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January 15, 2016

Four Winds II Review “Simply Amazing”

Four Winds II Coral Gardens Maui Snorkel  | Guest shot by Andrew A.

Four Winds II Coral Gardens Maui Snorkel | Guest shot by Andrew A.

A big Mahalo for the five star review and stellar turtle pic, Andrew A.


-Honestly I usually hate doing boat tours as usually gets super crowded.. Your surrounded by ignorant people and usually costs an arm and a leg to go..however this was 58 USD for the afternoon trip to coral gardens with lunch included. 
– The tour center receptionist is ridiculously nice and super honest (if your unsure call or even go in and talk to her..she helped me a lot)
– most people like to go to molekini.. However I would suggest (along with all the locals) to go to coral gardens. The coral is brighter, there are more fish and there are Sea turtles!? 
In the coral gardens there is more opportunities to see other exotic animals as well.. We got super lucky and saw some eels..a multitude of fish..a sea turtle and best of all a large spotted eagle ray (which apparently is more rare to see than sharks!). 
-Food wise…wow get the chicken. You can make a chicken burger.. But the chicken itself is so moist and delicious. Much better decision than the traditional hamburger or hot dog
-Your ticket pays for all beverages (non-alcoholic and alcoholic) so remember to bring ID if you look young.
– Washrooms are probably the cleanest washrooms I’ve ever seen for a boat (except luxury boats).
– The staff is super friendly and really helpful. Don’t be shy to ask them questions!! 
-There are places to rent wet suits..cameras..and prescription snorkel gear! 

-It’s all weather dependant.. If it’s nice out..chances are you will go to molekini 
-Had to bring your own towels

Overall: A must do”


March 5, 2015

Happy Faces from the Four Winds II

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I would like to thank Captain Dan and crew for our second excellent cruise with your company…we are thinking of going out again on this trip and have to make sure Captain Dan and crew are working that day”

Nancy T.


January 23, 2015

A Day of Fun on the Four Winds II

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These folks had such a great time they created this wonderful photo collage for us to enjoy. A big Mahalo to Emily L.!!!

Four Winds II Maui Molokini Snorkel Tour Collage by guest Emily L. on YELP

January 12, 2015

Family Christmas on the Four Winds II

Filed under: Kudos From Our Passengers,On Board the Four Winds II — Maui Classic Charters @ 1:00 pm

“This was the first Christmas our family has been together in 7 years. On Dec.20 you let us share your world through a boat ride, some snorkeling, some SNUBA, and some whale-turtle watching. Along with some great food during the trip.

The young ones in our group and those that felt slightly comfortable in the water enjoyed the snorkeling activity. To be swimming in the middle of a school of fish was all they could talk about for hours.

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My son, who is a certified diver, and myself, who has lived in the water his entire life, really enjoyed the SNUBA activity.
Marcella(hopefully I remembered the name correctly) was an excellent guide and instructor. As a retired teacher, I was impressed with her mannerisms and at one point when an Asian gentleman was not paying attention she called him on it. His not paying attention to her important direction could have been a disaster for him. It was also a call to attention for the remainder of the Snuba group.

We wanted to Thank You, Mahalo, for the boat ride, the excellent food and beverage menu, the activities-whale and turtle watching, snorkeling, Snuba and just the friendly atmosphere that your crew put forth.

It helped make our holiday something to remember.

Again Mahalo,
Steve McCain”

January 7, 2015

“Sincerer Thanks” – Happy Guests on the Four Winds II

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“My husband and I booked a trip December 16, 2014 and want to give feedback related to the experience First off, our sincerer thanks and appreciation to Captain John and his crew for their efforts in making the experience memorable. Captain John is a rarity and his humor and attitude to go above and beyond made it a very special trip. The BBQ was tasty and above many outfitters standards. We would like to say thank you and wish you all a very Merry Christmas. We have and will continue to speak highly of the company as it is above and beyond many other companies. In closing we would like to say to Captain John ” Go Bears” from Heidi and Barry Paul from Vancouver BC …”

August 19, 2014

Happy Faces on the Four Winds!

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“Awesome day on Four Winds II!”

Laura Snyder

August 5, 2014

We Love to See Return Guests!

Filed under: Kudos From Our Passengers,On Board the Four Winds II — Maui Classic Charters @ 10:12 am

This photo was taken on the Four Winds just after Christmas 2011, during our second terrific trip with your crew.  Our first had been over Christmas in 2009.

The Condits

For the 2011 trip, we were with our son and daughter-in-law, and we were celebrating the news that we would soon have a grandson!  Well, now we do indeed have a wonderful grandson – but their hands are full and they can’t get away to join us.  So, we’ve rallied a couple of friends, and we’re returning for another day with your crew this March.

We’ve always wanted to come for the best part of the whale season.  And we can’t think of anything better than to see whales, snorkel at Molokini, and hang out on the Four Winds!

Kudos for the Four Winds

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I wanted to say “mahalo” for helping to make some wonderful memories for my family. We had a great time! We couldn’t have asked for more:
Great weather. Smooth seas. Attentive crew …and we loved the new pulled pork sandwiches!
Clear clam waters made for awesome snorkeling. You guys were terrific….so helpful with the inexperienced guests/novice snorkelers!
This is the best boat for keiki (as well as those who choose not to
snorkel) with the glass bottom viewing room.


June 3, 2014

The Humuhumunukunukuapua’a of Hawai’i

When I first came to Maui, I never thought I’d get this one but soon found it to be quite easy when sounded out. Before we get into further discussion of this beauty, let’s learn how to pronounce the name properly … “who-moo-who-moo-noo-koo-noo-koo-ah-poo-ah-ah”.

The Humuhumunukunukuapua`a , also called also called the rectangular or Hawaiian triggerfish, was officially designated the state fish of Hawaii on trial basis in 1985 for a period of five years. The trial period and this status quietly ended in 1990. In 2006 it was realized that Hawaii was without a State Fish, and the Humuhumunukunukuapua`awas reinstated on a permanent basis.

The reef triggerfish is distributed throughout the Indo-Pacific region and is especially prominent in the coral reefs of the Hawaiian Islands.

Four Winds II Maui Molokini Crater and Coral Gardens Snorkel tours Humunukunukuapuaa

The Humuhumu (a common nickname, “who-moo-who-moo”) has teeth and top lip are blue and its teeth are set close together. A small second spine, which can be used to lock its main spine into an upright position, gives it the ability to wedge itself into small crevices making it extremely difficult for predators (humans included) to get to.

One of the many interesting aspects of the Humuhumu’s behavior is the ability to blow jets of water from its mouth. They can often be seen spitting sand from their mouths in order to sift through the material in search of edible detritus or organisms.

Reef triggers are fairly aggressive and will usually not tolerate other species in their general vicinity, thus the fish is often found solitary. In addition, when fleeing from predators, the triggerfish will sometimes make grunting noises, possibly a call to warn other nearby triggerfish of danger.

Should you be lucky enough to see these colorful beauties while snorkeling in Hawaii, observe but always give them their space.

May 30, 2014

About Molokini Crater

Filed under: Maui Life,On Board the Four Winds II — Tags: , , — Maui Classic Charters @ 12:22 pm

Located just a few miles off Maui’s rugged Makena coast, lies the alluring, sunken volcanic crater of Molokini. Her crystal-clear tropical waters are home to an array of fish and other unique species of marine-life that seek shelter ininside the shelter that the crater provides. The actual island is also a protected nesting area for two distinct species of seabirds.

The crater actually formed hundreds of thousands of years ago, which is why Molokini has a long and interesting history.  Recent archeological evidence shows that the ancient Hawaiians actually ventured out to Molokini, hundreds of years ago, to fish. And it is also believed that they may have additionally harvested seabirds, eggs and feathers here too. But today, Molokini Crater is a carefully protected Marine Life Conservation District and the island has been declared a Hawaii State Seabird Sanctuary.

Because of Molokini’s unique crescent shape, it provides a natural barrier against the waves and currents. This is why the water is typically clear, blue and calm inside the crater and is particularly suitable for beginner to intermediate snorkelers. Additionally, Molokini’s distance from Maui’s shoreline makes It is a safe-haven for all kinds marine life and attracts fish that seek protection from the deep sea.  This is why there’s always something interesting to see while snorkeling at this unique spot. For anyone visiting the island of Maui, Molokini is a place that you must experience at least once in your life.

One of the island’s unlucky historic moments was during World War II, when the United States Navy decided to use Molokini for target practice because of this unique shape as the island’s profile also unfortunately resembled a battleship. Thankfully this only done temporarily during the war and the U.S. Navy stopped this practice. Fortunately, because of nature’s amazing ability to recover, and with the help of careful protection, conservation methods and laws, Molokini is once again alive with marine-life and a pristine and beautiful underwater treasure!

And even before that, Molokini had an even more tumultuous past! Thousands of years ago, although calm and pristine today, Molokini was quite different. It began as a violent underwater, volcanic eruption! What you see today, is actually what remains of a giant cinder cone that rose above the surface and erupted approximately 230,000 years ago. Hundreds of ancient cinder cones can be found all around Maui, but Molokini is unique, in the fact that it is one of the few that rose from the deep ocean floor to reach above the water. Many of these cones never break the surface of the water and only erupt below the surface.

So, what causes these cones to occur? Well, when our islands were young, molten lava flowed beneath the surface of the ocean through porous tubes. These tubes would also trap water within their rocky structure. When the flowing lava heated this water to temperatures in excess of 100 degrees Celsius, the water turned to steam and caused the earth to bulge and form a cone-like shape. Some of these cones would actually explode. Rock and cinder would spew into the sky and part of the cone’s walls would collapse. Along with water-erosion, from ocean waves, this is what created the familiar crescent shape we know today as Molokini Crater.

Four Winds Maui Molokini Crater Snorkel Guest shot

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