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Kaʻanapali

Kaʻanapali

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423 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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Excellent
Grant_L, Mar 2021
Premium Sunset Cocktail Cruise from Ka’anapali Beach
The vessel was amazing. The crew were safety oriented, friendly, and knowledgeable about the local area. The food and drink service was fantastic 👏. My wife and I will definitely be back on board next year when on Maui.
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Best First Snorkeling Experience Ever!
Addi, Jan 2021
West Maui Half Day Snorkel from Ka’anapali Beach
My best friend and I had the most amazing experience!! We saw whales; they were great about stopping close to them and giving us plenty of time to watch and take pics. The snorkeling spot was fantastic! We saw tons of beautiful fish and several turtles. The boat was sparkling clean, and they took all of the COVID precautions to make us feel super safe. I would definitely do this again next trip!
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Super fun activity for a family
Nathalie_S, Jun 2021
Afternoon West Maui Snorkel from Ka’anapali Beach
Everything was excellent! From boarding to coming back was great! The crew were incredible. So hospitable and fun. The sea was smooth. The snorkeling was fun. Saw many fish and beautiful corals. The drinks and appetizers great. Hats off to you all. This is a super fun thing to do as a family. Mahalo:)
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Excellent
Alec_S, Jun 2021
Afternoon West Maui Snorkel from Ka’anapali Beach
Great snorkel trip! Great crew! Saw a lot of great sea life and really enjoyed the trip! Phil and the crew made us feel at home and knew where to take the group for the best adventure. We saw turtles, lots of fish and other sea life.
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Drinks, Sunset, Dolphins, oh my!
Selina_R, Jun 2021
Premium Sunset Cocktail Cruise from Ka’anapali Beach
The crew was hilarious, welcoming, and speedy. The drinks were just right and the snacks was just enough to hold us over until we got off the boat and headed to dinner. We saw some dolphins and the most beautiful sunset. Their unique 90s playlist was perfect too.
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Best Catamaran Crew
Darel, Jun 2021
West Maui Half Day Snorkel from Ka’anapali Beach
The crew was absolutely amazing. Super friendly and helpful. The food was surprisingly excellent and the drinks perfect.
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Loved our snorkeling trip
Alex_P, Jun 2021
Afternoon West Maui Snorkel from Ka’anapali Beach
Great crew!! Turtles, dolphins, flying fish, and so much more! Ample gear. The food and drinks were great.
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The best birthday ever!
April_G, Jun 2021
Premium Sunset Cocktail Cruise from Ka’anapali Beach
Such a great time! The captain and crew members were so great! Drinks and food were very good. My 10 year old daughter had so much fun too. Thank you for making my birthday so memorable!
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A great experience!
Mary_R, Jun 2021
West Maui Half Day Snorkel from Ka’anapali Beach
We had an amazing time on the snorkel cruise! The food and service were fantastic! This was our first time on a snorkel cruise and it was a really great and memorable experience.
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Great snorkel experience
Jennifer_C, Jun 2021
Afternoon West Maui Snorkel from Ka’anapali Beach
Such an amazing snorkel trip! This was one of the best snorkel trips we have ever gone on. The crew was amazing and helpful. It was my daughter’s birthday and they gave her the most amazing lei! 🌺
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Great evening, money well spent.
Douglas_B, Jun 2021
Premium Sunset Cocktail Cruise from Ka’anapali Beach
Learning fun facts from Captain Linda and being served by the crew with pleasant attitudes. The appetizers were well prepared, excellent taste and texture, almost a meal.

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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