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“Awesome snorkelling and wonderful crew”

Kai Kanani Sailing Charters
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Reviewed 16 November 2017 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 year old, and generally ensuring everyone was having a great time.

The snorkelling itself was wonderful. The water was very clear, and there was a good variety of fish to see. The crew did a good job reminding / teaching the tour about how to safely snorkel, stay off the reefs, give the wildlife room etc.

I would highly recommend this tour and encourage everyone to use only zinc based sunscreen when in the ocean, snorkelling or swimming. The reefs are very fragile and something as simple as what sunscreen we choose can have huge impact.

Thank LauraD72
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David T, Public Relations Manager at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 21 November 2017

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, who recognize how special and how fragile this place is, are the ones who will also make this a sustainable place to visit for years to come.

Mahalo nui loa! We hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 13 November 2017

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! I am so thankful the guide told us they were calling so we could enjoy it!!

Thank Lisa G
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David T, Public Relations Manager at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 15 November 2017

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, running every day from 1:30-3:30pm. Hope you can make it out with us!

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Reviewed 10 November 2017

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. I have snorkeled across the globe and can't remember ever having a better time. The crater was so unique and protected to allow for a great fish watching for all levels of swimmers. Next, we observed turtles being scowered by cleaner fish! It was my 7 year old daughter's first time and the staff was helpful with her gear and with engendering excitement. He guide even showed her an octopus! The professionalism and courtesy of the staff allowed for such a relaxing and enjoyable time. I can't wait to come back!

Thank homer1999
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David T, Public Relations Manager at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 14 November 2017

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 you came out with us and we sincerely hope to see you again the next time you're on Maui! Aloha!

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Reviewed 10 November 2017

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 11 and 8 year old children were really happy and felt safe the entire time. Hope to come bvack and try a sunset cruise.

Thank 971dannettel
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David T, Public Relations Manager at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 14 November 2017

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 seen the roughest seas that Maui can offer and we look out for our guests!

Mahalo!

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Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

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

Thank Red S
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David T, Public Relations Manager at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 10 November 2017

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 portion of that Ono that you caught, and it was delicious. Pan-fried with a little butter, salt and pepper..... yum.

Mahalo nui loa!

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