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Everything You Should Know About a Catamaran Experience


Have you ever heard of a catamaran? Maybe, maybe not, but don’t let that stop you from learning what one is! Offering you a luxurious boat ride and convenient access to incredible snorkeling spots, a catamaran experience is something you’ll definitely want to enjoy this summer!

Cat More Orange? No, Catamaran!

The word catamaran is quite a mouthful, but you can call it a cat for short. Physically, a catamaran is a wide boat that consists of two equal-sized hulls. The two hulls are connected but spaced out from each other to create the wide appearance, which is also responsible for keeping the boat from tipping over!

Because of the design of a catamaran, there tends to be a gap between the two hulls in a catamaran. Traditional boats are fully in the water, whereas a catamaran may not touch the water in the center, taking on a curvy “W” shape.

Because of the shape and reduction in overall hull size, the movement of a catamaran produces less waves than a traditional boat. This is excellent for those wishing to snorkel, as the vessel transporting you to the location won’t disturb any aquatic life by creating waves in the water.

Why Ride a Catamaran?

Now that you know what a catamaran is, the next thing to understand is what purpose they serve. There are many reasons to ride on a catamaran, but there are two in particular that are relevant for what you need.

Those include excellent access to snorkeling spots and providing a relaxing boat ride in the warm sunshine with gorgeous views! Have you ever seen sea turtles and vibrant tropical fish? What about some adorable spinner dolphins? If you haven’t, a catamaran will change that!

Snorkeling Access

One of the most popular reasons for booking a catamaran is the super-convenient access to the best snorkeling spots in all of Hawaii! If you’re looking to snorkel out in Molokini Crater, which is known for being one of the top snorkeling locations in the world and a Marine Life Conservation District, a catamaran is an easy way of being transported directly to the crater.

A catamaran, in particular, is great for doing this because of the design a catamaran sports. The curvy “W” shape of the vessel results in less hull, meaning a catamaran will produce smaller waves than a traditional boat. This means you’ll be able to see more aquatic life with fewer creatures scared away by waves and currents created by boats.

Catamaran rides follow a route, with the route decided by picking key sights and spots for snorkeling beforehand. When riding on a catamaran, there will likely be designated areas for snorkeling that have been scouted to be great locations for you!

Water Sights

Another common reason to enjoy a catamaran is simply the ride itself! As the catamaran follows its route, depending upon where you are, you might see spinner dolphins, whales, seals, and other creatures you’ll notice on the surface of the water!

In addition to seeing aquatic life, you’ll also see the Hawaiian islands and maybe even catch a sunrise or sunset on the water! The catamaran ride is a great time to kick back and enjoy some sunbathing while also keeping an eye out for exciting sea creatures!

What Else Can You Expect?

On top of great access to snorkeling and offering natural views of the islands and sea life, a catamaran experience can be completed with a few additional amenities. A catamaran ride with Kai Kanani will include a tasty food and drink menu highlighting the flavors of sights of Hawaii!

Depending on which tour you choose, your food menu will include fresh fruits, breads and pastries, sandwiches, coffee directly from Maui, tea, water, and even alcoholic beverages! Riding a catamaran is a time meant for enjoying yourself, relaxing, and unwinding. What better way to do that than with a little bit of liquid courage, naturally putting you in a good mood and at ease!

While on the boat, you have every opportunity to chat with skilled sailors and marine scientists, the real experts of wildlife in Maui! The best way to engage yourself with the ride is to stay involved! Ask any questions you can think of and don’t hesitate to strike up a conversation with the friendly staff on board! Especially when you’re experiencing something new, it can be easy to miss something awesome. Listen to the crew, and you’ll be sure to maximize your enjoyment!

For your convenience, you can also choose to include a shuttle ride to and from the launch point, removing any stress of finding transportation before or after boarding the catamaran. Our shuttle service will pick you up from select Wailea Resort hotels, giving you extra time to sleep before your tour!

Experience a Catamaran!

If you’re looking to make your summer vacation truly unique this year, look no further than cruising along on a catamaran! With the easy access to breathtaking snorkeling spots, sights of spinner dolphins on the way, and the songs of whales while you take a dip, there’s nothing better to immerse yourself in underwater life!

Taking a ride with Kai Kanani means providing you with the best experience possible. To do this, we provide a wonderful array of tasty snacks and refreshing beverages to keep you fueled and having fun. When you’re out on the water, you’re bound to work up an appetite! Take a quick break and grab a tasty snack and maybe have a sip of an adult drink to keep you grooving along!

Simply put, if you want to truly experience and enjoy Hawaii (and specifically South Maui!), then you need to try out a catamaran ride. A catamaran tour is custom designed to provide you with the highlights of the area, letting you directly experience what makes Maui so wonderful. You also have the option of booking a private charter, providing a custom tailored experience for exactly what you and your party needs! Spice up summer vacation this year and book your catamaran tour today!