Ka'anapali Beach
Ka'anapali Beach
4.5
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Considered one of the best beaches in America, Ka'anapali is three miles of perfect white sand. Don't miss the daily cliff diving ceremony off Puu Kekaa.
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Mick
San Francisco, CA52 contributions
Sep 2021 • Friends
Kaanapali Beach is paradise. I have fallen in love with its diversity and offerings — spectacular big sandy beaches, canoeing (Maui Paddle Sports), the restaurant scene, proximity to an array of activities (scuba, snorkel, tennis, golf, sunset cruise, parasailing, etc) and its range of accommodations available (Honua Kai, Westin, Royal Lahaina, Kaanapali Beach Hotel, The Whaler, Sheraton, etc.) makes West Side Maui a perfect for solo travelers and families alike.

If you’re into long swims, I park at Airport Beach (on North Kaanapali), and start my swim from Duke’s Beach House and hug the shoreline down towards Black Rock. You might even get lucky to have some rays, a barracuda and tons of turtles join you along in your swim! Once you get to Black Rock, consider hopping out of the ocean and walking through the Sheraton Black Rock to jump back in the ocean on South Kaanapli beach to continue the swim towards Whaler’s Village or dive off black rock and enjoy the snorkeling (other option is to swim around black rock, I just recommend to do this if others are around or accompanying you as can be slightly intimidating with the swell sometimes). At the end of my swim, I like to walk back along the Kaanapali Beach boardwalk — perfect way to round out your exercise for the morning! :)

Other notable highlights: On weekends there is a handcrafts market usually held on beach boardwalk at the Westin on North Kaanapali, Fish Market Maui (fish burrito has cheese in it - YUM!; poke with their house made chips - double YUM!!), you can get some great photography from the top of the Sheraton Black Rock with South Kaanapali in the background, Whaler’s Village is always a fun scene to walk through, and sunset on this side of the island is simply magical!
Written March 20, 2022
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Lynne H
Kelowna, Canada163 contributions
Apr 2022
This is a nice, wide sandy beach. Entry to the water is all sand but it gets very hot so surf socks are recommended so you don’t burn your feet. There is great snorkelling all along the beach but the best snorkelling is at Black Rock. If you go out around the point, there’s a shallow area with tons of fish. There are also lots of turtles that hang out just off the beach. The variety of fish is amazing: I even saw a moray eel. The surf can be very strong so I don’t recommend swimming when they have the red flags up but on calmer days, this is a great beach to swim and snorkel. There are lots of resorts along the beach and lots of amenities like restaurants, washrooms and showers. There is limited public parking that fills up before 8 am so expect to pay for parking unless you get there really early - I recommend getting there really early because the snorkelling is best first thing in the morning.
Written May 12, 2022
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RonnyC2723
Dallas, TX87 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
Kaanapali Beach is the most beautiful in the world.I have explored beaches almost throughout the world and have found none better. The sands are beautiful and the sunsets are gorgeous. Taking a cruise offers breathtaking rainbows and a chance to outrun porpoises or watching whales in the winter. It is always fun simply to see an occasional storm blanketing the high mountain ranges in the mornings or evenings. Amazingly there are no trash or litter. God help you if you are caught littering. No one does however. I’m also amazing that though there are crowds, it’s never crowded. Solitude is available everywhere. Come watch the Black Rock diver jump from Black Rock located directly behind the Sheraton Hotel. Have a romantic dinner at the Hula Grill or Monkepod. Shopping at whalers Village is fun, especially during the early evenings,
Written August 6, 2022
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illuminated2010
Canada79 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
Not sure about all the hype around this beach. We visited in May, waters were rough with very strong waves. With waves crashing hard on the beach, it created a drop off. So this is not a flat beach, at some parts of this beach there is a 1m drop towards the sea. Not a good beach even for a stroll as it is not flat and you will get covered in sand when that rogue wave comes crashing over you.

This beach is not recommended for young kids as the surf is strong. Not too relaxing as it is crowded and you can hear constant yelling by parents at their kids to stay away from the sea.

Over rated.
Written May 3, 2022
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on_the_go_98765
Tucson18,230 contributions
Dec 2021
Over the many years that we have been coming here, beach erosion has increased and it is obvious when walking the Hyatt-to-Sheraton strip of beach. Near the Hyatt, areas are cordoned off and the tiny bit of beach they did have is almost nonexistent now.

Around the Marriott and down to the Sheraton, the situation is better but not perfect. Steep shelf ledges show just how active that erosion has been and continues to be.

This stretch of beach has it all: dining places, Whalers Village, kiosks to rent whatever is needed to pursue water activities, and more kiosks to schedule a catamaran cruise or sightseeing trip.

The surf is a bit rougher near the Marriott and gets more gentle down towards Black Rock. Water temperature is pretty cold in the winter but that doesn't seem to deter people from getting down under the waves.
Written February 3, 2022
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pattiras2017
Los Angeles, CA12 contributions
Apr 2022
what a marvelous 10 days we spent on Ka'anapali beach! the weather was perfect and the waves were amazing. Lots of turtles this year and then some huge King Waves came in to give us quite a show. There was a strong storm in December and there is still a sail boat washed up on the shore.
Clean and friendly. go to this area and enjoy the view.
Written May 6, 2022
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savtachaya
New York City, NY116 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
Beautiful beach for watching sunset. There is a beach walk going along the hotels. Lovely walk. We just sat on the beach and watched sunset. Also the party boats dock and let people off from their sunset cruise
Written May 18, 2022
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Colorless
6 contributions
Sep 2022
Easy dive or snorkeling location, great for a refresher SCUBA course and just floating with the fish. Not the best beach in Maui but I am keeping that my secret. I went there with In2Scuba and Mike was quite helpful and made sure everyone was safe. It is a huge tourist location. Lots of fancy hotels, a gold course, Roy's etc. so finding the public parking is a chore but it exists. It is also a good location to just beach bumming which I saw. Near to Lahaina for supplies or the Maui Brewery, 3:30 - 5:30 Happy Houris the time to go. Gas is 35% more, load up on the east side of Maui when you get your Costco supplies.
Written September 24, 2022
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roderick M
134 contributions
May 2022
We entered onto the long, golden, sandy beach at Kahekili Beach Park, where there are public restrooms, at the Westin Kaanipali Ocean Resort in the northern reaches of Lahaina. The soft, powdery sand beach here provides excellent swimming and snorkelling opportunities. There is a nice long reef to snorkel, a short distance off the shore here and also further to the south at Black Rock. The beach slopes off nicely to the sandy surf entries. There is a boardwalk along the beach in both directions for a nice long walk. The shade trees line the shore about 50 feet or more behind the beachfront. A great place for kids and elders as the surf usually is relatively quiet as the beach faces west. The beach is in a long line of top end resorts so can get quite busy but there is lots of room to spread out along the Kaanapali Beach shoreline.
Written July 17, 2022
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practicealoha
1 contribution
Mar 2020
One of the best places on Maui to go to the beach - we traveled all around the island and should have stayed at our own hotel beach.
The best part was sunset tiki torch lighting at black rock, a glass of wine, and whales breaching right out from where we were.
Surf conditions were rough and it was so windy we got sand blasted (winter in Maui) but loved it.
Written March 9, 2020
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