Ka'anapali beach is located about 2 miles north of Lahaina along West Maui. Ka'anapali beach is Maui's first resort area. It includes a 3 mile stretch of golden beach with a volcanic lava outcropping in the middle called Puu Kekaa (Black Rock).
This 500 acre resort features 2 golf courses, an elegant shopping center, and an superb whaling museum. Relax on the beach, swim in the indigo ocean, admire the majestic mountains, visit historic Lahaina Town or just sit back and take in the views of the neighboring islands, Molokai and Lanai and soak up the sun on the veranda of your Kaanapali vacation rental.
The biggest highlight of Ka'anapali beach is the beach itself. It begins at Hanaka'o'o (Canoe beach) and ends 3 miles up the coast at the Honokowai beach park. As of late, the northern portion of Ka'anapali beach, the undeveloped stretch of shoreline north of Black Rock (Pu'u Keka'a), has become known as Airport Beach.
In ancient times, Maui's royalty, the Ali'i, enjoyed Kaanapali's perfect 3 mile white sand beach, the gentle waves and continual sunshine.
There is great snorkeling off the beach at Black Rock, also called Pu'u Keka'a. This area is reasonably sheltered year-round. The fish are somewhat tame and many will come right up to you and 'get in your face'. At the south end, is another coral formation, also great for exploring with snorkel gear.
The Whalers Village Museum in Kaanapali is an informative way to spend an afternoon. Read descriptions and stories about the whaling industry, including the people and the lifestyle.
Maui vacation rentals by owner offer the perfect way to relax and discover the local Hawaii. With the many vacation rentals condos dotted along the beach, you can enjoy many nearby festivals, events and sunsets on foot!