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Address: Kihei, Maui, HI 96753
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+1 808-879-7218
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
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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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Authentic In the Water Snorkeling Experience

This is the trip you want if you really want to go snorkeling and see fish. I saw some really beautiful fish, a trumpet fish, a shark and turtles. They get you close to where the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Christine T
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Oakland

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Oakland
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7 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is the trip you want if you really want to go snorkeling and see fish. I saw some really beautiful fish, a trumpet fish, a shark and turtles. They get you close to where the fish are and there are plenty of awesome staff there to help you in any way. They keep you safe while you get to... More 

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Central MA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The crew was amazing! They were knowledgeable, helpful, and a lot of fun. The boat is gorgeous and a great way to experience Molikini Crater. The crew was in tune with everyone's level of comfort and went out of their way to make sure everyone felt comfortable on the boat and in the water. It was my favorite thing about... More 

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Briarcliff Manor, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We have taken snorkeling trips throughout the Caribbean and in Mexico and this by far is the best one we have ever taken. It was wonderful to be able to see an abundance of sea life including whales, gorgeous fish and turtles, but it was an added bonus to be aboard a vessel in tip-top shape with a captain and... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

They were helpful, fun, informative, patient...this is the whole package. The staff was great, the boat was clean and smooth.

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Thank raddaddas
Leawood, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We went on a whale-watching excursion the week of January 8th. We had a thoroughly enjoyable time! The crew was awesome, safe and informative! We boarded the boat from the beach and Sarah was very helpful navigating the surf which had picked up a bit! One of the crew, I believe his name was Fred, was very knowledgeable about the... More 

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Thank Doctorfurgie
Woodland, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Had a fantastic time. Crew was friendly and informative. Whales were showing off so much so that at times we didn't know which direction to look as we didn't t want to miss anything. Not to be missed in the winter months.

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Troy, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the early snorkel tour departing at 6:30 in the morning of Jan 8th. we stayed at the west maui so took us more than 1 hour to get to the boarding spot. Though the trip is very early but you can avoid large groups of people at the Molokini Crater. There is not so many people on the... More 

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Lexington, Massachusetts, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were looking to do a snorkel trip while on Maui but were worried about huge crowds. We also don't like situations were we are stuck on a boat while things don't move along quickly. Kai Kanani delivered a tight run experience that got us to Molokini quickly and early in the day so that we only had to deal... More 

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Jen L, Director of Sales at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this review

Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review for us, Markus! Glad you got to experience and have Molokini to yourself. We are very lucky to be the first snorkel boat to arrive each morning! More 

San Jose
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great crew on board very friendly. Captain was cool guy talking with everyone,breakfast and lunch was very good and boat was nice and clean.Great day on Ocean. Only negative would be the snorkeling wasn't that great not much to see but everything else was awesome

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Felton, Delaware, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been on many snorkel tours. This has been the best one by far, hands down. I stayed in the Wailea area, was picked up and dropped off directly! We went on the first early morning express tour. This was great because we like to snorkel and still have the rest of the day to ourselves, that's exactly what... More 

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Jen L, Director of Sales at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this review

Mahalo Melissa! Glad you enjoyed the Express Snorkel Tour and were able to have Molokini to yourselves, as well as see whales! Thanks for spending some of your Maui vacation with us and a hui hou (until we meet again) More 

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