Things To Do In Kaanapali For Everyone On Vacation

01/16/2018 | by Conrad O'Connell | Vacation Rentals

“Kaanapali Sunset” by Tavis Jacobs is licensed under CC BY 2.0

The town of Kaanapali in West Maui is a lively town with something for that every one of our guests find fun things to do. From exploring the coastline to enjoying the local cuisine, this is the perfect spot for your vacation in Hawaii. Since it has become a popular guest destination, Kaanapali has many fun activities and special amenities to offer. Whether you are an adventurer looking for a new thrill or the relaxing type who just wants to lay in the warm sun and drink out of pineapples all day, this magical coastal town has so much to offer. Here is a list of the best things to do in Kaanapali.

Enjoy the Beach


Kannapali Beach is a long beautiful stretch of sandy white beaches and crystal clear blue water. If you’re looking to relax and swim, the northern part of the beach is typically less crowded and mostly beach bums. Oneloa and Mokule’ia Beach are especially quiet. Go further south if you are looking for ocean sports and adventure. Check out Black Rock if you are an experienced diver looking for a cliff to jump into the ocean from.


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See a different side to Maui and go parasailing on the Kaanapali coastline. You can fly behind the back of a speedboat on your own, tandem with your hubby, or even triple with the kids. West Maui Parasail is situated on the northern end of the beach and offers affordable packages. You’ll never forget the breathtaking views when you parasail in paradise.

Go to a Luau

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You haven’t truly experienced Hawaii until you have been to a luau. Ask around and the locals will be able to direct you to one of the ceremonies. They happen on the beach in the evening and include dancing, drinking, and eating great food. Plus, you get a lei (those beautiful flower necklaces).

Whale Watching

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From November to May, west Maui is the best area to spot humpback whales. Blue Maui Ocean Adventures is an excellent company to do whale tours with. Their charter boats depart right from Kaanapali beach. The tour guides are experienced and informative. Expect to get wet on these tours! The charter boats run fairly smoothly but you’ll still get splashed–maybe even by the whale itself!


“Gemini Whale Watch / Kaanapali Beach” by Brian Laueris licensed underCC BY 2.0

Snorkeling is most popular at the northern end of the beach (where Black Rock is). People snorkel year round in Kaanapali with snorkel tours offered in many places along the coast. It’s safe to snorkel along the shore. However, if you’re looking for some real adventure, it’s worth it to get out further in the ocean. Many people report spotting sea turtles further out and swimming right alongside them.


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West Maui is known for it’s gorgeous golf courses. The weather is almost always perfect and the scenery is beautiful. Some of the golf courses here have even won awards for their landscaping. If you’re a golfer, you have to take your putt to one of the courses in Kaanapali. Some of the world’s top golfers have played on their courses.

Whalers Village

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Whalers Village in Kaanapali is a spot you will want to bring the kids too. It’s an outdoor plaza full of amazing restaurants, shopping boutiques, and all around fun. Nestled right on the beach, it’s easy to spend a whole day here. There are some interesting places here. From shops offering hula lessons to coconut husking demonstrations, you’ll find lots of unique activities in Whalers Village.

Paddle Boarding

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Get your paddle board on in Kaanapali. Much easier than trying to master the art of surfing, paddle boarding is a fun activity for the family to try out. There are many places along the beach that offer lessons on paddle boarding and cheap day rentals. Get out there and paddle along the ocean’s surface. It’s easy to get the hang of and a great way to spend your time on the beach. Most days in Kaanapali are warm and breezy–the perfect paddle board weather.

Horseback Riding

If you’re a fan of horses, don’t miss out on an opportunity to go horseback riding in Kaanapali. Ironwood Ranch offers great tours on their property. Named after the ironwood trees that are sprinkled throughout the valley, you will be stunned by the beauty of this area located in the West Maui Mountains. Traveling through lush rainforest, you’ll be guided through some of the most enchanting parts of Maui. From experienced riders to beginners, they have reliable instructors and a long-time reputation as being one of the premiere places to ride horses in Maui.

Sunset Sails

“Kaanapali Ocean Inn Sunset” by
Edmund Garman 
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CC BY 2.0

Kaanapali offers a unique array of sunset sails. Reserve a spot for a romantic dinner cruise on the ocean. Many places will offer a full package complete with a dinner buffet and full open bar. You’ll get to enjoy panoramic sunset views while sipping on a Mai Tai. This is a great alternative to dining in a crowded restaurant. Some places offer private family sails so you and your loved ones can enjoy the sunset with just each other.

It isn’t hard to find something exciting or relaxing to do in Kaanapali. With so much beauty and fun to be had, it’s a great place for all kinds of people to enjoy a vacation. Whether you are a newlywed couple on your honeymoon or taking the whole family for some time away from home, Kaanapali is the best place to go in Maui for a good time.

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