Ka'anapali Beach
Ka'anapali Beach
4.5
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This stunning three-mile stretch of sand is regarded as one of North America's best beaches, and it's easy to see why. This former Hawaiian royal getaway has crystal clear waters perfect for snorkeling and surfing, against a backdrop of lush mountains. Don't miss the daily cliff diving ceremony at Pu'u Keka'a (Black Rock), held on the northern end of the beach at sunset. For the best views of the beach, take a scenic flight at sunset. If you visit in winter, be sure to take a whale-watching tour. It gets busy, so visit early in the morning for fewer crowds and to snag a good spot on the sand. – Tripadvisor
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Laurie S
    Maitland, Florida105 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Kaanapoli Beach is awesome
    Actually visited during June through August of 2020. Just locals, I was fortunate to spend the summer here with my adult kids. No tourists was interesting experience and since I’m from Central Florida it was an awesome break. Great to experience this beach as it was, not many people on the beach. Everyone kept to their own group. Lovely place to visit and swim, maybe jump off a rock into the ocean.
    Visited August 2022
    Travelled solo
    Written 18 July 2023
  • cwgl1968
    Walnut Creek, California14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    such a great beach, 10 ft away from tropical fish
    We spent a few days here on this beach, so clean, not rocky (no need to wear water shoes) and 10 ft away from tropical fish, great to go snorkeling here! This beach was conveniently located right by our resort, such a pretty place, lots of families come here. I got a floatie to use and that was awesome just floating around.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 3 August 2023
  • Fireweed25
    Edmonton, Canada242 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beauty Beach
    Loved Kaanapali Beach north of Black Rock. The beach was quieter and swimming and snorkelling were still good. We stayed at the Maui Eldorado so spent a few days at this beach. Without even snorkelling, saw turtles swim by every day as well as a monk seal. The water was warm and clear and the sand soft; beach was clean. Nice views. There was enough wave action most days for body surfing or boogie boarding. It did get deep quickly and even in gentle waves they would take you out a bit so you couldn’t touch bottom. My teens were fine but keep a close eye on small children here.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 November 2023
  • Jeff H
    Juneau, Alaska39 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Outstanding beach and a must see on Maui
    The beach and the views are amazing and we love the island of Maui. We were two couples who stayed in Kihei for a week. We loved the Kihei area as very nice beaches and more affordable condos, stores and entertainment. We drove to Kaanapali beach for the day and it took about 45 minutes with a cool drive along the coastline. We had lunch/drinks at one of the restaurants on the beach and walked the beach. It had been about 10 years since we visited Hawaii and we can see why Maui is paradise. We need to go back before 10 years passes again.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 December 2023
  • 19diane68
    65 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful sunsets on Kaanapali Beach
    Stayed at Hyatt Residence Club on Beach. Absolutely gorgeous, clean beach. Not wide due to erosion. Direct view of Lanai for sunsets. Never really crowded, whale spouts in evidence this time of year. Very relaxing
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 January 2024
  • Hannah
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Does not disapoint!
    Now is the time to go! Just got back from Maui and this beach was definitely a highlight of our trip :) It says 2-3 hours, but if you want to really enjoy it...4 hours is not wasted time: snorkeling along the rocks, the beach was expansive and not overly crowded (mid-beach find a palm tree to lie under - so peaceful!), the weather was near perfect, and the food was pretty tasty beachside with live Hawaiian music! Stock up on sunblock and water shoes (for the rocks if snorkeling). As beautiful as this area is...the contrast driving there was heartbreaking as you can't miss the utter loss and damage of the recent fires. When you see it you will realize that these words are a gross understatement and the people who live and work here are amazing. The service, hospitality we received here couldn't be beat and such a beautiful place to visit!
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 January 2024
  • Christi S
    North Richland Hills, Texas33 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Kaanapali Walking Path
    This review is written from a night trip along the trail that runs in front of the hotels. Kaanapali Walking path The path is nice and well kept. However, at night it is dark and you should take a flashlight. Also, there is a colony of cats along the hedges. There are lots of cats and they are not afraid of humans. We used the trail at night to walk along the resorts.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 January 2024
  • MNice
    Bloomington, Minnesota5,082 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    How can we rate one of the most beautiful beaches a 4/5?
    We love this beach. We were unable to get out in the water for a couple days due to high surf, but today it was gorgeous and the whales were giving a spectacular show. You can hear them talking under the water by ducking your head under the water. So why not rate this beach 100%? It’s not the water, the sand, the whales or obnoxious beach goers. It’s the Hawaiians themselves who have let half the most beautiful beaches in the world become places for vagrants to live in giant piles of trash. We left Oahu hoping to get away from this scourge which brings a sore on the landscape everywhere. It’s not as bad on Maui, but definitely the government fails to make this a concern throughout the islands. The water is beautiful, you don’t need wet shoes, the place is gorgeous; come and enjoy and try not to look behind you at the locals disrespect for the environment.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 February 2024
  • Maria V
    San Jose, California7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    So beautiful, but dangerous
    Beautiful beach. Silky soft sand and calm blue water. My only issue is the coral. You need to really watch your step when swimming. Unfortunately, i stepped on one, and my foot still hasn’t completely healed yet. I mean, i went there 9 months ago! Other than that, very nice.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 March 2024
  • Chris K
    Ankeny, Iowa14 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tourists still welcome on Kaanapali?
    Have come to Kaanapali beach yearly in April for 5 or more years. This year we were disappointed in the tent community on the beach in front of whalers village protesting short term rentals in Maui. Seems there could be more pressing fire related issues that might warrant tents on the beach...short term rentals affect housing world wide. Although perhaps Maui after the fire is more unique and would be better off if tourists did not come here so much to give the locals more space on their island.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 April 2024
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Tasha J
Salt Lake City, UT16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Family
Ka'anapali Beach is stunning with clear waters and golden sand. Perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and sunbathing. Amazing sunsets and convenient amenities nearby. Highly recommend for a Maui visit!
Written 10 July 2024
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Eric D
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Beautiful beach that is great for families. Snorkeling and any other beach activity is possible. Clean and walkable anytime of day or night.
Written 16 June 2024
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Sandy P
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Family friendly! Great place to bring children of all ages, and let them play in the small waves, make sand castles, and possibly see a turtle.
Written 11 June 2024
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Woo111
Dayton, OH48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
One of the nicest beaches there is on earth. Great boardwalk that spans a very long area provides by the hotels. Very nice restrooms. Public parking
Written 9 June 2024
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Gail C
Burlington, VT31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
The water is absolutely gorgeous and serene, and the people are wonderful. However, the sunset truly stood out. It made everything worthwhile.
Written 5 June 2024
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Beth H
Kansas City, MO31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Ka'anapali Beach embodies paradise. Its golden shores, pristine waters, and breathtaking vistas create an idyllic tropical setting. Whether you're soaking up the sun, exploring vibrant coral reefs while snorkeling, or taking a leisurely walk at sunset, this beach offers a complete experience. Embrace the beauty and tranquility of Ka'anapali Beach—it's an opportunity not to be missed.
Written 31 May 2024
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Mildred B
Long Beach, CA31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Ka'anapali Beach is absolutely breathtaking! The sandy shores and transparent waters are ideal for swimming and snorkeling. Black Rock offers thrilling cliff-diving opportunities. Convenient facilities and dining options nearby enhance the experience. Spectacular sunsets are the icing on the cake. Strongly recommended!
Written 30 May 2024
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Carrick M
31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Ka'anapali Beach on Maui is stunning! The golden sands, clear waters, and vibrant marine life make it perfect for swimming and snorkeling. Black Rock is a highlight for cliff jumping and snorkeling. Convenient amenities and great nearby dining and shopping at Whalers Village. Gorgeous sunsets cap off an unforgettable experience. Highly recommended!
Written 30 May 2024
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JB
240 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Clean beach with soft sand. Small areas to gather. Nice area to snorkel. A family of turtles. No beach chairs - bring your own.
Written 23 May 2024
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M3703QA
Highlands, NC409 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We love Hawaii, but this beach was a bit crowded and not our favorite in the area. That said, there were some amazing views and the water was clear and beautiful.
Written 22 May 2024
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