We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Friendly Charters, Lani Kai

Features Animals
Slip 76, Ma'alaea Harbor, Kihei, Maui, HI 96753
Save
Review Highlights
Great experience!

Took the morning tour to Molokini and then to a “secret” spot to snorkel for turtles. Catamaran... read more

Reviewed 14 April 2018
pantonie
,
Black Earth, Wisconsin
Fun snorkeling trip

The crew makes this excursion more pleasurable. Breakfast and lunch are average. The sights for... read more

Reviewed 8 April 2018
Sgplmuzzo
,
San Francisco, California
Read all 206 reviews
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent69%
  • Very good20%
  • Average1%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible7%
Travellers talk about
“coral gardens”(19 reviews)
“turtle town”(46 reviews)
About
The Lani Kai is a 53 foot power catameran which holds 69 passengers. Friendly Charters takes passengers on Snorkeling tours to Molokini and Turtle town in the morning, and to Coral Gardens in the afternoon. This is a classy, beautiful yacht, which...more
Open Now
Hours Today: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
See all hours
Contact
Slip 76, Ma'alaea Harbor, Kihei, Maui, HI 96753
Write a ReviewReviews (206)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
All reviews
"coral gardens"
in 19 reviews
"turtle town"
in 46 reviews
"peanut butter"
in 6 reviews
"bagels"
in 11 reviews
"captain mark"
in 10 reviews
"fish"
in 54 reviews
"afternoon snorkel trip"
in 3 reviews
"molokini crater"
in 20 reviews
"mai tais and beer"
in 4 reviews
"offered snuba"
in 3 reviews
"pasta salad"
in 10 reviews
"second stop"
in 9 reviews
"juice"
in 11 reviews
"build your own"
in 3 reviews
"wet suits"
in 8 reviews
"morning tour"
in 4 reviews
"helpful crew"
in 4 reviews
Filter

1 - 10 of 203 reviews

Reviewed 14 April 2018

Took the morning tour to Molokini and then to a “secret” spot to snorkel for turtles. Catamaran with only 40 or so in our group. Much better than larger boats with over 150 people to contend with. Very friendly and attentive crew gave us easy...More

Thank pantonie
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 8 April 2018

The crew makes this excursion more pleasurable. Breakfast and lunch are average. The sights for snorkeling are great as you swim with multiple types of fish,sea life and turtles. Mia and Chelsea do great work preparing food and drink, but more so making sure all...More

1  Thank Sgplmuzzo
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 7 February 2018 via mobile

We had a great morning snorkeling this morning on this charter! Saw so many colorful fish and coral! Stopped at two locations. Our crew stopped two times to pick up debris they found in the water making it safer for the whales that we also...More

1  Thank Sayler1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
See more reviews
Reviewed 31 January 2018

First of all, the company's name should not be Friendly Charters. Captain was rude, and not informative, as are other companies Captains. He is supposed to give some information on the activity. Also embarkation onto this craft is unique: you need to float & pull...More

Thank Philip8659
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 28 January 2018

We had a great snorkelling/whale watching trip with Lani Kai! Captain and crew were very attentive, knowledgeable and helpful. The boat is the perfect size if you want a smaller group. We snorkelled in two locations; saw turtles; went down the slide; had plenty of...More

Thank travelhopes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 24 January 2018

Amazing snorkeling adventure with a bonus whale watching trip added in! Thank you to Captain Mark and crew for a wonderful time. Unfortunately the winds turned on us and you had to make a quick change of plans for the turtles, but the whales more...More

Thank KK31862
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Bill B, Director of Sales at Friendly Charters, Lani Kai, responded to this reviewResponded 25 January 2018

...KK..? Thank you for joining Us....and Thank You for your excellent remarks.....come On back...Capt Marc salutes you....Bill....

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

Best two days of our trip! Went to Molikini and Coral Gardens- saw numerous whales and thousands of fish. Even a Manta Ray! The staff was so friendly and helpful! And both captains, Mark and Kewini (not sure of spelling) were great at handling the...More

1  Thank Leigh B
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 11 January 2018

We booked this adventure thru Snorkel Bob’s in Kihei. Corey at snorkel bob’s was extremely helpful! He suggested Friendly Charters,Lani Kai. He suggested to do the morning snorkel because the waters are usually calm. We were glad we did. The weather was perfect and the...More

Thank noreen4516
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Bill B, Director of Sales at Friendly Charters, Lani Kai, responded to this reviewResponded 12 January 2018

....THANK YOU for the kind words....Corey is one of our favorite agents...We look forward to coming back to Maui and the Lani Kai.....Stay Well......

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 3 January 2018 via mobile

Friendly Charters did a great job for our snorkel trip. My son and I did the Snuba and really enjoyed it. The water was too rough for turtle town so we went to another spot and it was as good as Molokini. We also saw...More

Thank NWBearcat1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Bill B, Director of Sales at Friendly Charters, Lani Kai, responded to this reviewResponded 14 January 2018

....BearCat.....We love it when guests like yourself leaves us a few comments ....Keeps us focused.....Thanks..........Bill.........."Lani Kai"...........

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 18 December 2017 via mobile

Great snorkeling trip even though the water was to choppy in Molikini. The found us some other sights to snorkel and we saw several turtles. They offer a snuba add on options for $60 on top of regular price. Just like scuba without having to...More

Thank Rcadigal
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Bill B, Director of Sales at Friendly Charters, Lani Kai, responded to this reviewResponded 25 December 2017

....THREE (3) MAI TAI's...? Well that should have done it...Thank You for joining us and thank you for leaving such a nice review.....We look forward to you and your family coming back to Maui & the "LANI KAI"......Aloha *****

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all 54 hotels in Maui
Kohea Kai Resort Maui,
83 reviews
6.10 km away
Maui Coast Hotel
2,212 reviews
10.28 km away
Maui Beach Hotel
598 reviews
11.44 km away
Maui Seaside Hotel
1,150 reviews
11.62 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Hula Cookies & Ice Cream
168 reviews
.31 km away
Cafe del Vino
35 reviews
.38 km away
Seascape Ma'alaea Restaurant
255 reviews
.31 km away
Ma'alaea General Store & Cafe
282 reviews
.22 km away
Nearby Attractions
Alii Nui
1,335 reviews
.45 km away
Pacific Whale Foundation
9,291 reviews
.08 km away
Maui Ocean Center
4,092 reviews
.21 km away
Maui Fun Charters
162 reviews
.27 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Terese V
2 March 2015|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from FMOmbrello | Reviewed this property |
We too did an early afternoon charter. The cost for the basic trip, which included snorkeling and lunch was $35 per person. This included your mask and fins. If you wanted to use a wet suit, it was an additional $10. If you... More
0
Votes
;