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Kai Kanani Sailing Charters
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed January 3, 2013

Took the deluxe snorkel tour, which I'd done before with Pacific Whale Foundation. Kai Kanani was way better. Smaller tour size, crew was very friendly, helpful, and personable- even learned our names. They took their time, no rush to get back. Served good drinks and food, equipment and ship were clean and well stocked/maintained. Guides were very knowledgeable, and we even saw/stopped for whales en route.

The boat pulls right up onto Makena beach and you wade aboard barefoot. Actually feels like an adventure from the get-go. Will definitely go again next time.

1  Thank Yu-Jin C
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Reviewed January 3, 2013

We went on the 8am 2 hr boat trip to Molokini crater. Fantastic crew, great snorkeling and then on to "Turtle Town" and swam with 3 different turtles. One of them played around the reef and the sound of it taking in air on the surface looking straight at us was amazing. The boat was not huge and so you don't feel crowded, the crew know their stuff and the equipment and boat were spotless.

1  Thank KateandPaulPickering
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Reviewed January 1, 2013

Loved boating with this group. We were able to see a few whales, and a beautiful sunset. Crew were wonderful, attentive and fun to be around. Complimentary alcohol made most quite happy. (try the pog/champagne combo, quite delicious). Problem was getting off the boat at the beach. The boat backs close to the beach and you have to wade in the water to get to the boat. Problem was exiting. A huge wave hit both of us on exiting, and my friend and I both got our feet slammed into the ladder. She was picked up by crewman who prevented her from being dunked (thanks to some quick reflexes on his part) Fortunately, doesn't appear to have any broken bones but friend has badly bruised ankle.

2  Thank heatherbrin
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Reviewed December 30, 2012

This is by far the best snorkel trip I have ever been on (been on quite a few!), the boat crew were excellent. It was a very early start on the 6am express tour but definitely worth it as there was nobody else at the crater while we were there. All of the snorkel equipment was excellent and the staff were so helpful. We also stopped off to swim with sea turtles which was an amazing experience. Would definitely recommend this company.

1  Thank sunshinebunny
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Reviewed December 29, 2012

My wife and I sailed to Molokini with Kai Kanani Charters on their early morning cruise. Boarding the boat from the shore was a really cool experience. Once on-board we had pastries, fruit, juice, and coffee/tea to munch on while we sailed to the crater. We were able to go all over the boat and enjoy the early morning. The captain sailed around Molokini so that we got to see sunrise twice. Once in the water the guides were very helpful, pointing out fish and other animals. My wife enjoyed having the board to float with. The coolest experience was seeing a white tip reef shark, cross that off my bucket list. I would highly recommend the early morning cruise and Kai Kanani is a great group.

2  Thank ahmonroe5
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