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Kaanapali is an upscale resort area and the site of one of Hawaii's most beautiful beaches. Enjoy snorkeling, swimming and other ocean activities, dine along the shore on the oceanfront promenade and browse the boutique shops between swims. This area is also known for its lovely sunsets. With close access to dining, shopping and activities, staying in a Kaanapali condo provides everything you need for a relaxing and luxurious Maui vacation.
Things To Do
Kaanapali offers a range of activities on land and in the ocean. Go snorkeling, try parasailing or ziplining, go for a hike or just relax at the beach and enjoy a massage and spa treatment. Kaanapali has two world class golf courses including Kaanapali Kai as well as the recently renovated the Royal Kaanapali. See the countryside by taking a ride the Sugar Cane Train pulled by a vintage steam locomotive between Kaanapali and Lahaina with a guide narrating the journey. Prized game fish are caught off these shores on fishing charters, and during the winter months this is one of the best areas to see humpback whales on whale watching tours. About three miles offshore is Molokini Crater, a world-class snorkeling and scuba diving location. Historic art lovers will enjoy a visit to the museum at Whalers Village where you can see the world's largest whaling memorabilia and scrimshaw collection. A fun day trip from Kaanapali is a drive along the famed road to Hana on the east shore, or though the scenic Upcountry Maui region to Haleakala National Park to view the volcano's summit crater.
Miles of golden sand line Kaanapali Beach making it an excellent place for beach walks along with a variety of other ocean activities. Water sports equipment rentals are available from vendors along the shoreline. Black Rock at Kaanapali is great for scuba diving and snorkeling with a colorful array of marine species congregating near the landmark lava rock, which is also the site of a nightly ceremony featuring tiki torches and cliff diving. The oceanfront promenade with shops and restaurants makes Kaanapali Beach a great place to spend the whole day. To explore more pristine West Maui beaches drive north to the crescent-shaped Kapalua Bay or south to Makena and Wailea.
Kaanapali offers a wide array of dining choices with something for every palate. For seaside outdoor dining check out Leilani's On the Beach which specializes in tasty seafood as well as steak and chicken dishes. More exceptional seafood as well as top-quality steak can be found at Black Rock Steak & Seafood which has plenty of windows and a nice terrace so you can enjoy the ocean views including the restaurant's namesake Black Rock. This is just a sampling of the many great restaurants in Kaanapali, and dozens more exceptional dining options can be found just to the south in Lahaina town or north in Kapalua Resort.
There are many interesting shops to browse in Kaanapali Resort including boutique gift stores along the Kaanapali Beachwalk. Shopping centers include the Fairway Shops as well as Whaler's Village which features local entertainment including hula dancing, and is also home to a whaling museum. The resort gift shops in Kaanapali and nearby Kapalua Resort provide more interesting shopping opportunities. Drive south to Old Lahaina Town to explore a wide variety of shops and many art galleries.
Renting a car is suggested when staying in a Kaanapali condo so you have easy access to area beaches and attractions, as well as day trips around Maui from Lahaina and Wailea to Hana town and Haleakala Volcano. Maui's public bus service operates daily between most major towns including the Upcountry region. The Kaanapali area also has shuttle transportation between local golf courses, restaurants and major hotels. Kaanapali is located in northwest Maui about four miles north of Lahaina town and 45 minutes from Kahului Airport.
Weather and Ocean Conditions
Kaanapali is known for its excellent sunny weather all year around, with typically calm and pleasant ocean waters though trade winds may blow stronger later in the day making the sea a bit rougher. Temperatures are typically around 75 degrees F. with summer temperatures a bit warmer and winter a bit cooler.
Like all beaches in Hawaii, conditions change each day and during times of high surf and strong currents you should stay out of the water. For swimming and other water activities make sure to visit lifeguarded beaches, pay attention to posted warnings and check with lifeguards for safe areas to enjoy the water sports of your choice.
Kaanapali condos provide the ideal way to enjoy your Maui vacation with the luxuries of home including nearby shopping, dining and entertainment. Browse through our Kaanapali condo listings to get an understanding of the different amenities and property features we offer. Our goal is to provide you with a with an unforgettable Kaanapali accommodation for your dream Maui vacation. Hawaiian Beach Rentals offers the largest selection of high-quality condos in Kaanapali and stand behind our product with only the best of the best properties are listed on our site. If you have questions about our condo rentals or which destination is best for your Hawaii vacation needs, please give us a call and we will be happy to assist you. See below for an overview of some of Kaanapali's finest condo resorts.
Resort development in the Kaanapali region began in 1962 with the opening of the Kaanapali Beach Resort, Lahaina Beach Club and the championship Royal Kaanapali Golf Course designed Robert Trent Jones, Sr. on unused sugarcane land. Fronted by one of Maui's prettiest beaches, the Kaanapali region continued to grow as a tourist destination and today is one of Hawaii's premier vacation resort areas, a master planned vacation resort with many upscale condominiums and hotels along with golf courses and a shopping center.
Overview of Some of the Finest Condo Accommodations in the Kaanapali Resort Area
Kaanapali Beach Club Resort is located on the scenic West Maui shoreline just north of Kaanapali Beach. The resort has a full-service restaurant and cocktail/bar lounge as well as a coffee shop and poolside bar. Amenities include spacious interiors with kitchens, free internet, air conditioning, a fitness center, tropically-landscaped grounds, atrium gardens on the beach, on-site dining, spa tub, sun deck, barbecue area, ocean-side massage and other spa treatments, nightly activities, a gift shop, room service, on-site parking and a two-story slide at the huge lagoon-style pool.
Aston at the Whaler on Kaanapali Beach in the heart of Kaanapali Resort offers hotel amenities and services in a luxury condo setting. Close to great dining and shopping at Whalers Village which also has a whaling museum and hosts cultural events. Stroll along the oceanfront promenade for more shopping and dining options. Amenities include a pool and beachside barbecue area. Just across the road is the Royal Kaanapali Golf Course, and Lahaina is just a short drive to the south.
Hololani Resort offers two bedroom, two bath oceanfront condominiums between the posh resort areas of Kaanapali and Kapalua. Condos have a fully equipped kitchen, dishwasher, washer/dryer, free internet access, spacious lanais and great ocean views including the distant islands of Molokai and Lanai. Amenities include a swimming pool, poolside gas-fired grills for barbecuing, an elevator and free underground parking. Close access to great beaches, dining and shopping.
Maui Kaanapali Villas is located on the Kaanapali Resort beachfront with nice views of the West Maui mountains and the sea including Molokai and Lanai in the distance. Amenities include tropical landscaping on the 11-acre beachfront property, two pools, a jacuzzi, barbecue area, shuffleboard, laundry facility, small fitness center and Castaways Restaurant. There is also an on-site "beach shack" offering opportunities for snorkeling, sailing, canoe rides, stand up paddle boarding and kayaking as well as cabana rentals. Close to shopping and dining as well as tennis and championship golf courses. Minutes away is the Kaanapali Beach promenade and Whalers Village.
Napili Point Resort is set above beautiful Honokeana Bay which is great for swimming, snorkeling, tidepool exploring and more. A low rise condominium resort, Napili Point Resort features one and two bedroom condos with great ocean views including Molokai and Lanai islands in the distance. Tropical landscaping, two oceanfront swimming pools, picnic and barbecue areas. Great place to watch the sunset and also see humpback whales passing by offshore during the winter months. Close by is golf, tennis, shopping and restaurants as well as Napili Bay.
Royal Kahana Resort is an oceanfront condo resort in Kahana between Kapalua and Kaanapali Resorts. Amenities include an oceanfront swimming pool (with a snack bar), fitness center, barbecue area, tropical landscaping, and shuffleboard and tennis courts. Full concierge service is offered as well as maid service. Great place to watch humpback whales passing by offshore during the winter months, and in the distance you have a nice view of the islands of Lanai and Molokai. The resort's lovely Cabana is available for wedding receptions and private parties. Close by is dining and shopping including the Kahana Gateway Plaza which is just a short walk away.
Valley Isle Resort is set on Kahana Beach with one and two bedroom condos as well as studios, all with ocean views including sunsets over Lanai and Molokai. Amenities include fully equipped kitchens, high-speed internet, cable TV, swimming pool, barbecue grills, free on-site parking. Close access to great golf, shopping and dining including the resort areas of Kaanapali and Kapalua as well as Lahaina.
Honua Kai Resort & Spa in Kaanapali is one of West Maui's newest resorts and offers studio and specialty suites. Amenities include private bathrooms for each bedroom, professionally equipped gourmet kitchens, washer/dryer, elevator, concierge, restaurant/deli and sundry shop. There is also an infinity edge pool as well as two more beachfront pools. Pick up some food at Aina Market or dine at the seaside Duke's Restaurant.
Aston Kaanapali Shores on Kaanapali Beach offers hotel services and amenities in a vacation condominium setting on ten acres of tropically-landscaped grounds including waterfalls. Aston Kaanapali Shores features one and two-bedroom suites as well as studios and hotel rooms. Suites and studios have fully-equipped kitchens. Amenities include a beachfront restaurant, Camp Kaanapali kids club, a day spa, elevator, concierge and close access to great dining, shopping and golf courses as well as myriad ocean activities.
Hoolei at Grand Wailea is located adjacent to the Grand Wailea on Maui's southwest shore in Wailea Resort. Condos feature upscale interior with fully-equipped modern kitchen, air conditioning, large lanai, washer/dryer and attached garage. Amenities include ocean views, fitness room, free WiFi, swimming pool, sauna and two whirlpool spas. Walking distance to ocean activities, golf, dining and shopping.This gated residential condo resort is walking distance from Wailea Beach.
Island Sands Resort is located along the Maalaea oceanfront offering condos with a full kitchen, private lanai, air conditioning, in-room safe, washer/dryer, cable TV and high-speed internet. Building has two elevators and free assigned parking. Kihei town is about four miles away.
Please browse through the Hawaiian Beach Rentals condo listings in the Kaanapali Resort area including Honua Kai Beach Resort, Kaanapali Royal, Maui Kaanapali Villas, Aston Mahana at Kaanapali, Outrigger Maui Eldorado, Kaanapali Plantation, International Colony Club, Kaanapali Shores, Hololani Resort, The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach, Kaanapali Alii Resort, Maui Eldorado, Kaanapali Shores, Kaanapali Royal, Kaanapali Zen and Kaanapali Penthouse.
In the Kahana region are the Kahana Villas, Kahana Outrigger, Sands of Kahana, Pohailani, Kahana Sunset, Royal Kahana, Valley Isle Resort, Hololani Resort, Royal Kahana and Kahana Reef. In the Kapalua region are the Kapalua Golf Villas, The Residences at Kapalua Bay, Bay Villas, Napili Kai Beach Resort and Kapalua Ridge Villas.