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Kai Kanani Sailing Charters

#7 of 65 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Kihei Features Animals
5400 Makena Alanui, Kihei, Maui, HI 96753-8435
+1 808-879-7218
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good snorkeling experience

The crew and the catamaran used by Kai Kanani for the snorkeling trip to Molokini and Turtle Cove... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
ncberra
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Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
Express Snorkel Tour - fantastic

Doing the express snorkel tour was a bit of a compromise with my wife and teen daughter as they... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Dominic T
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Ottawa, Canada
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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 96753-8435
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+1 808-879-7218

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Reviewed 6 days ago

The crew and the catamaran used by Kai Kanani for the snorkeling trip to Molokini and Turtle Cove were both outstanding. Every need was tended to in a polite and attentive fashion by the large number of professional young and energetic crew members. Gear was...More

1  Thank ncberra
David T, Public Relations Manager at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Aloha, and mahalo for reviewing! Maui has some wonderful snorkeling spots that are accessible from the beach (did you find Paako Cove?) There are many! But for us there's only one Molokini for visibility and the unique experience of being inside that crater just after...More

Reviewed 6 days ago

Doing the express snorkel tour was a bit of a compromise with my wife and teen daughter as they were not overly keen on a snorkel trip of any sort. I couldn't be happier we did this trip nor could they as they identified it...More

1  Thank Dominic T
David T, Public Relations Manager at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Aloha Dominic, Thank you for reviewing! Sounds like your family are now snorkel converts! Taking people snorkeling in Maui is high on the list of "World's Greatest Jobs" and we take a ton of pride in helping families like yours have a great time. Sounds...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Magical warm evening with friendly and funny staff. Yes you get wet getting on and off, but they warn you ahead of time and it's part of the fun. Couldn't have asked for a more relaxing trip and felt like we were in good hands....More

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

Aloha Nancy, Thank you for leaving this kind note. You know, we keep getting reviews that complement our crew on being friendly, funny and even "hilarious." While comedy is not technically part of their training, our whole crew takes pride in putting people at ease...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My family and I can't thank you enough for an amazing day with lots of memories that will last a life time. It was our first time in Hawaii and you helped us make an unforgettable trip. I would definitely suggest to others. The crew...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a great time. 10 minutes from the Fairmont and Four Seasons. Quickest ride to Molokini. Captain Dan, Nena, Fred and the rest of the crew were knowledgeable, entertaining and professional. We were able to snorkel at three different spots in our two hour and...More

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

Aloha David, Thanks for the review. I was actually out on the boat with you that day and witnessed our crew respond to the medical emergency as well. It's an unfortunate part of the job that once in a while it happens, but as you...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The team was vey professional, always taking care of your safety. They will be in the water and on the boat checking on everyone. It was a fantastic experience for me and my family the first time snorkeling. The amount of fauna was not very...More

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

Aloha Julio, Thank you for the review and for the kind words regarding our crew. They always appreciate hearing they've done their jobs well! Hope to see you and your family on Maui again soon. Mahalo!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My family and I decided to do the sunset cruise with Kai Kanai and we made the perfect choice! We sailed a total of 2 hrs to watch the sunset in Maui and it was a beautiful occasion. We had drinks and food galore and...More

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

Aloha Senie, Thank you for reviewing and mahalo nui loa iā ʻoe for coming out with us! We're so glad you finished your time on Maui with a sunset on the water. We think there is no better way to say Aloha to this beautiful...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We highly recommend the Molokini Express Snorkel! We went with our two children, ages 10 and 13. Everyone loved it! Early morning is the perfect time to go! The staff were all friendly, knowledgable, and professional. They went the extra mile to make sure everyone...More

Thank west719
David T, Public Relations Manager at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Aloha! We're glad you had a great time. Reviews like this get us even more excited about our jobs. We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I love to snorkel but haven't taken our 6 year old daughter until now. I was super nervous because she's not 100% water safe but can swim when she's in shallow water. The staff were amazing and had these great "view boards"...More

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

Aloha Amber, Thank you for the review! So many of our crew members are parents themselves. Our kids regularly come out on the boat and believe me: we get it! The view boards are a no-brainer for little ones. That way, every body has a...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I would recommend this express tour if you get sea sick easily. It only takes 15 mins to get to molokini crater. In the early morning the water is quite still. I enjoyed the snorkelling at the crater without much waves. They provide all gear...More

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

Aloha Rachel, Thank you for the review! You're spot on: the morning snorkel is a GREAT trip for beginners because the waters are typically calmer. It's great for advanced snorkelers as well because their are usually more fish in the crater at that time of...More

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Vincent B
7 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
16 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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