My 6 year old son was getting to be a pro at pool snorkeling and my 4 year old was watching every move. We tested their skills at our favorite beach, Charlie Young. My son did great! He was excited to see the colorful fish that we had talked about often.
Our daughter was getting to be a great swimmer but refused to wear a mask. This concerned us as we had reservations on the Pride of Maui, a large snorkeling boat that would take us to Molokini and Turtle Town in a couple days. We didn't push the issue with her as we would be happy if she wasn't afraid of at least getting her feet wet.
We arrived at the Pride of Maui early on Friday morning. The Harbor was in front of the Maui Ocean Center, Maui's world known aquarium. After checking in, we were fitted with masks, snorkels, fins and wet suits for those that wanted them. The Pride of Maui provides fresh fruit, rolls, coffee and more to greet you as you walk into the cabin, free of charge.
The first thing we noticed was a slide that made entry in to water extra fun. My son loved the fast slide with a 4-5ft drop to the water. Another surprise that my daughter discovered was that the Pride of Maui is also a Glass Bottom boat. Okay, it had glass bottom viewing area that made her really want to see the fish closer.
The last surprise was when we went to get into the water. The kids were fitted with life jackets for extra protection and my daughter was offered a boogie board with a fish viewer built in. It was like she had her own glass bottom boat.
Coral Gardens was the perfect snorkeling spot. We snorkeled, slid on the slide, and viewed underwater Hawaii. We even saw a octopus! The fish were incredible!
We dried off and enjoyed the free bar with refreshments such as Mai Tai's, Pina Colada's, 4 beers on tap, and soda and juices. It was a quick ride back to the harbor and we relaxed and truly knew what Maui hospitality was!
DISCLAIMER: This is not a sponsored post. My family was offered the chance to experience the Pride of Maui hospitality on a snorkeling trip. All thoughts are my own. Do not use any pictures without permission.