Kaanapali Beach

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Kaanapali Beach which includes swimming, a hotel and a sandy beach

As one of the highest-ranking luxury beaches in the U.S., this stunning stretch of sand with crystal-clear water is lined with high-end hotels and shops.

Hawaiian kings once favored Kaanapali Beach, and now the whole world is in love with it. Kaanapali was the first planned resort in Hawaii and, because of its success, its formula has been copied around the world. Kaanapali has many comforts, and just over a decade ago it was voted “America’s Best Beach.” Come here to laze on the palm-fringed sand and bathe in the warm Pacific waters.

Book an adventurous water-based activity, such as scuba diving, snorkeling or kayaking to make the most of your stay. If you feel brave, you can even go parasailing. Golf enthusiasts should hit the Royal Kaanapali or the Kaanapali Kai, two local championship courses. If you feel like a walk, take the Kaanapali Historical Trail & History and Legends Tour. This free, self-guided walk educates you about the area’s geological past and takes you to some of the best places.

Shopaholics should head for the Whalers Village on Kaanapali Parkway, where you’ll find around 90 high-end shops and restaurants. Shop for jewelry, floral shirts or swimwear, and enjoy a local sweet treat or all-American fast food. Stay a while and join a free daily Hawaiian language class if you want to greet the locals with more than just “aloha.” Visit the museum dedicated to the humpback whales which frequent the waters. In winter, you can also join one of the whale-watching trips that depart from Kaanapali Beach.

A memorable way to end any day on Kaanapali Beach is to watch the daily cliff-diving ceremony. Head to Puu Kekaa (Black Rock) as the sun sets to watch the participants light torches along the cliff top before diving into the sea. The spectacle is in honor of King Kahekili, who once performed this feat.

Kaanapali Beach is in West Maui. The beach resort has no shortage of accommodation, with many five-star hotels taking up the prime spots along the oceanfront. The condos are a better deal for families. If you have kids in tow, ask at your reception if they have “keiki” programs, with games, arts and crafts.

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Top Hotels Close to Kaanapali Beach

Royal Lahaina Resort
Royal Lahaina Resort
3.5 out of 5
2780 Kekaa Dr, Lahaina, HI
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The price is $299 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 6
Located in Lahaina, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course and within a 15-minute walk of Kaanapali Beach and Black Rock. Whalers Village and Kahekili ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (990 reviews)
"No mircowave & too far to park"

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2021

Royal Lahaina Resort
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
200 Nohea Kai Dr, Lahaina, HI
The price is $566 per night from Dec 4 to Dec 4
Nestled on the beach, this Lahaina resort is within a 15-minute walk of Kaanapali Beach and Whalers Village. Kaanapali Golf Courses and Black Rock are also within ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,105 reviews)
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Reviewed on Nov 27, 2021

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa
The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka'anapali
The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka'anapali
4 out of 5
2365 Kaanapali Pkwy, Lahaina, HI
The price is $689 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 6
Located in Lahaina, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course, just steps from Whalers Village and Kaanapali Beach. Kaanapali Golf Courses and Black Rock ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (140 reviews)
"This hotel is amazing. Staff are wonderful, pleasant, helpful, responsive. The property is impeccable. Stunning! Convenient and close to things. The pools are amazing with so many places to sit and lay and spread out from others. I can’t say enough about the restaurant and the food!! BEST EVER."

Reviewed on Nov 12, 2021

The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka'anapali
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Best Lodging Options Near Kaanapali Beach

Kaanapali Ocean Inn
Kaanapali Ocean Inn
2.5 out of 5
2780-A Kekaa Dr, Lahaina, HI
The price is $199 per night from Dec 13 to Dec 13
Kaanapali Ocean Inn
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
200 Nohea Kai Dr, Lahaina, HI
The price is $566 per night from Dec 4 to Dec 4
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa
The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka'anapali
The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka'anapali
4 out of 5
2365 Kaanapali Pkwy, Lahaina, HI
The price is $689 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 6
The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka'anapali
Royal Lahaina Resort
Royal Lahaina Resort
3.5 out of 5
2780 Kekaa Dr, Lahaina, HI
The price is $299 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 6
Royal Lahaina Resort
Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa
Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
2605 Kaanapali Pkwy, Lahaina, HI
The price is $599 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 8
Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa
Honua Kai Resort & Spa
Honua Kai Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
130 Kai Malina Parkway, Lahaina, HI
The price is $419 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 6
Honua Kai Resort & Spa
Kaanapali Beach Hotel
Kaanapali Beach Hotel
3 out of 5
2525 Kaanapali Parkway, Lahaina, HI
The price is $390 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 6
Kaanapali Beach Hotel
The Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas
The Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas
4 out of 5
6 Kai Ala Dr, Lahaina, HI
The price is $467 per night from Dec 17 to Dec 17
The Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas
Kaanapali Alii, a Destination by Hyatt Residence
Kaanapali Alii, a Destination by Hyatt Residence
4 out of 5
50 Nohea Kai Dr, Lahaina, HI
Kaanapali Alii, a Destination by Hyatt Residence
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