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Kai Kanani Sailing Charters

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Address: 5400 Makena Alanui, Kihei, Maui, HI 96753-8435
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+1 808-879-7218
07:00 - 19:00
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Kai Kanani Sailing Charters is the only South Maui charter to offer daily...

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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Best value for snorkeling on the island

This beautiful catamaran leaves from Makena which saves a lot of time just being on the boat plus not having to drive to the harbor. Captain Dan and his crew were so friendly and... read more

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Cary, NC

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Cary, NC
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14 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

This beautiful catamaran leaves from Makena which saves a lot of time just being on the boat plus not having to drive to the harbor. Captain Dan and his crew were so friendly and knowledgeable about the area, the wildlife and took time to talk with us about themselves while learning where we were from and sharing any interesting info... More 

Thank t2momCary
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Had so much fun with the crew!!! Incredible food, even better snorkeling! The crew was phenomenal. Speaking of, does anyone know Captain Dan's last name?

Thank melaniewilson654321
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My father and I just did the express tour and had the time of our lives. It was like we were hanging out with our own family. The crew was fantastic, very personable, friendly and very knowledgeable. We were even lucky enough to have a quick 10 minute snorkel on the backside of Molokini! Unbelievably cool, and an experience I'll... More 

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

We're so glad you had such a great time. We consider all of our guest part of the Kai Kanani ohana. And we hope to have you and your family on the boat again soon. Mahalo and have a great rest of your stay! More 

Maui, Hawaii
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Sunset cruise was totally miss sold and a waste of time and money. You couldn't pay me to go back. This is quoted as a romantic evening with premium appetisers and drinks but this sunset cruise was no more than a cheap booze tour. How can an evening be romantic when you get soaked getting on the boat in... More 

Thank MissyBeeBeeDeVere
David T, Public Relations Manager at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this review

Aloha, We apologize that the trip did not meet your expectations. We appreciate the feedback and are always working to improve our product. While the wind and the sea are out of our control, we pride ourselves on providing a safe, comfortable and memorable experience for each and every guest so we are sorry that your trip was not. We... More 

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26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We spent a beautiful day Sailing and Snorkeling on the Kai Kanani Molokini Deluxe tour and I can't say enough about what a great experience this cruise was. The boat was beautiful, the crew was wonderful, and the sights were amazing! The captain and crew truly cared about the passengers and seem to really enjoy what they do. They got... More 

Thank Laurie B
David T, Public Relations Manager at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this review

Laurie, We're so glad you came out with us! I'll pass the kind words onto the Captain and Crew. They love their jobs and will be glad to know you enjoyed the experience. Mahalo! More 

Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Took the deluxe trip to Molokini in an apparently new boat, I must say snorkeling is just ok, the place was fairly crowded, in the boat you had to fight to get a spot and keep it, we couldn't sail (not their fault, no wind, no sailing) - In simple terms way over priced to what it is. We've been... More 

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

Aloha Chris, Thank you for your feedback. We value feedback of any kind because we're always looking to ensure our trip is the best on Maui. Regarding the food: while we do offer a deli lunch with build-your-own sandwiches and an assortment of salads with local ingredients, we're always looking to improve our menu. Thank you for that feedback! We... More 

Denver, Colorado
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144 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We took the two hour tour to the crater turtle town. We enjoyed the snorkeling. The water was very clear. We did see a de turtles. We paid a lot more for the convenience of the short trip. If I could do it over again I would've booked it online and saved some money. The boat did make me up... More 

Thank BaileyL99
Wall Township, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We are a family of 5 with three boys, ages 15, 12, and 8. My 8 year old is not a great swimmer so I was a little concerned. He turned out to have the most fun of all of us! The crew was great and you could see that they all worked well together. They put our mind at... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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155 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a wonderful trip. The boat is spacious, crew friendly and professional, and all the appropriate snorket gear. We went to two snorkel spots, the Molokini crater and Turtle town. Breakfast, snacks, and lunch is included so a good value. We were picked up and delivered back to our hotel, so hassle free. Eveyone on the trip commented what... More 

Thank denverretiree
Alberta, Canada
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We did the 2 hour express tour (630-830am) and it was the perfect amount of time. It's early in the morning so you have your entire day once you finish. It was more than enough snorkeling time. We spent maybe 15 minutes boating out to the Molokini, and then had about 40 minutes to snorkel. On the way back we... More 

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