Kaanapali Beach is a mile-long stretch of sandy beach just to the north of Lahaina. Running from Canoe Beach in the south to Black Rock in the north, Kaanapali Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches on the west Maui coast, and well worth a visit.
Resorts and Shopping
Seven resorts and the open air Whalers Village Mall run along Kaanapali Beach, and the beach can get pretty busy during high tourist season. Restaurants and shops dot the shoreline. The mall is home to a fascinating whaling museum and often hosts free Hawaiian entertainment.
Kaanapali Beach Activities
When the ocean is calm you can swim and snorkel at Kaanapali Beach. There are no lifeguard on duty at this beach, so exercise caution. The best snorkeling is close to Black Rock, but be aware of strong currents in the deeper water. You may see locals cliff-diving off Black Rock. While thrilling to watch, it’s not something visitors should attempt themselves.
Sunsets are breathtaking at Kaanapali Beach, with views of Lanai and Molokai. After the sun goes down, there’s plenty of restaurants along the beach suitable for both romantic meals or family dining.
Parking and Facitilites
Kaanapali Beach, like all Hawaiian beaches, is open to the public. Finding a parking spot can be difficult if you aren't staying at one of the resorts, however. Blue Beach Access signs indicate limited public parking. Failing that, paid parking is available.
There are no lifeguards on duty at Kaanapali Beach (only county parks have lifeguards) and all beach showers belong to the resorts. If you need a washroom, your best bet is probably Whalers Village Mall.
From Lahaina, take Honoapi’ilani Highway (highway 30) north to the town of Kaanapali. The GPS coordinates for Kaanapali Beach are 20.922221,-156.695895.