The Kai Kanani II, offering snorkeling and sunset tours and private charters, is a comfortable catamaran that departs directly off of Maui's lovely Malu'aka Beach fronting the Makena Resort. We paid $162 for 2 (all-in after online discount) for an enjoyable 2hour late afternoon cruise of the Makena-Wailea area with spectacular sunset views, a little whale entertainment and musical ukulele entertainment by Dwight. The catamaran pulls up onto the beach so you may get sprayed a little from the waves depending on the wind (I'm 5'3", legs were only wet up to mid-thigh); the staff is right there to help if you're a little wobbly in the sand or if you need a hand. Mai-tais, beer, beverages served by attentive friendly staff along with pupu (appetizers) platters with the usual veggies/dip, shrimp, fruit, cheese/crackers, buns and tasty meatballs were included in the price and on this particular day there was enough food to please my husband's always-large appetite. Received email following the cruise inviting us to drop by the Kai Kanani store for a free gift and 20% discount on store items (great selection of Columbia-brand Kai Kanani wear: shirts, shorts, jackets, hoodies, tshirts, mugs etc) and the free gift (choice of tshirt, beach bag, nice mug, reusable water cup,) was a nice touch (although they need a fresh supply of sizes). I highly recommend seeing Maui from the water and I will book the same tour on our next visit.
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