From October 25th through November 15th the Four Winds is in Dry Dock. CLICK HERE for info.
Dry Dock Alert Four Winds Maui
From Sunday, October 25th through Sunday, November 15th, the Four Winds II will be unavailable for tours while she is in for her routine Dry Dock on Oahu.
Every two years, we take her out of the water to do a complete maintenance and make improvements. Should you wish to take a snorkel trip during these dates, we recommend that you check-out our other boat, THE MAUI MAGIC.
If you don’t have children under 5, or need a lot of shade, the Maui Magic is the ideal vessel for your Maui snorkel adventures! Fast and nimble, the Magic actually visits two snorkel sites (Molokini and another that is chosen daily by the Captain). The second snorkel site is where you can actually see and snorkel with turtles. Additionally, this trip also features a daily dolphin search where we look for Spinner and Bottle Nose dolphins in the wild!
It is great that you have chosen to book with Four Winds. We look forward to welcoming you onboard soon!
How do I see the most marine life while snorkeing?
The best way to see the most marine-life while snorkeilng is to spend as much time in the water as you can. Another important tip is to keep your eyes open and scan from side-to-side as you look at the bottom (or in front of you). When you have a mask on, there tends to be less peripheral vision, so turning your head from side-to-side helps to see more potential marine-life you could miss when you are just looking straight ahead.
Molokini Snorkel TIps:
Head towards the actual island and not where the boat is. The closer to the island you get... the more smaller and more colorful fish there are.
If you are competent and advanced snorkeler, you can kick-over to an area called "Reefs-End" to see an amazing array of corals and marine-life there. But please ask a crew-member for the best advice and direction before you attempt this.
SNUBA is a great way to see more marine-life at Molokini. It gets you deeper and closer to the action.
Coral Gardens Snorkel Tips:
If you want the turtles to come near you, is to swim calm and slow. No fast hand or arm motions. Kick slowly with your fins. Turtles are faster than you can ever swim, so if you attempt to kick to catch-up with them, they see you as a threat. So simply relax and be calm and many times the turtles will approach you!
Because of its unique locations of corals, this location is best to snorkel around the area the boat is.
Snorkel Safety Tips:
One important safety tip, to remember when snorkeling, is that you pop your head above the water to take a look at where you are and what your bearings are.
It is good to also keep an eye on the boat as a way to know where you are and how far away from the boat you are.
Do not attempt to dive deep or hold your breath for longer periods unless you are a more advanced snorkeler.
We also recommend you read our "411 on Snorkeling" feature. This provides very in-depth information and safety tips for anyone interested.