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Kaʻanapali

Kaʻanapali

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453 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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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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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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Will do it again
Windu_G, Jul 2021
Afternoon West Maui Snorkel from Ka’anapali Beach
Love the experience, Sara even when in the water to watch us snorkeling. I have a 7 years old that feel intimidated with deep water. But Sara made him very comfy and he swam the whole time. The 2 gentlemen crews are awesome!!!
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Take this tour!!!!!!
Pamela_H, Jul 2021
Afternoon West Maui Snorkel from Ka’anapali Beach
Such as fun trip- one of the best snorkel trips ever! The crew is amazing and caters to the guest every minute of the trip with instructions on snorkeling & gear, proving drinks and conversation along the way, they took us to an amazing site with a coral reef, beautiful colorful fish and turtles! The foos is good, and a leisurely ride back . This is a terrific tour for people of all ages including children and seniors!
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Awesome day snorkeling
Yvonne_B, Jul 2021
Afternoon West Maui Snorkel from Ka’anapali Beach
Great catamaran. Crew was so friendly. Served drinks and chatted with us. Snorkel spot was amazing/beautiful with lots of turtles and fish. A great excursion would definitely recommend
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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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Fun Maui Snorkel
Lyn, Jul 2021
West Maui Half Day Snorkel from Ka’anapali Beach
Very organized , easy boarding, nice bento box breakfast with good coffee, Honolua was excellent snorkeling, generous open bar, lunch meh but edible, nice sail back. Fun day!!!
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Fun trip
Maria_D, Jul 2021
Afternoon West Maui Snorkel from Ka’anapali Beach
Really fun trip! The crew was super nice and friendly, snorkeling was awesome, and the boat ride there and back was fun and beautiful. The only downside was the amount of plastic - the cups were compostable but the lunch containers and forks were not, and I saw at least one container cover fly away into the ocean.
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The crew = AWESOME!
Catherine_M, Jul 2021
Afternoon West Maui Snorkel from Ka’anapali Beach
The crew = AWESOME! Experience = CHILL The snorkeling spot = CLEAR We even saw some dolphins on the way back.
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Favorite experience in Maui
Latulippe_S, Jul 2021
West Maui Half Day Snorkel from Ka’anapali Beach
Our favorite experience of our trip to Maui! The captain and crew were wonderful and so accommodating! Definitely do this tour!

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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