Ka'anapali Beach

Ka'anapali Beach
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Address 2525 Kaanapali Pkwy, Lahaina, HI 96761
Probably the most famous beach in Maui. Great for water sports with clear blue water and a fine sandy beach.

• Facilities: Bathrooms • Facilities: Equipment Rentals • Facilities: Showers • Type: Kid Friendly • Sand Type: Powder
• Parking: Fees For Parking • Parking: Good / Plenty • Parking: Poor / Few • Good For: Snorkeling • Good For: Sunsets
• Good For: SUP • Good For: Swimming • Good For: Whale Sightings

Ka'anapali Beach is one of the big names that most people who visit Maui have heard of. It's sort of the Waikiki Beach (Main / Center) of Maui.

It's located in west Maui and is more of an area than just a beach. The Ka'anapali Resort is a massive complex with many hotel / resorts within it, and it's all located within the city of Lahaina.

Ka'anapali Beach itself is dotted with some of the biggest resorts on the island, as well as a large, air shopping complex called Whalers Village. You could literally visit Maui and stay and play in the Ka'anapali area without ever leaving and without ever using your rental car. We don't recommend that as Maui has too much else to offer but that's just how much is packed into this spot (see Do I Need A Rental Car In Hawaii?).

This beach is very long with plenty of powdery sand to stretch out and play in. It's full of tons of clear water to swim in and cool off in. If you want to do some snorkeling then checkout the far north end at Black Rock Beach (Pu'u Keka'a). This is a great family beach and usually has very gentle waves and is connected to Ka'anapali Beach.

All of the hotels in this area are connected by a nice beach walk that parallels the beach and makes foot travel the preferred method in this area.

It's a great beach and all of the hotels, shops, and restaurants around only add to the whole experience here. It's certainly a place to visit for a day if you aren't staying here already. Of course, that means finding public parking which isn't always easy. Sometimes it's good, sometimes it's not. For more on that, see our Ka'anapali Beach Parking Guide.