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Wailea-Makena’s Exclusive Catamaran Charter

Beach-loading off of Maluaka Beach in Makena, we are a 5-10 minute ride from the Wailea resorts. Enjoy an early morning snorkel and have Molokini all to yourself. Or sleep in and enjoy the deep blue ocean while the sun is high. And if sunset is your mood-maker, come aboard for appetizers and an open bar and leave the crowds behind. Kai Kanani is proud to call South Maui home and we can’t wait to have you aboard!

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The Beach-Loading Pros

South Maui has a unique beauty unlike anywhere else on the island. For a boat company, there’s one very important 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. And please bring a towel! 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

An adventure of a lifetime to cherish!

The entire crew was extremely kind and seemed to take an interest in our lives. They provided excellent information about Maui, its ecosystem, and ways we can be good stewards while enjoying Maui’s beauty. We felt safe the entire adventure....embarking, departing, and while in the ocean. The food provided was delicious as well as the open bar after snorkeling. We saw whales, sea turtles, and a pod of dolphins!

– Mike S on Google
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 Kanani 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!

The Kai Kanani experience and crew were top notch. The staff was courteous, knowledgeable, and very helpful from start to finish. The snorkeling spots were spectacular! Highly recommend and would do it again next time.

– Bond Ferguson on Google
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 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 kuleana (responsibility) as caretakers of this South Maui paradise.

As a company, we treat each other, our guests and our neighbors with Aloha and respect and that is what keeps Maui such an amazing and beautiful place.

The Kai Kanani II is the only commercial catamaran 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. Their goal is to create the best memories you’ll take home after your time on Maui.

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