What’s in a Name…

After an eventful dive at Molokini Crater, the anchored was lifted and we cruised north to our next dive destination of the day. Along the way, the Pride of Maui offered an incredible lunch buffet which included hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, pasta salad, vegetables, rolls, dessert, and more–and they will also provide vegetarian options if you give them advance notice.

Located on the western side of Maui just offshore of the small town of Olowalu is a dive site known as Turtle Town II. The beautiful West Maui mountains are the perfect backdrop against the crystal clear turquoise sea, and with minimal waves and excellent visibility we could see the colorful reef more than 30 feet below the surface.

West Maui Mountains

This kind of looks like a watercolor, but I assure you that it was taken with my GoPro Hero3+

Our second stop of the day was a location known as Turtle Town II.

Now, let’s cut to the chase…one would expect that at a location called “Turtle Town,” your chances would be pretty high of seeing a specific type of wild animal, you know… specifically speaking… maybe some sea turtles, for starters.

Orrrrrrr Not.

Unfortunately for us, the Honu were not home that day, however, the fish were friendly so I spent some time trying to capture my new friends on camera.

Turtle Town II-4

Turtle Town II

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The Pride of Maui is a great choice if you’re looking for an activity for your whole family. They offer snorkeling, snuba (which is sort of an “intro” to scuba diving), and of course, scuba diving. Snorkel excursions are offered morning and afternoon, and they also offer whale watching tours, as well as sunset cruises.

Enjoy whale watching (in-season), breakfast, two different ocean locations to explore, lunch, and an open bar on the cruise back to the harbor (21+, obviously); prices for the morning snorkel start at $91+tax, including the discount to book online. I’ll admit that I was worried about the amount of people who were on the boat that day, but somehow they made it feel less crowded than it really was. Mahalo Pride of Maui!

Turtle Town II, Pride of Maui Turtle Town II, Maui


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  1. March 5, 2015 / 5:42 PM

    Great pictures and great place to scuba dive. I’ve only been to Maui once and I was lucky enough to see the sea turtles but it was a little intimidating because they were above me and they were HUGE! And I was not expecting them ?

    • March 6, 2015 / 10:30 PM

      Hi Leticia,
      Thank you! 🙂 It sounds like your experience was incredible. That would be so neat to see turtles from below, I’ve always swam next to them or above them. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your weekend.

  2. March 11, 2015 / 5:36 PM

    Great pictures, looks like you had an awesome experience.

    • March 12, 2015 / 9:34 PM

      Thank you, Elisa. It was a lot of fun!

    • March 13, 2015 / 9:57 AM

      Hi Princess Pepay,
      I hope you get to as well. It’s one of our favorite places on Earth.

        • March 14, 2015 / 2:46 PM

          If you need any help planning, just let me know 🙂

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