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Kai Kanani Sailing Charters

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5400 Makena Alanui, Kihei, Maui, HI 96753-8435
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Perfect way to enjoy sunset

This was my second trip and it was every bit as much sun as the last one. The captain and crew do... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Fred P
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Hammonton, New Jersey
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Fantastic experience and crew! Highly recommend!

My friends and I did the Sunrise Sail to snorkel at Molikini Island and turtle town. We had missed... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
lisatr118
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Sydney, Australia
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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 via mobile

This was my second trip and it was every bit as much sun as the last one. The captain and crew do their very best to make you feel comfortable and relaxed. The food and drink are wonderful. We were fortunate enough to see a...More

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

Aloha Fred! Thanks so much for coming out with us and for leaving a review! It was a beautiful sunset that night... we get a lot of those, for sure. Glad you were in the audience. See you next time!

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Reviewed 6 days ago

My friends and I did the Sunrise Sail to snorkel at Molikini Island and turtle town. We had missed out on doing a similar experience with another company, which was almost half the cost and came across a flyer to sail with Kai Kanani Sailing...More

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

Aloha Lisa, We're so glad you decided to come out with us. And thank you for reviewing! While its true that our trip cost a bit more than some, we have worked very hard to make sure that it's worth every dime. We have a...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I took this cruise based on the recommendations of multiple friends. It was nothing short of excellent. The crew is friendly and top-notch. Dwight the singer was a also a highlight and the food/drink complimented the cruise. I would recommend to all...More

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

Aloha Jason! Thanks so much for leaving a review here on TripAdvisor. Please thank your friends for us for the referral! The Sunset Adventure Sail is, in my obviously biased opinion, the perfect way to end anyone's vacation, with a beautiful Mahalo to the ocean...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Took this cruise with Kai Kanani Sailing Charter on a recommendation from a family member. It was perfect. Professional, knowledgable, safe, good food, fun! Thank you.

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

Aloha Gun38, Give that family member a high five for us, will you? Thanks so much for the review! Hope to see you again the next time you visit Maui!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went this morning with our 9 and 6 year old kids and had a great time. Crew was very friendly, knowledgeable and incredibly hospitable. Had lots of yummy food for us. Great trip!

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

Aloha Suzannah! Thanks for the kudos! We're glad you had a good time out there. Hope to see you again soon! Mahalo!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our family went on the early morning snorkel trip which was FANTASTIC! The entire crew was so great with our kids ages 13, 10 and 6. They had never snorkeled before and weren't sure they wanted to get in the water before we left. The...More

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

Aloha nvzanes! Thanks so much for leaving a review. I will make sure that Captain Dan hears that the Chocolate Chip Cookie Plus was a hit and we'll try and get it officially on the menu. Your kids were amazing out there and our crew...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Took my 5.5 year old for his first ever snorkel trip. He’s a good swimmer but has never really been in the open ocean outside beach trips. The staff could not have been more helpful and accommodating to all the kids on board. They were...More

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

Aloha MNative33! Kids are the best. We see this happen every day and our crew loves this part of the job: helping kids experience the ocean and the sea life for the first time. There are often fears and anxieties about the ocean and our...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a lovely experience on the Kai Kanani. It was a seamless process from booking to receiving an email with all information needed including a link for directions on location. We appreciate that they have a dedicated parking lot that is locked while you...More

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

Aloha Sylvia! Thank you so much for the review! You mentioned a lot of highlights (thank you). The reef-safe sunscreen is a big one for us. As many people know, its been proven that certain ingredients such as oxybenzone literally inhibit the coral and fish...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went on a whale watch tour 3/31/18. We had 10 people on board for the afternoon. The day was perfect with plenty of whales to see. The staff is incredible. So helpful with knowledge of the island and sea. Will definitely sail with them...More

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

Aloha Christy! Thank you for the review and mahalo nui loa for coming out with us! It's been a great whale season for Kai Kanani. As they are starting to head back to Alaska to feed, it's always a sad time of year. And then...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We did the 9:45am tour leaving from Makena with our teens and had a fabulous time! Our guides (Teddy, Freddy, Anthony and the rest of the crew) were all amazing and made the trip a lot of fun! We saw turtles, manta Ray, tons of...More

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David T, Public Relations Manager at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Aloha colorado2800! You were on the Signature Deluxe Snorkel... a classic tour. We'll make sure that Teddy, Freddy, Captain Anthony and the rest of the crew get some kudos for making your day special. Truth be told, our crew does this every day. They love...More

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KJG&DJ
April 18, 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
January 2, 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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eli_garrett
December 16, 2017|
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Aloha Eli, Our prices are all listed at Kai Kanani's website. Click the "book now" button at the top of the homepage and you'll have it. If you're referring to Private Charters, those prices are negotiated. Please give... More
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