Maui's Most Famous Beach: Kaanapali -
Kaanapali Beach Maui's best-known beach, and Kaanapali is the major resort area on the West side
of Maui. It's six minutes (3 miles) north of the town of Lahaina.
It is my favorite place to stay on Maui.
Sights, Hotels, Condos, Restaurants, Things to Do
Kaanapali Beach has everything: long sandy beach, sunshine,
shallow water close to shore, snorkeling beside Black Rock at the north
end, tour boats departing right from the beach, kiosks to rent beach
equipment or buy sunscreen, restaurants, shopping, and fancy resorts.
There are booths on Kaanapali Beach where you can sign up for sailing,
snorkeling, boat excursions, kayaking, luaus, surfing lessons and water
Why stay in Kaanapali?
Kaanapali Beach has major resort hotels, condos, a shopping center, a mile-long
beach, snorkeling, boats and all activities within easy walking distance.
It's on the west side of Maui, which is more lush and green than the south
side (Wailea and Kihei). And it's close to Lahaina, for lots more
restaurants, entertainment, shopping, boat excursions and history.
Other places to stay on the West side of Maui
include Kapalua, Napili, Kahana, Honokowai and Lahaina.
Hotels and condos on Kaanapali Beach include the
Kaanapali Beach Hotel
and Sheraton. Click on any of those names in this paragraph for more
information and photos, or see longer lists of choices by clicking on
Maui Hotels West Side or
Maui Condos West Side.
Restaurants I recommend in Kaanapali include
Maui Fish & Pasta,
CJ's Deli and Diner. Other
restaurants I suggest on Maui's west side include
Penne Pasta, and
Honokowai Okazuya. Click on any
of those names in this paragraph for more information and photos, or see
longer lists of choices in all price ranges by clicking on
West Maui Restaurants.
Scroll down for Kaanapali Beach photos and video. See
map of Kaanapali Beach hotels and
condos. Click for
historic video of Kaanapali in 1964.
Click for other beaches on Maui.