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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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Did Whale Watch and Molokini--both great

We did the snorkeling trip to Molokini crater and turtle town one day. We had such a great time... read more

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The best!

We live in Brooklyn and we visit Maui at least 1x /year to visit my parents Every February, we go... read more

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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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Reviewed yesterday

We did the snorkeling trip to Molokini crater and turtle town one day. We had such a great time that we went back a few days for a whale watch. The snorkeling was wonderful. Some of the best coral we saw anywhere in Hawaii. Then...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We live in Brooklyn and we visit Maui at least 1x /year to visit my parents Every February, we go on whale watch tours This is the first time that we went on Kai Kanani. They’re the best. Better than all of the competitors. I’m...More

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David T, Public Relations Manager at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Aloha "ricemuncher"! We know you have a lot of choices on the island for Whale Watching. We're so glad you came out with us! We try and do it a little different: great service, attention to detail. It's what sets us apart. Mahalo for coming...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

I'm just going to let the photos tell the story here. 30-some breaches in 2 hours of whale watching. A boat with 50-some people just silent with awe for an hour straight. Go.

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David T, Public Relations Manager at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Well said. Mahalo, Colin.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are in Maui and have a chance to go on the snorkeling trip to Molokini and Turtle Town, this is a great charter to use. The crew was great, the boat is very nice, they served good food and had good drinks after...More

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

Aloha Tim! Thanks very much for taking the time to review Kai Kanani. We're so glad you enjoyed your tour! And thank you for mentioning our equipment, which isn't talked about all that much. But the gear is important or the trip just fizzes out....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went on Molokini cruise with my family and we had a blast! Crew hospitality was amazing! Boat is well run and being so close to Molokini gave us more time to enjoy!

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

Aloha and Mahalo for the review! We're glad you and your family enjoyed your time with us! Please come out again the next time you're visiting!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just back from the afternoon cruise where we saw some awesome whale activity. The team at Kai Kanani couldn’t have been more helpful or accommodating. They were also informative and entertaining. They looked after everyone with great care, especially our friends who are in their...More

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

Aloha WingcoNick! (We've seen some great usernames on here... yours is at the top of the list) Thank you for the compliments regarding the crew... they take a lot of pride in their work and in hearing feedback from guests here on TripAdvisor and elsewhere....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I took the deluxe snorkeling tour on the Kai Kanani last last week while in Maui and we had a blast! While there were a lot of people on the boat, the crew went out of their way to pay attention to...More

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

Aloha liborman! Thank you for reviewing us and for coming out on Kai Kanani! It sounds like you had a great time, which is awesome. But I'm so glad you mentioned the "beach load." We try and make sure that everyone knows, including all our...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had the pleasure of going out with these guys mid January as part of a corporate reward trip. What a great morning we had. Started off with some whale watching. We were very lucky to watch a playful humpback slapping it's fin and breaching....More

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

Aloha MMWS! (Quick side note: we'd love to hear the story behind that username some time). It was great having your group aboard Kai Kanani! As I recall, that group had a ton of positive energy and had a wonderful time. LOVE that you could...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have taken 2 whale watching trips on this sailboat, and both have been fantastic. Somehow, the crew is able to use their experience to find the best place to see the humpback whales up close. We have seen a mother whale with her calf,...More

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

Aloha Dave! Mahalo for choosing to come out with us, twice! That's huge for us... returning customers are a gold medal in this business and we sincerely appreciate your faith in us. There are many Whale Watch trips on Maui, but as you mention, experience...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was our first time on Maui and we packed quite a bit into our four-day trip: surfing, lunch at the Mill House and tour of the adjacent Maui Tropical Plantation, the Road to Hana, Maui Wine, dinners at The Monkeypod, Gannon's, and more. It...More

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

Aloha and Mahalo for the review! First, thank you for the kind words towards the crew. We always pass on the compliments we see posted here. And second, we can't wait to have you out again! The Sunrise Deluxe is my favorite tour, for the...More

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roburg
2 January 2018|
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Response from David T | Property representative |
Aloha roburg, We no longer offer the "Express" 2 hour tour. Our morning tour is now called the Sunrise Deluxe, which is a 3 and a half hours long, with a full breakfast, mimosas and bloody marys. We'd love to have you out... More
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eli_garrett
16 December 2017|
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Response from David T | Property representative |
Aloha Eli, Our prices are all listed at Kai Kanani's website. Click the "book now" button at the top of the homepage and you'll have it. If you're referring to Private Charters, those prices are negotiated. Please give... 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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