Guide to Kaanapali Beach on Maui :
Kaanapali Beach on Maui is one of the world’s great beaches. The beach stretches for three amazing miles. And with beautiful sand beaches and warm water, it’s no accident that Kaanapali Beach is one of Maui’s most popular destinations.
And it was also the retreat for Maui’s royalty which is pretty cool.
Kaanapali Beach Amenities
Kaanapali Beach was the first planned beach resort on the Hawaiian Islands. The resort consists of five hotels and six condominium villages, so there are options for visitors who prefer booking hotels or private condominiums.
These hotels and condominiums are spread out along the full distance of the beach, but all are connected by a boardwalk that runs along the beach. The walk allows you to visit the other hotels and beach areas without leaving with your car. If you’re a runner it’s a fantastically beautiful spot for a morning run.
Whalers Village is also located along Kaanapali Beach. It is an open air shopping complex with a variety of shops and restaurants. It also has a whaling museum and free Hawaiian entertainment. Being Canadian, one of my favorite things about Hawaii is the open air shopping. Love that.
Kaanapali also two championship golf courses, the Royal Kaanapali and the Kaanapali Kai.
As mentioned, Kaanapali Beach stretches for three miles. All along this beach are beautiful swimming areas, although most people stick closer to their hotels and the available rental equipment.
One thing to note about the beach is that there is not much in the way of shade along the beach so it’s a good idea to bring an umbrella or some form of shade along with you.
One of Kaanapali Beach’s most famous attractions is the cliff known as Puu Kekaa, or Black Rock. It is a bucket list item for many to jump from the Black Rock. You should proceed at your own risk however.
A cliff diver lights torches along the cliff each sunset and dives off Black Rock in a reenactment of a feat by Maui’s King Kahekili. It’s cool so make sure to check this out at least once!
Kaanapali Hotels and Condominiums
- Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa
- Kaanapali Beach Hotel
- Royal Lahaina Resort
- Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa
- The Westin Maui Resort & Spa
Condo and Vacation Club Resorts
- Kaanapali Alii
- Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club
- Aston Maui Kaanapali Villas
- Outrigger Maui Eldorado
- The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas
- Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach
- Hyatt Ka’anapali Beach, a Hyatt Residence Club Resort
- The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas
Hanging out on the beach isn’t the only thing to do in Kaanapali. There is snorkeling, scuba diving, whale watching in the winter, as well as a sunset dinner cruising. Lahaina is also close by and is an easy day trip from Kaanapali Beach.
My recommendation is to check out Kaanapali Skyline Eco Adventures and have a blast zip lining over Maui’s beautiful country side!
Looking for more information on the other Hawaiian Islands? Check out my guide to visiting Kauai and my guide to visiting Honolulu. And if you are into photography then be sure to check out my guides to photography in Oahu and Honolulu.
When visiting West Maui, we always stay at the Westin Kaananapali. This beautiful hotel has plenty of large suites and is right on the beach. I also love the many barbecue areas where you can do your own grilling. So remember your Costco card!
Happy Holiday Shooting!