Kaanapali Beach

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

Top Hotels Close to Kaanapali Beach

Royal Lahaina Resort
Royal Lahaina Resort
3.5 out of 5
2780 Kekaa Dr, Lahaina, HI, 96761
The price is $260 per night from Dec 4 to Dec 5
$260
per night
Dec 4 - Dec 5
Stay at this 3.5-star beach hotel in Lahaina. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 outdoor pools, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,004 reviews)
"I liked how quiet, clean, and friendly it was. This was my first time to Hawaii and it made me love it (I did not think I was going to enjoy it)."

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2022

Royal Lahaina Resort
The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka'anapali
The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka'anapali
4 out of 5
2365 Kaanapali Pkwy, Lahaina, HI, 96761
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $539 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 10
$539
per night
Dec 9 - Dec 10
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Lahaina. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 outdoor pools, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (273 reviews)
"Lovely property. We went during very busy thanksgiving week and during Maui Jim college basketball tourney. So dining wait times were long. But pool was nice, ocean was nicer."

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2022

The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka'anapali
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
200 Nohea Kai Dr, Lahaina, HI, 96761
The price is $575 per night from Dec 18 to Dec 19
$575
per night
Dec 18 - Dec 19
Stay at this 4-star beach resort in Lahaina. Enjoy free WiFi, 6 outdoor pools, and a golf course. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,000 reviews)
"The rooms and grounds were in beautiful lush interesting the view from our room was incredible but it was the Hyatt staff from the front desk to the valet to the housekeeping bartender's restaurant staff they all made us feel like family and they gave us the Aloha spirit"

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2022

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Best Lodging Options Near Kaanapali Beach

Royal Lahaina Resort
Royal Lahaina Resort
3.5 out of 5
2780 Kekaa Dr, Lahaina, HI, 96761
Royal Lahaina Resort
The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka'anapali
The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka'anapali
4 out of 5
2365 Kaanapali Pkwy, Lahaina, HI, 96761
The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka'anapali
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
200 Nohea Kai Dr, Lahaina, HI, 96761
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa
Kaanapali Beach Hotel
Kaanapali Beach Hotel
3 out of 5
2525 Kaanapali Parkway, Lahaina, HI, 96761
Kaanapali Beach Hotel
Kaanapali Alii, a Destination by Hyatt Residence
Kaanapali Alii, a Destination by Hyatt Residence
4 out of 5
50 Nohea Kai Dr, Lahaina, HI, 96761
Kaanapali Alii, a Destination by Hyatt Residence
Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach
Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach
3.5 out of 5
2481 Kaanapali Pkwy, Lahaina, HI, 96761
Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach
Marriott's Maui Ocean Club - Lahaina & Napili Towers
Marriott's Maui Ocean Club - Lahaina & Napili Towers
4 out of 5
100 Nohea Kai Drive, Lahaina, HI, 96761
Marriott's Maui Ocean Club - Lahaina & Napili Towers
Marriott's Maui Ocean Club - Molokai, Maui & Lanai Towers
Marriott's Maui Ocean Club - Molokai, Maui & Lanai Towers
4 out of 5
100 Nohea Kai Drive, Lahaina, HI, 96761
Marriott's Maui Ocean Club - Molokai, Maui & Lanai Towers
Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa
Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
2605 Kaanapali Pkwy, Lahaina, HI, 96761
Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.