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

Maui Classic ChartersSlip #80Maalaea, Maui, HI 96793
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Overview

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.

Description

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
UK
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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225boba
Medicine Hat
"Great Crew Experience "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 01, 2019 NEW
Enjoyed a great snorkel excursion on the 4 winds during tough conditions (high winds). The captain and crew were fantastic and made the trip a lot of fun despite the less than perfect conditions. Still found a good location to snorkel and made the journey fun and safe!
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AlysonB1986
Los Angeles, California
"Family friendly snorkel fun!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 29, 2019 NEW
Booked the excursion for four adults three days before going - the woman who helped book us (I can't remember her name) was so helpful and positive! The crew was so welcoming. The environment is very much meant for families and especially good with small kids as they have a glass bottom to look out at. Unfortunately my friend and I got a bit sea sick (not the fault of the crew at all). The breakfast consisted of fruit, POG, coffee and muffins. Lunch offered something for everyone with pulled pork, hotdogs, chicken and vegetarian burgers. While I didn't drink, the crew came around quite frequently with beer (and water). Overall a good experience, I think I would have preferred a more adult outing with less young families - but then again, it's Maui! Also, understand why they do it but everything outside of alcohol, breakfast / lunch and your snorkels are an add on. I get that the people on the ship want to make additional $$$ but they came up to pitch about everything - the SNUBA, the wet suits (which is only just the top), the photos, etc.
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capricorntraveler
Washington
"Coral Gardens!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 05, 2019
I went to Maui with my parents and sister. None of us are good swimmers but we really wanted to snorkel, so we booked a trip through Four Winds. I booked my trip on the day of by calling their office. It seems like most tours in the afternoon go to Coral Gardens because of the wind. We were thrilled about going to Coral Gardens. The staff on the boat was extremely helpful. They helped my parents put on the snorkeling masks and gave them detailed instructions. When they saw my parents struggling, they offered a window board where they could just float and still see the reef below. I'm so glad they were able to enjoy the experience without going too much out of their comfort zone. -Snorkeling experience: Fantastic! The water was crystal clear. I saw different types of fish. There was a turtle somewhere too but I didnt get to see it -Food: they had decent vegetarian food that was ready once everyone got out of the water -Photos: I would recommend renting out the underwater cameras. Theres a photographer that takes pictures while you're in the water but they are quite pricey. -Whats included? Snorkeling gear, reef safe sunscreen, flotation devices, ride to and from snorkeling spot, lunch, drinks including alcohol.
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Merlin282
Carrara, Australia
"Molokini Crater Snorkelling"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 28, 2019
We had booked with Maui Magic to go snorkelling at Molokini Crater but unfortunately we received a phone call the evening before to tell us that the Company had to switch us (as well as others) to another boat as Maui Magic needed some urgent repairs. Whilst we weren’t happy with the arrangement , due to our original booking choice of fewer guests on board of the boat, it was good that they could still accommodate us on one of their other boats. The other issue was the additional cost to pay for the other tour whilst our original payment was refunded (several days before it actually hits our bank account) - another reason for this was we booked through an agent so the refund needed to come back through them. Anyway the trip over and back was relaxed, gentle and Captain Tim was very knowledgeable on a broad range of interesting topics. The crew were friendly, professional and approachable. Whilst there were about 70 guests on board seating was ample and no body was left standing. It was about 1 hour to reach the crater but just as we arrived the Captain spotted another boat just outside the crater and obviously following something interesting so we went over to see what the excitement was. It was a small pod of dolphin and we managed to get up close to them so everything had a nice view of them hunting or playing in the deep warm water off the crater. We had about 2 hours at the crater snorkelling in the crystal clear water inside the protected water. Whilst there was several other vessels moored at the crater as well there was still plenty of room for everyone snorkelling. The waters weren’t teaming with fish and marine life there was enough to keep interest in snorkelling around behind the boat. Whilst we were moored at Molokini, lunch was ready - a nice variety of offerings and plenty to have if you were hungry. After snorkelling was finished the bar was open to serve alcohol however soft drinks were available throughout the tour. As we headed back the Captain deviated to see if we could spot sea turtles and indeed several were seen and we got close enough to observe several at close proximity. All in all a nice morning spent on the water and on a mild sunny day.
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S2290WLem
Felton, California
"Strange experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed September 28, 2019
Based on the other reviews I had read, I thought this would be the perfect fit for us. Booking was easy and I was very excited for our adventure. The snorkeling was good, but the captain and crew were not what I expected. The captain seemed to be distracted with his head in the clouds, but I think that is because his crew is all sorts of hodge podge so he was probably worried about them. I am a confident swimmer, but others who weren't did not seem to be fully assisted by the crew. Lunch was nice and hot, with different options. I didn't think this was a party boat, but I must've been mistaken, because the crew was dispensing alcohol like they wanted us to get really drunk. I considered this to be a very strange boat experience because although the snorkel portion was enjoyable, the time on the boat was confusing from what I had anticipated. Find another boat if you are planning on a family outing.
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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.