Ka’anapali Beach is a mile-long spectacular sandy beach in the Lahaina region of Maui Island. Here you will find resorts, shops and restaurants scattered along the beachfront, as well as great spots for cliff jumping and plenty of water sports. You will be able to soak up the sun, stroll along the long concrete walk that parallels the beach where you will be able to meander between shops, restaurants and bars as the sunset over the glorious oceanic horizon. It is considered to be a world-class resort destination where you can recharge and revitalise yourself before heading back to the mainland. Or if you want an adrenaline-filled adventure then you won’t have to look any further as there is plenty to explore in the area.

How to Get to Ka’anapali Beach

The best and easiest way to get into Ka’anapali is if you fly into Kampala Airport which is located on the west side of Maui. You will only have to take a short drive from the airport to the resorts along the beach. Check out the best flight deals.

Activities

Set out into the waters of the Pacific Ocean where you will be able to take part in various water sports and snorkelling activities. Head out on one of the many boat tours that operate along the beach where you will be able to see the island from a different perspective. You may have the chance to catch whale watching, try out deep-sea diving or even enjoy a romantic dinner cruise. If you are more of a thrill-seeker then look no further as you will be able to enjoy zip-lining and parasailing. Don’t forget to spend some time at Black Rock, just up from Ka’anapali Beach where you will be able to sunbathe, snorkel, cliff dive and even have the chance to swim with turtles off of the coast. 

If you are one for outdoor adventures and want to explore a bit more of the island, you can always head to the Pali Trail which is a ten-mile hike in Lahaina that gives you views of the valley and coastline. You will be able to climb up to windmills that have views over the Central Valley, Haleakala and the Maalaea coastline. If you are lucky in the winter, you may even be able to spot whales on the coastline. If you want to see views of the lush and tropical forests of Ka’anapali then head onto the Waihee Ridge Trail. Just a five-mile round trip that ascends 1,500 feet where you will be able to see glorious vistas. The Iao Valley is considered one of Maui’s most iconic natural landmarks and is a must-visit. Set with the valley of Central Maui is the Iao Needle that is surrounded by emerald peaks for you to explore.

If you want to enjoy a bit of Hawaiian culture, why not book yourself into a luau where you will be witness to the exciting storytelling of the first landing on Ka’anapali Beach. Told through traditional song, dance, fire and cuisine, you won’t see anything quite like it. You will be able to watch an enchanting luau dance performance as well as the dangerous firewalk. Don’t forget to tuck into the all-you-can-eat feast that has Hawaiian, Polynesian and Asian influences. You can also experience and learn a bit more of the Hawaiian culture at the Bailey House Museum which is home to the largest collection of Hawaiian artefacts in Maui Country. The interesting exhibit is within the home of the missionary teacher Edward Bailey in which is its namesake. It was also built on the royal compound of Kahekili who was the last ruling chief of Maui. 

Sometimes a little bit of retail therapy is needed, and there are plenty of great spots to visit. Karen Lei’s Gallery sells beautiful pieces of artwork that will remind you of your trip. Here you will find a selection of unique and island-inspired art and gifts that are perfect souvenirs. The Whalers Village houses over 90 shops and restaurants located right by the Ka’anapali Parkway. Whatever attire, jewellery or souvenirs you need, you will find plenty here with plenty of speciality stores. If you want to find some artwork by local Maui artists, then look no further than the Reeflections Fine Art Gallery. You won’t just find art here but also soaps, lotions and handmade bags that make perfect gifts.

Where to Stay

There are a variety of resorts that have Ka’anapali Beach right on their doorstep, each offering luxury and relaxation as well as plenty of opportunities to book in other activities. The Westin Maui Resort and Spa is just above Black Rock Beach and is only a short walk from the beach, Whalers Village shopping centre and the Ka’anapali Golf Courses. This beautiful hotel offers magnificent views out over the ocean, while also having state of the art amenities and restaurants for you to enjoy. The Kaanapali Alii is another beautiful resort located alongside the beach that has exquisite views over the beach. It is only a few minutes walk from the beaches, shopping centres, golf courses and many delectable restaurants.

When to Go to Ka’anapali Beach

When you think of Hawaii, you don’t often think of there ever being a bad time to visit, and you would be right. If you visit between December and March you will have the best surfing opportunities, as well as seeing a large number of snowbirds. During April and May, although still rather warm this is a great time to visit for festivals that teach you more about Maui’s culture, it also misses the winter and summer high season. Between June and August, the temperatures are warm and the swimming conditions are better for families. You will also find many events and festivals celebrating food, movies and music. During September through to November, there tend to be fewer tourists but the weather tends to remain in the 80s.

Kaanapali Beach, Hawaii
Kaanapali Beach, Hawaii