February 2nd, 2016

“Great Snorkeling with a Bonus of Whale Watching!”

snorkeling in Maui, swimming with sea turtles

Maui Magic Dolphin Discovery Snorkel & Humpback Whale Watch

“Very well run tour. I was really impressed with the staff, they called me by name from the time I checked in until we got off the boat – – I wish I was that good at remembering names!

Due to sea conditions beyond their control, we only got to snorkel at one location but it was beautiful! We also got to see awesome whale activity. In fact the tour would have been worth the money even without the snorkeling based on the whale watching. They dropped an underwater microphone into the water and let us listen to the whales for a few minutes, very cool!

By the way, as an added bonus we had one of the best burgers i had all week, grilled on the boat for us at lunchtime. We found this tour to be an excellent value – – snorkeling, whale watching, and 2 meals (breakfast and lunch) all rolled  into the cost.”

Steve S.

Visited January 2016

January 15th, 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.

“Pros: 

-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! 

Cons: 
-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”

 

August 28th, 2015

“Great Fun Snorkeling and Boating in Maui”

 

molokini crater snorkel tours, Hawaii, Maui snorkle tours

Four Winds II Molokini Snorkel Tour | Guest Photo by Stephanie J.

“My husband and I went yesterday and had such a great time! The crew members were so knowledgable and very friendly! The ride out and back is just gorgeous and the snorkeling was one of the most magical things ever! There were amazing fish & we even saw an eel! The meals were nicely prepared and the crew was very attentive. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a fun day of boating & snorkeling!”

~ Guest Review and photo from Stefanie J. Big MAHALO for sharing!

May 19th, 2014

Hawaii’s Trumpet Fish

Whether we realize it or not, the fishes in Hawaii (and elsewhere, world-wide) are quite remarkable. The Trumpet fish definitely not an exception …. It is actually quite an amazing species when you know the facts.

The Trumpet fish is known locally as thenunu” and can be spotted in caves, lying under ledges, and in both shallow and deep waters (up to about 100 meters or 328 feet). Sometimes it was bright yellow, other times it had a dark coloration. It is generally long and thin (much like the Needle fish or Cornet fish, both in the same family) but easily distinguished by the complex shape of its head.

Four Winds II Trumpet Fish

Four Winds II Trumpet Fish

They’ve adopted a few pretty ingenious hunting strategies to get what they want; their prey is usually reef fish or shrimp. They might hang motionless in the water, in sync with the wave action, and then lunge forward, inflating their trumpet-like mouth and vacuuming up their meal. It’s not surprising to see one sneak alongside a school of grazing Surgeon fishes to get within striking distance. Another tactic is to hover vertically against the backdrop of branching coral.

They can also change their coloration from grayish to yellow, or an orange-brown. The dorsal and anal fins are set back towards the tail, and small movements of these fins can propel it forward and back. Distinguishing features of the trumpet fish include a fan-shaped tail (called a “caudal”) fin and a chin (called a barbell).

April 28th, 2014

What are Hawaiian Trade Winds?

A small part of what makes living in Hawaii so pleasant is the climate, especially the gentle breezes. Arriving from the northeast, it’s light enough that it is barely noticeable but strong enough to chase away the humidity.

This tends to be a natural draw to the outdoors; often, it’s warmer inside a home (many of us do not even use traditional A/C and leave the windows open year round). It is not uncommon to visit a house to find its residents relaxing out on the lanai, covered porch or in the car port, enjoying the cooling winds.

In Hawaii, warm air rises near the equator to the south of the islands and moves northward through the upper atmosphere. This airflow sinks back to the earth’s surface at 30 degrees north latitude and flows back over the islands towards the equator, creating a wind moving along the ocean’s surface.

As this air streams back down from the north towards the equator, its movement is curved by the earth’s rotation, causing it to flow out of the northeast. This northeasterly wind is the famous trade winds felt in tropical locations like the Hawaiian Islands.

These circulating air cells are at work around the globe, creating trade winds within this same band of latitude both above and below the equator. Here in Hawaii the trade winds are felt about 85-95% of the time in the summer and 40-60% of the time in the winter.

The predictability of these winds were well known to the early maritime traders, who traveled the world’s oceans in the days of wooden sailing ships, and they used them to cross the great oceans and reach distance lands to trade their goods. The wind gets its name then from these traders, hence the name “trade winds”

April 23rd, 2014

The Hawaiian Octopus

Unless you know what to look for, it may be easy to miss an octopus while snorkeling.   With an amazing ability to mimic, even changing their texture, from a smooth soft skinned animal to one that is rough, bumpy, and spiky allows them to take on the appearance of their surroundings and even look like other animals.

The “beak” is the only hard part of an octopus, so that allows them access into some pretty small spaces.  We’ve seen the octopus pictured here slip into a hole with an opening no bigger than a human fist.  It is quite something to see an octopus cycle through and flash their colors rapidly.

Should you find yourself lucky enough to see an octopus, keep your “eyes on the prize”, so to speak … very likely, only for a moment will you see what you envision when you think of the octopus (in Hawaiian, He’e “Day Octopus” or very commonly referred to as Tako).

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