Kaanapali is a picturesque and serene region with several luxury resorts and excellent beaches. Make the most of the year-round sunny weather with a trip to the many beaches that line the town’s coast.

Sunbathe during the hot summer months on Kaanapali Beach, which is an idyllic spot with picturesque ocean views. Cool down with a dip in the ocean and go snorkeling to see the range of colorful fish. You can rent diving gear from a tour operator in a nearby mall.

Gaze up at the iconic Black Rock, or Pu’u Keka’a, which is steeped in folklore and tradition. It has an informative plaque explaining the legends surrounding it. Embark on the Kaanapali Historical Trail and Legends Tour for a comprehensive understanding of the regional lore. The trail includes 10 monuments with their own signs. Speak with docents at the local hotels for a deeper cultural understanding.

Take the Kaanapali Beachwalk that extends for 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) across a coastline adorned with lavish spas resorts. Join the many joggers and cyclists on this scenic route.

Enter the Whalers Village mall to browse its many shops, cafés and restaurants overlooking the water. Dine at one of the many international restaurants that decorate the coastline. Relax with a few beers and become accustomed to the slower pace of life here.

Among the highlights of the region is the Kaanapali Golf Resort, where you can practice your swing amid views of the spectacular rolling hills and the ocean.

Find the town on the western flank of the island of Maui. Fly to the small Kapalua West Maui Airport and drive south for a few minutes to get here. Visit nearby communes, such as Lahaina and Kapalua. Get around the region by car or shuttle bus.

Intriguing legends give a traditional backbone to the modern resort-laden town of Kaanapali.

Known for

Beaches, Snorkeling and Sea

Top Hotels in Kaanapali

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Honua Kai Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
130 Kai Malina Parkway, Lahaina
$300/night
Aug 17 - Aug 18
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,679 reviews)

"Only thing I'd suggest is another mirror in the room. Only had one in the bathroom. Otherwise property is beautiful."…"

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2019

Honua Kai Resort & Spa
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The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka'anapali
4 out of 5
2365 Kaanapali Pkwy, Lahaina
$339/night
Aug 22 - Aug 23
4.1/5Very Good! (2,544 reviews)

"Conveniently located with easy access to the ocean"…"

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2019

The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka'anapali
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Kaanapali Beach Hotel
3 out of 5
2525 Kaanapali Parkway, Lahaina
$218/night
Aug 19 - Aug 20
4.1/5Very Good! (1,941 reviews)

"The location was absolutely perfect and the diner was good so were the drinks at the bar my little one loved the pool"…"

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2019

Kaanapali Beach Hotel

Popular things to do in Kaanapali

Kaanapali Beach
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Kaanapali 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.

Kapalua Beach
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Kapalua Beach

Calm, luxurious, picturesque and visited by amazing marine life, this is one of West Maui’s more family-friendly swimming and snorkeling destinations.

Iao Valley State Park
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Iao Valley State Park

An exotic landscape of dense rain forest surrounded by cliffs and known for its prominent lava formation. 

Top activities in Kaanapali

Myths of Maui Luau at the Royal Lahaina Resort
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Myths of Maui Luau at the Royal Lahaina Resort

$130

Follow the sound of trumpeting conch shells to Maui's longest-running luau, where beach-side seating, free-flowing drinks, all-you-care-to-eat dinner, and dazzling Polynesian shows combine for the perfect Hawaiian evening.

Underwater Submarine Adventure
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Underwater Submarine Adventure

$122

Explore the world beneath the surface of the Pacific Ocean just off the coast of Maui. Descend to more than 100 feet (30.5 m) and come face-to-face with some of Hawaii's most amazing marine life. From Lahaina Harbor, you're shuttled by boat to a submarine just off the coast of Maui.

Heavenly Hana Tour
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Heavenly Hana Tour

$179

Take the journey of a lifetime to “Heavenly” Hana Town. Your all-day tour goes full-circle around the beautiful windward region of the “Magic Isle.” Discover some of the most diverse and scenic landscapes found on any of the Hawaiian Islands.

Sunrise & Breakfast Tour to Haleakala Volcano
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Sunrise & Breakfast Tour to Haleakala Volcano

$176

Set out for an early morning island excursion with a sunrise tour to the peak of Haleakala, Maui's sleeping volcano. Travel by van to the 10,023-foot (3,055-m) summit to experience Haleakala National Park at dawn, and take in sweeping island vistas from the Pu'u Ula'ula Overlook.

Maui Nui Luau at the Sheraton Maui
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Maui Nui Luau at the Sheraton Maui

$127

Experience an authentic luau on Kaanapali Beach, located at the foot of the famous cliff-diving spot, Black Rock. After witnessing breathtaking cliff dives, sit down to an all-you-can-eat luau buffet and a Polynesian revue that takes you on a voyage through the South Pacific.

Rainforest & Waterfalls Hike
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Rainforest & Waterfalls Hike

$139

Hike beneath the shade of towering, tropical trees and take refreshing swims under an assortment of tall, cascading waterfalls. Discover the tropical rainforest along the famous Hana Highway during this easy-to-moderate hike.