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Kai Kanani Sailing Charters

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5400 Makena Alanui, Kihei, Maui, HI 96753-8435
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Friendliest crew and best sailing in Maui

We really enjoyed the snorkeling spots, the vibe and the crew was super awesome. We will be back... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Dahveed R
Molokini Crater! Great Crew!

We went out on the early morning trip to Molokini with 16 people on our boat. It is a beautiful... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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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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5400 Makena Alanui, Kihei, Maui, HI 96753-8435
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We really enjoyed the snorkeling spots, the vibe and the crew was super awesome. We will be back tomorrow night - and again and again... thanks guys!

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Reviewed 3 days ago

We went out on the early morning trip to Molokini with 16 people on our boat. It is a beautiful comfortable Catamaran and we could not have asked for a better crew. We sailed on May 17th with Captain Will. Since we decided to do...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I went on the sunset dinner cruise and can’t say enough great things. From when Aliza picked us up from our resort to meeting the entire crew when we arrived, it was an amazing experience. The captain, first mate and crew were...More

Thank Keith M
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David T, Public Relations Manager at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Aloha Keith, Thank you for sailing with us and thank you for the review! "Light and fun." It's interesting that you say that because I've noticed the same thing about the people who work here at Kai Kanani. When you talk to the crew, you...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Will, Sarah, Teddy, and Joshua did an amazing job! This cruise is incredible, and the crew embodies the true spirit of hospitality. We found a prime spot on the reef and enjoyed amazing snorkeling around Molokini Crater. Then we went inland and swam with turtles....More

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David T, Public Relations Manager at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Aloha Neco! Thanks for the review and the kudos for the crew! I'll pass this along to them... it's always good to hear that your work is appreciated. You mentioned the equipment on the boat being in great shape. Don't you hate it when you...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We took the early morning trip, and all I can say is that the crew went above and beyond for us! To start off, my husband and I both got our days mixed up and we ended up showing up a day early. We had...More

Thank vcambler
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David T, Public Relations Manager at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Aloha vcambler, I had a chance to read your review today and just wanted to say thank you for mentioning the crew members who were so helpful... we pass along each and every compliment that we see here. We emphasize "going the extra mile" for...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did the morning snorkel/sail trip and it was just perfect! Small size group plus 4 expert crew, thank you Captain, Josh, Jake, and Sarah for a wonderful trip. The catamaran was big, beautiful, clean, and spacious. The food and drinks were plentiful and gourmet,...More

Thank Nancy D
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David T, Public Relations Manager at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Aloha Nancy, We wanted to just take a minute and thank you for coming out with us a few weeks ago. And thank you for the review! It's always good to hear that our guests are having a great time. We'll pass along the compliments...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I’ve snorkeled many times and this by far is the best crew I’ve worked with. They made beginners, non swimmers comfortable with snorkeling. But experienced snorkelers could explore not feeling slowed. Book the early sunrise trip (6am), it is definitely the best option. You missed...More

Thank RNeil97
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David T, Public Relations Manager at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Aloha RNeil97! It was so great having your group out! So much energy and enthusiasm... it not only made it fun for the crew but also for our other guests! So glad you made that drive from Ka'anapali. Molokini is down here in our neck...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We just did the 9:45 AM snorkel tour today and I have to say, we were blown away our entire experience! They took us to some of the best areas to snorkel with fish & sea turtles & we were surprised that there were not...More

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David T, Public Relations Manager at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Aloha Xavier and Katie! It was a real pleasure having you on board! And godspeed on your travels. We'll be following along on that killer instagram feed of yours. Keep up the beautiful work!

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Reviewed 22 April 2018 via mobile

This was my second trip and it was every bit as much sun as the last one. The captain and crew do their very best to make you feel comfortable and relaxed. The food and drink are wonderful. We were fortunate enough to see a...More

Thank Fred P
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David T, Public Relations Manager at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Aloha Fred! Thanks so much for coming out with us and for leaving a review! It was a beautiful sunset that night... we get a lot of those, for sure. Glad you were in the audience. See you next time!

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Reviewed 20 April 2018

My friends and I did the Sunrise Sail to snorkel at Molikini Island and turtle town. We had missed out on doing a similar experience with another company, which was almost half the cost and came across a flyer to sail with Kai Kanani Sailing...More

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David T, Public Relations Manager at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 20 April 2018

Aloha Lisa, We're so glad you decided to come out with us. And thank you for reviewing! While its true that our trip cost a bit more than some, we have worked very hard to make sure that it's worth every dime. We have a...More

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Avanti P
3 May 2018|
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Response from Fred P | Reviewed this property |
I have no idea. They are very friendly and willing to help so I’d say it’s worth a telephone call or email to them.
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KJG&DJ
18 April 2018|
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Response from David T | Property representative |
Aloha, We'd be happy to answer any question you have about our tours!
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roburg
2 January 2018|
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Response from David T | Property representative |
Aloha roburg, We no longer offer the "Express" 2 hour tour. Our morning tour is now called the Sunrise Deluxe, which is a 3 and a half hours long, with a full breakfast, mimosas and bloody marys. We'd love to have you out... More
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