In northwest Maui, approximately 50 minutes from Kahului Airport and 6 minutes north of the town of Lahaina. Kaanapali Beach boasts clear water and 3 miles of dazzling white sand. Kaanapali Beach offers many activities within a short walking distance. The beach, once named America’s Best Beach, offers Kiosks and booths where you can sign up for snorkeling, boat excursions, sailing, surfing lessons, kayaking, and one can rent water equipment. Whale watching is a popular boat excursion, but visitors can also view humpbacks from October to April every year from the mall’s boardwalk in Kaanapali. Kaanapali is one of the first planned resort sites in Hawaii.
At the northern section of the beach, called Puu Kekaa or Black Rock, snorkeling is popular. Claiming to be “Hawaii’s Most Hawaiian Hotel,” the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel provides a great view of Black Rock. Although the hotel offers free nightly hula performances and live music, it also is generally quiet and relaxed during the day. There are free daily Hawaiian activites offered. Other major resorts on the beach include The Hyatt Regency Maui, Maui Marriott (now timeshares), The Westin, The Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa, Royal Lahaina, and the Maui Kaanapali Villas. At sunset, visitors mst see the Cliff Diving Ceremony at the Sheraton Maui Resort. At the north end of Kaanapali Beach, the cliff diver dives from the Puukekaa cliffs after a conch shell announces his arrival . The cliff dive can be seen from the Cliff Dive Bar at the hotel.
On Kaanapali Beach, Whalers Village provides approximately 90 beachside boutiques and eateries. Hula and lei-making lessons are provided daily, and performances of Japanese drumming and polynesian dance is offered at night in the mall’s Center Stage.
At sunset in Kaanapali, visitors can experience a 3 hour luau and an all-you-can-eat feast with a polynesian dance show, lei greeting, and imu ceremony. It is one of the most popular luaus in Maui.
Visitors to The Kaanapali Golf Resort can enjoy gorgeous ocean ad mountain views. The resort has hosted multiple national golf tournaments.