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Kai Kanani Sailing Charters

#7 of 65 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Kihei Features Animals
5400 Makena Alanui, Kihei, Maui, HI 96753-8435
+1 808-879-7218
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We did the earlyyy snorkeling expedition. Started at 6:00am..but man was it worth it. Didn't get... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
BriMahri
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Connecticut
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Early Morning Molokini Express best experience on our Maui vacation

Early departure made us the only snorkelers at Molokini. Two hour trip was just the right amount... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Roger H
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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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+1 808-879-7218

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We did the earlyyy snorkeling expedition. Started at 6:00am..but man was it worth it. Didn't get burnt, but still got a lot of sun even that early in the morning..and it cut the price down a good amount!! I'm not sure if the family would...More

1  Thank BriMahri
Reviewed 4 days ago

Early departure made us the only snorkelers at Molokini. Two hour trip was just the right amount of time -- we enjoyed all of our time in the water at Molokini and Turtle Town. I think the 4 and 5 hour trips offered by other...More

Thank Roger H
Reviewed 1 week ago

We (2 middle age, 2 adult sons) did the express tour on June 5. The weather was quite perfect and the wind in the morning was very quiet. It seemed to pick up in the afternoon every day. Anyway, it's an early morning but we...More

Thank BCA34
Reviewed 1 week ago

They are an organized, cheerful group that truly seemed to have the best interest of all guests at heart. They did their absolute best to make sure each passenger/guest had everything they required to have a wonderful experience. Captain Anthony and all his crew were...More

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

Mahalo for the review, Tammy! You pointed out something that we work hard to attain: we truly care about our guests and make it our focus to ensure that each guest has what they need to have the best day possible, even in bad weather....More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just WOW! The early morning Molokini Express from Makena is the way to go. After a short 15 minute ride, you're the first group of the day to Molokini, where you wake up with the fishes. The crew is the best - professional, knowledgeable, and...More

Thank gottafly2stsomewhere
David T, Public Relations Manager at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Mahalo for the review! We used to call this trip the "best kept secret on Maui" but you're right... the secret is out. We're the only boat that gets Molokini to ourselves on our early morning trip and it's an experience that you never forget....More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Out of the many tours to Molokini I've done over my numerous visits to Maui, these guys are by far the best of the bunch! The crew were super friendly and very knowledgable and did everything they could to make sure everyone had a great...More

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

Aloha Brad! Mahalo for the review! The sea did get bumpy on your trip, as it sometimes does. We do our best to make sure our guests are as comfortable as possible, even in big surf. Our crew takes a lot of pride in hearing...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a good snorkeling tour to Molokini. We did the morning 2 hour trip, it is a quick bout ride out and lots of snorkeling. We stopped at a second location to see turtles. The crew are very good and knowledgeable about the area....More

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

Aloha! Thanks very much for the review. As you noted, our location makes life easy for our guests. We're closer to Molokini than any other boat so our passengers arrive back at the beach with energy to enjoy the rest of their day. We hope...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great time seeing fish of all kind, moral eels and turtles..clear water..beautiful setting and very well organised

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

Mahalo for the review! Hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was a solo traveler on the Molokini Express tour. I count myself lucky to have visited some amazing places around the world and enjoyed first class service. The team at Kai Kanani were simply amazing, from check in through to the last moment of...More

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

Aloha Kingsley, Thanks so much for the kind words. We'll make sure Captain Dan and Jake hear the kudos! Our crew is passionate about giving our guests a great day and they love to hear when they nailed it. We hope you come back out...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We opted for the sunset cruise..what a great experience..The staff were so gracious..the trip was calm...there were only 24 on board so there was plenty of room to roam the catamaran ! They had several great local craft beers as well as bud light on...More

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

Aloha JupiterDave (great name by the way!), Thank you for the review! I'll pass your compliments on to the crew and Dwight, who always appreciate feeling the love from our passengers. We hope you choose to come out with us again the next time you're...More

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Vincent B
Any chance of seeing whales late April will be arriving on the 22nd of April Thanks
8 April 2017|
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Response from gatorqt | Reviewed this property |
We were there mid march and saw whales everywhere so I'd say a possibility
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saramom095
Hi. We are trying to choose between the shorter first thing in the morning tour, or the one that leaves at 9AM. Can anyone tell me what the pluses/minuses are to each? We have two boys -ages 9 and 12. They are great swimmers, but I'm wondering if the longer trip is too boring for the preteens :-) Also if the water is too cold that early in the morning. Thank you!
17 March 2017|
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Response from madtaylor | Property representative |
HI Saramom095, The trips are quite different and both will be excellent for your whole family. My boys love them both for different reasons. The Express trip is a special experience in that we have the crater to ourselves... More
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