DESTINATION: MOLOKINI or occasionally CORAL GARDENS
DAILY DEPARTURES: 7AM - 12:30PM
TRIP DURATION: 5 HOURS
DEPARTS FROM: MA'ALAEA HARBOR, SLIP #80
SAFETY FIRST: Your safety is important to us! Each of our crew members are Red Cross certified and excellent swimmers. While snorkeling, we make sure there is ample crew, both in and out of the water, for your assistance and safety. We also have a certified scuba diver in the water for those that SNUBA.
WHALE WATCHING: From December 20th - April 20th, this trip additionally features outstanding humpback whale watching action! Also, during this time of year, we are unable to utilize any of our sport fishing gear because of the whales.
Snorkel sites are selected at the discretion of the captain. We always attempt to reach Molokini when prevailing weather and conditions permit.
Four Winds II - Glass Bottom Viewing Room
Room Size: 65 Square Feet
Panels: 3/4 Inch Thick Lexan
Underwater Viewing: 180 Degrees
Location: Inside Port Hull, Below the Waterline
Access: Ladder-Style Staircase
Maui's Unique Glass Bottom Boat
Four Winds II is the only vessel on Maui to have a glass bottom viewing room that you can actually sit in! While other boats are only outfitted with a simple viewing port, they do not offer the 180 degree, total-immersion experience that sitting in an actual room, with glass below and in-front of you, provides!. It’s almost like sitting directly on top of the water!
When it comes to a non-swimmer, young child or grandparent, that is able go up and down the ladder-style staircase, there is nothing that can compare to our glass bottom viewing room, for providing them a great way to take a glimpse under the water without even having to get wet! Even those who have apprehensions with snorkeling, and questions about "what's below", can simply sit, relax and watch from the safety and comfort of this unique room! And this is no small room either! Our glass bottom room can accommodate three to five kids and a few adults all at the same time.
No Other Like It On Maui!
Sometimes, when the opportunity permits, our underwater diver will give the lucky people inside the room a show too! Our diver can even capture photos or video from outside looking in. Because the glass bottom room is inside the port hull, just below the waterline, an experienced swimmer or snorkeler can do a shallow dive and swim-up and say "aloha" to family or friends that may be inside the room. In fact, there is no better photo opportunity than the expression on your child's face when they look through the glass, for the first time, and see the fish or even watch mom or dad snorkel or SNUBA. And for the grandparent (or non-swimmer) who wants to be "part of the action" but does not want to swim, this gives them the opportunity to enjoy the thrill of watching the family snorkel.
We had this unique glass bottom feature specially incorporated into our boat design in order to provide everyone a chance to see and experience what is below the amazing underwater world of Molokini and Coral Gardens. This is just another one of the many reasons why the Four Winds II is the boat for everyone!
The Four Winds II - Maui's Favorite Catamaran!
Style: Custom Power Catamaran
Boat Designer: Morrelli & Melvin of San Diego
Boat Builder: Shaw Boats - Hoquiam, Washington
Construction: Cold-Molded Wood and Fiberglass
Measurements: 55ft. Long, 30ft. Beam, 4.5ft. Draft
Added Features: Shaded Upper Deck, Enclosed and Shaded Lower Cabin, Swim-Steps, Waterslide, Glass Bottom Viewing Room, Onboard Video Production Equipment, Television Display, Surround Sound System, Two Marine Heads (Toilets), Full Galley, Wet Bar, Twin BBQ Grills, 3 Boarding Ladders
Safety and Technology: USCG Safety Floatation Devices, Radar, Satellite Beacon, Depth Finder, Marine-Band and Cellular Communications
Speeds: Cruising Speed of 12 Knots (about 14mph)
Power: Twin 3126 Caterpillar Engines (providing 375 HP)
Capacity: US Coast Guard Approved for 149 Passengers
Designed For Snorkeling!
Four Winds II was designed especially for Molokini snorkeling and built with family fun in mind. She offers something for all ages and the Four Winds II can be enjoyed both by swimmers and non-swimmers alike. For those that don't feel like snorkeling, you can slide down our waterslide or soak up the sun on our two spacious-decks. But, when it comes to snorkeling, the Four Winds II has everything you could ever wish for! She offers multiple ways to enter and exit the water and her fresh-water showers will rinse off the salt-water and provide you with a refreshed feeling when you are back onboard.
But it is the Four Winds' crew, and their true "spirit of aloha", that really make her come to life and shine! We pride ourselves having the best crew on Maui! They love what they do, are well-trained in water safety, and are very knowledgeable with marine life, facts about the island and sailing in Hawaiian waters as well. Because Four Winds II is a boat for families, our crew is extremely skilled with accommodating a variety of ages. From the very young to the "young at heart", our crew is there to serve everyone's needs. One thing for sure, our crew is dedicated to provide everyone onboard with absolute fun!
Additionally, the Four Winds II is the only vessel with a Glass Bottom Viewing Room that you can actually sit in. This unique feature provides you with a 180 degree view (both in front and below you) of the undersea world. This is a great way for non-swimmers and young children to enjoy the feeling of being in the water even if they cannot swim or do not want to snorkel. There is nothing else like it on Maui!
Once onboard, you'll soon discover why both Maui's visitors and local residents consider her to be the favorite choice when it comes to snorkeling Molokini and Coral Gardens.
Our knowledgeable and very friendly staff is available from 7:30am to 7:30pm (Hawaii Standard Time). So please call us, during those hours, and you can personally ask us your own very important questions. We consider every single question important!
However, have a scroll-through the questions and answers we have assembled below and hopefully we have answers to what questions you may have...
Is this a kid-friendly activity?
Absolutely! The Four Winds II is known as "the family fun boat" and it is truly the best vessel for families and groups with young children or even elderly family members. Our boat is the one of the few boats in her class that can offer something for all ages. Four Winds II is the only vessel on Maui to have a glass bottom viewing room that you can actually sit in! While other boats are only outfitted with a simple viewing port, they do not offer the 180 degree, total-immersion experience that sitting in an actual room, with glass below and in-front of you, provides!. It’s almost like sitting directly on top of the water! This is truly the best snorkel trip for kids!
What is the best sunblock to bring for my child?
Typically the best sunscreen or sunblock for kids has an SPF factor of 15 or better. The next important feature is that it needs to be waterproof. Brands like Bullfrog work great for kids. Another important item is that it is a sunscreen your child has used before in the water. Many sunscreens are fine on land, but once they are exposed to salt water... they can cause severe stinging of the eyes. This is no fun if you have a mask on and your eyes are burning. So make sure you test the sunblock in advance before your trip.
Most importantly DO NOT BRING SPRAY-ON TYPES aboard any boat. They are hard to accurately apply in breezy situations and much of the content ends up on deck. Since they are made of oils this can cause slippery decks. Additionally the formula of many of these spray-on sunblocks can cause corrosion on a boat. Lastly, and also important to know, is that the over-spray often winds-up on your fellow passenger. So the best type of boat-friendly sunscreen is a squeeze-type lotion.
Can I bring a stroller onboard?
Yes! The Four Winds II, allows strollers onboard (provided they are a collapsible/travel type of stroller). The Four Winds II is a great boat for young kids and even children under 5!
Do you have kids masks and fins?
Yes we do. Our snorkel fins start at children's foot size of 8 and our snorkeling masks can fit kids 3 and older.
Do you have life vests for kids?
We carry USCG approved life preservers for all passengers only in the case of emergency. We also have vests for children 20 – 60 pounds. Additionally we are equipped with emergency life rafts too.
What if I am pregnant?
Our vessels are very safe and stabile and we often accommodate pregnant guests. Many even go snorkeling too! Ultimately, when it comes to your own pregnancy, it is always best-advised to ask your obstetrician if they feel it is safe for you to be on a boat or go snorkeling. Each pregnancy is different and you and your doctor knows what is best.
Are infants or babies okay?
Absolutely! We love kids of all ages aboard the Four Winds II and have them aboard daily. Because of the stability, comfort and more-than-ample amount of shaded deck and cabin space, the Four Winds II is the ideal vessel for families with very young children.
Do you have a lifeguard?
We have what we like to refer to as our "Ocean Safety Crew". This is a dedicated crew-member, who is on a large surfboard that keeps a watchful eye on all our folks in the water. They even provide assistance with your snorkel gear if you are having any problems.
While they serve the same function that a lifeguard does on shore, they are not lifeguard certified. However, all our crew-members are highly competent in the water and are also Red Cross certified in both First Aid and CPR. So you, and your children, are in good hands, both in and out of the water.
What drinks do you have for kids?
The Four Winds galley and bar is very kid-friendly! We serve POG (Passion-Orange-Guava Juice), filtered water, Sprite, Coke and Diet Coke. We even have a kid cocktail we like to call "Jungle Juice" that is a mix of POG and Sprite.
Boat & Trip
Is parking at the harbor free?
No, within Ma‘alaea Harbor, it has recently been made metered parking as of August, 03, 2015. The cost is .50 cents per hour or $12 for a 24 hour period. Although there is free parking at the outter lots of the Harbor Shops and Restaurants above the harbor, it is quite a distance away to walk.
What is the best age group for this trip?
The Four Winds II is known as the "Family Fun Boat" and offers something for everyone! From the very young to the young at heart, the Four Winds II is ideal for families with kids and older family members. There is so much room aboard the Four Winds II and plenty of shaded cabin and deck-space too. So people who do not even want to snorkel enjoy being aboard her for the day.
Another family-friendly feature is the Glass-Bottom Viewing Room. Four Winds II is the only vessel on Maui to have this unique feature where you can actually sit in! While other boats are only outfitted with a simple viewing port, they do not offer the 180 degree, total-immersion experience that sitting in an actual room, with glass below and in-front of you, provides!. It’s almost like sitting directly on top of the water!
When it comes to a non-swimmer, young child or grandparent, that is able go up and down the ladder-style staircase, there is nothing that can compare to our glass bottom viewing room, for providing them a great way to take a glimpse under the water without even having to get wet!
However, if getting wet is what you want to do... our super-fun onboard waterslide is the thing that is popular with many ages! There really is something for all ages aboard the Four Winds II.
Can I expect thrills and adventure?
You certainly can expect to have LOTS OF FUN aboard the Four Winds II. Both our Morning and Afternoon trips are a more relaxed and hang-loose style of trip. And this is why Four Winds II was designed for comfort and stability.
Is there a shaded cabin?
There sure is! The Four Winds II is equipped with one of the largest shaded cabins and shaded deck-space of any snorkel boat on Maui. She offers plenty of shade for everyone on both her upper and lower decks.
Can you purchase things onboard with a credit card?
You can use a credit card onboard to purchase SNUBA. However purchases for wet suit rentals, and underwater camera rental, a video of your trip, or tee shirts require cash. It is also handy to have a little cash with you, should you want to leave a gratuity for the crew.
Are there lockers onboard?
In over 25 years, we have never had any issues with theft onboard any of our boats. So the need to lock-up anything seldom is necessary. The best thing to bring is a water-resistant beach bag or knapsack that can be zippered up to keep items dry and protected from the salt air. Snorkeling and being onboard our boats is a casual affair. So as far as extremely valuable jewelry or watches, we suggest that you leave those items at your accommodations. Unless you do not plan on getting in the water of course. However, should you happen to have something of great value, you could give it to one of our trusted crew for safe-keeping.
Occasionally, with special medicines, people have wanted the captain to store them, while they go in the water, and we are always happy to do this if required.
Do you provide transportation?
Other companies may provide this service. However, when we return (at noon) and many people like to visit the Maui Ocean Center, enjoy shopping at the Maalaea Harbor Shops or just simply take some sight-seeing opportunities along the way back. This is something you can not do if you go with a "free-transportation" option from some other company. We recommend you check into renting a car, if even for one day. Depending upon where you are coming from on the island, it is often cheaper than taking a taxi.
Is there a place to change onboard?
Yes, you can change in one of our two "marine heads" (or restrooms as they are called on land). Although the space is limited and not roomy it does offer someone a place to change in private. Think airline lavatory as far as size.
What does “Molokini weather permitting” mean?
Molokini is always our first choice for the snorkeling on our trips because it is the most requested destination. We do not go to Molokini when the wind or the weather will not make it the best snorkel spot. (The wind direction is the key factor not the wind strength.) We do make Molokini 95% of the time on our popular Morning Snorkel and 50% of the time on the Afternoon Snorkel. When we can not make it to Molokini, our alternate snorkel spot is Coral Gardens.
What type of added flotation devices do you have?
We provide (free of charge) See Boards (or View Boards as some call them), Boogie Boards, and Sea Belts (a specialized snorkeling floatation belt that makes it possible for even non-swimmers to enjoy snorkeling) for anyone who needs them.
Do you provide snorkeling instruction?
We sure do! Our expert crew really know how to make snorkeling easy too! From non-swimmers to the first-time snorkeler... our snorkel instructors work magic and will have you snorkeling faster than you ever thought possible!
Do you have to be able swim to snorkel?
Actually you DO NOT NEED TO KNOW HOW TO SWIM in order to snorkel with us. Seriously! We offer floatation devices like snorkel belts that will keep you afloat without you even having to do anything. No swimming skills required!
Do you have kids masks and fins?
Yes we do. Our snorkel fins start at children's foot size of 8 and our snorkeling masks can fit kids 3 and older.
What size fins do you have?
We have an amazing range of sizes in fins! From kids shoe size 8-11 all the way up to adult shoe sizes of 13-15.
What size masks do you offer?
We have 3 different sizes or mask styles to fit just about any face. Our kid's mask can fit children from 3 years and up. We also have an adult mask for slender/narrow faces. Finally, we have a large mask for wide faces. So when it comes to snorkel mask sizes... we got the one for you!
Can I bring my own snorkel gear?
Sure! If you own your own mask, snorkel or set of fins we would definitely encourage you to bring what you feel comfortable snorkeling with. However, in the event you do not, we do provide you with snorkel, mask and fins for free.
Do I have to wear my prescription glasses when I snorkel?
No, because we provide the use of special prescription masks for those that need them at for free. We carry optical masks that can compensate from a -2 to -7.
Can we use life jackets for snorkeling?
We provide you with Snorkel Belts and Boogie Boards. Life jackets/vests or water ski jackets are designed to keep your head and chest OUT of the water, so these floatation devices are not conducive to snorkeling.
We provide you with over 2 hours of snorkel time at our destinations.
We provide you with over 2 hours of snorkel time at our destinations.
How do I see the most marine life while snorkeing?
The best way to see the most marine-life while snorkeilng is to spend as much time in the water as you can. Another important tip is to keep your eyes open and scan from side-to-side as you look at the bottom (or in front of you). When you have a mask on, there tends to be less peripheral vision, so turning your head from side-to-side helps to see more potential marine-life you could miss when you are just looking straight ahead.
Molokini Snorkel TIps:
- Head towards the actual island and not where the boat is. The closer to the island you get... the more smaller and more colorful fish there are.
- If you are competent and advanced snorkeler, you can kick-over to an area called "Reefs-End" to see an amazing array of corals and marine-life there. But please ask a crew-member for the best advice and direction before you attempt this.
- SNUBA is a great way to see more marine-life at Molokini. It gets you deeper and closer to the action.
Coral Gardens Snorkel Tips:
- If you want the turtles to come near you, is to swim calm and slow. No fast hand or arm motions. Kick slowly with your fins. Turtles are faster than you can ever swim, so if you attempt to kick to catch-up with them, they see you as a threat. So simply relax and be calm and many times the turtles will approach you!
- Because of its unique locations of corals, this location is best to snorkel around the area the boat is.
Snorkel Safety Tips:
- One important safety tip, to remember when snorkeling, is that you pop your head above the water to take a look at where you are and what your bearings are.
- It is good to also keep an eye on the boat as a way to know where you are and how far away from the boat you are.
- Do not attempt to dive deep or hold your breath for longer periods unless you are a more advanced snorkeler.
Can I swim with the dolphins?
he Four Winds II does not travel to the more rugged coastlines of Maui where the dolphins typically reside. So it is only on occasion that we see dolphins.
Can I swim with turtles?
Because of Molokini's unique location, and distance away from Maui's shoreline, it is not a spot that turtles will often travel to.
How often do you see dolphins?
On occasion we will see dolphins. But not often. Dolphins tend to locate themselves near, and around, the more rugged coastlines of Maui. These areas can be more rough-water and do not lend themselves to a comfortable or relaxed type of trip like the Four Winds II offers.
How often do you see turtles?
DAILY! Our captain takes the time to visit a turtle cleaning station during the trip. There you can see turtles surfacing for air above the water. Also, at our alternate destination, Coral Gardens, we see them quite-often both above and below. Our Afternoon Trip typically visits Coral Gardens due to the late-day weather conditions at Molokini. Coral Gardens is a great place to both snorkel and SNUBA because of this.
What marine life can I expect to see?
Wow, well that is a long list of amazing marine creatures you have the chance to see! On any given snorkel you can see dozens of different types of marine life! On most any day you have the chance to see Parrotfish, Butterflyfish, about a dozen types of Wrasse species, Black Triggerfish (also known as Black Durgon), Pufferfish, Surgeonfish, Unicornfish, Goatfish, Tangs, Pencil Urchins, and more!
Just remember... the longer you snorkel, the more you will see!
At Molokini, because of its unique location, some snorkelers, and those that chose to SNUBA, have been lucky enough to see, Octopus, Ulua, and three species of Eels. On rare occasion we have seen Eagle Rays, Manta Rays, Hawaiian Monk Seal, and other marine species that prefer deeper waters.
Our alternate destination Coral Gardens is known for its array of live corals. Typically our Afternoon Trip visits this spot. Another type of marine creature, people often forget is alive, is coral. The amount of corals vary in density and population depending on the location we snorkel at. While Hawaii does not have the highly colorful soft corals like the South Pacific does, you can typically see Antler Coral, Lace Coral, and a variety of Cauliflower Corals when you snorkel. Hawaii is actually home to two types of unique Cauliflower Corals that are endemic only to our waters.
Corals may grow as little as 1/4 inch per year and are prone to damage by anchors, swimmers, and divers. So please remember not to touch or step on live coral. Their delicate structure may be injured and then allow infection or algae to take hold, weakening and potentially killing the entire colony. Since December 1998 it is illegal, in Hawaii, to collect live corals at any time without a scientific collecting permit.
So remember, when it comes to the marine life... Enjoy them without causing damage. Take pictures and take home memories and not marine life.
When is whale Season?
The Humpback Whales usually arrive to Maui's warm waters at the end of November and begin to leave in April. We see them almost every day from late December until mid April. Since the Humpback Whales come to Maui's waters to birth their young and mate, the newborn babies are more active during the later months of their stay.
Food & Beverages
Are alcoholic beverages extra?
No, because all the drinks aboard our boats are free. We only ask that you drink responsibly and would never drive after drinking. Please have a designated driver if you plan on enjoying our open-bar.
Do you actually cook onboard?
Yes we do! Our charcoal BBQ grills get fired-up and our talented crew cooks burgers, boneless & skinless chicken breasts, hot dogs and veggie burgers. And they know how to cook a good barbecue lunch too! People always comment on how delicious our hot barbeque lunch is. Many of Maui's snorkel boats can not offer you a hot cooked meal. Additionally, our grills are located at the stern (or back) of the boat, the rest of the boat is free and clear of any BBQ smoke. Nothing tastes better than a nice hot meal after some good snorkeling or even SNUBA!
Do you have vegetarian or vegan food options?
We do have vegetarian burgers (Boca Burgers). However, we do not have any vegan menu items. If you do have special dietary requirements you are most-welcome to bring your own food onboard the boat. If you do bring foods, please bring them in a small cooler bag as our galley space is limited and we can not refrigerate anything for you.
If you would like more facts about our Boca Burgers you can visit their website for nutritional facts.
Please note that the veggie patties are cooked on the same grill as the meat items that we BBQ for lunch.
Do you offer gluten-free food?
Yes, we do! Our Morning Snorkel Trip includes a Gluten-Free selection of BBQ pulled-pork and marinated chicken breasts for lunch. We also have lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and onions that can accompany the BBQ pulled-pork and chicken breast. While we don't have Gluten-Free buns, you are welcome to use your own or use some lettuce leaves. For breakfast we offer tropical fruit and cream cheese. You are more than welcome to bring your own Gluten-Free muffin or pastry.
Our Afternoon Snorkel Trip offers Gluten-Free all-beef hamburger patties (with no filler) and Gluten-Free marinated chicken breasts with all the above mentioned trimmings.
Medical & Well-Being
Is anyone Red Cross certified?
Every single crew-member and captain in our company are Red Cross Certified in First Aid and CPR.
What sunscreen do you recommend?
Since sun reflects off the water, it is best to bring an SPF factor of at least 15. Bring squeeze-type lotions please. We do not recommend bringing the aerosol or "spray-on" types. With the ocean breeze, spray-on sunscreens are difficult to accurately apply without most of it going everywhere else but on your skin. Plus the spray-on formulas also corrode boat metals and make decks slippery when over-spray gets on them.
Do you have Dramamine or Aspirin onboard?
No, due to health laws and the risks involved with dispensing any types of medications, we can not provide these items to you. So none of our crew even carry them. If you require any medication, or think you may need some, please bring it with you.
Is it okay to swim in the ocean when I am having my period?
Yes, it is safe! There is no danger to you. Our female crew-members are always in the water and never have had any incident during their time of the month. Nor has a woman's menstruation cycle ever been scientifically associated with any form of danger from marine predators.
Will I get seasick or experience motion-sickness?
The Four Winds II was built for stability and a comfortable ride. She is 55ft. in length and 30ft. wide. She is one of the most stabile snorkel boats in her class. However, for those who want a little more insurance to prevent sea sickness (motion-sickness), there are a number of methods to overcome seasickness, including natural remedies and over the counter prescribed medicines. For prescribed medicine you will have to consult your GP. Natural remedies can be found at your local health store and pharmacy.
Ultimately, it is not just a boat trip that can be a worry for those that are prone to motion-sickness. There are many other activities and tours that motion-sickness can be an issue. Helicopter Tours, driving the Road To Hana and even driving up to Haleakala Crater (to see the sunset or sunrise) can all be an issue. We would recommend you invest in a type of motion-sickness preventative to make your Maui vacation enjoyable.
There are several natural potential remedies to prevent motion-sickness. Some of them only seem to work for certain individuals and situations. Hopefully you can find the right combination of things for your situation. Here are a few that our passengers, friends and crew have recommended:
- The most-popular and effective devices are Sea-Band Relief Bands. These are available at Amazon and other retailers. They seem to be the most-popular and effective on most people.
- PSI Bands are another great item available at Amazon and other retailers too.
- Ginger for some reason seems to be one of the better natural cures. Try a combination of things like ginger tea, ginger ale, ginger cookies, and ginger pills before and during your trip. Ginger root powder capsules are also available in health food stores and many people swear by the powder.
- Anti-nasuea Ginger Gum (from Sea-Band) is available on Amazon and other retail stores. That is also a highly successful product to use and have handy.
- People that tend to get motion sick or people that are not sure should always avoid caffeine or alcohol before and during offshore trips.
- Eating saltine crackers and drinking Coca Cola seems to help some people and can even act as a placebo when nothing else is available.
- MotionEaze, is a non-drowsey and non-pill form of natural motion-sickness preventative. It is applied behind the ear and many people (especially kids) find it effective. It too is available at Amazon and other retailers.
- Quease Ease is another non-pill natural option. it is an inhaler that provides an aromatherapy option against the effects of motion-sickness. It is mostly effective for adults or elderly who have mild issues with motion-sickness or those who do not want to take pills. It too is available from many retailers and also Amazon.
Onboard Techniques & Tips:
- One of the best remedies for dealing with motion-sickness is to get into the water! Believe it or not, this works 98% of the time. Your equilibrium will stabilize in the water and also the feel of the water surrounding your body is very calming.
- We have a Ginger puree onboard all our boats, that can be mixed with Sprite or Club Soda and works quite well. So if you are feeling slightly-off, simply ask a crew-member to make you our special natural Ginger Ale.
- Try to remain in a place where fresh air is blowing on your face.
- Try to keep your mind occupied.
- Try to keep your eyes directed at the fixed horizon, or land/islands, as much as possible.
- Stay on the lower-deck and stay out of the bathrooms or cabin. Enclosed spaces only aggravate the symptoms of motion-sickness.
What To Bring
Should we bring cash onboard the boat?
It is helpful to bring some cash if you should you want to rent a wetsuit, rent an underwater camera, purchase a souvenir video of the trip, a t-shirt or if you feel like tipping your crew.
Do we bring towels?
Yes! We recommend a beach towel. If you are staying at a hotel, it is always best to ask your hotel's beach and pool staff for extra beach towels the day before. This way, they are ready to bring with you and you can pack them in advance. In some hotels you can request to have these delivered to your room the evening before.
Should I bring a hat?
Sure! However, the Four Winds II is also a very well shaded vessel. So there is plenty of shaded cabin and deck-space that you can seek shelter from the sun.
What do you suggest that I bring for the trip?
We recommend the following items...
- Beach Bag or Water-Friendly bag to keep your goodies in.
- Non-Aerosol Sunscreen (over-spray from aerosol makes boat decks slippery).
- Light Cover-Up or Light Jacket
- Camera (make sure you've got lots of storage on your media card).
- Perhaps Some Extra Cash (should you want to rent a wetsuit or purchase an underwater camera, a souvenir t-shirt or if you feel like tipping your crew).
- We provide sanitized, quality snorkel gear and flotation devices free of charge. But you are welcome to bring your own gear if you feel more comfortable with it.
Are Wheelchairs okay?
Yes! The Four Winds II can accommodate wheelchairs on a daily basis. And we do this with great success too! Please keep in mind that the whomever requires the wheelchair will initially need carried up a couple of stairs or walk up, on their own, a couple of stairs to get onboard. Our crew will assist you in accomplishing this. Once onboard the wheelchair can be used.
What if someone in my group has a disability?
We welcome every passenger to experience the marvelous experience of being out on the ocean. We have accommodated many individuals, from young to old, that have various disability levels. Our crew is compassionate as well as amazingly adept at dealing with many types of passenger's special needs.
For many years, the Four Winds II has participated in helping to assist the Make-A-Wish Foundation in making it possible for children, with life-threatening medical conditions, to experience our trip at no cost to them. While we take an active role in caring about the environment, conservation and marine life preservation the Four Winds II cares most of all about people! That is why we continue to participate with providing fun to kids in need and donate many trips annually towards this worthy cause.
Can my child SNUBA?
Absolutely! If your child is 8 years or older they can SNUBA. And kids that are confident swimmers and can snorkel love the experience too!
Do I need to know how to swim?
Yes! You do need to be comfortable with snorkeling and being in the water in order to have the best possible SNUBA experience.
How deep can SNUBA go?
The length of the air hose determines how deep you can dive. Because Molokini is a protected Marine Preserve, there are rules in place which limits the depth of SNUBA diving to 10 feet below the surface of the water while we are in the crater. Ten feet might not sound like much, but it gives you a completely different perspective of the underwater world! Many people who were not sure whether they wanted to learn and get certified for scuba, try SNUBA diving first. Once they get the hang of breathing underwater, many decide they do want to learn to scuba dive and get certified. It is a great introduction to the sport!
How long does it take to do SNUBA?
SNUBA is so easy to do, it only takes about 20 minutes of onboard instruction and then you get to spend approximately a half-hour in the water with the fish. There is nothing like seeing all of the sea creatures up close and personal like SNUBA can offer!
How much does SNUBA cost?
SNUBA is reasonably priced at $59.00 per person and is payable to the SNUBA instructor on board via cash or credit card. This includes your SNUBA gear, air tank, instruction and everything you will need.
How old do you have to be to SNUBA?
The cut off age for SNUBA is 8 years old, as long as they can swim and are not afraid of the water. SNUBA is a great way to introduce scuba or just get to experience the marine life in a whole new way.
I am a certified scuba diver; can I dive from your boats?
We don’t host scuba dives, only SNUBA. Our insurance policy prevents us from scuba aboard our boats. We suggest a dedicated scuba boat charter for the best scuba diving experience.
What is the difference between SNUBA and snorkeling?
When you snorkel you are floating face down on the surface of the water, with a clear mask over your eyes so that you can see all the wonders underwater and have fins on your feet to make getting around in the water much easier. While snorkeling, you are breathing fresh air through your mouth (not your nose) by way of a curved snorkel tube that takes in the air from up above the surface of the water.
When you are SNUBA diving, you are swimming under the surface of the water, again outfitted with a clear mask and fins, but you breathing compressed air through a regulator mouthpiece that is attached by a SNUBA harness which connects your air hose to a scuba tank that is floating on a raft on top of the water. Because the heavy tank is floating on the surface of the water, you’ll be much more comfortable than having that heavy tank on your back as you do when you scuba dive. You will also be wearing a weight belt to neutralize your buoyancy, because you don’t want to be popping up to the surface.
You want to stay underwater to get closer to all the marine life. At first, it’s sometimes a little tricky feeling comfortable breathing underwater since it seems so unnatural, but once you catch sight of some of the colorful tropical fish or a turtle, most people overcome any anxiety they may have had.
Should we reserve SNUBA ahead of time?
We don’t take reservations in the usual sense. Let us know how many in your party are interested in SNUBA so we can put your name on a priority list. The space is limited but every effort will be made to accommodate all those interested in trying SNUBA and those on the list have priority. When you sign up it does not obligate you to the SNUBA adventure.
What is SNUBA?
SNUBA is a cross between scuba and snorkeling. You use a respirator to breath but the tank is not carried on your back, it stays afloat on a raft above you. You are attached to the tank via a 20 foot hose. If you have never been scuba diving but have always wanted to try it, then SNUBA is for you. You can check-out more on SNUBA by visiting their website.
Will I SNUBA alone?
NEVER! You are in safe hands when it comes to this amazing underwater activity. Your SNUBA instructor is certified by SNUBA International as well as a certified dive instructor. They will accompany you, and watch-over you, the entire duration your SNUBA experience.
Can I wear my shoes or slippers onboard?
Shoes on or off... we leave that decision up to you. While some boats will require you to remove your shoes, Four Winds II has deck surfaces that can work with most shoes and bare feet too. We do recommend shoes-off, when possible, since those wearing shoes can literally step on someone else's toes as they walk around the boat (OUCH!). So if you choose to remove your shoes our crew will keep them safe and return them to you when you disembark.
Ladies... keep in mind to "dress for the occasion". Snorkeling, and being aboard the Four Winds II, is an fun and very informal event. So high heels or platform shoes is definitely being "over-dressed" for the occasion.
Is tipping required?
Only if you want to. Although it is not expected of you, it is deeply appreciated. We take good care of our crew and we have one of the BEST CREWS on the island! But many of our crew-members also go out of their way to make each and every individual guest-experience unique and special. Rewarding them with a gratuity, for a job well-done, is simply the nicest way to thank them for doing a great job. As the humorous saying goes... "Wind and waves may tip a boat, but only you can tip the crew".
Glass-bottom Viewing Room
The only things we ask about entering our glass-bottom viewing room is that very-young children or infants are accompanied by an adult relative or parent.
The other important piece of etiquette, that we insist-upon, is that all people must be dry and no wet items are brought down inside. Since the floor is actually clear Lexan (used in making bullet-proof glass) it can become slippery when wet. So we keep the glass-bottom viewing room a dry and safe area at all times and for all ages.
We firmly believe in making sure that you and your family are safe while you enjoy all the snorkeling fun! Each of our crew members are Red Cross certified and excellent swimmers. While snorkeling, we additionally make sure there is ample crew, both in and out of the water, for your assistance and safety. We also have a certified scuba diver in the water for those that SNUBA.
Ultimately it's our crew that gives the Four Winds II its personality. They really know how to make sure that every passenger, especially the kids on board, gets the attention they deserve and that everyone has fun! And our crew loves kids! They know how to ensure their safety and each crew member goes all-out when it comes to making sure that everyone is having a great time! Even our Captain gives the kids a chance at the helm and take turns at driving the boat when the opportunity permits. How cool is that! A fun crew and Four Winds II will make your family's Maui snorkeling tour a truly memorable experience!
Yup, we have a waterslide onboard, for kids and adults to enjoy! Slide down and it will shoot you out into the clear blue ocean waters! This fun feature is just one of the things that adds to the fun on the Four Winds II. Once off the slide, there is a swim-up staircase, located on the bow of the boat not far from the slide, that makes it really easy to get back onboard to go down the waterslide again for another splash!
Glass Bottom Viewing Room!
No other boat has this! And our Glass Bottom Viewing Room is always a hit with kids and families! You do not even have to be a swimmer to get the sensation of being right in the middle of the snorkeling action, when you sit in safety and comfort and see all the amazing underwater sights. Click here to read more about this cool feature.
While other boats may serve fancier fare, the Four Winds II serves up a hearty, all-American, barbecued, delicious, lunch! And we BBQ right onboard! We believe that a fun trip should feel like a summer's day picnic out at sea every day! Nobody goes hungry with tiny portions on our boat! This is one of the reasons why so many families, who return to Maui year-after-year, choose the Four Winds II, again and again, for their preferred snorkeling adventure. Our BBQ is just simply yummy! So delicious, in fact, that over the years many of the crews from other boat companies, moored nearby, have actually swam-over to the Four Winds II to get some of our BBQ lunch for themselves. Now that says something about our food!
Added Gear for Kids!
Four Winds has free use of kids-size masks and snorkels, kids-size wetsuits rentals (available at our onboard rental store), free use of view port boards (like a boogie board but with a glass port built in so you can see what is below without even getting your head wet), float boards, water noodles, and free snorkeling instruction for kids.
SNUBA for the Whole Family!
For a nominal added cost, we offer SNUBA for kids and adults. This is a blast for the adventurous kid that wants to experience this incredible activity. It is totally safe and unlike scuba, it does not require certification or wearing heavy and cumbersome gear. In fact the whole family can do this activity and it is something that can really make your family's Maui vacation memorable. Check out more about SNUBA here.
Cool Fish Tattoos!
Yup, if you like, you can even show-off your Four Winds II pride with a free, hypoallergenic, temporary tattoo! Our super-fun puffer fish tattoo is a real hit with kids and well, yes, even with the adults who are still kids at heart too!
Four Winds Is Truly The Boat For Family!
From the very young, to the young-at-heart, Four Winds is the boat for the entire family and anyone of every age! All of us at Maui Classic Charters truly recognize how precious each and every moment you have with your children and family are and we know how valuable your vacation time is too! We work hard to provide your family with a trip, and the excellent experience, that will create memories to last a lifetime!
Add SNUBA to Your Adventure!
There's no-better way to see the wonders of Maui's coral reefs! So don't miss the opportunity to SNUBA and add it to your adventure! This exhilarating underwater experience can be added, for only $59, to your Four Winds II adventure. While the boat makes way to the daily snorkel destination, our professional instructor will guide you through a short (usually 15-20 minutes is needed) onboard instruction - lesson in the use, techniques and procedures of SNUBA.
When you arrive at the snorkel destination, you are ready to get wet and start your SNUBA fun! Our SNUBA experience (in the water) lasts approximately 20-30 minutes. It is safe and you are not alone when you go! You are actually accompanied by a Scuba Diver - Instructor that is dedicated to overseeing your safety and assistance. But, the Scuba diver is not just there for your safety... They are also there as your personal underwater group guide. They will point out and even introduce you to many of the wondrous marine life that live at these destinations. Since most or Maui's snorkel sites have depths of 10 - 35 feet, SNUBA is a great way to really see all of the marine life that abounds under the surface.
So, while most others are snorkeling on the surface, you can be one of the lucky few that are right in the middle of all of the wonderful sights and up-close to see turtles, colorful corals, colorful fish and other exiting forms of marine life. You really get the most of any snorkel destination with SNUBA! Plus, we still provide you with enough time to snorkel too!
SNUBA is Easy and Safe!
All our SNUBA instructors are Licensed and also Certified Divers. You are assured to be in good hands and under their watchful care at all times!
SNUBA was created for those who enjoy the simplicity of snorkeling and would like to experience the wonders of breathing underwater. SNUBA is a unique, patented, shallow water, diving system that bridges the gap between snorkeling and scuba diving. SNUBA is safe and easy and does not require certification. To do SNUBA you should have strong swimming skills and previous snorkeling experience is helpful. There are some medical conditions that may preclude being able to SNUBA. So, you should discuss any concerns which you may have, with your SNUBA instructor when you are on board the boat. It is easily accessible to couples, families, children (8 years and older), and even seniors. This is truly a unique experience to try!
Simple As One, Two, Three!
- Participate in a 15-minute safety briefing; learn how to use SNUBA and what to expect during your guided tour.
- Get geared up for SNUBA with your mask, fins, weight belt and SNUBA harness.
- Swim, breathe and explore the underwater world of Molokini or Coral Gardens (at your level of comfort) with your highly skilled and certified SNUBA Guide.
Like Scuba, But Without the Hassle!
SNUBA is quite a bit different from scuba! Although they both share in providing you the ability to breathe underwater, SNUBA does not have the learning curve or equipment issues of its distant-cousin, Scuba. SNUBA divers breathe underwater by means of a long air line which is connected to a standard scuba tank. The tank is mounted on a raft that floats on the surface that follows your every movement. During the dive you are never more than a few feet from the security of the raft floating on the surface.
The air line is secured to your body by means of a special harness that you wear that prohibits the regulator (or mouth piece) from pulling away from you. The airline allows you to tour underwater near the bottom, at mid-water or on the surface depending on your level of comfort. There is absolutely no heavy or cumbersome diving gear that you have to wear. Plus, there is none of the classroom or studying necessary like in SCUBA. Within minutes, anyone (that is willing) can be on their way to enjoying the exhilaration of breathing underwater and enjoying the sights that are missed when snorkeling.
Easier Than Snorkeling!
- SNUBA allows you to explore a 3 dimensional world you cannot enjoy while snorkeling.
- You breathe through a simple to use regulator while your air supply floats on a comforting support raft at the surface.
- Enjoy at any depth–– surface, 2 feet, 10 feet, 20 feet… SNUBA is experienced at your own level of comfort, and your SNUBA Guide will be with you throughout the entire tour.
Enhance Your Four Winds II Trip!
You will really get the most out of any of the snorkel destinations that Four Winds II services and enhance an already amazing experience even more when you choose SNUBA as an option. The reefs we SNUBA at have beautiful and abundant marine life and so much of it is below the surface (at depths of over 10 feet) of the water where the average snorkeler cannot reach on a single breath of air or stay down for an extended period of time to really enjoy it.
Discover the exciting underwater world of Maui with the ease of SNUBA. It is safe, fun and easy to do! SNUBA sells-out quickly once people see just how fun and easy it is. So, be sure you reserve your SNUBA adventure ahead of time. This way you'll secure the opportunity, and not miss out, since SNUBA is limited to small groups (2 separate groups of 6 for a total of 12 people) on each daily charter.
Reserve In Advance!
Maui Marine Images
Maui Marine Images is a team of professional underwater photographers and marine naturalists that provide a variety of services including camera rentals, portraits and videos. They strive to offer the guests aboard the Four Winds II a variety of high tech, cutting edge, methods of entertainment and products to remember their trip aboard the vessel. The photographer will be with you on the boat and in the water as they take stunning portraits and video of you and your family. Afterwards you will be entertained onboard by a display of still images and video on the large TV monitor in the shaded cabin while the Four Winds II makes her way back to the harbor. During this presentation you’ll have a chance to see what the photographer captured and created, as well as learning about the marine life. This has become one of the highlights of the trip for many of our passengers. Because they utilize high quality video cameras and high resolution digital still cameras, the images are better than you could capture yourself, making this service invaluable and worth the price.
Maui Marine Images is proud to offer very high quality underwater images of our guests while they are in the water snorkeling, snuba diving, enjoying the sea boards, kids in the glass bottom, etc. taken by one of our professional photographers. These photos are shown as a slide show on board so guests can enjoy seeing photos of themselves and their families as well as a collection of marine life that we’ve encountered. Still images have become more popular recently due to their usability. The high-resolution JPEG images of the guests and the marine life are available to take home. These images can then be printed, used as screensavers, scrap-booked, emailed to friends or family, or posted on social media sites. The underwater still images that we take of the guests aboard the boat and the beautiful marine life have become the most popular item we offer!
The DVD digital video created onboard each trip is jam-packed with all of the trip's best moments! From the very beginning of the trip, our onboard videographer begins capturing the action, events and personalities on deck. Once we reach the snorkeling and snuba destination, the videographer dives in with SCUBA gear to capture the action below. The videographer diver makes their way around to you, as well as others, and ensures that the marine life that showed up that day gets their place in the spotlight too. Once the snorkeling is over, the videographer begins editing and compiling the video footage, adding narration or subtitles, and adding music creating a storytelling entertaining video of that trip. This video is shown on the way back to the harbor for everyone to enjoy. What a great way to take home all the memories of your trip! Another format of video available is video clips. These high definition individual video clips, (MPEG4), are becoming increasingly popular because now our guests have the ability to create their own video at home using the footage that we have shot, or better yet they can post the video footage of themselves snorkeling or diving on social media for their friends and families to enjoy!
|Video & Photography Services Offered||AM Trip||PM Trip|
|Professional Video of Your Trip - 1 DVD||$40||$35|
|Still Photos of Your Trip - 1 CD||$40||$35|
|Go Pro Rental||$40||$40|
|Combo Package of Photo CD & Video DVD||Varies||Varies|
For Digital Photos: 1 Photo CD with loads of high-resolution images, (JPEG), of marine life and your photos from the day.
For Video: 1 DVD (multi-platform compatible), of your actual trip, as it was shot, published to DVD right onboard the boat, set to music with narration or subtitles and inserted into a full-color slip case.
For Video Clips: 1 DVD of the high-definition video clips, (MPEG4) of you and your family as well as marine life clips that you can post online, or assenble with your other Hawaii vacation footage.
Underwater Digital Camera Rental
We also provide waterproof, high-quality, Sony digital camera rentals onboard the Four Winds II. We have customized specific settings to make sure the camera provides you with the best quality photos for our environment. These cameras are capable of shooting both still images and video and are easy to operate. The underwater camera rental fee is only $40 and that additionally includes camera-instruction, plus all the images and video you shot transferred to a CD. Now that is a deal! These cameras will work both above and below the water, so you can capture all the action onboard the boat as well as all the amazing marine life you will see while snorkeling. The images and video you can capture with these cameras will certainly add lots of "wow" to your Facebook and YouTube pages!