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“Exceptional and highly recommended experience”

Kai Kanani Sailing Charters
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our family came together on the island of Maui for the a week and reached out to Kai Kanani II staff to help with developing our visit. The staff was exception from the moment we confirmed our trip to the second we were back on Makena beach. I'd recommend you book with Kai Kanani II today!

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

Aloha keaneakao,

It was a pleasure having you and your family on board, and thank you for the kind review. Please let us know when you're coming next! We'd love to have you all out again. Mahalo!

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Reviewed 4 weeks 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 divers) and so our group had the place to ourselves. Lots of room to swim around and take in the fish. We had a beautiful, clear and calm morning for it. As we left, several other boats were arriving.

Thank Alison C
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David T, Public Relations Manager at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks 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 time our next trip, the Signature Deluxe, shows up, those people are all getting set to leave. So either way, Kai Kanani rocks.

Thanks so much for coming out with us for a second time! Repeat customers are the highest compliment that we receive. Hope we can make it #3 soon!

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Reviewed 4 weeks 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 the opportunity.

Thank whickere
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David T, Public Relations Manager at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks 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 we see you next time you come to Maui!

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Reviewed 4 weeks 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 take younger, but might be tired) if you’re a decent swimmer- my 14 yr old son and I am- don’t need life preserver belts so u can dive deeper. But they’re always available. Friendly, happy crew.

Thank calacurio
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David T, Public Relations Manager at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks 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 folks like you. Please come out with us again the next time you're on the island!

Mahalo nui loa!

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Reviewed 4 weeks 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 the harbor.

The crew was knowledgeable and safety was first rate. They pointed us in the right areas for sighting fish and turtles. The food was good as well — a nice lunch. Only thing was no cocktails on this trip as they were still in process of obtaining liquor license. They offered BYOB but we skipped that. Not a big deal.

Thank wolfie3512
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David T, Public Relations Manager at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks 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 serve in July. We hope to see you again the next time you come to Maui!

Mahalo!

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