With three miles of white sand and crystal clear water, it’s no wonder why Kaanapali Beach was voted America’s Best Beach more than once. Fronting Kaanapali’s hotels and resorts, this former retreat for the royalty of Maui is now a popular getaway for the world. Kaanapali was Hawaii’s first planned resort area and has become a model for resorts around the globe. The area is also famous for Whalers Village, a world-class shopping complex that has a variety of exceptional shops and restaurants, a renowned whaling museum, and free Hawaiian entertainment. More than 90 stores and restaurants sell everything you need: clothes, jewelry, art, souvenirs, and even real estate. Very good restaurants here are Hula Grill, Leilani’s, and (to make your own dessert sundaes) Yogurtland. The free Kaanapali Trolley will take you between Whalers Village and the various hotels and condos along Kaanapali Beach, plus uphill to the Fairway Shops. Kaanapali also has two championship golf courses, the Royal Kaanapali and the Kaanapali Kai, where you may even see a breaching whale as you try to line up a shot.
One of Kaanapali Beach’s most famous attractions is the daily cliff diving ceremony off of the beach’s northernmost cliffs known as Puu Kekaa, or Black Rock. Held every evening at sunset, a cliff diver lights the torches along the cliff, diving off of Black Rock in a reenactment of a feat by Maui’s revered King Kahekili. This memorable ceremony is just one more reason why Kaanapali Beach ranks as one of Maui’s signature beaches.
If you are planning your next trip to Maui you should definitely consider the Kaanapali area for your next stay on the Island. There is a lot to do and enjoy here for all ages and families! And if you happened to make it to Lahaina Harbor during your stay – let Sea Monkey Private Charters show you Kaanapali Beach from the ocean!