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Kai Kanani Sailing Charters

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5400 Makena Alanui, Kihei, Maui, HI 96753-6525
+1 808-879-7218
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Awesome snorkelling and wonderful crew

We did the deluxe 4 hour snorkel tour to molokini crater and turtle town. The boat was clean, in... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
LauraD72
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Toronto, Canada
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Snorkeling with many fantastic surprises!!

We enjoyed the early morning snorkeling excursion without need for sunscreen!! We saw many fish on... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Lisa G
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Asheville, North Carolina
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Kai Kanani Sailing Charters is the only South Maui charter to offer daily departures from Makena/South Maui. From this location, it only takes 15 minutes to sail to Molokini Crater, which means less time on the open water and more time snorkeling. With two snorkel trips daily to both Molokini and Turtle Town, Whale Watching Tours (late December through April) and romantic Sunset Champagne Sail three days a week, Kai Kanani is sure to make your vacation very memorable. Snorkel equipment, instruction, and select food/drinks are included in all snorkel tours. We have marine naturalists on-board, so you can learn more about all of the fascinating underwater life you see! We even have GoPro4 cameras available for rent on-board so you can capture all of the amazing memories you make. Staying in Wailea? Kai Kanani offers free Mercedes shuttle service from select Wailea Resorts.
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5400 Makena Alanui, Kihei, Maui, HI 96753-6525
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+1 808-879-7218

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did the deluxe 4 hour snorkel tour to molokini crater and turtle town. The boat was clean, in excellent condition, and well equipped with snacks, supplies (including reef-safe sunscreen), equipment, and literature about he area. The crew was exceptional, taking care of our 8...More

Thank LauraD72
David T, Public Relations Manager at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Aloha Laura, Thank you so much for coming out with us. And thank you for caring for our reefs. Kai Kanani knows that it's a privilege to be out here, working in this environment, showing off the beauty of Molokini and Maui. Guests like you,...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed the early morning snorkeling excursion without need for sunscreen!! We saw many fish on the beautiful, healthy coral reef. In turtle town we saw 2 green sea turtles and more fish! The BIG surprise was hearing the whales calling!! It was absolutely magical!...More

Thank Lisa G
David T, Public Relations Manager at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Aloha Lisa, You heard the whales! Those are our first whales this season so that's a special morning for you and the other guests. Thank you so much for coming out with us and for leaving this review. Our Whale Watch trips start Dec. 15,...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

This Molokini Deleux trip was the highlight of our trip to Maui! It was such a top quality experience from the expertise and attitude of the staff to the equipment and food. Leaving from the beach was convienent and allowed for such a short ride....More

Thank homer1999
David T, Public Relations Manager at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Aloha homer1999! Mahalo nui loa for the review and the high praise! It is our privilege to show our guests a great day but we're especially happy when we get first-timers to Molokini because we get to watch that "wow" experience happen. We're so glad...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Smooth organistaion and well organised team that gave us a great experience. Snorkleling was amazing, breakfast was the perfect size and range for the early hour. Unforuntaley we had ropugh seas, but the team managed to give us the best possible experience. Really appreciated. My...More

Thank 971dannettel
David T, Public Relations Manager at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Aloha! Thank you for the kind words. You used the word "smooth," which makes our day. We pride ourselves in the professionalism of our crew and making our guests' time worry-free, even in rough seas. The ocean can be a challenge, but our crew has...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After a 10hr flight + first trip to maui ... it was perfect-perfect. Safe, educational, relaxing, fun and WE CAUGHT A FISH!More

Thank Red S
David T, Public Relations Manager at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Aloha Red, First, we're so glad you made it to Maui. This place that we are blessed to call home is magical, isn't it? Second, thank you for the review! We appreciate the feedback and the kind words! And last... I managed to claim a...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was a great way to get some snorkeling in. We went to two great spots. The crew was very accommodating, friendly, and there to help! They even provided a nice lunch on board. A fun trip for the family!

1  Thank Michelle L
David T, Public Relations Manager at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Aloha Michelle, Thank you for reviewing and mahalo nui loa for coming out with us! Hope to see you again the next time you're on Maui.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took both cruises, loved the captain (Anthony) and crew's attention to our needs and the professional safety and seamanship skills exhibited by all the staff. We had a great time meeting people from all over the world, and felt very safe and entertained by...More

Thank enb54
David T, Public Relations Manager at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Aloha enb54! Thank you for reviewing! We're so glad you enjoyed your trip. Thank you for the virtual "high-five" to Captain Anthony and the Crew. They are the best on the island, hands-down. We all take a lot of pride in our training, professionalism and...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Imagine sailing out to Molokini crater just after sunrise! This was our 5th trip on the Kai Kanani sunrise snorkel express, and it's a must-do every time we are in Wailea. The sunrise snorkel leaves early - 6:30 a.m., and because Kai Kanani gets out...More

1  Thank Mollie C
David T, Public Relations Manager at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Aloha Mollie, We are always humbled and grateful when we see returning customers. Thank you for being part of the Kai Kanani 'Ohana! The Sunrise trip has become our most reviewed trip because, as you know well, it is the most magical experience. Having Molokini...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This company was recommended by our hotel and we had a great time. We did the two hour morning trip, more than enough time in the water. Safe professional staff

Thank Brian M
David T, Public Relations Manager at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Aloha Brian, Thank you for the review! We hope to see you again the next time you visit Maui. Mahalo!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

When my wife mentioned that we were spending $350 for a snorkeling cruise, I was thinking we over paid. I couldn't have been more wrong. The catamaran is very spacious especially since we only had 18 on board plus 5 crew. The morning cruise begins...More

Thank Todd B
David T, Public Relations Manager at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Aloha Todd! Mahalo nui loa for the review. You came out on our Sunrise Deluxe, which will be a full time offering starting December 1. We're transforming our morning trip to a "deluxe" trip full time because of the overwhelming requests for more time at...More

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Vincent B
8 April 2017|
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Response from gatorqt | Reviewed this property |
We were there mid march and saw whales everywhere so I'd say a possibility
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saramom095
17 March 2017|
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Response from madtaylor | Property representative |
HI Saramom095, The trips are quite different and both will be excellent for your whole family. My boys love them both for different reasons. The Express trip is a special experience in that we have the crater to ourselves... More
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