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Kai Kanani Sailing Charters

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5400 Makena Alanui, Kihei, Maui, HI 96753-8435
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Sunrise snorkel is worth waking up for!

This was our second time with Kai Kananai, first time on the Sunrise Snorkel. Wonderful experiences... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Alison C
Best snorkel adventure

June 19, 2018 we went on the Sunrise snorkel sailing with Freddie, Teddy, and the crew. Fantastic... read more

Reviewed 4 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 4 days ago

This was our second time with Kai Kananai, first time on the Sunrise Snorkel. Wonderful experiences both times, but the sunrise trip is the one to do. When we arrived at molokini there was only one other boat (a small charter with a few scuba...More

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

Aloha Alison! I know we all talk about it quite a lot on here, but after we leave Molokini on our Sunrise trip, anywhere between 1,000 to 2,000 people show up just a few minutes later. It can be a bit overwhelming. Luckily, by the...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

June 19, 2018 we went on the Sunrise snorkel sailing with Freddie, Teddy, and the crew. Fantastic opportunity to snorkel the crater by ourselves. Wonderful experience and highly recommended. Well worth a little extra money since all snorkel destinations are very close by. Don’t miss...More

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

Aloha whickere! That sunrise trip is our favorite. Those who are willing to get up a little earlier are rewarded with the most exclusive experience of Molokini offered anywhere. So glad you were able to experience it. Thanks so much for the review! We hope...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Single best travel experience of my life! Have been to many islands, Maui is the best! Great tour. Not stressful. Went on the later AM tour- slightly more boats around( still not many on a Tuesday.) Great for young teens and adults alike( you can...More

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David T, Public Relations Manager at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Aloha calacurio! Thank you so much for the review! And you're right! As we say, "Maui No Ka Oi!" In our biased opinion, this island is the most beautiful in the entire world and we love that we get to show it off to friendly...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Captain Kiki and Crew were outstanding. This charter was only minutes from the hotel and only 15 minute sail to Molokini. Otherwise you spend over an hour round trip in the car and two hour round trip on the other tours that leave out of...More

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David T, Public Relations Manager at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Aloha wolfie! (Great name!) Thank you for the review and the compliments to our crew. It makes our day when we hear that our guests had a great time. We apologize for the lack of cocktails, as we're working hard to ensure that we can...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We booked this snorkelling tour for our last day in Hawaii at the recommendation of our (5 star) hotel. Although this tour was twice the price of all the other Molokini snorkelling tours we’d looked at, our hotel assured us it was worth it. Not...More

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

Aloha Natalie, As this review is nearly identical to the last, we'll assume you were from the same group. We are indeed sorry that your expectations were not fulfilled. There are a few pieces of false information in your review that we'd like to clarify:...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Let me open this review by saying Molokoni was beautiful and was a wonderful place to snorkel, but beyond that, the charter was not worth the price. We were hesitant to book this charter since there was a $100 price difference between it and other...More

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

Aloha Liam, First, we're very sorry that the trip did not meet your expectations. We work hard to ensure that every guest, even when the boat is sold out at this busy time of year, has an incredible time. There are a few pieces of...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our family of four had an awesome time this morning going to Molokini and Turtle Town (truly fantastic snorkeling sites). We saw a tremendous amount of sea life (fish galore, octopus, even a reef shark who was up past his bed time, turtles at Turtle...More

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

Aloha TX_MC! Thank you for the comprehensive review! The sunrise trip is definitely the trip to go on, as you discovered. Those who are willing to get up a bit earlier reap the reward, which is Molokini all to themselves! We have spent a lot...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I really enjoyed the sunset cruise with Kai Kanani. The staff was really nice and helpful and the boat was lovely. I did feel a little seasick so I didn’t enjoy the food on board, but it was beautiful to get out...More

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

Aloha Lydia! Thank you so much for the review. We're sorry about the seasickness! The ocean can be fickle that way. But we're so glad you had a good time, all things accounted for. We hope to see you again the next time you come...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We did the early morning 6:30am deluxe sunrise snorkeling trip and it was great! Friendly helpful crew, decent food and great Molokini &Turtle Town snorkels. They are the only snorkeling tour that goes out this early so lots less crowded at Molokini. Only 20 people...More

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

Aloha! Thanks so much for the review! And we're glad you had a good time. The Sunrise Deluxe Snorkel is THE premiere Molokini trip in the islands, which is why we upgraded the experience to include a full, hot breakfast, mimosas, bloody marys, and longer...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked the Signature Cruise today. Just as all the other reviews point out, this charter times their expeditions perfectly so that when we are visiting the area we are one of very few - if not the only boat there. The knowledgable, friendly, and...More

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

Aloha celhand, Every once in a while, a review comes along that you can't really respond to with exclamation points and smiles. We're so glad you had a great day out there, truly. We're beyond happy that Teddy and Sarah were there and they reacted...More

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Avanti P
2 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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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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