Maui's Best Snorkeling Snorkeling in Maui at Molokini or Coral Gardens with Maui Classic Charters

February 1, 2016

Fun with Kids on The Four Winds II!

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Four Winds II Maui Molokini Crater Snorkel | TripAdvisor Guest Photo from WestonSarah

We took a pm tour to coral gardens. I was blown away by the whole experience. Not only did we get to snorkel, but we did some whale watching too! The crew was super friendly and welcoming. I took my toddler who is 1.5, he had a great time especially in the glass bottom viewing area. The food was delicious, and the open bar was a hit. I’ll be back next time we’re on Maui. It was top notch. Thanks for the awesome memories!”

~ WestonSarah

January 25, 2016

Maui Fun with Families | A Local’s Guide

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We all know teens can be the most fickle and the most adventurous so don’t leave them at home! They’ll make you see things differently, try new things and often will find things you would never have considered doing! There are a number of things that will make everyone happy and ensure you have some great family time making memories to last a lifetime!

1 – Whaler’s Village Museum: There aren’t a lot of free things to do on Maui and this is a real gem. This museum, located in the Whaler’s Village Shopping Center, is a wonderful way to learn about the Humpbacks that have been visiting Hawaii’s waters annually as far back as we know and the now out-lawed  whaling industry. You will also be privy to athe beautiful artform of Scrimshaw (some created by whalers and some newer pieces). Both educational and fun, this is a great way to spend a bit of time!

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Four Winds II Maui Blog | Whalers Village Museum

2 – Helicopter Flights: Helicopter flights are a bit more pricey than some other tours but they are well worth it. Maui offers a pretty good variety of options, from more budget friendly to very high-end, so you can usually find something that fits almost every budget. Seeing the any island from the air is simply stunning. It gives you a very different perspective of the things you’ll see from the ground, including Haleakala Crater, Maui’s rainforests, sea cliffs and the ever winding Road to Hana! Kids under 2 usually fly free in a parent’s lap. Ask about “Early Bird” specials. Most flight services do offer early morning and mid afternoon flights at a discount.

Four Winds Maui Blog | Sunshine Helicopters WhisperStar

Four Winds Maui Blog | Sunshine Helicopters WhisperStar

3 – Haleakala Crater: Sunrise at the summit of Haleakala is considered a “MUST DO” for most Maui visitors and there’s good reason for it. You’ll possibly  never witness anything quite so spectacular! Literally translated, “Haleakala” means “the house of the sun” and is deeply rooted in Maui mythology. Hiking trails range from easy to difficult after the sun comes up, so plan a day, bring water and a picnic. You’ll also want to dress in layers as it is about thirty degrees colder than at sea level (it does actually snow up there sometimes!). Guided tours are a great way to get the most out of the trip. Let someone else do the driving, make sure you stay warm and provide hot chocolate! You’ll find a range of guides offering a variety of tours, from both guided and self guided downhill bike rides to luxury guided van tours.

Four Winds II Maui Blog |Haleakala Sunrise

Four Winds II Maui Blog | Haleakala Sunrise

4 – Maui Ocean Center – The Hawaii Aquarium: Open daily year round, this makes a perfect rainy day activity and is a wonderful way for the entire family to experience the tropical reef systems in Hawaii, including tropical fish, rays, Hawaiian sea turtles, a variety of sharks and more! Everyone loves walking through the underwater tunnel and feeling almost as if you’re under the sea. There is usually a special exhibit and plenty of “hands on” touch pool activity for everyone as well.

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Four Winds II Maui Blog | Maui Ocean Center

5 – Horseback Riding: Saddle up for a different kind of Maui adventure! Offering both morning and afternoon rides as well as a full B-B-Q lunch on a working ranch is a sure way to have a great time! From the Ranch Corral, you will meet the Paniolos (Hawaiian cowboys) before being paired with a steed chosen to match your riding experience! Panoramic ocean views, rolling pastures and lush rain forest await! Don’t forget your camera; your guides are always more than happy to snap a shot for your family if you like and you’ll want to capture these memories to re-visit at home!

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6 – Snorkeling: With the favorite morning Molokini Crater snorkel tour aboard the Four Winds II morning or afternoon snorkel cruise and seasonal whale watching trips or the the slightly adventurous Maui Magic Dolphin Discovery, you will discover why so many visitors make us part of their Maui vacation plans year after year!

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Four Winds II Maui Blog | Molokini Crater Snorkel

7 – Ziplining: Soar through the air and get your blodd pumping  on a Zipline Adventure! This activity got it’s start on the island of Kauai but has become an ideal outdoor experience thrill-seekers state-wide. The courses consist of easy to progressively more challenging lines, some hiking and a rope bridge. Generally as long as everyone weighs at least eigthy – two hundred pounds, you’re good to go!

Four Winds II Maui Blog | Ziplining

Four Winds II Maui Blog | Ziplining

8 – Submarine Ride: Maui has the best conditions for enjoying the Atlantis submarine ride in the state of Hawaii! Conditions are optimal as the water is relatively shallow and we have a sunken sip that has created an articifial reef system that is popular for divers and observers alike. Just a short boat ride takes you to the spot where the submarine emerges from the depths and you climb inside.

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Four Winds II Maui Blog | Atlantis Submarine

9 – Road to Hana: It simply wouldn’t be a trip to Maui without driving the famous Hana Highway! This winding road takes you along maui’s North Shore and has more than 600 hair-raising curves, hair pin turns and 54 one-lane bridges. Take your time; maybe plan to stay over night, as there is so much to see on the way there and back. The drive on this one is almost more important than the destination. If you take a tour, the driver sees more but if you drive yourself, you can do more. Be sure to pack lunch and water and pick up a self-guided tour CD.

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Four Winds II Maui Blog | Hana Highway

10 – Attend a Luau: While luaus are abundant on Maui, for a fmaily, the Grand Hyatt has a great deal and an exciting show! Traditional Hawaiian shows included Hula and Chant but flashier events, like Fire Knife dancers are found at Polynesian Luaus. Food and drink are usually included in the price of admission and Premium seating is available for a nominal charge.

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Four Winds II Maui Blog | Grand Hyatt Luau

Regardless of budget or expectations, Maui offers something for every member of the family, from children to grandparents. Have a wondeful trip and make the most out of your time!



January 21, 2016

We Love Molokini!

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Four Winds Maui Molokini

“This was a great snorkeling experience! The boat was spacious with ample seating options. It was a very rough ride but not at anyone’s fault. We were lucky enough to head to the crater which was gorgeous! The snorkeling itself was great. Best part is we were free to enjoy at our own pace. There was no tour guide shuffling us around from one spot to the next. The bbq was solid. Definitely worth the cheap price tag. I had the vegetarian burger which was a simple boca burger with all the fixings. My husband said the meat burger was fine.
everyone who worked on the boat was super friendly and helpful. The boat was clean and well maintained. There were lots of activities for younger ones.
Best part of the trip was how many whales we saw! We got a whale watching trip for free. The whales would breach right in front of us!
Highly recommend this snorkeling experience.”

From YELP! Samantha R.

January 15, 2016

“Whales, dolphins, Turtles..EPIC”

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Thanks for the great TripAdvisor review, Mrbennyo! What a wonderful image you’ve shared!

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Maui Magic Beyond Molokini Snorkel Tour |Humpback Whale by Mrbennyo

“Had a great time. Got lucky on a gorgeous day. Crew was so helpful and informative and the Maui Wowie burgers really hit the spot. We canceled our whale watch after the show we got on board. Captain Jason didn’t rush out to snorkel so we could see the whales. Katie was so great with helping snorkels. Boat could use a facelift, but was too busy looking at whales and dolphins to pay to much attention to that. Worth the $$.”

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”


January 11, 2016

Family Fun on the Four Winds II

“Between Christmas and New Years Eve 2015, we took a snorkeling trip with Four Winds to Molokini, and it was one of the best day excursions of our lives! There were ten of us — four kids ages 5-11 — and the trip was so well organized and fun for everyone. The food was good, the ship was clean, the captain was funny – but what I really can’t say enough about is the staff. They were UNBELIEVABLE. Each of them was so kind, so helpful, so patient with the kids. The kids were nervous at first, and then really into it, and I think it large part this was because the staff were so patient and capable. My daughter wanted in the water, then out, then in, then out – and you would never think for a second that this frustrated them. Honestly, the snorkeling is unreal no matter who you choose to go with, but the staff on the Four Winds were the best staff I’ve seen anywhere. Truly impressed.”

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Four Winds II Maui | Review By Lauren L.

January 6, 2016

Exploring West Maui

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Get excited when planning your day on the Western shores of the Valley Isle as fun in the sun awaits! There is almost always something new to going on around West Maui.

Four Winds II Molokini Snorkel Tours Blog | West Maui Loop

Beach hopping is always fun with a host of beautiful beaches to explore. Launiupoko Beach Park is great for beginner surfing or stand up paddle boarding, Lahaina Breakwall for experienced surfers and Kaanapali Beach (the signature beach of West Maui) for long walks, swimming and stand up paddling. While on the Kaanapali Beach Walk, you might want to stop by Whalers Village Shopping Center at Ka’anapali Beach is one of Maui’s most beautiful outdoor shopping areas, located just steps off the sand; home to a full spectrum of stores ranging from trendy boutiques to high end fashion retailers.

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Kaanapali Beach | Signature beach of West Maui

Drive further North to get to Napili Bay  and Kapalua Bay. Both offer great beaches for sunbathing and playing in the water with little ones. If you get lucky, you might find Hawaiian sea turtles! You might do a little snorkeling at these spots but realy should get out on a boat that takes you to beautiful coral reef areas. You see less with only sand and a few rocks and get excellent advice from people who do this every day before venturing out on your own. Sightsee and beach hop even further North, and check out the magical Honolua Bay; always great for sunsets and a wonderful place to watch surfers during winter months.

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Four Winds II | Na Pili Bay

West Maui is one of the most popular places throughout the Hawaiian Islands for golfing. Here, golf enthusiasts can explore Kaanapali Golf Course‘s 36 holes and maybe improve their game with private or group lessons. Just past Ka’anapali, golfers will find the infamous Kapalua Golf Resort, home to PGA’s Annual Tournament of Champions every January. Kapalua’s Plantation Course continues to be one of the best in the world, rated #1 in Hawaii, and #17 in ‘America’s Top 100 Public Courses’ by Golf Digest. At the Kapalua Golf Resort, guests will have a rare chance to play the only over-the-ocean hole on Maui!

Maui Classic Charters Blog | Kaanapali Golf Courses

Maui Classic Charters | Kaanapali Golf Courses

When you decide to hit Lahaina Town, the State of Hawaii’s original Captiol, be sure to stop by the old courthouse, under the shade of Lahaina’s Banyan Tree, and pick up a self-guided walking tour, hit the shops and try a very eclectic mix of cuisines are sure to make your day in paradise a memorable one.

Maui Classic Charters Blog |Lahaina Town

Maui Classic Charters | Lahaina Town

If you’re a shopper, Lahaina’s Front Street is easy to walk and offers up a variety of art galleries, street vendors, crafters, chic boutiques, surf shops and even jewelry stores. After working up an appetite, you’ll also find a wide variety of dining options, ranging from casual eateries to fine dining. A few local favorties include Star  Noodle (casual and ONO), Lahaina Grill (fine dining), and Kimo’s (oceanfront dining). A bit further down the road, check out Pacific’O for an fun, ocean front, fine dining experience!

Maui Classic Charters Blog | Lahaina Dining

Maui Classic Charters Blog | Lahaina Dining

Lahaina also offers some great shows and two of the very best luaus to be found on the island. Ulalena is a long running production that tells the story of Hawaii through dance, chant and music. The same theatre also offers the newer (and very popular) “Burnin’n Love” tribute to Elvis Presley.

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Maui Classic Charters | Ulalena

In the mood for dinner and a show? Check out Warren and Annabelle’s for  a wonderful mix of comedy and magic show as well as delightful dining options! Both the Old Lahaina Luau and their sister luau, the Feast at Lele are your best bets; however, all of these are wildly popular so make reservations well in advance to ensure the best seats and that you actually get in!

Maui Classic Charters Blog | Warren and Annabelles

Maui Classic Charters | Warren and Annabelles

December 7, 2015

“Amazing experience, unforgettable personalities! Can’t afford to miss! ”

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Molokini Crater from the Maui Magic

Molokini Crater from the Maui Magic

Unbelievable, positive, energetic, knowledgable Thursday crew made our morning on Maui Magic even more magical. The Captain and his two helpers, Ana and Katie made our incredible 5 hour tour so incredible. We were welcomed with yummy continental breakfast, bagels, cream cheese, fresh fruits, beverages, and bunch of smiles! I don’t want to make this review any longer than it already is, but just want to thank Maui Magic for incredible experience, delicious breakfast and lunch and amazing positive energy crew that kept us smiling and made our snorkeling experience incredible. I am highly recommending Maui Magic for all of those dolphin/turtle lovers outthere looking for impeccable Maui marine experience! Great job guys. It was a pleasure being on your boat!” ~ MikiVeliki

November 24, 2015

Humpback Whale Watching in Maui

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Maui is arguably home to some of the best Humpback whale watching in Hawaii. The waters off of Maui’s Southern and Western shores are relatively shallow and are surrounded by other islands, the West Maui mountains and Haleakala, creating calm and clear waters and optimal visibility.

These majestic marine mammals are here during the the winter and spring from about mid-December to mid-May for the purpose of mating, birthing and feeding their calves. Adults generally will not eat or sleep during this time.

While you will likely see them from a distance on the lanai at your hotel, be sure to join at least one whale watching tour. In addition to scenic ocean views expert guides and naturalists take you to the best spots to observe whales and explain some of the behaviours you will observe like breaching, pec slapping, spy hopping, tail slapping, spouting and more.

Regulations prohibit boats from approaching within 100 yards of a whale and you should never swim with or touch whales or any other marine mammals.

Since mating and birthing of calves occur in Hawaii, your whale watching expeience is especially enhanced for a number of reasons. Some of the most visible action comes from competition between males vying for attention of females; kind of like a singles club for Humpbacks! Males navigating for a closer position to a female can create a lot of commotion, including exposed fins and tails!

According to the experts, a female can fend off or encourage males with slaps of her entire tail, the back half of her body or even by by slapping her long pectoral fin on the water. To date, nobody has witnessed mating so the results of these actions remains a bit of a mystery.

Probably the most breath-taking sight, a full breach, is a complete mystery. Although many theories have been proposed, nobody knows why whales use so much energy to propel themselves completely out of the water. The most popular theories are that they are signaling their presence to boats or other whales or that they may be looking above the ocean’s surface. It could simply be fun; I would love to give it a try!

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Four Winds II Humpback Breach

While on any whale watch (or snorkel during Humpback season), be sure to keep your ears tuned in as well. You will likely hear their song from the boat and will definitely hear it underwater!

Join us for a snokel and whale watch combination in the mornings or the afternoons at or and have the experience of a lifetime!

November 16, 2015

Maui’s Best “Local” Foods | Maui Grindz

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I was talking to a visitor the other day and was surprised to hear them say they had not had a taste of any Hawaiian or local style foods during their stay. This was so sad since it is such a huge part of the culture here! I gave them some recommendations and decided to pass them along to everyone. Leave the “foodie” in you at your resort and let’s go grind!

Aloha Mixed Plate: “Two scoops rice” and “one scoop macaroni salad” always accompany the traditional plate lunch.The rice is an important part of the meal because it provides the “backdrop” for the distinctive flavors of the main courses which, local style, tend toward the savory. Macaroni salad also presents a counterpoint to the main courses while providing a small portion of vegetables such as finely chopped carrots and small diced celery – just the way the Locals like it.


The Old Saimin House: How “old school” is The Old Saimin House? Well, they were established by Okinawan nisei (second generation) in 1963. Whereas Palace Saimin right across the street on King was also established by Okinawans in 1946.

Not to forgot the many other classic saimin stands around the island, including Forty Niner Restaurant out in Aiea, who was established around the late 40’s. Then there’s Boulevard Saimin, which has since changed to “Dillingham Saimin”, who got their start in 1955, while over on the Garden Isle of Kauai, Hamura Saimin set up shop in 1952. Not to leave out a few more places still in business that feature saimin as their signature dish, including Shiro’s, Shige’s and Zippy’s.

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Da Kitchen:  This Local and Hawaiian Food establishment has growing roots on the Island of Maui and expanded in 2010 to the outer Island of Oahu. Their restaurants were opened with the intention to serve not only mouth watering food, but also BIG portions at the best prices. Customer base is purely through word of mouth and they feel they have an obligation to meet the expectations of those who reccomend us. My kind of place!



Local Food Maui:  Known for having the best traditional Hawaiian food on Maui, find laulau and kalua pig every day on their famous “Hawaiian plate”, and the best local style plate lunches in town. Not in the mood? Try a refreshing selection of delicious sandwiches and salads. Casual dining and quick and easy pick-up window make this spot a favorite among locals and tourists alike.


T. Komoda Bakery: Since 1916, Komodo Store & Bakery has been serving some of the most delicious baked goods on Maui, Hawaii. You’ll know it’s a good place by the constant line out the door, especially on weekends and holidays when locals line-up for the homemade pastries! You want to get there EARLY as everything sells out quickly!










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