I was recently asked where would be a good place to stay for a first time trip to Maui and my immediate response was Kaanapali. This beach resort offers amenities that please most first-time Hawaii vacationers’ wants and needs. It’s great for families and honeymooners alike.
So, why does Kaanapali make a great Hawaii vacation base?
Kaanapali has a lovely beach. In fact, Kaanapali Beach won the number one spot in 2003 from Dr. Beach. This golden sand beach is more than three miles long. Black Rock near the Sheraton Hotel on Kaanapali is a great snorkeling spot in Maui.
A nice path runs along the beach. This path is excellent for walking/jogging or a romantic stroll. It’s especially lovely in the evenings when the tiki torches are lit and you hear the waves crashing on the shore and the wind swaying the palm trees.
Kaanapali has a great mix of shops, restaurants and activities that are all within walking distance. I love being able to walk to restaurants when I’m on vacation and there is a great selection of restaurants at Kaanapali Beach Resort. Whalers Village is centrally located within Kaanapali and there you’ll find shops restaurants, a whale museum and free entertainment.
From golf to tennis to snorkeling to spa pampering, you’ll find a just about anything you want to do right in Kaanapali. This link lists some of the many resort activities you can enjoy.
Kaanapali has a good location. As real estate gurus say, “location, location, location.” Kaanapali Beach has wonderful sunset views with the islands of Lanai and Molokai off in the distance.
Kaanapali offers a good base for exploring Maui. The resort is located about 45 to 50 minutes from Maui’s main airport (OGG) and only about five minutes north of historic Lahaina town with many shops and restaurants..
Kaanapali has a mixture of condos and hotels to meet most budgets. Most hotels are in the four-star range. We’ve enjoyed stays at the
- Hyatt Regency Maui Resort – We don’t have a written review of this resort, but you can check this link to TripAdvisor for thousands of reviews.
- Sheraton Maui Resort – Here’s the link to our review from 2009. They have renovated the rooms since our stay. For fresher reviews, check this TripAdvisor link.
- Honua Kai Resort – Here’s the link to our review from 2013. For more reviews, see this link to TripAdvisor.
- Marriott Maui Ocean Club – We don’t have a written review of this resort, but this link to TripAdvisor includes thousands of reviews.
This link lists these and more Kaanapali accommodations.
Is Kaanapali perfect for me? So, you might be wondering if there are any downsides to Kaanapali and there is a very minor one worth mentioning. First, it can be crowded at some resorts, but not as a whole. The southern end of the beach tend to be more crowded in my opinion as the beach is extremely narrow in that area. If you want to lounge on the beach, then stay at a resort on the middle to northern end of the beach.
Have you vacationed at Kaanapali Beach? What did you think?