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Kai Kanani Sailing Charters

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5400 Makena Alanui, Kihei, Maui, HI 96753-8435
+1 808-879-7218
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Sunset cruise was so memorable

My husband, 16 year-old son and I took a Sunset Cruise on a Monday evening in early August - what a... read more

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CC3Nassau
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Fantastic Sunrise Snorkel Trip

My family decided to book a Sunrise Snorkeling Trip with Kai Kanani after spending much time online... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
KimR429
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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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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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Reviewed today

My husband, 16 year-old son and I took a Sunset Cruise on a Monday evening in early August - what a memorable experience. Staff was wonderful.

Thank CC3Nassau
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

My family decided to book a Sunrise Snorkeling Trip with Kai Kanani after spending much time online looking at reviews upon reviews. I take a lot of time making decisions and was so happy I booked with this company. They were a bit more expensive...More

Thank KimR429
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David T, Public Relations Manager at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Aloha Kim! We are so glad you chose us. There are a lot of boats heading to Molokini these days but as you experienced, there's only one out there at sunrise with the place all to yourself. AWESOME. Thank you for taking the time to...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

My family of 6 went on this snorkeling tour this morning. It is very well organized, well staffed, and safety measures are in place. The food was good, too. We went to Molokini and to Turtle Town to snorkel on their big cataraman with about...More

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

Aloha hfwebster! Mahalo nui loa for leaving a review here! It was great having you and your family on board to enjoy the sunrise on the water. We hope to see you again the next time your family comes to Maui. Mahalo!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our only choice when it comes to snorkel and sailing trips . So professional and safe . They will make sure you have an amazing time for all levels of experienced swimmers and snorkeling levels

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

Aloha wonka! Thank you for the kind words. I'll pass this along to our crew! Mahalo!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wow!!!! My husband and I took this cruise on our honeymoon. The crew was so wonderful. I can’t say enough kind words about how great their energy was and how nice they all were. Sierra picked us up at our hotel and was the first...More

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

Aloha Christie! Thanks so much for leaving a review and for sailing with us! We'll make sure the crew you mentioned hears about this review, as well as Brother Dwight, our incredibly talented uku'lele player. We look forward to having you out with us again...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

With my family, I sailed on the "Sunrise Deluxe Snorkel" trip yesterday. From the moment we checked-in, it was a delight to spend time with the crew. They helped us board a catamaran at the beach and supported us at every step of the adventure....More

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

Aloha Soxteacher! We really appreciate you leaving a review here on TripAdvisor! (and we love the username... I'm sure there's a story there). We strive to treat every customer the way you were treated, with the goal of each customer coming back to us year...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My family just returned from this trip. Four of my family went to Molokini and then Turtle Town. Even my 15 year old son said it was awesome. We frequently snorkel in the area so that part wasn't a surprise. My son said the boat,...More

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

Aloha Scott, As parents of teenagers ourselves, we fully recognize that this is HIGH praise. Thank you very much for passing that on and for leaving the review here on TripAdvisor. We really enjoyed having your family out on the boat and hope we can...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So we booked this snorkeling through our hotel which was very close to the property. The staff were all amazing!! Unfortunately, the waters were very rough and the snorkeling once we got to Molokini crater was disappointing due to the rough waters I believe. We...More

Thank 557frankp
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David T, Public Relations Manager at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Aloha Frank, Thank you for leaving this review and the kind words regarding Captain Kiki and her crew. We always put safety first and, though it is rare, when the sea doesn't want us out there, we listen and obey. We hope that you come...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We drove south of the Grand Wailea Hotel. Ended up on a dead end road, and their check in area is on the right side, on dirt road. Once everyone gets theren the staff walked us to the beach. The catamaran was on the beach...More

Thank Jackie F
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David T, Public Relations Manager at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Aloha Jackie! Thank you for leaving a review here on TripAdvisor! Also, thank you for mentioning the beach load! We do walk into the surf to board the boat. During the summer, that typically means getting wet just above the knees but at times, it...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great team and crew. The ocean was super rough and made snorkeling very difficult. But that isn’t the fault of Kai Kanani. They did everything perfectly. The captain was top notch and safety was the utmost of priority. For that reason, our trip was cut...More

Thank Molly L
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David T, Public Relations Manager at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Aloha Molly, You know you're doing it right when you receive a 5-star review on a cancelled tour! Thanks very much for the review! It's true: we can't control the weather. For us (and for most of our colleagues in the boating industry on Maui),...More

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Avanti P
May 2, 2018|
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Response from Fred P | Reviewed this property |
I have no idea. They are very friendly and willing to help so I’d say it’s worth a telephone call or email to them.
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KJG&DJ
April 18, 2018|
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Response from David T | Property representative |
Aloha, We'd be happy to answer any question you have about our tours!
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roburg
January 1, 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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