Things to do in Kaanapali

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Ka'anapali Beach: Express Snorkel Trip

1. Ka'anapali Beach: Express Snorkel Trip

Discover the marine life of Hawaii on an express snorkeling trip. Journey to one of the best snorkel sites in Maui, and be back at the beach in time for lunch. This experience is great for beginners and children. Board the boat at Ka'anapali Beach and cruise towards Mala Wharf or another popular snorkeling spot in West Maui. Your guide will choose the best location, depending on weather and sea conditions for the day. Jump into the clear waters to swim alongside Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles. Explore the reef, admiring the variety of colorful fish and corals. Relax on the deck with a drink from the open bar, as you cruise back to the beach.

From Ka'anapali Beach: 2-Hour Sunset Sail with Live Music

2. From Ka'anapali Beach: 2-Hour Sunset Sail with Live Music

Setting off from Ka'anapali Beach, start your adventurous sunset cruise by boarding your luxurious Catamaran. Once aboard, enjoy a pleasant meet-and-greet with the friendly staff before embarking on this 2-hour cruise. Relax and take in the breathtaking views as you listen to popular local musicians performing live on the Catamaran. Enjoy a mixture of traditional, contemporary and reggae covers of the popular songs you know and love as you take advantage of the delicious beverages at the open bar and tasty pupus appetisers. These conditions create the perfect setting to witness the stunning views of the sunset over the horizon. For participants on the cruise during the period of December 15th to April the 15th, whale watching is also a great possibility.

From Ka'anapali Beach: West Maui Half-Day Snorkel Adventure

3. From Ka'anapali Beach: West Maui Half-Day Snorkel Adventure

Begin your snorkeling adventure by departing from Kaanapali Beach on a luxury catamaran. On the way to the snorkel spot, enjoy some breakfast while keeping your eyes open for Hawaiian spinner dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, and during the winter months, large humpback whales. The captain will determine the best spots to visit on the day, based upon the weather conditions. Once in the water, observe beautiful tropical fish, honu (Hawaiian green sea turtles), colorful coral reefs, and potentially some other rare underwater species. After the snorkeling session, have a delicious lunch with premium beers, cocktails, and other liberations. Relax as you cruise back to Kaanapali Beach, enjoying the scenery along the way.

Maui Lahaina Group Surf Lesson

4. Maui Lahaina Group Surf Lesson

During your visit to Hawaii, the birthplace of surfing, take a great opportunity to learn how to surf. Experience the calm waters of West Maui which offer perfect conditions for beginner surfers. Take part in a group lesson with a maximum of 5 surfers, which means you will have a ton of opportunity to learn from your professional surf instructor. Before you start, get you geared up with a surfboard, long-sleeve UV rash guards, and water shoes. Leave everything you do not want to get wet or whatever that does not float in the cubicles provided at the surf shop. On the beach, have a brief 15-minute 'land lesson' to go over safety measures and procedures. When your group is ready, head into the water to get started. Each surfer has their own turn to ride a wave and learn to surf. After your wave is complete, you will head back to the designated waiting area until the instructor signals for your turn again. The first few rides usually take some time, but it starts to move faster once everyone starts to get the hang of things. As an added bonus, there will be a professional photographer taking close up shots throughout your lesson.  The group surf lesson is 2 hours in total from the time you leave the surf shop to when your instructor signals you back in from the water. If you do finish early, there is a beach to sit on and wait until the rest of your class is done. Once the class is over, everyone will carry their surfboards back to the shop and then head back to the beach to shower off in fresh water. Return all your surf gear back to the shop and have an opportunity to check out your surf lesson photos which are available for purchase. 

From Kaanapali: West Maui Snorkeling Cruise & Sea Turtles

5. From Kaanapali: West Maui Snorkeling Cruise & Sea Turtles

Not exactly an early riser? Reserve your morning for staying in bed and set off on an afternoon snorkeling cruise on the Sea Maui II catamaran from Kaanapali Beach in Lahaina. Snorkel around stunning coral reefs and swim alongside Hawaiian green sea turtles. Jump on board your boat to meet your friendly captain and crew and cruise out into the sea. Make your way to some of the best snorkeling spots in West Maui, immersing yourself in the serene underwater world. Explore the coral reefs and swim alongside the resident Hawaiian green sea turtles, colorful tropical fish, and discover many other surprises that depend upon what the tide brings you. Relax on the sun-filled deck as your travel, helping yourself to the open bar and traditional Hawaiian pu pu appetizers. Be back at your hotel before dinner.

Maui: Circle Island Helicopter Flight with Road to Hana

6. Maui: Circle Island Helicopter Flight with Road to Hana

Soar into the sky and experience the serenity of Maui, "The Valley Isle", on this complete circle island expedition. Climb above Haleakala National Park with views of the crater, the Hana Rainforest, West Maui Mountains, and lao Valley State Park. View Maui's lush landscape, breathtaking coastlines, hidden valleys, scenic waterfalls, and the sharp-blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. Fly near Lahaina, Kapalua, Kaanapali, Wailea, and Hana and witness the stark contrast from upcountry to the beaches of Hawaii's second-largest island. Embark on the journey of a lifetime.

Maui: Two-Island Scenic Helicopter Flight to Molokai

7. Maui: Two-Island Scenic Helicopter Flight to Molokai

Experience the beauty of Hawaii from a different perspective on a scenic helicopter flight over Maui and Molokai. Climb aboard at Kahului Heliport and fly over the world's largest sea cliffs. Get bird's eye views of the dramatic waterfalls of Molokai, including Kahiwa Falls. Continue towards the remote north shore to gaze down at the Halawa Valley and the vast fish ponds. Fly over the Pailolo Channel to admire the scenic waters between the islands, including Elephant Rock. Fly over Maui for intimate views of the Valley State Park. Get privileged views of the cascades of Honokohau Falls, the island's tallest waterfall. Look to the horizon to see the dormant volcano of Haleakala and the rugged peaks of the West Maui Mountains. With favorable conditions, you may even see the Wall of Tears waterfall.

Maui: Ka'anapali Beach Front Segway Tour

8. Maui: Ka'anapali Beach Front Segway Tour

Join a great tour for couples or the whole family. Experience the lush tropical waters of Maui, as you glide by a beautiful ocean shore marked with the unforgettable Pacific ocean breeze. The tour includes Wahikuli State Park and the Hanakaoo Beach Park also known as canoe beach. Meet your tour guide in Lahaina to learn the basics of operating your Segway. After an orientation, training session and plenty of time to practice your new skills, it's time to begin your ride. Leave Lahaina behind and cruise out onto smooth walking paths and follow the coastline north into Kaanapali. As the ocean breeze tousles your hair and the salty air fills your nose, glide through Wahikuli Wayside Park, admiring its long, golden expanse of sand. Then, follow the path that leads north, cruising past green, grassy picnic areas, palm tree groves and shady kiawe trees to the idyllic Hanakaoo Beach. Depending on the time of day, you might spy island canoe clubs embarking on their daily workouts in the sparkling waters. Venture over to the beachside Hanakaoo Cemetery to learn of its century-old history before setting out on the beautiful ride back to Lahaina. 

Maui: Kaanapali Beach Half-Day Snorkel Cruise with Lunch

9. Maui: Kaanapali Beach Half-Day Snorkel Cruise with Lunch

Experience the thrill of the ocean on a fantastic catamaran cruise to find the best snorkel spots of West Maui. Your experienced captain will seek out the finest spots and the best schools of fish, as informative crew help you prepare for an incredible underwater adventure. Once you have dropped anchor, dive in to the beautiful waters and discover the extraordinary marine life. Look out for dolphins and turtles in the crystal clear waters as you swim around schools of tropical fish. After your snorkeling adventure, climb back on board and feast on a build-your-own-style deli lunch. Dig in to Maui potato chips and cold meats, pasta salads, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches! Grab a beer, cocktail, or soft drink from the open bar, while talking over your experience with new friends. After lunch, sit back, with a smile on your face and the sun on your arms, and relax as you sail back to the harbor at Ka’anapali.

Lahaina: Private Sunset Sailing Trip & West Maui Mountains

10. Lahaina: Private Sunset Sailing Trip & West Maui Mountains

Celebrate a special occasion with a private evening sailing cruise in Maui departing from Lahaina. Have the boat all to yourself as you sail over the Hawaiian waters and look out for marine life as the West Maui Mountains become the perfect backdrop to watch the sunset. Make your way down to Whalers Village in the late afternoon and be welcomed aboard your own private sailboat by the captain. Hoist the sails at around 16:00 PM and set out onto the iddylic sea. Relax on deck with your significant other, your family, or your friends and celebrate any occasion as the waves of Lahaina lap against the boat. Treat yourself to some light appetizers including a platter of fruit, cheeses, and crackers and bring your own booze. Watch as the sun begins to set on the horizon and make a moment to remember with the West Maui Mountains majestically rising behind you. Stay for all of the sunset and then sail back to the shore.

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What people are saying about Kaanapali

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 312 reviews

The snorkel cruise was great! We loved the crew, they were very friendly and informative. The food was really good and better than I expected. We were only able to go to Kapalua Bay due to swells coming in from storms north of us but it was amazing. Sea turtles and beautiful fish all around us along with a beautiful coral reef. It was one of our favorite things we did while in Maui!

The snorkeling itself was outstanding, but perhaps the highlight was the hospitality and knowledge of the crew! Food was good, and the fresh juices made the cocktails terrific on the ride back. Overall, it was a terrific experience.

Fun sail into the ocean with Captain Linda and the crew. They had to change the date but it was even better the way they did it. Captain spotted Spinner DOlphins at the last minutes, Rally fun for us.

Our pilot was great, very knowledgeable about the area and made sure we were getting the most out of the flight.

Great atmosphere! Great guys! Would definitely do again.