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Ka'anapali Beach, Lahaina

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Located in a popular beachfront resort, Ka'anapali Beach attracts visitors with its warm sands and shallow waters close to shore. You can board a tour boat right from the beach, or drop by one of many kiosks along the sands to rent snorkeling gear or purchase sunscreen. The beach also features several booths where you can sign up for sailing and surfing lessons, or find out about upcoming luaus and kayaking excursions. Several major hotels and shops surround the beach, along with a shopping complex and a renowned whaling museum. For an ultimate Hawaiian vacation within walking distance of this beach, book a stay at the nearby condominium village. Start your trip to Lahaina by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.
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  • Amazing beach and easy access if you stay around. It is always busy because it is so convenient to access. The beach itself is amazing. 
    Amazing beach and easy access if you stay around. It is always busy because it is so convenient to access. The beach itself is amazing.  more »
  • Such an amazing beach. Great views of Lanai and Molokai. One of the best places to see the sunset. While it can get crowded, the beach is really wide so you can find enough room for a spot to put.....  more
    Such an amazing beach. Great views of Lanai and Molokai. One of the best places to see the sunset. While it can get crowded, the beach is really wide so you can find enough room for a spot to put.....  more »
  • If we should come back to Maui 100 motet I es I would stay no where expect here. The staff is so friendly they make you feel like you are at home. The greatest so beautiful and immaculately kept... 
    If we should come back to Maui 100 motet I es I would stay no where expect here. The staff is so friendly they make you feel like you are at home. The greatest so beautiful and immaculately kept...  more »
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  • Great beach overall for snorkeling, walking, relaxing, & viewing the sunset. Snorkeling is pretty good at Black Rock, at the far right end of the beach. Saw 2 turtles, some eagle rays & plenty of fish over the few times going out. The part of the beach near Black Rock (north end) is pretty wide, allowing for plenty of room. Slightly crowded but not that bad, Kapalua Bay was much busier (but snorkeling was better at Kapalua) . The backdrop of nearby islands & Black Rock make this a very picturesque place. As the sun sets a diver lights torches & jumps in - it’s hard to tell when this happens though. The torches are lit through the sunset which adds to the scenery.
  • My absolute favorite beach on Maui. Avoid the one further north, too many rocks in the water. This one has really good waves, depending on the day, got totally rolled by a big one! Thought my shoulder was close to dislocated, so pretty big wave. This is a beach where they load and unload a lot of tourist sail boats. On the one hand annoying as they come in and hog the beach for a bit, on the other fun to watch. Plenty of showers right off beach. Also plenty of restaurants steps away. Parking is free in places or you can park at the Whalers Village shopping center parking (pricey) and then walk straight through the shopping mall. You might get your parking validated if you buy something there. There are places to stay right here too, so really a good place.
  • Beautiful beach in Maui. Can do everything from surfing to snorkeling to just relaxing on the beach. Some portions here and there are quite rocky so be careful if you go out into the water. The beach itself is wonderful and sandy. No real shade so come prepared!
  • This beach was voted 9th best in the world in 2021 by some idiot who never visited and said “great calm waters, easy parking…? What? First, unless you staying at one of the ocean front hotels, the parking for everyone else is a nightmare. We went to hotel who referred us to the shopping mall and said that they will validate if you purchase something. We went to the cafe and had to purchase $20 worth of coffee for validation. The hotels are supposed to provide some parking for the public, but are not eager to do so. You are not supposed to park at the mall if you are going to the beach. While beach is long, they are areas where water comes all the way up. Calm waters? No. We encountered 20 foot waves, which was ideal for boards but not swimming. One of the local kids told me that ocean is much calmer in the morning. There is a nice path for walking, (I wouldn’t say a boardwalk)and washing stations. I have to say that overall, I am disappointed at Maui beaches and especially this one, for which I had really high expectations.
  • Nice boardwalk made out of granite rock. The boardwalk stretch along the resort row, but beaches is nothing to see. Not much sand to walk on before you got hit with waves. The sand is a bit steep when getting into the water. So you are either in the water or boardwalk. Kinda disappointed with all the beaches in Maui.

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