beaches maui

Kaanapali Beach

Sunbath & snorkel at popular Kaanapali Beach

Golden sand and pristine water make Kaanapali Resort one of Maui’s most enjoyable beaches.

Stretching for more than four miles along Maui’s western coast, Kaanapali Beach fronts several large resorts, but this popular beach can handle the crowd.

Ka’anapali Beach, Maui, Hawaii by Maui Guide

Kaanapali Beach is one of the best snorkeling areas in all of Maui.

Scuba diving and snorkeling are excellent in the area around Black Rock, the huge rock in the ocean fronting the Sheraton hotel in the middle of the beach. The waters around this rock are abundant with exotic tropical fish that shimmer with colors in the clear, calm water.

Tip: The best snorkeling is around Black Rock towards the middle of the beach.

Kaanapali beach
White sand beach and crystal blue water

Great For

Swimming, sunbathing, snorkeling, scuba diving, people watching, fantastic sunsets.


During the summer Kaanapali Beach is one of the finest swimming beaches on Maui. The paved beach walk that lines the beach from Black Rock to the Hyatt provides access to restaurants, hotels, boutiques, and the Whalers Village Shopping Center. The waters around Black Rock are alive with fish, sea turtles, octopi, and other marine life, which makes for terrific snorkeling and scuba diving.

Kaanapali Beach
During the summer Kaanapali Beach is one of the finest swimming beaches on Maui

Need to Know

Use caution when snorkeling around the point at Black Rock as there are sometimes very strong currents. Seasonal high surf can make the ocean unsuitable for swimming and snorkeling. Obey all posted signs and stay out of the water during times of high surf and rough seas.


Restrooms, showers.




Off Honoapiilani Hwy. north of Lahaina.