Molokini without the Crowd

Snorkel Hawaii's most treasured spot before anyone else.

Maui Sunsets Done Right.

Kai Kanani's Adventure Sunset Sail is the evening you'll remember the most.

The Whales Are Coming!

Whale Watches begin December 11. Book your seat or your season pass today!

Boarding at Maluaka Beach

No Harbor? No problem. Here's why beach loading works for the Kai Kanani II and for you.

Most Popular Trips

The Beach-Loading Pros

South Maui has a unique beauty unlike anywhere else on the island. For a boat company, one very unique feature: there are no boat harbors.

Because of this, Kai Kanani’s passengers “beach-load,” walking through the surf and up on to our gorgeous 65-foot catamaran. Our crew are experts at beach-loading, taking pride in our ability to get everyone of our guests on board as dry and safe as possible for your upcoming tour.

For us, it’s part of the adventure! So come prepared to get a little wet while getting on-board. Then sit back and relax while our crew takes care of your every need during your adventure in Maui. Kai Kanani Sailing Charters staff is here to help you and make your adventure on the Kai Kanani II memorable, safe & fun.  Let us know if you have any questions or concerns about any part of your excursion with us or any other part of your Maui vacation. We look forward to seeing you out on the water and we’ll see you on-board!

What shoes should you wear? We suggest sandals or flip-flops, shoes that are easily removed as you walk across the beach barefoot. Once on board, you’re welcome to wear your sandals or whatever type of shoe you’re comfortable in.

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Over 1,000 5-Star Reviews on TripAdvisor

Take the new afternoon trip, BEST EVER!

Fabulous company, the crew are absolutely brilliant. We were lucky enough to get a place on the new afternoon turtle cruise but thanks to the weather we managed to snorkel twice, saw loads of dolphins near molinki and swam with the the turtles. Complimentary food and drinks on board, free sunscreen, and even a discount given for not having a liquor license yet. The crew and the boat were amazing. Thanks!

– Mark S on TripAdvisor
Amazing Sunset Cruise!

Wow!!!! My husband and I took this cruise on our honeymoon. The crew was so wonderful. I can’t say enough kind words about how great their energy was and how nice they all were...The boat was well maintained. The food was excellent. And the sunset was of course just beautiful. We boarded from the shore, which I though was super fun. Huge thank you to the crew of the Kai Kalani sunset adventure cruise! We would love to come back and sail with you again as soon as we return!!!

– Christie G on TripAdvisor
Highly Recommended!

I did the snorkeling and turtle cruise and it was absolutely amazing!!!!! The boat ride was lovely, the food and beverages included were great and the staff were so helpful and friendly!!! Very professional service and it was flawless. Many thanks and will recommend to any one visiting Maui!!

– travelaussie2018 on TripAdvisor
Sunrise snorkel is worth waking up for!

This was our second time with Kai Kananai, first time on the Sunrise Snorkel. Wonderful experiences both times, but the sunrise trip is the one to do. When we arrived at molokini there was only one other boat (a small charter with a few scuba divers) and so our group had the place to ourselves. Lots of room to swim around and take in the fish. We had a beautiful, clear and calm morning for it. As we left, several other boats were arriving.

– Alison C on TripAdvisor

About Us

We are a Native Hawaiian family-owned, 30-year-old company committed to the quality of your experience in our marine sanctuary. South Maui and the Wailea-Makena area are prized for their beautiful beaches, calm and clear emerald-blue waters, and near-perfect weather year-round. We gratefully acknowledge our place as caretakers and interpreters of this South Maui paradise we call home.

We love what we do and we’re thankful for how lucky we are. We have amazing marine life, fresh local produce, beautiful rainbows, gorgeous sunsets, the ever so gracious and returning whales every year during winter, and Ohana (Family). We treat each other with Aloha and respect and that is what keeps Maui such an amazing and beautiful place.

The Kai Kanani II is the only commercial boat that lives in South Maui, moored off of Maluaka Beach in Makena. Seven days-a-week, she takes passengers on the short cruise out to Molokini Crater, just 3 miles away, to swim and play in the clearest water in all of Hawaii. Five nights-a-week, Kai Kanani II raises her sails, taking advantage of our luxurious afternoon trade winds, with our Adventure Sunset Sail. These trips and other special offerings are all crewed by the best group of men and women to grace the blue channels of Maui County. They will help create some of the best adventure memories you’ll ever have during your Maui tours.

We feature fresh island foods, all curated by Wailea’s The Market, a chef-inspired coffee and food shop that specializes in ingredients that are locally-sourced and house-cured. Our bar features Maui’s Ocean Organic Vodka, Kula Rum and wine’s from MauiWine in Ulupalakua. Kai Kanani’s tours are saturated in local experience and cuisine so that you go away feeling connected and refreshed.