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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Seattle, Washington
"Relaxing Snorkeling & Wonderful Food"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 28, 2020
We booked this trip through Viator for about $235 for 2 adults. The first few days we were in Maui, the winds were calm but for the second half, the breeze picked up. It was enough that we didn't end up getting to go to Molokini Crater or Turtle Town but we weren't told that information until after we had already left the dock. It's kinda designed so they never have to give you a refund of any sort. I realize weather is an external condition that they have no control over but it was a lot of money for a simple snorkeling trip, which we've done plenty of times. I was paying for the ability to go to Molokini specifically. When you get to the harbor area, we found a small parking lot that uses the app PayByPhone and since we already had that set up on our phone, that was quick & easy to use. You then walk to Slip #80, which is basically the farthest possible slip. The departure is at 7am but if there's a line of people, it's not like they'll leave you behind. We were there for probably a good 15-20 minutes after 7am. When you check in, they ask what type of food you'd like for lunch but they don't keep track of who is getting what so ultimately, you can get whatever you'd like - I think they make extra anyway. So we set sail going North along Maui. Even before sailing, we could partake of some yummy tropical breakfast. It was plentiful and while not super filling, it was probably good considering we were about to be swimming. They were very good & efficient on handing out goggles & flippers and informed you not to put them on until you were in the water. They also had spray to clear your goggles out. They were really pushing paying extra for the underwater cameras or the sea boards and it looked like a half dozen people took them up on that. We did pay extra for the wet suit tops and since I was pregnant, I also borrowed a floaty that snaps around your waist, to be safe. We didn't see anything significant in the water, other than a turtle when we first got in, which was leaving the area. We still enjoyed watching the fish swim all around though. The water was calm and everyone was respectful of each other's space. At some point, they started cooking all the food and despite it being early, I think we ate lunch at 9:30am or so. The food is left out for the entire time, though, and there's plenty of it, so you're not in any danger of missing out on eating. We then got back in the water for a bit. I kept getting paranoid that they would leave us behind as they don't give us a time or a signal to let us know they're leaving. I think they kinda just observe that most people are on the boat and do a couple head counts to make sure before they officially take off. Everyone had bags kinda pushed under seats and people were more or less respectful that if a bag was there, that that space was claimed by someone. I didn't see anyone touching anyone else's stuff or hear anything about anyone missing anything. Once they're returning to shore, they'll allow alcohol but not prior. They were really really generous with handing that out. I would say they made 5+ laps around the boat to make sure people had refills of their wine, got new cans of beer, etc. Every worker we encountered was super super friendly, talkative and helpful. Everyone seemed to love what they do and we never felt like we were in any danger. They were great, on the way back, of pointing out the whales to everyone. We did sit in the boat's glass bottom section for a bit. It was pretty neat and one of the reasons I booked this excursion over others, in case we were 'watered out' but still wanted to observe the underwater wildlife.
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Gurnee, Illinois
"Ideal for the Whole Family"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 07, 2020
Our extended family of eight, ranging in age from 5 to 75, had a whale of a time on the Four Winds II on March 8. My daughter did quite a bit of research to choose this particular boat and it was the perfect fit. It was a windy weekend and we were concerned that the excursion might be canceled, but we went snorkeling at Coral Gables and it was terrific. The water was calm and not as cold as I expected --- be sure to rent a wetsuit for $5. Three members of our group did not want to snorkel but still had a great time sailing, whale watching and using the Glass Bottom Viewing room. The boat had two levels with plenty of shaded areas. The breakfast and lunch were delicious. I had not planned to eat lunch, but snorkeling makes you hungry! Everyone in the crew was friendly and helpful. They gave a lesson for snorkeling beginners. My granddaughters, ages 5 and 7, did not do well with the snorkel masks they brought, but were able to switch to the boogie boards (with viewing windows) provided by the boat and had a terrific and safe experience. Not all the boats provide such boogie boards, which is one reason we picked the Four Winds II. We even spotted a few whales on the way back, so that we did not feel the need to take a separate whale cruise. Terrific all-around experience!
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Rochester, New York
"Great experience snorkeling and whale watching"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 23, 2020
Boat ride was awesome and we got lucky with some incredible weather. Given the current global state of things we had a very minimal crowd, which made it feel almost like a private charter. Even though we were on the tail end of the whale season we got to see a LOT of whales and their babies. Snorkeling was awesome and the water was very clear. The reef is not super incredible, but seeing the wildlife was amazing and hearing the whales sing was pretty epic. We opted to go SNUBA while we were on-board. We were lead by Marcella who was a great instructor. Crew was really spectacular and food was yummy. One of the better outings we did on our trip. Would 100% recommend Four Winds II!
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"Great snorkel and great whalewhatch"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 17, 2020
We chose this company for the main reason that they have a great mooring location on the right-hand side / east side, the one towards Maui... we did the 5h morning whale whatching and snorkelling to Molokini trip. I have to say they really did everything to make our stay on the boat as comfortable as they could. the food was great, after snorkelling they even had someone go upstairs with drinks and their pulled pork sandwiches are really great. AND Captain Dan is really loving the whales and could tell great stories about them, it was even more informative than the whalewhatching of the official pacific whale whatching foundatition that we did the day before. on the way back they stopped on an offshore "turtle town" and we did see turtles from the boat. I think there is no need to do a second snorkel stop, we often saw the other boats mooring at places that you can easily reach from the beach. So go with these guys and spend more time in Molokini!
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Kalamazoo, Michigan
"Whales, good food, great service "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 09, 2020
This boat was the best!! From the friendly greetings to the amazing food. They went above and beyond. We stopped multiple times on our way out to Molokini to watch whales and learned a ton about them from Captain Dan. The snorkeling and snuba was fun at the crater. Delicious lunch and drinks and the crew kept coming around to serve us drinks all the way back. Best time with these guys for sure.
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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.