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Kai Kanani Sailing Charters

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Address: 34 Wailea Gateway Place, 5400 Makena Alanui, Kihei, Maui, HI 96753
Phone Number: 808-879-7218
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Description: 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 Beach. 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 (January through April) and romantic Sunset Champagne Sail three days a week, Kai Kanani is sure to make your vacation very memorable.
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First time to snorkel Molokini

I am so scared of the water, but I went on the Express tour this morning with my son. The crew was fantastic. They helped me get on board from the shore knowing my fear. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

I am so scared of the water, but I went on the Express tour this morning with my son. The crew was fantastic. They helped me get on board from the shore knowing my fear. The beauty at Molokini is breath taking. The captain helped me fit my snorkeling mask and let me know his crew was in the water... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

We went on the early snorkel trip to Molokini and Turtle Town. It was our first time snorkeling. It was very convenient because we stayed at Makena Beach and Golf Resort, so we didn't have far to go early in the morning. The fish and visibility at Molokini were amazing! We saw so many different types. They promised they would... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We went on the 2 hour 6:30 am snorkeling tour of Molokini Crater and Turtle town. It leaves from Makena Beach, close to the crater. The boat was incredible and the staff was very friendly, knowledgeable and professional. We had fresh fruit, muffins, coffee juice hot chocolate for breakfast on the boat on our way to the crater. As I... More 

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Commerce, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

this was the best experience, although we were unable to snorkel at Molokini crater due to weather they took us to a compatible location and the experience was amazing. Great staff and service, felt very secure. I don't swim!!!

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

The crew was wonderful. Very friendly, helpful and engaging. It's fun that the boat picks you up straight from the beach. We toured for 5 hours and stopped to snorkel at two locations. One for fish and the other for turtles but also saw an eagle ray.

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

My boyfriend and I decided to go on the 6am early morning snorkel and were so glad we did. We picked Kai Kanani because they are located so much closer to Molokini Crater than most other boats so that was a huge plus. While getting up so early was not great, being the first ones to the crater was awesome.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

They know how to get things done. They had us checked in and on boat early. This was the shortest boat ride and best trip we have ever taken to Molokini. With kids the snorkel time was just right in the crater. The orientation was awesome, informational and funny, thanks Fred. Another short trip to Turtle Town, another great orientation... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

After carefully researching every possible tour company to go snorkeling with, my daughter and I chose Kai Kanani and we definitely made the right choice!! We're not easily pleased but this company hit all the right notes. They are extremely professional and bent over backwards to insure everyone's safety. They provided guidance to help new snorkelers in and out of... More 

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Lewiston, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

We've been snorkeling other places, but the Kai Kanani experience is truly head and shoulders above the other trips. Now, every trip to Maui is not complete without a Kai Kanani adventure. The Kai Kanani staff make everyone feel welcome and very safe. The Captain is always very personable and very knowledgeable. On a whale watching excursion, we even had... More 

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Torquay, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

A good tour of both the molokini crater and "turtle" bay. Equipment was good and turtle spotters were useful despite the lack of turtles. Adult beverages only at the end of the trip.

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