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Take a tour of the Kai Kanani!

Sailing, snokeling

Check out the fresh-from-dry-dock Kai Kanani 2! Every year our captains and crew spend a couple weeks working hard painting, sanding and cleaning  Kai Kanani 2 and getting her ready for the return of the Pacific Humpback whales. Now she is back and ready to go and here’s a special tour for you, our family and friends – Kai Kanani 2, just as you’ll experience her on your tour!


Kai Kanani Beach LoadingKai Kanani 2 is a beach loading boat, which means we pull right up to Maluaka Beach at the Makena Beach & Golf Resort  and walk through the water to board the vessel.  Our crew is here to assist you. Just grab a handrail for easy access up the stairs.StepsOnce aboard you’ll find yourself on the bow, where there is seating on the nets or benches by the windows.

Kai Kanani insideWe recommend you make your way down either walkway on the port (left) or starboard (right) side into the cabin.  Port Walkwayport walkway 2








Once inside the cabin, feel free to place your bags on the ledges under the windows, where they will stay nice and dry.  If you leave your bags outside, you never know if a wave might splash expensive electronics.  cabin 2                          Now that you have your hands free, it’s time for some fresh fruit and muffins!

Muffins & fresh fruit for breakfast on the Kai Kanani

      Help yourself to some nice hot Hawai’i coffee!Coffee BarOr if you prefer we have filtered water,  hot chocolate and various tea selections.Tea and CocoaYou are welcome to find a seat almost anywhere on the boat.  If you like shade, you might prefer to sit inside our spacious and airy cabin.

cabin 3                           You can also make your way up to the bow to be fitted with snorkel gear.Snorkel Gear                     Let our crew know, and we can provide you with floatation devices if needed.

floatation devices

There is also bench seating at the stern of the boat, where you can chat with the Captain.

Stern Bench


If you get to be friends with him, he may even let you reel in a fish if we hook one!

Fishing                  A favorite spot to enter the water during snorkel time is at the back swim step.

Back Swim StepToo much ocean water? Feel free to use our fresh water shower to rinse off.

Shower 1

Be sure to check out our fish identification station’s interpretive books and cards to identify our marine friends.  Our crew are all Hawaii Wildlife Fund certified naturalists and are here to help you identify and understand our beautiful ocean environment.

Fish ID

Food and drinks are available in the cabin throughout the day. If you need anything, just let us know!


Once you’ve had your fill of snorkeling, you may want to try a Kona Brewing Company beer from one of our taps.

3 beer taps                                               Maybe you prefer a mai tai? We do!

Kai Kanani Mai Tai

Lunch is served inside the cabin.

Kai Kanani lunch salads

Feel free to take your food outside to sit in the sun or shade.Starboard seating                                                             Or sit up on one of the nets.

Kai Kanani inside

Because we are probably going to do some sailing!

Kai Kanani Sailing

Our tours start at daybreak and continue through to sunset, to fit any schedule.

The Molokini Express gives our guests the opportunity to see amazing  sunrises over Haleakala and is the first snorkel tour to Molokini. The Molokini Deluxe is a longer, extended trip featuring lunch and adult beverages.

For those who want to be on the water but not in it, we have Sunset Cruises with heavy appetizers, an open bar and live music.

Once a month we also offer the #KaiCapische sunset cruise with Chef Christopher Kulis of The Market Maui by Capische.

In addition, Whale Watch tours are offered during our winter months when over 10,000 Humpback Whales come to Hawaii.

Private charters are available for special occasions or if you just want to have the boat to yourself.

Give us a call at our Kai Kanani retail store in Wailea and we would be happy to book your charter and answer any questions you may have.  See you on the water!