Home to perfect beaches of soft sand and sapphire sea, Kaanapali is the type of magical place that has made the island of Maui world famous. Kaanapali's shores boast gorgeous views of the volcano Molokai and the island of Lanai across the water. This piece of paradise is the perfect place for your honeymoon, a relaxing vacation, or a beach holiday with the entire family.
Kaanapali Beach is a hopping spot, always alive with families, sunbathers, and swimmers. Kaanapali's softly crashing surf is a great place for swimming and snorkeling, with plenty of colorful tropical fish circling under the water. Although it is a popular spot on the tourist map, Kaanapali retains some of the distinct charms of Old Hawaii. In the evenings, there are often Luau's on Kaanapali's beaches, while traditional Hawaiian meals are prepared in several of the town's restaurants.
Hawaii offers many things to do on land, as well as at sea. For golfers, there are a number of courses on the island of Maui, many close to Kaanapali. Among them, the spectacular Kaanapali Golf Course overlooks the ocean. Located near the West Maui Forest Reserve, there are also several good hiking trails and vista points in the vicinity. Along the coast, you can walk through palm groves and shaded beaches on trails near Wahikuli State Park. Further south, you can take an ancient trail to the Olowalu Petroglyphs, carved into volcanic rock.
Here are few suggestions of things to do in Kaanapali:
-Whaler's Village: This beach-themed Kaanapali mall has something to please the whole family, with tons of great Hawaiian souvenirs and accessories.
-Napili Beach: Just up the shore from Kaanapali, Napili Beach is one of the most picturesque and tranquil strips of coastline on the island.
-Lahaina-Kaanapali and Pacific Railroad: Also known as the Sugarcane Train, this railroad takes beach going passengers between Lahaina and Kaanapali.
-Lahaina: Spend a day wandering around the lovely town of Lahaina, home to many cute shops, galleries, and restaurants, as well as a famous Banyan tree.
-Kapalua Bay Beach: One of Maui's top destinations, this beautiful beach has calm blue waters for swimming and snorkeling.
Kaanapali is a great place to seek out a comfortable vacation rental for your next Maui vacation. There are plenty of wonderful condos along the beach, as well as spacious villas that can accommodate a large family or group of friends.
As featured in USA TODAY and recommended by Travel + Leisure in its annual Villa Guide:
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