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Kaʻanapali

Kaʻanapali

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584 Reviews
Maui, Hawaii

The Basics

Base your stay from one of the town’s oceanfront resorts. Staying on the beach lets you skip the hassle of driving and grants you convenient access to Kaʻanapali Beach and the many shops and restaurants that line the resort row. Once you’ve had your fill of lounging on the beach, shop at the open-air Whalers Village shopping mall and peruse the innumerable shops at the boardwalk that runs between Kaʻanapali Beach and the resorts.

Take advantage of the many outdoor adventures surrounding Kaʻanapali on a tour. The town is a jumping-off point for whale watching, sailing, snorkeling, scuba diving, ziplining, and more. If you aren’t staying in Kaʻanapali, visit on a tour of West Maui’s top beaches.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Maui

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So much fun!
Leah_P, Mar 2021
West Maui Half Day Snorkel from Ka’anapali Beach
This was SO much fun!! We were served breakfast on the ride out and lunch on the ride back, as well as some adult beverages. The crew was amazing and so friendly! The snorkeling gear was clean and in good shape. We saw so many turtles and watched a few whales. It was a blast! I cannot recommend this enough!
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Awesome
Janis_S, Sep 2021
Afternoon West Maui Snorkel from Ka’anapali Beach
Crew is great. All are sociable, knowledgeable, and helpful. Snacks and drinks are good too. Thank you to our ‘servicemen’ marines.
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Best snorkeling trip!
Marissa, Sep 2021
Afternoon West Maui Snorkel from Ka’anapali Beach
Such a fun experience. The crew was amazing and attentive, and the snorkeling spot was great with many sea turtles! Would definitely recommend this snorkel trip!
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Book it!
Stacy_C, Sep 2021
Premium Sunset Cocktail Cruise from Ka’anapali Beach
Loved the sunset cruise, great experience. The staff was very attentive. I enjoyed the experience. Bring a jacket and don’t wear a hat! We went with family.
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Love sunsets
Donna_R, Sep 2021
Premium Sunset Cocktail Cruise from Ka’anapali Beach
What a great way to enjoy the sunset!! Nothing like experiencing a sunset with good music and drinks!! Crew were outstanding!
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It was really a lot of fun. This particular excursion I would like to do again and I am not a snorkeler.
Eugene_J, Sep 2021
West Maui Half Day Snorkel from Ka’anapali Beach
One of the best snorkeling excursions you will ever go on!! We saw a lot of turtles, large variety of fish, an eel and some people occasionally see octopus. Worth the cost and got more than I expected. The crew caters to your needs. They were all wonderful!
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Fun Maui Catamaran Snorkel Cruise
Lyn, Jul 2021
West Maui Half Day Snorkel from Ka’anapali Beach
Fun day out on an awesome catamaran with excellent crew, yummy small Bento box breakfast with good coffee, Honolua Bay was a great snorkel spot, lunch was meh but edible, Pog was available as well as mai tais and other drinks at the open bar. Very nice sail back to Kaanapali. This is a very well organized and safe operation where you really get to enjoy the day. Thank you so much!
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Magical Boat Ride
MR1, Sep 2021
Premium Sunset Cocktail Cruise from Ka’anapali Beach
The tour was more than just seeing the sunset. The crew was amazing and kept the drinks flowing, it was a gorgeous afternoon out on the water. Very relaxing, I would just recommend bringing a light sweater as it gets chilly as the sun goes down and the wind picks up.
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Amazing must go!!!!
Kym_R, Sep 2021
West Maui Half Day Snorkel from Ka’anapali Beach
The trip had everything you would need, go food, drinks, snorkeling in two spots, and great crew!!! What an amazing team and experience. I couldn’t rate it higher and would recommend to all ages :)
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The staff was friendly...
John_H, Sep 2021
Premium Sunset Cocktail Cruise from Ka’anapali Beach
The staff was friendly and outstanding! They made the experience wonderful. The food was great also.
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A Beautiful Evening!
Hal_S, Sep 2021
Premium Sunset Cocktail Cruise from Ka’anapali Beach
Exceeded my expectations! Good drinks and food. Quality sailboat. Engaging crew. I’ve already recommended it to others.
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Most amazing experience!
Colleen_K, Sep 2021
West Maui Half Day Snorkel from Ka’anapali Beach
This trip was the highlight of our Maui trip. We were lucky enough to see tons of dolphin, schools of fish, octopus, eels, and turtles. It was amazing and the crew was top notch!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Kaʻanapali is the go-to resort town for tourists looking for a classic Maui vacation.

  • The Whalers Village offers free lei-making and hula dancing lessons.

  • Kaʻanapali’s boardwalk makes the beach and shops wheelchair and stroller accessible. Some resorts have beach wheelchairs for guests.

  • Oceanfront restaurants offer ample dining opportunities.

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How to Get There

Kaʻanapali is 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) from the Kapalua-West Maui Airport for a 5-minute drive. The city is 4.6 miles (7.4 kilometers) from Lahaina for a 10-minute drive. It is 29 miles (47 kilometers) from the island’s main airport (Kahului) for just under an hour’s drive. From Kahului, follow HI-380 to HI-30 South, and then take HI-30 all the way to Kaʻanapali.

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When to Get There

The best time to visit Kaʻanapali is in spring and fall when there are fewer crowds and the weather is typically pleasant. For whale-watching, visit in winter. However, be aware that winter sees more rain, so it can be harder to catch sunny beach days.

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Top Resort Towns on West Maui

There are three main resort towns located on Maui’s west side, and Kaʻanapali—known for luxury resorts—is located right in the middle. Just west of Kaʻanapali on HI-30, you can find the condominiums of Kapalua, which offer a laid-back, family-friendly alternative to Kaʻanapali. Head east of Kaʻanapali to find the quaint, fisherman’s village of Lahaina. A historic square and frequent cultural events make Lahaina ideal for visitors who are looking to experience local history and culture.

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