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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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Recent reviews from experiences in Maui

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Snorkeling tour
Homayoun_T, Nov 2021
West Maui Half Day Snorkel from Ka’anapali Beach
My girl friend and I went on this snorkeling trip with Sea Maui. The crew were kind, fun and helpful. The catamaran was awesome. We saw several whales on our way to the snorkeling location. The equipment was clean and in great condition. It was the ideal way to go for snorkeling. The food and drinks were also nice.
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Amazing experience must do
Jake_S, Oct 2021
West Maui Half Day Snorkel from Ka’anapali Beach
Loved all the crew, they were so fun and helpful. The boat was clean. We had a great time and think this is a must do!
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Perfect experience from start to finish!
Connor_V, Oct 2021
West Maui Half Day Snorkel from Ka’anapali Beach
My boyfriend and I had a spectacular experience yesterday! The Wesr Maui Half Day Snorkel from Ka’anapali Beach was the perfect way to relax and see some stunning fish and turtles. The staff was so knowledgeable and fun to talk to. It was a beautiful day and we would recommend this to anyone.
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Wonderful snorkeling
Jessica_P, Nov 2021
West Maui Half Day Snorkel from Ka’anapali Beach
Amazing snorkel trip, with a friendly crew. We saw lots of wonderful sea life and had a fantastic time!
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Best sail/snorkel I’ve taken.
Robert_K, Nov 2021
West Maui Half Day Snorkel from Ka’anapali Beach
Crew were amazing! Meals were the best I’ve had on any sail or excursion. Crew pointed out best areas to see fish and we weren’t disappointed. Thanks for a lifetime vacation memory 🌈
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Great family experience and value!
Carrie_C, Nov 2021
West Maui Half Day Snorkel from Ka’anapali Beach
Excellent food (breakfast/lunch), crew and captain! Lots of seating options on the boat in/out of the sun. Cocktails served. Restroom onboard. Great snorkeling spot and reef. Able to sail on return. Very safe for kids. Thank you!
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We actually didn’t make...
kimberly_e, Nov 2021
West Maui Half Day Snorkel from Ka’anapali Beach
We actually didn’t make the trip. I booked the wrong week and didn’t realize it till the day before. Thankfully we were able to get our full refund, that was awesome.
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Awesome day
Michael_M, Nov 2021
West Maui Half Day Snorkel from Ka’anapali Beach
The whole trip was fantastic, the under water views, lunch breakfast and the crew. IT IS A MOST TRIP WHILE IN MAUI.
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Awesome!
Lauren_T, Nov 2021
West Maui Half Day Snorkel from Ka’anapali Beach
Great staff, great food saw sea turtles while snorkeling and we saw multiple whales! Captain Brad was great!
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Fun Maui Catamaran Snorkel Cruise
Virginia_N, 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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Crew was awesome. Saw...
Jesse_S, Nov 2021
West Maui Half Day Snorkel from Ka’anapali Beach
Crew was awesome. Saw tons of turtles. Food was good. Drinks kept coming. Made some great memories!!
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Great snorkeling with wonderful crew!
carla_m, Nov 2021
West Maui Half Day Snorkel from Ka’anapali Beach
Snorkeling was great! Crew was wonderful! Kind n very helpful n very attentive. Made sure that we were able to see many fish n turtles.

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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