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Kai Kanani Sailing Charters

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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...more
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5400 Makena Alanui, Kihei, Maui, HI 96753-8435
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went for morning sunrise sail. Crew is professional and boat is well equipped and snorkeling gear is good. Waters are pristine with clear visibility. Right after sunrise you learn why it is called blue moon. Georgeous.

Date of experience: December 2018
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DavidT9770, Public Relations Manager at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Aloha! Thanks so much for coming out with us and for leaving a review here on TripAdvisor! Gorgeous. Indeed, it is. Mahalo!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Third time with this boat/snorkel trip. Always a good time. Good food, great crew and beautiful sailing. Out to Molokini this trip with big swells and wind, so we headed around to the back side and enjoyed the shear wall of the island for the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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DavidT9770, Public Relations Manager at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Aloha djs! Thank you for coming out with us for the third time. That says more than anything about how we're doing. We love getting feedback from returning customers as we're always trying to improve the product. And how cool is the back side of...More

Reviewed 5 November 2018

In the past I had the chance to both snorkel and scuba dive at Molokini. It has been many years since I have been out there and this week was my chance to do it. My wife and I were staying in Wailea and Kai...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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DavidT9770, Public Relations Manager at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Aloha LocalPeddler, The highest compliments we get come from those who know the boating landscape here on Maui and who know Molokini. Thank you for your review! We're glad you were able to experience the exclusivity of our tour and location. It really is a...More

Reviewed 2 November 2018

We went on a sunrise snorkel tour with our party of 9 early this week. Four in our group were little kids ranging from 4-10 years old. Every single person in our party had a blast and it was thanks to Captain Dan and his...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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DavidT9770, Public Relations Manager at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Aloha moonlightbeachmama (GREAT username), We love getting reviews like this, but can I just say that your group was amazing to have on board? You brought so much enthusiasm and energy with you that I think you all have a good time wherever you go....More

Reviewed 25 October 2018

Had scheduled an afternoon tour and was very excited then 11 days prior to our tour I got a call saying it was going to be cancelled and asking if I could do the one two days prior. After rearranging our trip we did decide...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Maria T, General Manager at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 28 October 2018

Aloha nscheef, I'd like to apologize for the canceled trips that you were looking forward to. I know it left a poor impression. At Kai Kanani, we strive to give our guests the best day of their vacation but unfortunately, as we're transitioning into winter,...More

Reviewed 18 October 2018

Have been on many boat excursions and the sunset sail was by far the best. The crew was happy, helpful and without pretentiousness. The boat was clean and well maintained. Sunset is an amazing experience when on the water. What an amazing experience!More

Date of experience: October 2018
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DavidT9770, Public Relations Manager at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 19 October 2018

Aloha AliiResorts1, Agreed. Sunset on Maui waters is incredible. By the way, sunrise, also very cool. And, for that matter, mid-day is solid as well. For our part, we're just glad you chose to come out with us and experience what a gift it is....More

Reviewed 15 October 2018 via mobile

We took the sunrise trip to Molokini at the beginning of our trip and the sunset cruise at the very end. Kai Kanani delivers a fantastic product with great food, excellent ambience, knowledgeable and friendly staff and extraordinary views above and below the waterline. Great...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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DavidT9770, Public Relations Manager at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 19 October 2018

Aloha dkhollebeek! That's is a fantastic way to cap your trip to Paradise! Thanks so much for the love and for leaving a review here. We hope to see you again VERY soon, as I know you two are hooked on Maui. Mahalo nui loa!

Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

Fabulous. Fantastic. Breath taking beauty. Saw the most whales we've ever seen. Awesome accommodating crew. Yummy food and drinks. Best whale watch on Maui. Thank you crew!!!More

Date of experience: April 2018
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DavidT9770, Public Relations Manager at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2018

Aloha Marla! This is a timely review! Our Whale Watch season is coming soon! The Pacific Humpback Whale begins its migration in the fall and we begin our Whale Watch tours on December 15th! They are already available for booking on our website. We hope...More

Reviewed 30 September 2018

My husband and I started our trip to Maui with a sunrise sail and snorkel, and it was a great introduction to Maui. The crew was fantastic and very helpful. The snorkeling at Molokini Crater was filled with lots of different fish, and we were...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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DavidT10074, Public Relations Manager at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 2 October 2018

Aloha edw! Thanks so much for leaving a review here on TripAdvisor! We're so happy you had a good time on the Sunrise trip. It truly is the most special snorkeling tour on Maui, snorkeling Molokini before any other boat arrives. We hope you come...More

Reviewed 29 September 2018 via mobile

Four of us went on the sunset sail this evening. It was awesome. The boat picked us on Makena Beach, got situated on board and went for a nice relaxing sale. The crew was extremely helpful and attentive. On this sail they provided food and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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DavidT9770, Public Relations Manager at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2018

Aloha Ranchman! Thanks so much for writing a review and for coming out with us! The Adventure Sunset Sail is a special trip. There's nothing better than a Maui sunset, a glass of sparkling rosé in hand. Uncle Dwight strumming on the ukulele. We love...More

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On the 2 Morning Molokini and Turtle Town snorkel cruises how much time is available to spend in the water at Molokini?...how much time available to spend in the water at Turtle Town? How likely are whale sightings in Mid December on these snorkel cruises. Also I read in the text of the email from our resort that both of those cruises are BYOB. The brochure 'tho mentions cocktails available that seem to be included. I love the idea of a BYOB (cheap libations of choice)...and also of included cocktails. Are we allowed to bring our own softdrinks, iced tea, water & alcoholic beverages? Can we bring a cooler at all? Are cocktails included & served on board on either AM snorkel to Molokini & Turtletown? If so how many & for how long,(Some boats offer "open bar" for 20 minutes or so which is probably enough time to make one drink for each person on board.) (Neither I my wife are a lush/drunkard but we sometimes enjoy a cocktail or 2 with our sun & fun on vacation...sometimes not at all...and are trying to gauge the value and feel of these particular cruises in comparison to our other options before deciding who to book with.) At what point are guests allowed to drink?...anytime?...only after they are finished snorkeling for the day?...only after everyone is finished snorkeling for the day? Only with lunch? Only during the ride back to shore? Are the answers to these the same for each of the two AM time-slots? Please clarify and elaborate. (We like how conveniently close you are to our resort and how close you are to Molokini and how you appear to be a quality outfit.) We are trying to decipher how all of that translates into snorkel time & "enjoy the cruise time" compared to a slightly more expensive 6 hour 2-snorkle-stop luxury cruise to Molokini & Turtle Arches offered on a different vessel that departs from Maalaea Harbor, which is further from both our resort and Molokini, & that claims to allow an hour of snorkeling at both sites...and also a different 5 hour RIB tour that visits Molokini & 3 other snorkel sites. Thanks in advance.
14 October 2018|
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Response from Maria T | Property representative |
Aloha hiramabif, thank you for your questions! Our snorkel times vary depending on the ocean conditions as we want to optimize the time you spend in the water. On average we spend about an hour at each snorkel site. If one... More
3 May 2018|
Response from 844fredp | 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.
18 April 2018|
Response from DavidT10074 | Property representative |
Aloha, We'd be happy to answer any question you have about our tours!