allowed for safety reasons**
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Soda/Pop
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • SNUBA is available for purchase onboard

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 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.

Start time

08:00 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • 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 84 travelers

Cancellation Policy

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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Featured review
The crew on the Pride of Maui were incredible!! They made this experience even more enjoyable! They each had many jobs to perform on this cruise but they all did it with a smile and were all very friendly.


602 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers.
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Didn’t get to go
Sophia_R, Sep 2023
The tour operator cancelled (understandable) without any notice (zero communication from Viator or operator).
Lovely day snorkeling....
JessicaWolford_E, Aug 2023
Lovely day snorkeling. The weather didn’t cooperate for us to go to the Crater, but it was still really great. Lunch was awesome.
Turtle Town had the best...
Jim_Q, Aug 2023
Turtle Town had the best snorkeling and we saw a sea turtle. The food was delicious and the crew treated us good.
Response from Host, Aug 2023
Aloha, Turtle Town is a great snorkeling location for sure, and swimming with the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles is special! Glad you enjoyed your freshly prepared BBQ lunch, and that my guys took great care of you.
Great experience!
Erma_G, Jul 2023
My family and I had a blast. We weren’t able to view many fish but the overall experience of the boat crew was fantastic. We were catered to every step of the way. They made up for the no fish.
Response from Host, Jul 2023
I say this all the time..... My guys are the best of the best and I am sure that I'm the luckiest boss in the world. Thanks for recognizing our amazing team!
Do it!
Judy_M, Jul 2023
Molokini let us down due to an approaching storm, but this experience was still amazing. The crew did an awesome job of finding a great snorkel spot that kept is out of the high winds and rough seas, and all of them were upbeat and helpful throughout. Highly recommend!
Response from Host, Jul 2023
We of course always strive to get you out to Molokini Crater, and appreciate guests like you, who understand and appreciate that at times when the conditions are unsafe, we take you to other locations where the conditions are the best for your safety, comfort, and excellent snorkeling. Our skippers have decades of experience and know these waters well, which is very important when choosing who to spend your day on the ocean with. Thank you for choosing us!
Sail! Snorkel! Sip!
Shannon_J, Jul 2023
Loved the crew of the Pride of Maui! Great snorkel locations, food, and attention to detail. Smooth sailing, good equipment, and awesome attitudes. Adult beverages (open bar) to enjoy on the ride back to shore. 🍹
Response from Host, Jul 2023
Just yesterday one of my Captain's and I were talking about the importance of attention to the smallest of details, and how this one important detail has become part of our company culture, which separates us from all the other's. Good equipment, awesome attitudes, and open bar after snorkeling are all part of exceeding our guests' expectations.
The boat didn’t even go...
Charles_P, Jul 2023
The boat didn’t even go to Turtle Town presumably because of high winds. No effort to do something on the fly to make up for that which was the whole reason I booked the excursion. Big disappointment overall for price I paid
Response from Host, Jul 2023
If only we could control the weather. It never ceases to amaze me how single minded some folks can be. The reason we didn't go to Turtle Town was for your safety, which is our number one priority. Nothing is more important to us than the safety and comfort of our guests, and if the conditions are unsafe, or the visibility is poor due to surf and choppy waters at a particular location, we will take you to one of many alternate locations offering calmer conditions and better visibility. We agree that the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles are amazing, and fortunately the conditions at Turtle Town are great most of the time. It's unfortunate that you were unable to enjoy the exceptional snorkeling experience at Molokini Crater and Coral Gardens, like so many others do. My suggestion, is that when booking an ocean activity, you keep in mind that it is the ocean, and the ocean is exposed to variable weather which affects the quality of snorkeling at all locations, and there isn't an operator on Maui, who will take you to Turtle Town on a day when it is not safe to do so.
Great Snorkeling Adventure!!
Michael_W, Jul 2023
Excellent experience! The crew is very knowledgeable and really cares about their customers! Great food, fantastic drinks and very fun snorkeling experience! What more could you want!
The Hawaiian fish with the big name clearly visible
Carolyn_L, Jul 2023
Great morning of snorkelling at two lovely sites with breakfast, lunch and a few drinks included. Crew all working so hard to keep us safe on the boat and in the water - the crater area was nice but rather busy, I actually preferred the second site we visited off the island. Highly recommend this trip for those who like boats and snorkelling.
Response from Host, Jul 2023
Thank You for your 5-star recommendation and for praising the hard work of our amazing team, all of who strive to exceed the expectations of our guests.
Had a wonderful time with...
Hayk_S, Jul 2023
Had a wonderful time with the family with. The crew was kind and helpful when I felt seasick and provided resources to help me feel better.
Response from Host, Jul 2023
We are glad you had a wonderful time while in our care!! Thanks for joining us..
Great snorkeling trip
Georgia_A, Jul 2023
Amazing crew! Felt safe and informed the whole trip. Grandkids had a blast first time snorkeling and the slide was a bonus! Breakfast and lunch were delicious. Great way to end our vaca 💕
Family of 4 (40s, 10 & 13 yo) here!
Margaret_B, Jul 2023
Crew was genuinely friendly and quick to help. Safety concerns were addressed while still promoting lots of fun. Plenty of access to hydration, lunch, beverages/EtOH and cookies - and all very tasty! Service was excellent! Ample room on the vessel to move about and relax. Equipment was comfortable and clean. Locations provided good visuals -of course what you’ll see is out of their control… The “flow” of the itinerary was extremely well thought out, more so than expected. We docked around 1230/1ish and sooner than the expected 3pm. I will say, however, that I didn’t feel as if we missed out on anything at all -but thought I’d mention that if someone feels strongly about how much time you’ll be out on the boat. Great day, great crew, great sights -very satisfied. Go for it!
Response from Host, Jul 2023
Aloha, I am so proud of my team most of who have been with me for decades. Your safety is our number one priority, followed by making sure you have an unforgettable and amazing experience. After more than 40 years in the business it's still rewarding to read so many 5-star reviews from guests like you who appreciate the distance we go to be the best of the best. Our food is served hot off the grill, using the freshest ingredients, right down to our home-made white chocolate, macadamia nut cookies, baked fresh daily in our own commercial kitchen, just minutes from the harbor. The reason you have plenty of room, is because we are the only vessel on the island which operates at just 60% of our US Coast Guard capacity. We use only professional grade snorkeling equipment, which is sanitized and maintained to the highest level. I am not sure why you thought the tour returns at 3 PM, though as you say, 5 hours from 8 AM to 1 PM is the perfect amount of time to take it all in with memories not soon forgotten.
Good experience!
Haley_N, Jul 2023
About a 5 hour excursion from start to finish. They feed you a light breakfast with pastries, fruit and coffee. Then you make it to the crater for your first snorkel. All of the staff is great ensuring that you are secure and comfortable. After about an hour you are back on the ship for another trip to another destination during which you are fed lunch which was tasty. Then you are off to snorkel to look for turtles. Not much turtles to see on my trip although there was one huge one to gander at briefly. On the way back you get cookies. Overall a great experience! The staff is friendly and helpful. The accommodations are not bad, although I would note that I booked the more expensive trip that has only 60% the normal capacity. I could not imagine being comfortable with any more people. Even in the oven it gets crowded and you end up getting bumped into by the other guests at time. So i definitely recommend booking the less crowded trip. This is definitely a trip worth doing at least once!
Response from Host, Jul 2023
Mahalo for taking the time to shsre your 5 star experience.
4th of July 2023 Prid of Maui Voyage
Michael_S, Jul 2023
Pride Of Maui Crew are Superb, Professional, 5 star. The Captain All about safety, Fun & enjoyment 5 Star Captain Ocean was Spectacular
Response from Host, Jul 2023
Safety, Fun and Enjoyment is what we do and who we are! Thank You for taking the time to share your spectacular experience!
First time snorkeling
Richard_F, Jul 2023
Very nice experience with a very professional and experienced crew. Saw many fish at the crater. The next stop to see turtles was shortened by a change in the wind but the crew made sure everyone enjoyed the experience.
Response from Host, Jul 2023
We appreciate your 5-star review and for appreciating my expert team. We've been at this for over 40 years and love what we do!
Best Snorkeling Trip Ever!
Dawne_W, Jul 2023
First of all can we talk about the all women crew!!! Amazing service, there for everyone! The crew gave special attention to one of our group who, unfortunately, got a little motion sickness after the second snorkel. She's kind of shy, and was made to feel comfortable without making her feel self conscious about getting sick. Enough of that, the food was excellent! I was served my first Mai Tai by the captain who saw me relaxing during the groups 2nd snorkeling opportunity that I chose to pass on 😊. The crew as well as the captain were very attentive of all of us! Nice catamaran, good restroom on board, wetsuit well worth the low price of $10!! This is a must do trip! Beautiful fish, coral, and most of all the beautiful green turtles! A must do in Maui!!!
Response from Host, Jul 2023
BEST SNORKELING TRIP EVER! We love to hear this, and will continue to deliver on our commitment to exceed our guests' expectations, by providing a level of service in a class of our own.
Excellent day at sea
vincent_b, Jun 2023
Molokini was our favorite by far. More colors and fish to see. My daughters were very pleased with the Pride of Maui and the hard working crew.
Not the Experience I Booked
Cheryl_B, Jun 2023
It wasn’t the excursion that was the problem. It was that Viator misrepresented the experience to me. I called inquiring about a private cruise with a snorkeling excursion for 10-12 of us celebrating a special occasion. What we got was a boat with 76 people, no comfortable space to relax, and very little food and drink despite being told we’d have food and drink all Day. For someone looking for a mass snorkeling excursion, this would be fine but as several in our party just wanted to relax on the boat this did nut fit the bill. I ended up returning everyone’s money and just biting the bullet. I will never book through Viator again.
Response from Host, Jul 2023
I am not sure why the miscommunication you had with Viator caused you to rate us in this way, though based upon your review, it is not surprising that you may have been confused about what you were purchasing. The good news, is that there are countless (hundreds) of other guests who have been out with us, who would most definitely disagree with pretty much everything you have stated in your review.
Great Fun
Kate_B, Jun 2023
We had a great time and even took advantage of the opportunity to Snuba dive while on the boat. What a great opportunity to get a little deeper in the ocean without actually scuba diving. Great hosts on the boat and had fresh hot grilled chicken for lunch. Yum the slide was the best part!
Fun snorkeling trip.
Tracy_L, Jun 2023
Had a great time. The crew were nice, safe and very efficient. The boat ride was pleasant. Snorkeling was fun. We saw a lot of different fish, and a couple of sea turtles. Food and drinks were good. We really enjoyed it.

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