Take a tour of the Kai Kanani!
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 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.Once aboard you’ll find yourself on the bow, where there is seating on the nets or benches by the windows.
We recommend you make your way down either walkway on the port (left) or starboard (right) side into the cabin.
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. Now that you have your hands free, it’s time for some fresh fruit and muffins!
Help yourself to some nice hot Hawai’i coffee!Or if you prefer we have filtered water, hot chocolate and various tea selections.You 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.
You can also make your way up to the bow to be fitted with snorkel gear. Let our crew know, and we can provide you with floatation devices if needed.
There is also bench seating at the stern of the boat, where you can chat with the Captain.
If you get to be friends with him, he may even let you reel in a fish if we hook one!
A favorite spot to enter the water during snorkel time is at the back swim step.
Too much ocean water? Feel free to use our fresh water shower to rinse off.
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.
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.
Maybe you prefer a mai tai? We do!
Lunch is served inside the cabin.
Feel free to take your food outside to sit in the sun or shade. Or sit up on one of the nets.
Because we are probably going to do some 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!