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Kaʻanapali

Kaʻanapali

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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West Maui Half Day Snorkel from Ka’anapali Beach
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West Maui Half Day Snorkel from Ka’anapali Beach
$154.32 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Wow!!
Finally saw a big turtle upclose! We saw so many types of fish, that we had to buy a guide to see what they all were
CalvinW_S, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Maui

star-5
Perfect Maui sunset cruise
Lisa_H, Mar 2022
Sunset Cruise with Live Music and Open Bar from Ka’anapali Beach
Couldn’t ask for a better sunset cruise in Maui. Crew was great, very friendly, and the drinks were also served quickly. Boat was very clean and the food on the cruise was also much better than expected. We went doing whale season and the crew made sure to look out for whales and point them out. We saw plenty of whales.
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Fun experience with attentive staff
Kester_A, Feb 2022
West Maui Half Day Snorkel from Ka’anapali Beach
Snorkeling and sailing — but it was a whole lot more! I’ve never seen so many whales!🐋🐳 While snorkeling, we saw 2 turtles! 🐢🐢 Both surfaced to catch a breath and went back down. Such cute creatures! 😍 One of them was being cleaned by a handful of fishes. At first, I thought the turtle was being attacked but boy, was I wrong. 😂 Even sea creatures do self care. ☺️ #aloha 🌺
star-4
Good job, but should do 2 locations.
Mary_L, Jan 2022
West Maui Half Day Snorkel from Ka’anapali Beach
Good crew!!! And yummy, Good Food!!! Clean & comfortable catamaran. Good job, but should go to 2 locations, not just one, please.
star-5
Amazing!!
Craig_H, May 2022
Afternoon West Maui Snorkel from Ka’anapali Beach
What a great time!! The crew was awesome!! They not only guided the tour with some random and useful facts, they were attentive and great hosts!! Everything we wanted for our first trip snorkeling.
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Dream come true!
Tamara_R, May 2022
Afternoon West Maui Snorkel from Ka’anapali Beach
Magical amazing experience. The ride to the snorkeling site was relaxing and the crew were attentive and professional. We saw so much marine beauty with absolutely no anxiety thanks to the crew. The providing of pool noodles for our daughter helped her relax during the trip and our whole family was in the water for the max time! I recommend this experience!
star-5
Crew very friendly and professional.
Kristy_A, Dec 2021
West Maui Half Day Snorkel from Ka’anapali Beach
Swimming with the sea turtles🐢🐢🐢🐢 was amazing! The boat was very clean and the kids loved the bean bag on the net to sit in.
star-4
Great time!
jzochoa, Apr 2022
Sunset Cruise with Live Music and Open Bar from Ka’anapali Beach
Great staff! Took very good care of all of us. Caught a beautiful sunset at the end of a cloudy day but the captain made sure all of us saw it. Only thing I wish was the music was longer than an hour. It didn’t start till half of the cruise was over. But he was a great entertainer! Just wanted more of it!
star-5
Great experience
Abbey_W, May 2022
Afternoon West Maui Snorkel from Ka’anapali Beach
Great staff and food. Reef was full of life - saw many turtles, fish, even an eel! Didn’t feel rushed or overly managed.
star-5
Wonderful Snorkeling Trip
Barbara_B, May 2022
West Maui Half Day Snorkel from Ka’anapali Beach
Had a wonderful trip. The staff were so attentive and friendly. The location and equipment were perfect. Good food too. I would highly recommend this adventure.
star-4
Relaxing snorkel trip
Jeffrey_N, May 2022
Afternoon West Maui Snorkel from Ka’anapali Beach
Lots of turtles, and fish. It was a nice relaxing ride to the snorkel spot. Crew was nice and friendly.
star-5
Amazing
jackie_a, May 2022
West Maui Half Day Snorkel from Ka’anapali Beach
Had a wonderful time. Crew was amazing and very friendly. Food was great. Downside was the photos offered are digital and was not told prior to buying. Digital photos are great but if you only want one or two , that’s not an option.
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We did this tour at the...
Dennis_H, Apr 2022
Sunset Cruise with Live Music and Open Bar from Ka’anapali Beach
We did this tour at the very end of Whale season but we were lucky to find 3 whales that hadn't left yet! Was so cool! Very enjoyable!!

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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Trip ideas


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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Kaʻanapali?
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