Kaanapali and Kaanapali Beach, Maui Hawai’i
At the breathtaking Kaanapali Beach there is nearly three miles, or 4.8 km, of beautiful golden sand beaches and crystal clear waters beckoning your arrival. It is located in Northwest Maui, about 50 minutes from Kahului Airport. Along West Maui’s signature beach are a variety of mid-rise upscale hotels and resorts allowing beach access for their guests and the public. Kaanapali Beach was once a retreat for the royalty of Hawaii and now your premier beach getaway.
If you are looking for a good beach as one with a lot of sand and sand friendly swimming, you will want to be located between the Royal Lahaina and the Alii Kai, with the best beaches fronting the Sheraton Maui, Kaanapali Beach Hotel, the Whaler, the Westin Maui and Kaanapali Alii.
One of the best, most memorable attractions on Kaanapali Beach is the famed Black Rock. In Hawaiian it is known as Puu Kekaa. Black Rock is located at the end of Kaanapali Beach surrounded by the beautiful Starwood Sheraton Maui. Each evening at sunset the Sheraton Maui hosts a torch-lit cliff diving ceremony. In a reenactment of a famous feat by Maui’s King Kahekili a diver walks up the cliff lighting the torches along the way and as the finale dives off the cliff. Some brave, young travelers and locals dive off Black Rock during the day. Be sure to add a visit to Black Rock in your Kannapali Beach tour.
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Fronting Kaanapali Beach is Whalers Village, an outdoor, seaside shopping mall. You will know you have arrived when you see the giant metal sculptures of the mother whale and two calves. Inside you will find it has many of your favorite stores along with Hawaii favorites and local shops and restaurants. It has 90 fine retailers and restaurants in total. Free Hawaiian classes and entertainment are offered daily.
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Whalers Village Museum
Nestled inside the whalers village you will find the Whalers Village Museum. It commemorates whaling from 1825 to 1860. “The Golden Era of Whaling” There are many tools and a complete re-creation of the inside of a whaling ship’s quarters. Self guided audio tours are available.