Price includes freshly prepared BBQ lunch, open bar, and snorkel gear
(Fuel Surcharge & Tax Additional)
- Adult$59(save $10)Regular $69
- Child$49(save $10)Regular $59
Please note: Our destinations are weather dependent. Mother Nature nearly always cooperates. On days of inclement weather, Captain may select alternate locations where the conditions are safe and offer the best overall conditions.
Turtle snorkel tour
Splash into an ocean of fun
Late risers, sleep in, then join us for an afternoon of exceptional snorkeling. We routinely snorkel with the turtles at Turtle Town or enjoy a variety of colorful marine animals at Olowalu or Coral Gardens, depending upon which location is calmest, with the best water clarity.
What you can expect
Please note: While turtle sightings are very common, the sea turtles are wildlife so they can be unpredictable at times. Therefore, sightings cannot be guaranteed.
Turtle snorkel tour
Hawaiian green sea turtles
The Hawaiian green sea turtle is actually not green at all. The majority of these turtles have dark brown hard shells or carapaces. The younger ones, called hatchlings, will have black hard shells. Then, as they grow, orange and yellowish tints appear. Sometimes, they develop olive, gold, and reddish brown shades, or swirls and other irregular patterns.
Numerous studies by marine biologists around the world indicate that the green color is due to the algae that the animals eat. The algae, which is called limu (Hawaiian), is abundant in and around Maui’s coral reefs.
Although they can stay underwater for more than two hours, the turtle tends to go to the surface to breathe air every few minutes. Imagine observing these beautiful animals in their natural environment where they can reach up to 400 pounds.
Snorkel and SNUBA dive with Turtles
Snorkel at Turtle Town and have a chance to swim and snorkel with the amazing Hawaiian green sea turtles. At Turtle Town, the local turtles are used to the frequent human visitor—they enjoy the experience just as much as our guests!
rental$10 PER SUIT
The friendly turtles are playful and swim close allowing for perfect snorkeling photo opportunities.
Please note: The Hawaiian green sea turtles are NOAA protected and endangered species. It is illegal to touch them, feed them or harass them in any way. The best way to respectfully view our Hawaiian sea turtles is by calmly observing them.
Molokini and Turtle Town are home to a multitude of more amazing snorkeling locations to explore; interesting reef formations and lava fingers boast remarkable ocean wildlife. Surrounding the Valley Isle, we have a host of tropical fish species, Maui marine life varieties, and colorful reef configurations surrounded by some of the clearest tropical waters you have ever seen.
Snorkeling in Maui is most definitely a world-class experience. You will surely enjoy observing the behaviors of tri-colored Moorish idols, rainbow and countless other varieties of butterflyfish, ornate angelfish, saddle wrasse, triggerfish, and more marine beauties while exploring your Maui vacation underway.
SNUBA diving in Maui is the opportunity of a lifetime, allowing you to experience weightlessness and breathing underwater for about 20 minutes, at a depth of 15 feet under the watchful care of our expert SNUBA Instructors.
SNUBA diving requires no prior experience or special talents at all. You just have to be at least 8 years of age.
Turtle snorkel tour
Why choose us?
You will have a fantastic snorkeling experience aboard Maui’s largest maxi-power catamaran, which boasts superior stability and unsurpassable onboard amenities. You’ll enjoy a freshly prepared BBQ lunch and an open bar featuring quality labels.
Your snorkeling gear, the open bar, and your BBQ lunch are ALL INCLUDED in the price of the tour.
You’ll be provided high quality masks, fins and snorkels, which will all be sanitized. We even have prescription masks, with a range of magnifications to make sure you can revel at the colorful reef below you.
Pride of Maui is BIG and yes, bigger is better! Our sprawling observation deck offers unobstructed panoramic viewing and photo opportunities.
We’re equipped with a glass bottom, large hardwood bar in the main cabin, Wolf commercial BBQ grills, two restrooms, warm freshwater showers, submerged ladders for easy entry and exit from multiple locations, and a jumbo water slide for fun entries more than 10 feet off the water.
Your safety is our number one priority. Our owners have been in business for nearly 40 years and it shows in our daily operation. Your crew is certified and proficient in life-saving skills and CPR. Captains provide a comprehensive site orientation and snorkel lesson right onboard for those with little or no prior experience.
We post lifeguards in the water and on deck for your safety and assistance. Our modern vessel is equipped with the latest navigation and emergency equipment and your crew is highly trained in all aspects of passenger and safe vessel operations, so you can relax and take it all in.
Having the chance to snorkel next to majestic Hawaiian green sea turtles is something best experienced rather than described. But it is indeed magical!
With our multitude of amenities, years of experience, safety priorities, and freshly made cuisine; not to mention an all-inclusive price, we believe that you’ll have an incredible time!
Turtle Town, Olowalu, Coral Gardens & Molokini
(1:30 PM – 5:00 PM)
Monday – Friday
Turtle snorkel adventure
Turtle Town is an ideal snorkel location along Maui’s Southern coast. It is commonly considered the premier snorkeling spot for encountering Hawaiian green sea turtles in all their magnificence and splendor.
Green sea turtles are the largest hard-shell turtles in the world. In Turtle Town, you’ll have the opportunity to closely observe them in their natural habitat while snorkeling.
Curious by nature, these wonderful marine animals will gently approach a slowly moving snorkeler, providing outstanding photo opportunities.
The sea turtles are a protected species. This is why Maui snorkelers are reminded to always respect their space. The law prohibits touching, chasing or riding the turtles. Calmly observing and allowing the turtles to swim close, makes for a relaxing and unforgettable Hawaiian green sea turtle experience.
Molokini Crater is the most sought after Maui snorkel spot. One of the primary reasons Molokini snorkeling is so fabulous is the reliable clarity of the water. With visibility often more than 150 feet, it is a must do on your list of Maui tours.
There are only three volcanic calderas, including Molokini, in the entire world. In this offshore marine sanctuary aboard the Pride of Maui, sparkling waters are just the beginning of a truly rare experience you will not soon forget.
The Pride of Maui has the best mooring location at Molokini, away from the nest of other vessels and off to the South end of the Crater. The shallow coral reef is teeming with a vast array of colorful and fascinating fish and other marine animals. Familiar with divers and snorkelers, the friendly marine life on your Molokini snorkel provides a perfect opportunity to observe their behaviors closely.
The coastal waters of Maui boast some of the largest concentrations of Hawaiian green sea turtles anywhere in Hawaii.
The turtles position themselves at strategic locations on the reef, where the cleaner wrasses swim all around them, literally removing unwanted build up from their shells and appendages. Cleaning stations are found in shallow waters on the coral reef, which creates the opportunity for you to enjoy the beauty of the natural reef and interesting underwater lava formations while observing this natural relationship between sea turtles and cleaner fish. Olowalu is also home to a wide variety of colorful tropical fish and other unique marine animals.
Olowalu is frequently calm and protected by the West Maui Mountains, from the afternoon trade winds. This sheltering effect creates visibility often more than 50 feet, and since the reef offers a gently sloping bottom to about 50 feet of depth, it is the ideal location for all experience levels.
Coral Gardens is protected from the afternoon trade winds by high cliffs, with a gently sloping bottom terrain, gradually descending to a depth of about 40 feet. It is a great snorkeling location for beginner and intermediate snorkelers.
When Turtle Town, Molokini, and Olowalu are blown out by wind and waves, Coral Gardens often provides calm conditions and the best location for relaxed and enjoyable snorkeling. The underwater visibility at Coral Gardens is second only to Molokini Crater, which of course features the best clarity. The shallow waters of Coral Gardens allow the sunlight to penetrate and brighten up the reef, bringing out the vibrant colors and textures.
Coral Gardens is teeming with fish and offers excellent water clarity. Turtle sightings are possible at Coral Gardens, though not as plentiful as Turtle Town. Many of our guests want to visit Molokini Crater and Turtle Town, and we often do just that on our Turtle Watch Snorkel Adventure.
Turtle snorkel tour
Hot off the grill
- Cheeseburgers & Chicken Sandwiches
- Hot Dogs
- Pasta Salad
- Vegetable Crudité *
- Chicken Breast
For vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free requests, please give a 72-hour notice by calling our reservations line at 808.242.0955.
Please note: Our delicious BBQ lunch is typically served around 3:30pm-4pm after our water activities.
You’ll enjoy big, juicy burgers, grilled chicken breasts, veggie burgers and jumbo hot dogs with all the best topping options, cooked right onboard and served hot off the grill. Ours is a hearty lunch paired with pasta salad, vegetable crudité and homemade white chocolate macadamia nut cookies for dessert.
- Micro-brewed Beer
- Napa and Central Valley Wines
- Filtered Water
- Tropical Cocktails
Big Swell IPA
Pineapple Mana Wheat
Our Open Bar includes micro-brewed beer from local favorite Maui Brewing Company (Bikini Blonde Lager, Big Swell IPA, and Pineapple Mana Wheat) on tap, Napa and Central Valley red and white wines, tropical cocktails featuring hand-crafted spirits, juices, filtered water, and soda.
With advance notice, we’re happy to accommodate special food requests for Vegetarian, Vegan, & Gluten-Free.
For vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free requests, please give a 72-hour notice by calling our reservations line at 808.242.0955 (surcharges will apply).