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Kai Kanani Sailing Charters

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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...more
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5400 Makena Alanui, Kihei, Maui, HI 96753-8435
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wish I could say this is worth the money but just can’t. For nearly $200 for each of us we were not taken to the crater. The crew subed another location that had one variety of fish then took us to Turtle Town, get this,...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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DavidT9770, Public Relations Manager at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Aloha, We're sorry your expectations weren't met. We do our best to provide the best day possible, no matter what weather challenges come our way, which is more of a challenge in winter. A severe north wind does not allow for safe snorkeling conditions inside...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This boat and crew are one of my favorite parts about visiting Maui! I went out a few times on this trip. During the snorkel we saw reef sharks and on the whale watch we had a whale breach right behind the boat! This is...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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DavidT9770, Public Relations Manager at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Aloha Amanda! We very much appreciate the loyalty and we will continue to work hard to be worthy of it. Mahalo nui loa for leaving a review here on TripAdvisor! Hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Second time we sailed with this company . Fantastic crew that is very engaged into their activity and real nice boat that allows everyone to move around during the trip. Great location from where they sail and as last year plenty of whales within 15...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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DavidT9770, Public Relations Manager at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Aloha Stefan! Thank you for sailing with us. You got the "two-fer," with that pod of dolphins showing up. That is fantastic! Thanks, also, for leaving a review here on TripAdvisor. These reviews are really helpful for us as a small business. We hope to...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The boat was very comfortable, the mai tais and snacks were yummy and the crew was very helpful infinding us lots of whales!More

Date of experience: January 2019
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DavidT9770, Public Relations Manager at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Aloha moklump! Thank you for coming out on the Whale Watch! It's been a really active few weeks, hasn't it? From our South Maui location, we're constantly seeing those beautiful humpback tails and spouts. Thanks for taking the time to leave a review! We hope...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent from start to finish. Picked our group up at hotel and brought us to beach. Easy loading and great crew! Saw whales and turtles and snorkeled three different locations. The beta surprise was the quality of food and drink! Excellent pulled pork and salads...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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DavidT9770, Public Relations Manager at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Aloha Daniel! Mahalo for leaving a review here on TripAdvisor! We take a lot of pride in the presentation of our company from start to finish. A word about our food: we work with Wailea's own The Market, which is in the Wailea Gateway Center....More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This whale watch was amazing. The boat is really comfortable and had unobstructed views from every seat. The crew was fantastic and went out of their way to make each guest feel welcome. We saw whales in all directions. Some put on quite a show...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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DavidT9770, Public Relations Manager at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Aloha Marcie! The whale season is REALLY picking up, isn't it? It's a whale party out there! Thanks for coming out with us. It really is our privilege and joy to be able to take folks out and show off this amazing place we call...More

Reviewed January 3, 2019

There are a lot of sailing companies to chose from and I cannot tell you enough how happy I am to have found Kai Kanani. The boat is beautiful and the staff is knowledgable and friendly, always making sure everyone is having a good time....More

Date of experience: January 2019
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DavidT9770, Public Relations Manager at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this reviewResponded January 8, 2019

Aloha annakim13! Mahalo nui loa for leaving a review here on TripAdvisor! We love having you on board and are very appreciative of the continued support of our product and the spirit of what we do. Aloha!

Reviewed January 2, 2019 via mobile

We took the Kai Kanani sunset cruise and it was wonderful. As a Vegan, the food was excellent and so much better than expected. The crew was attentive to all our needs and the music was entertaining. The beach landing in the rainstorm was exciting...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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DavidT9770, Public Relations Manager at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this reviewResponded January 8, 2019

Aloha Kate! That was an exciting night. When the weather suddenly changes, you want the top crew on your boat. I was out on the boat that evening and our crew was amazing and we managed to have a great time, despite the rain. We...More

Reviewed January 2, 2019

I don't know how I haven't written a review for Kai Kanai before! We've been out on their boat seven times over the last 10 years, for both the sunset sail and once for the snorkeling tour. There's a reason we keep coming back. The...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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DavidT9770, Public Relations Manager at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this reviewResponded January 2, 2019

Aloha Noel! We're beyond grateful for your loyalty to our little company and our awesome crew. It really is very appreciated. And thank you for leaving a review! We look forward to seeing you next time! Mahalo!

Reviewed December 31, 2018 via mobile

My wife and I signed up for this excursion through the concierge at Hotel Wailea, so we really did not know what to expect. We were initially a little confused by how early we departed and by the beach boarding procedures in the pre-dawn darkness....More

Date of experience: January 2019
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DavidT9770, Public Relations Manager at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this reviewResponded January 9, 2019

Aloha Rich, Thank you for leaving a kind note here regarding our crew and the service you experienced. It helps us a lot to have happy customers leave reviews. Thanks for taking the time! Your experience shows that we are doing our jobs well. We...More

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hiramabif
On the 2 Morning Molokini and Turtle Town snorkel cruises how much time is available to spend in the water at Molokini?...how much time available to spend in the water at Turtle Town? How likely are whale sightings in Mid December on these snorkel cruises. Also I read in the text of the email from our resort that both of those cruises are BYOB. The brochure 'tho mentions cocktails available that seem to be included. I love the idea of a BYOB (cheap libations of choice)...and also of included cocktails. Are we allowed to bring our own softdrinks, iced tea, water & alcoholic beverages? Can we bring a cooler at all? Are cocktails included & served on board on either AM snorkel to Molokini & Turtletown? If so how many & for how long,(Some boats offer "open bar" for 20 minutes or so which is probably enough time to make one drink for each person on board.) (Neither I my wife are a lush/drunkard but we sometimes enjoy a cocktail or 2 with our sun & fun on vacation...sometimes not at all...and are trying to gauge the value and feel of these particular cruises in comparison to our other options before deciding who to book with.) At what point are guests allowed to drink?...anytime?...only after they are finished snorkeling for the day?...only after everyone is finished snorkeling for the day? Only with lunch? Only during the ride back to shore? Are the answers to these the same for each of the two AM time-slots? Please clarify and elaborate. (We like how conveniently close you are to our resort and how close you are to Molokini and how you appear to be a quality outfit.) We are trying to decipher how all of that translates into snorkel time & "enjoy the cruise time" compared to a slightly more expensive 6 hour 2-snorkle-stop luxury cruise to Molokini & Turtle Arches offered on a different vessel that departs from Maalaea Harbor, which is further from both our resort and Molokini, & that claims to allow an hour of snorkeling at both sites...and also a different 5 hour RIB tour that visits Molokini & 3 other snorkel sites. Thanks in advance.
October 14, 2018|
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Response from Maria T | Property representative |
Aloha hiramabif, thank you for your questions! Our snorkel times vary depending on the ocean conditions as we want to optimize the time you spend in the water. On average we spend about an hour at each snorkel site. If one... More
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May 2, 2018|
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Response from 844fredp | 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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Response from DavidT10074 | Property representative |
Aloha, We'd be happy to answer any question you have about our tours!
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