Whether you join us for a Maui snorkeling tour on the Four Winds II or the Maui Magic Dolphin Discovery, you are certain to have a terrific time! The boat you choose should be based on the people traveling to ensure the very best experience.
If you are an adventurer that likes the wind in your hair, getting a chance to see dolphins in the wild, and the thrill of discovering a side of Maui that only a few will see… the Maui Magic is for you! The custom-built 54 foot, state-of-the-art, fast and comfortable power catamaran is totally unique in every way.
She was designed for Adventure Snorkeling. The experience you have aboard the Maui Magic is more than just your average snorkel tour! This is a true Hawaiian experience, with your Captain sharing interesting and unusual facts about Maui’s history, legends and culture. Our crew even begins the day with a traditional blowing of the Hawaiian Conch Shell! How’s that for different?
Four Winds II is a 55 foot, glass bottom catamaran – fondly referred to as “THE BOAT FOR FUN-LOVERS”! She offers two different Maui snorkeling trips to choose from daily. The first, and most popular snorkeling tour, is our morning snorkel to Molokini Crater. The second trip (perfect for late-risers or those that prefer a later start) is the afternoon snorkel to Coral Gardens or Molokini (when afternoon trade-winds permit us to reach the crater). Our boat trips offer something for everyone! Both boat tours are ideal for all ages and accommodate every level of snorkeling experience.
Whether you’re heading to Maui for the very first time or you are a seasoned visitor, be sure to check-out our trips and choose the snorkeling tour that’s perfect for your Maui ocean adventure!
Antler (or Staghorn) Coral is a stony, reef-building coral and inhabits most coral reef habitats in waters to about 75 feet in depth, usually living on horizontal surfaces.
The practice of blowing the conch shell, or “p’u”, dates back to the ancient past and continues in many present-day traditions in Hawai’i.
The popularity of the Triton’s trumpet is due as much to its beauty and size as to its ability to make sound when the tip of the shell’s pointed spire is removed or filed down (known as “blowing the p’u or conch shell”). The ribbed, spiral shell’s spotted inhabitant is the largest known snail in Hawaiian waters.
In generations past, special shells were cherished and handed down as a type of family heirloom. Today, it is not uncommon to find shops and web sites selling the Triton’s trumpet shell, the most commonly used type of p’u, to collectors and visitors who may have little idea of the shell’s cultural importance and even less knowledge of the animal that produced and lived inside this shell.
When allowed to mature undisturbed, they can reach 20 inches in length, but Tritons of this impressive size have become rare in Hawaiian waters and elsewhere.
Smaller ones can sometimes be found in relatively shallow waters at average depths of 9 to 75 feet in coral-rich habitat or around volcanic rock. Not known to stray far from their home bases and are presumed to live for many years. Longevity of Tritons likely depends upon availability of food, water conditions and harvesting practices.
As with most snails, the Triton’s trumpet snail possesses a head, eyes and tentacles. Its mouth is located at the end of a long tube or proboscis, a trunk-like feeding organ.
It can crawl about using its broad powerful “foot.” The creature’s beautiful shell protects its soft body and internal organs.
Tritons locate prey by scent and tend to hunt at night, preying on starfish and urchins, most notably the cushion star, red pencil urchin and crown of thorns sea star. The Triton is the sea star’s main predator and plays a unique role in keeping the coral reef safe from it.
The Triton trumpet’s name derives from the Greek god, Triton, who is often pictured blowing a trumpet shell horn to calm rough seas during a tempest.
Should you find yourself lucky enough to get a glimpse of a Triton’s trumpet while on a Maui snorkel tour, always enjoy with your eyes only … leave them where they live. Every living creature plays an important role in maintaining the delicate balance of reefs that may already be severely impacted by a host of causes.
Every year SNUBA International likes to extend a special thank you to a select operator for their exemplary performance. Evaluation is based on guest comments, Guide professionalism, tour quality, innovation and overall commitment to the SNUBA program. For 2013 we recognize South Pacific SNUBA as our Operator of The Year. South Pacific SNUBA is based in Maui, HI; owned and operated by Jamie Nygren. For more than 24 years South Pacific SNUBA has been a popular and successful activity onboard the Four Winds II, a 55 foot catamaran owned by Maui Classic Charters.
Jamie’s involvement with SNUBA began in 1989 following an extended leave of absence from his job as a commercial hard-hat diver. A far cry from his childhood New York stomping grounds, Maui provided new opportunities and the chance to share the ocean with the masses, “I just get a kick out of turning people on to the underwater world and SNUBA is my vehicle of choice” says Jamie. Averaging roughly 200 guests per month, Jamie keeps the guests of Four Winds II engaged and entertained at their various SNUBA and snorkel spots. Be it in the unique setting of the extinct volcanic vent of Molokini crater, the turtle laden waters of Makena Bay or in the colorful reefs of Coral Gardens, there is something for everyone.
Four Winds II integral relations with SNUBA has helped pioneer the Hawaii snorkel charter industry and continues to set standards for quality, value and customer service. “Jamie has been a loyal and trusted member of the FOUR WINDS II family for many years. He has educated and exposed many adventure seekers to the thrill of breathing air underwater and the wonder of the marine environment on Maui. He is an asset to the Four Winds II adventure experience,” says Chip Caldwell, owner of Maui Classic Charters.
Beyond his dedication as a SNUBA operator and Guide, Jamie’s background and experience have provided a valuable resource in developing SNUBA standards and preliminary testing with new and updated equipment. Involvement since our infancy Jamie has seen many years and many changes but for Jamie it’s still about “the joys of breathing underwater, hanging weightless and at one with the sea, the joy and elation, fascination, the sense of personal achievement – that’s what we bring to our guests every day. That’s my reward.”
Michael Stafford, President and CEO, sums it up this way: “Jamie is a true SNUBA pioneer. If SNUBA had a Hall of Fame, Jamie would be the first inductee. He is a class act.”
Discover SNUBA onboard Four Winds II based in Ma’alaea harbor, Maui. With trips offering SNUBA, snorkel and much more twice daily at http://www.fourwindsmaui.com
A nudibranch is a type of sea slug and a member of “Nudibranchia”, a group of soft-bodied, marine gastropod mollusks which shed their shell after their larval stage. They are noted for their extraordinary colors and striking forms with over 3,000 known species in existence and new species still being discovered.
Nudibranchs can be found in seas worldwide, including both the tropics and Antarctica and live in virtually all depths of salt water, including the inter-tidal zone to depths of well over 2,000 feet, with the greatest diversity seen in warm, shallow reefs.
Nudibranchs move on a flat, broad muscle called a foot, which leaves a slimy trail. They are usually found on the ocean floor, but some can swim short distances in the water column by flexing their muscles.
They range in size from a few millimeters to a foot long, and can weigh up to about 3 pounds and are endowed with such fantastic coloration and color patterns, they deserve to be called gems of the sea!
Make no mistake … kids of ALL ages love the Four Winds Maui Molokini Snorkel Tour! Whether young or young at heart, we offer something for everyone in the family. Fondly referred to as “THE BOAT FOR FUN-LOVERS”! She offers two different Maui snorkeling trips to choose from daily. With ample interior cabin and exterior deck space, both the sun-lover and the shade seeker will be happily surprised.
Year after year our snorkel cruise is a family favorite with visitors to the island. Even Maui locals, consider her to be one of the best boats to Molokini! Our guests constantly tell us that, cruising with the Four Winds crew and exploring the amazing underwater sights of Molokini or Coral Gardens was the highlight of their Hawaiian vacation. Our Morning Molokini Snorkel Tour has made us famous and will ensure our success into the future. One of the reasons our morning tour is so popular is because it has the best success in reaching Molokini and offers the most time inside the Crater (about 3 hours total). Unlike other trips offering 2 snorkel spots, the Four Winds gives you the most time to relax and enjoy snorkeling by staying at one location the longest.
From the novice snorkeler to the most experienced, the Four Winds II is the perfect snorkel boat for every level! Our crew are amazing at making snorkeling easy, fun and safe. From the very young to the young at heart everyone has a fabulously-fun time aboard our boat!
Even those who don’t want to get wet, or go snorkeling, will enjoy their day aboard with our glass bottom viewing room, comfy and spacious shaded-cabin or the roomy deck space where you can stretch-out and soak in the sun. Flotation devices of all kinds and our custom-designed “See-Boards” allow everyone to join in the fun … a definite plus when planning a day of fun on the water for a family!
Anytime you join one of our fun days on the water, whether heading out with us on the Four Winds II Maui Molokini Snorkel or on the Maui Magic Dolphin Discovery, you should consider the SNUBA options on board.
SNUBA offers a wonderful alternative to SCUBA diving for many people, as you are connected to a central air supply and able to go at your own pace without certifications required.
According to Wikipedia, “Snuba is a form of surface-supplied diving in which an underwater breathing system developed by Snuba International is used. The word Snuba is a portmanteauof “snorkel” and “scuba“. The swimmer uses swimfins, a diving mask, weights, and diving regulator as in scuba diving. The air, however, instead of coming fromtanks strapped to the diver’s back, comes through a long hose from tanks on pontoon rafts on the surface (which is different than Hookah diving, where air is generally supplied with a gas-powered air compressor).”
All of our SNUBA instructors are Certified Dive Masters with many years of experience and love what they do!
What an amazing time to be on Maui! We fondly refer to this as “whale soup” when Humpbacks are everywhere!
This very unusual shot was captured by our crew from the Maui Magic Dolphin Discovery and was a delight for all of the guests on board yesterday.
If you haven’t yet experienced the thrill of Dolphin and whale watching, now is the time! For families, our sister boat, the Four Winds II is also a stellar trip, complete with a glass bottom viewing room for kids of ALL ages.
The Hawaiian monk seal is an endangered species that is endemic to the Hawaiian Islands and is one of two remaining monk seal species; the other being the Mediterranean monk seal. The Hawaiian name is The Hawaiian monk seal is an endangered species that is endemic to the Hawaiian Islands and is one of two remaining monk seal species; the other being the Mediterranean monk seal. The Hawaiian name is ʻIlio-holo-i-ka-uaua, or “dog that runs in rough water” or “dog that runs in rough water”
“Aloha Friday” officially began in 1966 and young adults of the 1960s embraced the style, replacing the formal business wear favored by previous generations. By 1970, Aloha wear had gained acceptance in Hawaii as business attire for any day of the week.
This all started in 1962, when a professional manufacturing association known as the Hawaiian Fashion Guild began to promote “Aloha shirts” (often called Hawaiian shirts) and clothing for use in the workplace, particularly as business attire. In a campaign called “Operation Liberation”, the Guild distributed two Aloha shirts to every member of the Hawaii House of Representatives and the Hawaii Senate.
Subsequently, a resolution passed in the Senate recommending Aloha attire be worn throughout the summer. The wording of the resolution spoke of letting “…the male populace return to ‘Aloha attire’ during the summer months for the sake of comfort and in support of the 50th state’s garment industry.”
In 1965, Bill Foster, Sr., president of the Hawaii Fashion Guild, led the organization in a campaign lobbying for “Aloha Friday”, a day employers would allow men to wear aloha shirts on the last business day of the week a few months out of the year.
Hawaii’s custom of Aloha Friday slowly spread around the globe until the 1990s, when it became known as “Casual Friday”. Today in Hawaii, Aloha attire is acceptable business dress for any day of the week, and “Aloha Friday” is most used to refer to the last day of the work week.
Happy Aloha Friday, Everyone!