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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.
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Huntington, Indiana
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9 reviews
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“Awesome Experience!”
Reviewed February 24, 2013

We used this charter because they left from the beach in front of our Resort, but it I would recommend them to anyone. The staff were friendly, knowledgeable, and funny. They had a volunteer Naturalist on board who was a biologist. Unfortunately the wind cut our time short at Molokini Crater. Actually it was a bit tense for a moment as the wind was blowing into the crater and the boat was unable to come get us, however the staff handled the situation very, very well and the issue was resolved. Our time at Turtle Town was fantastic we had 4-5 turtle sightings. The lunch was pretty good, very wide selection of sandwich meats/ PB &J and salads, chips, veggies. Good drinks too! Had an unbelievable time!

Visited February 2013
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“Amazing!”
Reviewed February 20, 2013

This morning's trip was so unbelievable. I was a little concerned before we got on the boat, as it was cloudy, cool and the wind was a potential issue. Once on board, the crew was friendly, fun and very helpful and the sun was out. On the way to Molokini crater the wind picked up and the swells and white caps were getting big. Our captain decided to head to Turtle Town instead as it is closer to shore and the waters are calmer. As we approached, we were escorted by a pod of spinner dolphins. Our captain gently and eagerly got us in place and was jumping up and down yelling "Hurry and swim with the dolphins." My husband, daughter and I (and I think everyone else) were fortunate to swim with the pod of about 20 dolphins - incredible!!! After that and some awesome turtles, our captain took us back to Molokini Crater. We were the only boat there and the waters had calmed somewhat. More amazing snorkeling. Then to top off an already perfect trip, we encountered mother and calf humpback whales with a male "escort". Such beautiful creatures.

Almost an afterthought, but just as good, was the food and drinks and service! Many thanks for an unforgettable trip - worth every dollar!!!!!! Highly recommended.

Visited February 2013
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Sioux City, Iowa
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“The Whale Watch was Thrilling!”
Reviewed February 18, 2013

Our group of 6 chose this charter for whale watching because they offered a shorter trip (2 hours) in the afternoon. We had a wonderful tour and saw many whales. The crew was great at getting us as close as allowed to many whales, and the guide was both entertaining and educational. The boat was perfect for seeing whales all around. We weren't prepared to get as wet as we did when loading and unloading (although they do tell you ahead of time that you'll have to walk in the surf up to your knees to get to the boat), but that added to the fun. Wear a bathing suit or short shorts! And if you take the afternoon tour for whale watching, take a sea sickness pill before you go because it does get pretty rocky in the afternoon. But the sight of those whales was worth it, and again, the guide and crew are worth checking out this outfit! They also offer free alcohol (limit 2 per adult), and free non-alcoholic beverages and snacks. Makes the price of the trip even better.

Visited February 2013
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Canberra, Australia
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“Totally awesome trip”
Reviewed February 16, 2013 via mobile

This was the most exciting and complete adventure on our recent trip to Maui.
A large group of us ranging in age from 4 to 50 thoroughly enjoyed our day. The crew took us away from the expected site due to the volume of boats already there, and I think we got much more than we expected!
Not only did we have an amazing time snorkelling, but we had a whale very close by gently breaching by us, and the ride on the nets was awesome, except for two of us who lost sunglasses in a whopping gush of water, but hey - it added to the day!
The crew were totally responsible serving alcohol only after everyone was finished snorkelling, and they were a fantastic bunch of people.
Definitely do this!

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“The best boat and staff”
Reviewed February 15, 2013

We've been on snorkeling tours all over the Caribbean and Mexico and this is the best crew we have ever had. They really worked hard in a caring way to make sure all had a good experience. Capt. Anthony checked visibility in various sites Nina and Jen were everywhere helping people with equipment. After our dives the crew kept your cocktails full and the food was good. Great staff and beautiful boat. This is a must use tour in Maui

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