Consistently named one of the best beaches in the United States, Ka’anapali Beach is a must-see on Maui. Here, visitors can enjoy countless water activities like swimming, kayaking, cliff jumping, and snorkeling. Or, stay on land and spend the day sightseeing. With three miles of sandy shoreline complemented by crystal-clear water, a visit to Ka’anapali will be the highlight of your trip. Here are some of our favorite things to do there.
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Top 5 Things to Do at Ka’anapali Beach
Whalers Village is a world-class shopping center near the middle of the Ka’anapali Beachwalk. The complex features a wide variety of stores, restaurants, and entertainment facilities, including a renowned whaling museum! Relax on the beach in the morning, then head to the open-air mall in the afternoon for a little retail therapy.
From late November through early April, over 12,000 humpback whales migrate to the waters around Maui to breed and give birth. Often, you can spot these majestic beauties right from the shore; if you’re up for an adventure, hop on a boat for a whale watching tour. This is one of the most popular winter activities at Ka’anapali Beach, so be sure to bring your camera.
Are you looking for somewhere to tee off? You’re in luck! Ka’anapali is home to two world-class golf courses: the Royal Ka’anapali and Ka’anapali Kai. The Royal Course features 6,700 yards of challenging terrain. Ka’anapali Kai offers more subtle greens to accommodate golfers of all skill levels. The spectacular ocean views don’t hurt, either!
Cliff Diving & Torch Lighting Ceremony
Each evening at sunset, the Ka’anapali Beach cliff diving ceremony takes place on the cliffs of Puu Kekaa, or Black Rock. Onlookers line up in the sand as a diver lights the torches along the cliff. Then, he offers a lei to the ancient Hawaiian gods in heaven and plunges into the ocean below! The ceremony is a reenactment of a feat by Maui’s King Kahekili and is a wonderful piece of Hawaiian history. After the ceremony, enjoy a delicious dinner and hula show at the Tiki Terrace Restaurant.
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While Black Rock is most famous for the cliff diving ceremony, it’s also a great place to go snorkeling. Along the rock wall, you’ll find colorful coral and various species of fish. (Keep your eyes peeled for Volkswagen, a giant Hawaiian Green sea turtle that frequents the area!) If you need snorkel equipment, mention our inn at the Snorkel Store to receive a 2-for-1 snorkel deal.
Book Your Stay at The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono
There are many high-end hotels and resorts located along Ka’anapali Beach. But if you want an authentic Hawaiian experience, you need to stay at our bed and breakfast! Guests of The Old Wailuku Inn enjoy comfortable accommodations, thoughtful amenities, and a delicious homemade breakfast each morning. Plus, our property offers easy access to the island’s most beautiful beaches.
Not sure which room to book? Consider our ’Ilima Room. The old parchment walls and vivid quilt will take you back to a simpler time. Other notable features include a queen-size bed, whirlpool tub, and a writing desk for recording your adventures.
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