Molokini Snorkel Trip Aboard the Four Winds II in Maui, HI

Maui Classic ChartersSlip #80Maalaea, Maui, HI 96793
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Featured in Maui, Hawaii, Molokini Snorkel Trip Aboard the Four Winds II offers an exciting family-friendly experience. Guests can explore premium destinations like Molokini Crater and Coral Gardens to see spinner and Pacific bottlenose dolphins, reefs, fish and other aquatic life while enjoying free use of snorkel equipment and optical masks, a waterslide, an onboard daily movie, and more.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Maalaea, Maui Travel Experts
  • Bring a camera, towel, non-aerosol sunscreen, a light cover-up, and sunscreen.
  • Wetsuits and other equipment are available for rent onboard.
  • Guests (21+) who wish to consume alcoholic beverages must provide a photo ID.
  • Breakfast and lunch are served throughout the cruise.


from Molokini Snorkel Trip Aboard the Four Winds II
Aloha and welcome aboard Maui Classic Charters and get ready for some classic FUN! We are proud to be one of the top snorkel charter companies in the state of Hawaii. You are invited to experience the very best snorkeling tours that Maui has to offer. We provide you with the snorkeling trip of a lifetime to some of Maui’s premier snorkeling destinations like; Molokini Crater and Coral Gardens, as well as, the unique thrill of discovering Hawaii’s dolphins (Spinner Dolphins and the Pacific Bottlenose) in the wild.

Special Features:
- Roomy Deck Space
- Covered Cabin
- Large Glassbottom Viewing Room
- Free Use of Snorkel Equipment
- Fresh Water Shower
- Waterslide
- BBQ Grills
- Sportfishing
- Sound System
- Free Use of Optical Masks
- Optional SNUBA
- Marine Naturalist and Videographer
- Onboard Daily Movie
- Photo Services and Underwater Camera Rentals
- Wetsuit Rentals
- Tradewind Sailing

Tripster Customer Reviews

2 Reviews
Tripster Customer
Grandville, MI
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Good day out to Molokini"
June 2019
Enjoyable trip out to Molokini. The boat is fine, and the food is good and plentiful. The limited areas for getting on and off the boat during snorkel time are not managed very well by the staff. Overall, though it is not fault of the boat, I am not sure it's really worth spending around 2.5 hours out and back to see the fish at Molokini. I saw plenty of fish, albeit in more shallow water, right off shore both on Maui and Oahu. And I didn't have to wake up at 5:30am to see them.
By the way, there are like 50 different ways they try to get you to spend more money once on the boat, so either bring cash or learn to tune it out.
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Stephen Gregory
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Fun aboard the Four Winds II"
April 2018
We had an Excellent time on the Morning sail of the Four Winds II. The trip to Molokini was fantastic and we saw plenty of Whales along the way. we spent 2 hours at the Crater and had a great time swimming in the crystal clear water with endless fishes. We saw Dolphins, Moral Eels, Octopus, and thousands of fish. Even heard the Whale song under the Water. Food was good and there was plentiful alcohol after we finished Snorkelling and right up to the Harbour. Wine was not the best but there was plenty of it!
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Tip: Remember Suncream. It's chilly out on the water but the Sun is still STRONG

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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"So disappointing"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed August 22, 2019 NEW
DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY! This was not a cheap trip, but it seemed like it would be a good option with so many things to do like the glass bottom, slide, bbq lunch and snorkeling. Do not be fooled, this is a boat that just likes to pack as many people on as they can. We didn't sail at all (isn't this a sailing catamaran?), and any time they said anything on the microphone you could barely hear because maybe its a bad system, but I think it was mostly that the captain was mumbling everything. Molokini crater was so rough when we got there, I didn't think they would put us in the water, but they said we were going to snorkel there. The gear they gave us had hair stuck in the mask strap and the snorkel had some gunk on the mouth piece and another mouth piece was broken, SERIOUSLY?? I understand that they do this everyday, but I would have hoped they would have found a way to clean their gear better. (I later watched how they cleaned the gear and all they do is throw all the masks in a bucket with bleach and then throw them on the floor, rinse and done) They gave a quick snorkel lesson which we could barely hear and then sent us on our way. There were visibly nervous swimmers and the crew did not put forth any effort to help them more than the mediocre snorkel class, and anyone having gear issues was basically laughed and scoffed at and then eventually helped out of pity for how dumb they were to not know how to put the gear on correctly- does the crew not understand that some people have never even seen the ocean and that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to try something new in their lives? The lifeguard out in the water on a surfboard just sat out there minding their own business, while the crew positioned at the ladders seemed to find it difficult to give any assistance. Have they just done this so many times that they don't care anymore? I was hoping at least the captain would provide some kindness but I have never dealt with someone as rude and insensitive as captain Jayson. I don't think he realizes that a job in customer service is certainly not the best fit for him. The only time on the trip I felt like anyone even noticed me was by the first mate, who seemed to be overworked compensating for her useless crew and trying to get them to do their jobs, but still at least asked me how I was doing and if she could help me at all. However, out of all the crew they had, for only one person to take notice of me is pretty atrocious. You can't rely on one person to do their own job and the jobs of 4 other people! If I could offer this company any advice it would be to train your crew to show care for your guests and get a new captain who understands how to treat people with respect.
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"Great Staff"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 18, 2019 NEW
The staff was amazing, food was great as well. The trip went by so fast because we were having a ton of fun. The crater was beautiful and the snorkeling there was great. 10/10 recommend for anyone.
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Alice S
Tempe, Arizona
"One of our best excursions...."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 05, 2019 NEW
The staff couldn't have been nicer or more attentive. I was hugging the cabin with sea sickness when one of the crew came by and told me if I got in the water, I'd feel better. I took my 5 yr old granddaughter and with the help of one of the female crew we got a boogy board and got into the water and had a delightful time. The photographer Zach was not only entertaining but extremely helpful with the rental cameras and the photos he took for us. We had a delightful breakfast and delicious lunch and more fun than we could handle. I highly recommend this boat and crew. ...the best!
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"Worst snorkel trip ever"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed August 04, 2019 NEW
Do not waste your time thinking that this will be a lovely day on the water. Fourwinds was the worst snorkel trip I have ever been on, and I have been on snorkel trips all over the world. There was barely any room to fit because they had loaded on so many people. The wind was so strong and I thought they would cancel the trip but the captain just said it was a normal day in the windiest harbor in the world. The captain was not very friendly and didn't seem to care about anything, even when he was not focused on driving, and didn't talk clearly at all so we could never understand what was being said over the microphone. When we got to the snorkel spot, it took the crew several tries to secure the boat, and honestly the crew seemed seriously under trained. The only reason I am giving this review 2 stars instead of 1 is because the first mate, Aleesha or Ashley? was hustling so hard, trying to make sure everything was good, but her crew was completely incompetent. Most of the crew seemed really disinterested in even trying to help the guests with their gear or for the people who were uncomfortable in the water, but first mate was constantly running around the decks grabbing gear and checking on people. There were barely any fish in the whole area that we were allowed to snorkel, my snorkel had remnants of lipstick on it and I didn't see any turtles. Most of the coral looks dead and when I asked the crew about the wildlife and coral situation they were totally clueless. During lunch, the crew, Jim or Jon? who was grilling lunch, was taking forever to get burgers to the lunch area, and the first mate had to physically go out and grab them off the grill for us. Learn how to cook mate. Would 100% not recommend this boat or company to anyone wanting to go out and snorkel in good conditions on a reef worthy of making the trip out there. Also would definitely give the first mate a raise using the pay from the captain and crew wages because she pulled everyone's weight and is probably the only reason that boat is still running.
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Gilbert, Arizona
"Amazing Adventure!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 31, 2019 NEW
Our family group of 11 had an amazing time on this tour! The entire experience was amazing. We had a lovely brunch (fresh fruit and muffins, coffee and juice) as we headed out to the crater. We also had the option of renting an underwater camera to use while snorkeling (or scuba, snuba, or hanging out on the boat). We opted to rent the camera and we are so glad that we did. We got some amazing photos that we would not have otherwise gotten, and we took turns using the camera, so we have some awesome shots. The photo guy, Zach, was a real pro. He also took photos of all of the different activities we all took part in. His photos are some of my favorite of our adventures in Hawaii! None of our party did scuba or snuba but there were others on the boat that did. We also had the option to rent wet suits if we wanted, and we took advantage of that. We had a delicious BBQ lunch and they had plenty of tasty beverages once we were done with our water activities. Overall this was an amazing adventure with an awesome crew!!!! The crew really made this an exceptional experience! This crew is highly recommended and this adventure was the highlight of our trip to Maui!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Molokini Snorkel Trip Aboard the Four Winds II

Is this a kid-friendly activity?
Yes. The Four Winds II is the best vessel for families and groups with young children and the elderly. The boat offers glass bottom viewing, which young children find fascinating.

What type of sunscreen should I bring?
We ask that guests do not bring spray-on sunscreen. Spray-on sunscreen gets picked up by the winds and causes slippery decks around the boat which result in a safety hazard for our guests. With this in mind, we recommend that guests bring a squeeze-type lotion with an SPF of 15 or higher.

Are strollers allowed onboard?
Yes. Strollers must be collapsible in order to be onboard.

Are life vests available onboard?
Absolutely. We carry child and adult sized life vests at all times.

Can I participate if pregnant?
Our vessels are very safe and stable and often accommodate pregnant guests. Many even go snorkeling too! Ultimately, when it comes to a pregnancy, it is always best to ask your doctor 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 know what is best.

Is a lifeguard available during the snorkel portion of the trip?
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.

How much will it cost me to park at the harbor?
The cost of parking is .50 cents per hour or $12 for a 24 hour period.

Do I need to bring cash or can I purchase items onboard with a credit card?
You can use a credit card onboard to purchase SNUBA. However purchases for wetsuit 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 flotation devices available?
We provide (free of charge) Sea 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.

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.

How long will I be allowed to snorkel for?
Guests enjoy over 2 hours of snorkel time at our destinations.

Are vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free food options available onboard?
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.

With regards to a gluten-free menu, 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. The 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.

Can I buy aspirin or Dramamine onboard?
No, due to health laws and the risks involved with dispensing any types of medications, we can not provide these items to you. If you require any medication or think you may need some, please bring it with you.

What should I bring onboard?
We recommend that guests bring a towel, extra cash, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and a camera in addition to appropriate beach and swim attire.

Are wheelchairs allowed onboard?
Yes! The Four Winds II can accommodate wheelchairs on a daily basis. Please keep in mind that 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.