Local Area

The Valley Isle

Tucked between the majestic West Maui Mountains and sparkling Pacific Ocean, the Kaanapali Beach Resort area shot into fame for its epic sunsets and winter humpback whale action. Pleasant year-round temperatures add to the appeal of this destination once reserved for Hawaiian royalty. With golden sand stretching for miles, rich reefs for snorkeling and an attitude where doing nothing is something special, this tropical oasis remains a perennial Hawaiian Island favorite. 

When adventure calls, explore crystal clear snorkeling bays stretching north to Kapalua. Zipline across gulches or hike along trails meandering from the coast to mountain ridges. Or simply enjoy a new vantage point for sunset cocktails. In the winter, hot shot surfers tackling Honolua Bay’s fast-breaking waves up adrenaline even among spectators watching from the cliffs above.

Evolving from a raucous whaling port in the mid-1880s, Lahaina emits a more civilized vibe these days with chic boutiques, upscale galleries and award-winning restaurants. The colorful harbor still clings to its nautical spirit, however, with slip after slip of fishing charters, sailboats and catamarans. Whether for a half-day snorkel outing or full-day excursion across the Auau Channel to Lanai, West Maui’s aquatic scene shines.

Top 10 Things to Do on Maui

  • Shop for stylish aloha wear and gifts at Hilo Hattie
  • Go below the surface and stay dry in an Atlantis Submarine
  • Grab gear at Snorkel Bob’s for epic snorkeling Napili and Kapalua bays
  • Sail away for the day on a Lahaina Harbor ocean excursion
  • Gain a different perspective of West Maui on a kayak tour
  • Work off breakfast along the self-guided Kaanapali Historical Trail
  • Spot the spinners on Maui Adventure Cruises’ Lanai Dolphin Adventure
  • Explore the West Maui Mountains on a horseback ride
  • Savor Polynesian specialties and the lively vibe at a Hawaiian luau
  • Marvel at Ulalena’s amazing music, chanting, acrobatics and dance
  • Shop in the shade at a crafts fair beneath Lahaina’s famous Banyan Tree
  • Shoot down mountain waterslides after an off-road adventure at Kahoma Ranch
  • Discover Maui’s rich whaling past on the Lahaina Historic Trail
  • Make a splash with surfing and stand up paddling lessons
  • Savor a beautiful sunset and cliff diving at Kaanapali Beach’s Black Rock
  • Mix and mingle amid the galleries each Friday at Lahaina’s Art Night
  • Catch Hawaiian entertainment and culture at Whalers Village’s Center Stage

Top West Maui Attractions

  • Waiola Church & Cemetery
  • Kaanapali Beachwalk
  • Old Lahaina Courthouse
  • Kapalua Bay
  • Lahaina Cannery Mall
  • Baldwin House
  • Front Street’s Banyan Tree
  • Honolua Bay
  • Lahaina-Kaanapali & Pacific Railroad Sugar Cane Train
  • Onolua Bay
  • Front Street’s Banyan Tree

Top West Maui Events

  • PGA Tournament of Champions at Kapalua (January)
  • Lahaina Civic Center Arts & Craft Fair (January)
  • Grab gear at Snorkel Bob’s for epic snorkeling Napili and Kapalua bays
  • Maui Onion Festival (May)
  • Waa Kiakahi Festival (June)
  • Kapalua Food & Wine Festival (June)
  • Hawaii Food & Wine Festival Presents: Malama Maui (September)
  • Maui Invitational Basketball Tournament (November)
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