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Kaanapali Beach in Maui Hawaii

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Kaanapali Beach is Maui’s most popular world-class resort area and well known for its fine dining, golf courses, tennis, shopping, sightseeing, swimming, snorkeling, surfing, sailboarding, and scuba diving. It is located approximately 4 miles northwest of Lahaina, the former Hawaiian capital and whaling port and is nestled between the blue Pacific and majestic mountain slopes covered with sugar cane fields. Add to that lush green gardens and nightly luaus that will make you swoon, and you will have no choice but to agree; Kaanapali Beach is seashore royalty. Our one bedroom condo on Kaanapali Beach is spacious and oversized with up to 1000 sq feet of living space. Rent our comfortable, well decorated, spacious, and oversized condo and enjoy all this!!!


The world famous Kaanapali beach is about a 5 minute walk away from the unit. To the north is a popular public beach park and the new Luxury Westin Villas ($550 + per night!). Kaanapali Beach is rated one of the top ten beaches in the world by Travel Channel. Black Rock is walking distance and offers excellent snorkeling. Kaanapali Beach is approximately three miles long, and is divided by a lava cliff, known commonly as “Black Rock” and by the Hawaiians as Puu Kekaa. Each evening at sunset, there is ceremonial torch lighting and cliff diving at Black Rock, as sunny days give way to starry nights, this tradition enthralls our visitors and has become a resort signature.

Sheraton Maui beachfront at Black Rock

The combination of great ocean conditions and the seemingly endless white sand make snorkeling Black Rock at Kaanapali the complete beach experience. Snorkel in the warm waters of Kaanapali and you will see Honu Green Sea Turtles, tropical fish of all colors, and eels and octupi The lava rock point in the picture is world famous Black Rock. The torches atop Black Rock at the Sheraton also offer for unforgettable scenery. If you enjoy watching the stars, bring a towel or beach blanket and you’re in heaven.

Sheraton Maui view of Kaanapali beach

The nearshore waters near Honokowai are rocky and a reef begins. Directly out in front of the park is a nice reef and when conditions are right, the snorkeling here is far better than Blackrock (IMHO). And as a previous poster has said, this beach is far less busy than it’s cousin to the south. This is a beautiful sandy beach with the famous Black Rock at the north end. It is one of the best snorkeling spots on the island.


Ringed by 120 miles of coastline, Maui boasts over 30 miles of beaches. Many are easily accessible beach parks with lifeguards, picnic facilities and restrooms. You will be in Maui before you know it!! This is one of the best beaches on Maui. It fronts most of the Ka’anapali resorts.

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  • Sheralyn December 7, 2008, 11:55 pm

    oooo… your pictures bring back so many memories! Kaanapali beach is my favourite beach on Maui – the sand is gorgeous (no rocks to poke your feet!), black rock is GREAT for snorkeling, and the water is fantastic!


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