The Motor Vessel Lani Kai

Do you want to have a large, comfortable boat all to yourself for a special event? A party, reunion, promotional event, wedding, a just a romantic cruise for two? We do that on the motor vessel Lani Kai, based out of Ma’alaea Harbor in central Maui.

Romantic, exotic, legendary Maui, is also known as the Valley Isle, the Rainbow Isle and the Honeymoon Isle.

Maui, and our boat, are perfect for special events!

Your guests will mingle easily and naturally while enjoying something new and out-of-the-ordinary. People get to know each other in a new and different way, around a fun, planned activity.

Catering and alcoholic beverages are available. Tours and water activities are also available.

About the Lani Kai

“Lani Kai” is Hawaiian for “Heavenly Sea.”

The Motor Vessel Lani Kai is a classy 53-foot, double-decked, twin-diesel-powered catamaran that carries up to 59 passengers in comfort and style.

The Lani Kai provides the spacious feeling of larger boats, at affordable prices.

This means our Crew has time to pamper you, and to make this day one of the most memorable experiences of your wedding day.

You have all the amenities of any comfortable, good-sized boat:

  • A large shaded cabin
  • Seating for everyone inside, outside, and on the bridge
  • Our custom snorkel stairway makes it easy to get in and out of the water
  • Wide spacious swim steps at water level
  • Two freshwater showers
  • Two heads (toilets)
  • Two sunning trampolines
  • Water slide
  • Catered meals
  • Mai Tais, beer, sodas and water, or any beverage selection you desire

Lani Kai’s superior speed not only takes you to out to sea fast, it also rides on top of the waves when the water is rough, providing a comfortable and stable cruise.

The Maui experience. A wonderful place to take your vows and build lifelong memories.

About Friendly Charters

A great part of your experience is our wonderful, experienced crew. Our senior captain, Marc, has run boats out of Ma’alaea Harbor for 20 years.

The goal of our Crew is to provide you with an awesome experience and treat you as an individuals. On every trip we hard work to give you the best experience on Maui.

If you wish, we can take you and your guests sightseeing, or arrange such things as the ceremony officiant, snorkeling, SNUBA and other water sports, wet suits, floats, boards, t-shirts, even souvenir hats.

For water sports, we help beginners with all their needs, until they feel safe. Even if you can’t swim you can learn to snorkel! For those that need it, we have vision-correcting snorkel masks in a variety of prescriptions.

Ask our crew about anything you want to know. We don’t spoil your trip with a lot of microphone talk, but we’re glad to answer questions and give tours.

We offer sunset cruises, too, even if it’s just for the two of you.

Please call about pricing, which is dependent on the season, the number of people you have, the food and drinks you want, your destination, how long you want to have the boat and whether you want us to arrange entertainment.

The morning minimum is four hours; the afternoon and evening minimum is two hours. 

Contact Us

For more information and to book your private charter on the Lani Kai, please call our private charter specialist, Bill Boston.

Bill answers the phone 24/7/365: 808-268-2900.


For information about our daily snorkeling trips please visit

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Enjoy these videos of our boat and Maui.

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Whale season on Maui is October to April.