Kaanapali – or more accurately Ka’anapali – is one of the best beaches not only in Maui, or Hawaii but in the whole of the USA. For generations, jet-setters from royalty to celebrity have found their island oasis here. Now, it is accessible to us all with an affordable villa and condominium rental.
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When you dream of a tropical island, you may well be dreaming of Kaanapali in West Maui. Golden sands as far as the eye can see. Coral reefs. Swaying palms. Beautiful sunsets. Crystal, warm and very calm seas, with an average water temperature of 75 degrees. A three-mile stretch of beach. Kaanapali declares that it has always set the standard for Hawaiian beach resorts – then raised it.
Of course, most of the action centres around the beach and its paved boardwalk. Snorkelling and scuba diving are extremely popular around the coral reef offshore, where you can readily see the abundant tropical fish and swim with the sea turtles.
One-quarter of the reef fish here exist nowhere else on the planet. Rare species include the monk seals and Hawaiian dolphins. Between mid-November and April, there are larger fish to fry – though the visiting whales are of course mammals and the major attraction here is the humpbacks which come here to breed in the relatively shallow waters.
There are plenty of whale watching opportunities in season and The Lahaina Cruise Company come highly recommended having served Maui for thirty years. Their two-hour cruise provides a superb opportunity to see these amazing marine giants in their natural environment, from the comfort of a large catamaran. And whale sightings are guaranteed!
Closer to the beach, windsurfing, catamaran sailing, kayaking, parasailing and body boarding are all available from Ka’anapali beach. The largest operator is Beach Activities Maui (BAM) who can help with all beach activities including snorkelling trips out to the best sites on the reef with lunch and a bar included.
UFO Parasail has been operating in Maui for twenty-five years and provides parasailing for all between mid-May and mid-December – and kids as young as three-years-old have done it!
Really, whatever your taste in beach fun, from building sandcastles to banana boating, Ka’anapali will have someone to cater to your needs from beginner to expert. Because the beach is protected by the coral reef, the waters are safe for younger children.
It’s never a long walk to your accommodation on Kaanapali beach. As well as pretty much all the major luxury hotel chains, there is an excellent selection of condominiums and apartments very close to the waterfront. A couple of miles south of the beach is the old whaling town of Lahaina, which is where you will find most of your retail opportunities.
Make sure you set aside at least an evening to explore Hawaiian culture. You can catch a Hula show, learn how to make the traditional lei (flower garlands traditionally used to welcome guests), weave lauhala, a native plant used to make mats, baskets or hats, create quilts or take in a traditional music performance.
When it comes to dining out, Ka’anapali offers genuine choice with forty restaurants at the ocean’s side. You can enjoy a tropical drink whilst watching the sunset over the neighbouring islands of Lana’i and Moloka’i.
Even cuisine imaginable from sushi to island food diners, steak and seafood is right here on your doorstep. Several resorts offered themed dining with shows including a Polynesian circus and drum troupe performances at the Hyatt. Don’t miss a luau – a traditional Hawaiian meal of fish, pork and wine with both dancing and music. Aloha, Hawaii.