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Today on Hawaii’s Best I’m chatting with Nikki of Four Winds II Maui which is one of the best ways to snorkel in Maui. Nikki has been with Four Winds for almost three years now. Nikki loves hiking and checking out new spots. One of her favorite happy hour places is The Mill House. She loves the location and beautiful view. Her favorite place to snorkel is Coral Gardens because you can snorkel with turtles. When she has a day off, she seeks activities, places, and things she’s never done before. There are a lot of hidden gems in Hawaii.

Four Winds has been around for quite some time, since 1983. Four Winds II Maui is a super stable catamaran and goes to the Molokini Crater which is one of the best places to snorkel in Maui. It’s great for all ages and is very family-friendly. They actually have a glass-bottom viewing room on board, which is especially impressive for those who don’t want to or can’t get in the water. They also have an epic slide.

With a trip with the Four Winds, they advise you to bring a towel, sunscreen, and a camera. You also might consider bringing a light cover-up in cooler months. They also provide sunscreen. The sunscreen provided is reef-safe sunscreen which helps preserve the reef as much as possible. Many chemicals in sunscreen have been banned in Hawaii. Soon many will be illegal in the state. It might be best to buy sunscreen once you are on the island.

It is also recommended that you put sunscreen on before or while boarding and giving it time to soak into your skin. That way, it doesn’t rub off in the water and damages the reef.

To be a part of the Four Winds experience, you don’t have to have snorkeling experience. You don’t even have to be able to swim. They provide seaboards, basically a big boogie board. Both adults and children can use them. They also offer life belts for adults and vests for children. Even if you can’t swim, you can float.

Four Winds hopes that each participant will walk away with something they can cherish forever. A lot of people snorkel in Maui and are on Maui for maybe a week, and that might be a whole year’s worth of saving for a vacation. They want to provide an experience people will remember for the rest of their lives.

With Four Winds, it’s basically all-inclusive. For morning trips, they provide breakfast, lunch, refreshments as well as snorkeling gear. It also includes beer and wine after snorkeling. The afternoon trip consists of a hot barbecue lunch as well as snorkeling gear and drinks.

Any time is the best time to visit Hawaii. Although, Nikki recommends visiting between December to February. Also, during that time, you’ll find some of the best whale watching in Hawaii. It’s also a little cooler and not as humid. There are still beautiful beach days and sometimes a drizzle of rain at night. If you do choose to visit Hawaii, just make sure to be respectful of the culture and islands. Take some time to read up on current news on the island.

During this episode, learn more about Nikki, the Four Winds and all that Hawaii has to offer!

In This Episode

  • Who is Nikki and what is Four Winds II Maui? [0:11]
  • How it all started [0:40]
  • Some of Nikki’s favorite spots in Maui [1:21]
  • Experiences Four Winds provides [2:26]
  • The hope for guests and their experience [4:47]
  • Safety of the coral reef [5:27]
  • Things to do if you have a week on Maui [7:16]
  • Best time of the year to come to Hawaii [9:01]
  • Etiquette on the island [9:49]
  • The future of Four Winds [11:18]


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Bryan Murphy
Bryan Murphy

Bryan Murphy, owner of Hawaii’s Best Travel, is a certified Hawaii destination expert from the Hawaii Visitors Bureau. He actively participates in the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau as a member and has a strong educational background focused on local culture and sustainability. As the host of “Hawaii’s Best Travel,” a top-30 US travel podcast, Bryan combines his years of experience with valuable insights. He connects with a broad online community, reaching nearly half a million people, and offers a richer, more responsible way to experience Hawaii.