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Address: Kihei, Maui, HI 96753
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Kai Kanani Sailing Charters is the only South Maui charter to offer daily...

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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Great crew on board very friendly. Captain was cool guy talking with everyone,breakfast and lunch was very good and boat was nice and clean.Great day on Ocean. Only negative would... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Lexington, Massachusetts, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We were looking to do a snorkel trip while on Maui but were worried about huge crowds. We also don't like situations were we are stuck on a boat while things don't move along quickly. Kai Kanani delivered a tight run experience that got us to Molokini quickly and early in the day so that we only had to deal... More 

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Jen L, Director of Sales at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this review

Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review for us, Markus! Glad you got to experience and have Molokini to yourself. We are very lucky to be the first snorkel boat to arrive each morning! More 

San Jose
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great crew on board very friendly. Captain was cool guy talking with everyone,breakfast and lunch was very good and boat was nice and clean.Great day on Ocean. Only negative would be the snorkeling wasn't that great not much to see but everything else was awesome

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Felton, Delaware, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I have been on many snorkel tours. This has been the best one by far, hands down. I stayed in the Wailea area, was picked up and dropped off directly! We went on the first early morning express tour. This was great because we like to snorkel and still have the rest of the day to ourselves, that's exactly what... More 

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Jen L, Director of Sales at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this review

Mahalo Melissa! Glad you enjoyed the Express Snorkel Tour and were able to have Molokini to yourselves, as well as see whales! Thanks for spending some of your Maui vacation with us and a hui hou (until we meet again) More 

Bogota, Colombia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We made a nice trip on the catamaran and we and our kids enjoyed the ride, but we did not see one wale. Our guide said that he saw some, but very far away. The office does not respond in such a case. No money back, no replacement ride.

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Jen L, Director of Sales at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this review

Aloha 740johannm - We actually have a sightings guarantee for all of our Whale Watching tours. If you do not see any whales, you can call our office between 7am - 7pm HST to join another Whale Watch tour for free. Please call us to schedule your tour...humpback whales are definitely a must see on Maui! More 

Chicago, IL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The snorkel cruise to Molokai Crater was one of the best days of our vacation! The staff was very helpful and courteous. Our safety was a priority with them. We enjoyed the food and drink options. The overall atmosphere of the boat was great! We would highly recommend this company.

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Bahama, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was concerned would be too large a crowd with all the issues on the deluxe snorkel trip. Ended up being an excellent experience. The crew made the difference. Professional and attentive. Good time was had by myself with two teenagers. Very convenient if u are staying on south shore. I am considering going on their whale watching tour while... More 

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Jen L, Director of Sales at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this review

Mahalo (thank you) for joining us bahamastan2015! Our crew loves what they do and it shows! We hope to see you on another tour soon! Humpback whales are a must see experience while visiting Maui, so hopefully you can join us! More 

Isanti, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

They made us feel comfortable from the moment we arrived. Each crew member went out of their way to be available and friendly without being obtrusive. I imagine this must be difficult when guiding multiple tours each day, but they make it look easy. We had a fun time with good weather and as a bonus, we saw some whales.... More 

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Kihei, HI
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the only company to sail out of Wailea therefore it has to be a beach load. It's fun for younger families etc but if you have any difficulties going up moving stairs that are in the surf, book one of the boats that leaves a dock either in Ma`alea or Lahaina. There are many good ones that won't... More 

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Jen L, Director of Sales at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this review

Thank you for your honest review, Kihei.Goldilocks! You are definitely correct in that beach loading is not for everyone. We like to tell guests to prepare to get wet up to your waist and that we have several crew members that help everyone in the boarding process to ensure safety and comfort. You really can't beat leaving from Wailea-Makena, but... More 

Lethbridge, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Maui offers a lot of whale watch tours, and I've been on many of them over the years. I can safely say that Kai Kanani is near the top, and they are definitely the best catamaran whale watch I've been on. For starters, the departure from Maluaka Beach instead of Lahaina or Maalea is way more convenient for those of... More 

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Barrington, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our family of 23, ranging in age from 2 to 75, loved this snorkel boat ride. All of us. We saw lots of fish and turtles. The crew was super friendly and very, very helpful. The food were very good. The turtles in the water were plentiful. We have as a family been on numerous boat rides, but none could... More 

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