Located between Lahaina and Kapalua, Kaanapali is a popular west shore resort community, and home to one of Mau’s best beaches. Known for its beautiful hotels, restaurants, and luxury vacation rental properties, Kaanapali is a top destination of choice for visitors to Maui.
Things to Do
Staying at a vacation rental home in Kaanapali places you in the heart of the action that comes with a bustling resort community. Much to the delight of the golfers in your party, the area is home to the Royal Kaanapali and Kaanapali Kai golf courses with sweeping views of the Pacific. One of Hawaii’s most popular activities is snorkeling is and there is no better place for this than the Molokini Crater. Located just off of Maui’s coast, the crater is listed as one of the top ten diving spots in the world. Believed to have erupted over 200,000 years ago, Molokini is home to more than 250 marine species. Its crescent shape provides shelter from the waves leaving the water calm and crystal clear. In the early morning sunlight, you can see as far down as 100 feet. With more than 600 winding curves and 59 bridges that meander through waterfalls, rainforests, and spectacular views of the Pacific along the way, nature lovers won’t want to miss the legendary “Road to Hana”. One of the Kaanapali’s highlights is the sunset cliff diving ceremony at Puu Kekaa, or Black Rock. If you happen to be in the area in June, head over to nearby Kapalua for the the Kapalua Food & Wine Festival where top chef’s, sommeliers and wine makers come together for the islands most popular culinary event. If you enjoy the performing arts, you’ll love the Burn’n Love or Ulalena shows at the Maui Theater on Lahaina’s Front Street.
Kaanapali Beach stretches six miles along west Maui’s beautiful coastline. Depending on the wind and the weather, the calm water makes this beach great for both snorkeling and swimming, and there are a host of other water activities available like paddle boarding, kayaking and body boarding. Guests at our Kaanapali vacation rental homes with small children may want to visit Lahaina’s Baby Beach. The area is protected by an off-shore reef making it a safer option for little ones and inexperienced swimmers.
Restaurants and Nightlife
Guests staying at a Kaanapali luxury vacation rental will enjoy the vast selection of restaurants in the area. Located at Whaler’s Village, Leilani’s on the Beach offers fabulous ocean-side surf and turf in open-air setting. Roy’s at the Kaanapali Golf Course is open for lunch and dinner, and serves up a mean chocolate soufflé for dessert.
Whaler’s Village is an ocean-side open-air shopping center with some fabulous shopping and restaurants. The Village offers more than just retail therapy though with Hula lessons and a full schedule of cultural performances. The Outlets of Maui are also near our luxury vacation rental properties in Kaanapali with great brands like Adidas, Brooks Brothers, Guess, Calvin Klein, and Michael Kors.
Weather and Ocean Conditions
Kaanapali’s luxury vacation rental properties are located on Maui’s leeward side which means the area is sunnier and drier that other parts of the island, receiving less than 10 inches of rain each year. The temperature doesn’t vary too much with an average high of 85 F making for great vacation weather. Hawaii’s gentle trade winds blow in from the north east and keep things comfortable as the temperatures climb. The average ocean temperature around our Kaanapali vacation rental homes is 76 F, so take advantage of the water activities available at area beaches. Please remember that the ocean around Hawaii can be extremely rough and conditions can change from day to day. Always read the safety signs posted on our beaches as these are here for your protection.
While there is plenty to see and do around Kaanapali’s luxury vacation rental properties, we do recommend a rental car for your stay so that you can explore the surrounding communities and easily access all that Maui has to offer.
Staying in a luxury vacation rental in Kaanapali means you’ll be surrounded by the five-star amenities of a beautiful resort community, without giving up the privacy and convenience of home. We provide our guests with high-end luxury accommodations and unparalleled customer service. Contact us to inquire about our vacation rental properties in Kaanapali and surrounding areas, and discover how we can help plan your dream vacation in Hawaii!