Ka'anapali Beach
Ka'anapali Beach
4.5
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This stunning three-mile stretch of sand is regarded as one of North America's best beaches, and it's easy to see why. This former Hawaiian royal getaway has crystal clear waters perfect for snorkeling and surfing, against a backdrop of lush mountains. Don't miss the daily cliff diving ceremony at Pu'u Keka'a (Black Rock), held on the northern end of the beach at sunset. For the best views of the beach, take a scenic flight at sunset. If you visit in winter, be sure to take a whale-watching tour. It gets busy, so visit early in the morning for fewer crowds and to snag a good spot on the sand. – Tripadvisor
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Susan R
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beach Review
    Beautiful stretch of beach. Clean, calm water, beautiful views. We love that it’s never too crowded. Black Rock is a short walk away and it’s fun to see people jump from it!!!! Snorkeling is great. The sunsets are to die for !!!! Go. Now!!!!!!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 15, 2023
  • Njgirl84cvd
    Princeton Junction, New Jersey6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A slice of paradise
    Ka'anapali Beach is undoubtedly one of the best beaches West Maui has to offer. Gorgeous aquamarine water with long stretches of white powdery sand beaches against the backdrop of Molokai island is as idyllic as it can get. The only downside is that it can get a bit commercial with many resorts and restaurants along the beachfront. The Black Rock at the end of the beach is famous for snorkeling and the daily cliff diving ceremony at sunset. You can also take a sunset cruise if you fancy. There's also plenty of shopping at the Whalers Village if you enjoy retail therapy. One of my favorite beaches in Maui for sure, despite the crowds.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 20, 2023
  • elizabeth e
    Toronto, Canada39 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go for the snorkelling, if you can find parking
    Am I the only person that didn’t love this beach? Maui is amazing, and I read so many blogs recommending kaanapali beach, butttt it’s touristy, full of high rise hotels, and the parking is terrible. Ok, so snorkelling at black rock was pretty epic, but there are sooo many more authentic beaches to go to on the island.
    Visited October 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 26, 2023
  • jldavis65
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Relax and enjoy
    Lovely beach in late May / early June. We stayed at the Royal Lahaina Resort so access was easy. Not crowded at all. It was fun watching the efoilers on the water. Water was clear and plenty of beach to enjoy.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 10, 2023
  • Laurie S
    Maitland, Florida99 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Kaanapoli Beach is awesome
    Actually visited during June through August of 2020. Just locals, I was fortunate to spend the summer here with my adult kids. No tourists was interesting experience and since I’m from Central Florida it was an awesome break. Great to experience this beach as it was, not many people on the beach. Everyone kept to their own group. Lovely place to visit and swim, maybe jump off a rock into the ocean.
    Visited August 2022
    Travelled solo
    Written July 18, 2023
  • cwgl1968
    Walnut Creek, California4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    such a great beach, 10 ft away from tropical fish
    We spent a few days here on this beach, so clean, not rocky (no need to wear water shoes) and 10 ft away from tropical fish, great to go snorkeling here! This beach was conveniently located right by our resort, such a pretty place, lots of families come here. I got a floatie to use and that was awesome just floating around.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 3, 2023
  • Fireweed25
    Edmonton, Canada244 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beauty Beach
    Loved Kaanapali Beach north of Black Rock. The beach was quieter and swimming and snorkelling were still good. We stayed at the Maui Eldorado so spent a few days at this beach. Without even snorkelling, saw turtles swim by every day as well as a monk seal. The water was warm and clear and the sand soft; beach was clean. Nice views. There was enough wave action most days for body surfing or boogie boarding. It did get deep quickly and even in gentle waves they would take you out a bit so you couldn’t touch bottom. My teens were fine but keep a close eye on small children here.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written November 1, 2023
  • Jeff H
    Juneau, Alaska38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Outstanding beach and a must see on Maui
    The beach and the views are amazing and we love the island of Maui. We were two couples who stayed in Kihei for a week. We loved the Kihei area as very nice beaches and more affordable condos, stores and entertainment. We drove to Kaanapali beach for the day and it took about 45 minutes with a cool drive along the coastline. We had lunch/drinks at one of the restaurants on the beach and walked the beach. It had been about 10 years since we visited Hawaii and we can see why Maui is paradise. We need to go back before 10 years passes again.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written December 28, 2023
  • 19diane68
    61 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful sunsets on Kaanapali Beach
    Stayed at Hyatt Residence Club on Beach. Absolutely gorgeous, clean beach. Not wide due to erosion. Direct view of Lanai for sunsets. Never really crowded, whale spouts in evidence this time of year. Very relaxing
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written January 2, 2024
  • Hannah
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Does not disapoint!
    Now is the time to go! Just got back from Maui and this beach was definitely a highlight of our trip :) It says 2-3 hours, but if you want to really enjoy it...4 hours is not wasted time: snorkeling along the rocks, the beach was expansive and not overly crowded (mid-beach find a palm tree to lie under - so peaceful!), the weather was near perfect, and the food was pretty tasty beachside with live Hawaiian music! Stock up on sunblock and water shoes (for the rocks if snorkeling). As beautiful as this area is...the contrast driving there was heartbreaking as you can't miss the utter loss and damage of the recent fires. When you see it you will realize that these words are a gross understatement and the people who live and work here are amazing. The service, hospitality we received here couldn't be beat and such a beautiful place to visit!
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written January 17, 2024
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digitaldazey
Newburgh, NY3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
My dad talked about Hawaii & and its people. After he passed, I wanted to visit some places he talked about. It was more than I ever expected. The people are lovely, and the island is spectacular.
Written April 15, 2024
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Nancy M
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
The ambiance is trendy yet comfortable, making it ideal for intimate dinners and lively gatherings. This restaurant exceeded all my expectations.
Written April 10, 2024
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Aaron W
68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
It’s a great beach. Lots of sand and awesome sunsets- however this is a snorkeling beach. Lots and lots of coral reef- it’s not a place for boogie boards - etc.
Written March 25, 2024
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Tim R
37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Surfed, swam, walked and watched whales from the beach. Beautiful and very well maintained. Great effort by everyone to keep this beach clean and free of litter.
Written March 22, 2024
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Maria V
San Jose, CA4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Beautiful beach. Silky soft sand and calm blue water. My only issue is the coral. You need to really watch your step when swimming. Unfortunately, i stepped on one, and my foot still hasn’t completely healed yet. I mean, i went there 9 months ago! Other than that, very nice.
Written March 10, 2024
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Shawn S
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Everything was great! So clean and tidy. Large room and bathroom. Comfy bed. Perfect location, right on a calm and peaceful beach. As soon as you walk out of the accommodation, you see this wonderful beach.
Written March 6, 2024
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David C
Merrick, NY1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
No one mention the homeless people that are taking over the beach and all the garbage they leave. Great job, governor and Mayor
Written February 22, 2024
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Rexngail
11 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Nice beach, there were protest on the beach...I agree with the locals, locals need a place to live when they lost their homes due to the Lahaina Fires. I pray for Maui and Lahaina.
Written February 14, 2024
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MNice
Bloomington, MN2,685 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We love this beach. We were unable to get out in the water for a couple days due to high surf, but today it was gorgeous and the whales were giving a spectacular show. You can hear them talking under the water by ducking your head under the water. So why not rate this beach 100%? It’s not the water, the sand, the whales or obnoxious beach goers. It’s the Hawaiians themselves who have let half the most beautiful beaches in the world become places for vagrants to live in giant piles of trash. We left Oahu hoping to get away from this scourge which brings a sore on the landscape everywhere. It’s not as bad on Maui, but definitely the government fails to make this a concern throughout the islands. The water is beautiful, you don’t need wet shoes, the place is gorgeous; come and enjoy and try not to look behind you at the locals disrespect for the environment.
Written February 7, 2024
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Liza
Victoria, Canada5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
The weather was not ideal, the seas were rough, precluding snorkeling and the tour boats were not booking. One evening on a walk with my husband, I was assaulted by a group of Hawaiian youths. They came up behind us, yelling profanities and one youth threw a full glass of iced soft drink at my head... We filed a police report. This was our worst experience in Hawaii after many years of coming for two weeks in mid January. I would not recommend Maui any more as it has changed so much, and not for the better. I am very agitated by this encounter. I no longer feel safe here.
Written January 30, 2024
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