Ka'anapali Beach, along Maui's western shore, is widely considered one of Hawaii's top beaches. It's easy to see why: golden sands stretch for miles, broken only by the iconic lava formation known as Puu Kekaa, or Black Rock. Though the beach has experienced steady commercial growth in recent decades, most of the development has been south of Black Rock, leaving a quieter northern coastline. Ka'anapali Beach Club lies on this more peaceful stretch, a few steps from the ocean.
In between the resort's three high-rise towers, the expansive swimming pool forms irregular lagoons surrounded by pink lounge chairs. There's an artificial waterfall on one side, spilling down a giant bank of stones, and a koi pond nearby. Up in the towers, the spacious one-bedroom suites come with a kitchenette well equipped for cooking meals or softening your surf wax in the microwave. Scenic-view rooms overlook inland slopes and forests, and ocean-view rooms offer glimpses of the sparkling Pacific.
West Maui: Scenic Seaside and Historical Whaling Village
A few miles south of Ka'anapali Beach lies the town of Lahaina, once the capital of all Hawaii and a worldwide whaling center, as documented at the Whalers Village Museum. The town's main thoroughfare is Front Street, dotted with bronze plaques marking historical landmarks, including a 150-year-old banyan tree with a broad canopy stretching 200 feet across.
Lahaina's harbor once fluttered with the sails of massive whaling ships, but now it's a playground of gleaming yachts and speedboats. Both here and along Ka'anapali Beach, there are dozens of tour captains eager to take you snorkeling or scuba diving along nearby reefs, which teem with parrotfish, goatfish, and hawkfish.