Ka’anapali beach is one of the best beaches on Maui and for that matter anywhere. It’s right in front of the Honua Kai.
However, Ka’anapali beach has a reef associated with most of it. That reef starts just feet from the beach and goes out half a mile. While standing on the Honua Kai beach (Ka’anapali Beach) you will see all kinds of things go by:
Monk Seal catching some Zzzzzzzs
Green sea turtles on beach
Cruise ship departing Lahaina harbor
Folks in the water
The Honua Kai beach has the coral reef a few yards from the edge of the water and is great for snorkeling and swimming by experienced swimmers. Kids will stub their toes on the rocks so be warned. If you go north or south a hundred yards the coral reef is much further out and kids of all ages can play in the surf.
Here are some beaches near by:
WEST MAUI BEACHES
Honolua Bay: This area is primarily a snorkeling and diving spot in the summer time, and one of the best surfing locations in the winter. There are no facilities at Honolua Bay, but the scenic views and crystal clear waters make it a favorite for islanders and tourists.
Slaughterhouse: This beautiful beach is located in the bay just south of Honolua Bay. The area is popular with sun worshipers and boogie boarders. To reach the bay you must park along the cliff and walk down a recently upgraded pathway. There are no facilities at “slaughterhouse”.
D.T. Fleming: This beach is located at the resort community of Kapalua. It offers full facilities and and wonderful views of Molokai. Swimming at this location is wonderful, but use caution as the currents can be dangerous.
Kapalua: Voted one of the best beaches in the world by a recent publication. Kapalua offers beautiful white sand beaches, crystal clear water and spectacular views. Kapalua offers full facilities and is a must for any beach lover.
Napili Bay: Located in the bay just south of Kapalua is another one of Maui’s gems. Napili Bay offers excellent snorkeling and swimming with a pristine white sand beach. Napili Bay also offers full facilities.
Prindle Beach: This beach is also known as “airport beach” and “north beach”. It offers full facilities and is a favorite among locals who are having birthday and company parties.
Kaanapali Beach: The locals call this “dig me beach” and it is definitely the place to be seen. This beautiful white sand beach offers full facilities with restaurants, hotels and shopping all located nearby. Kaanapali beach is probably the most popular beach on Maui and is definitely worth the drive if you are staying in one of the other resort areas.
Baby Beach: Are you looking for a beach that is close to Lahaina and offers very little surf? This is the one. “Baby beach” is very popular with families, as the water is usually calm and a favorite for children. “Baby beach” offers no facilities but is definitely the spot for young children.
HONOKOWAI BEACH PARK
Just north of Kaanapali, off Hwy. 30 (Honoapiilani Hwy) is a beach with full facilities. Restrooms, showers, picnic tables and plenty of room to park. There is a natural sand-bottomed pool which is ideal for children. Swimming and snorkeling are superb, as is the sun. Take your time along here. take the old coast highway and indulge yourself in the beauty of paradise.
Although filled with new resorts, this was once a small plantation town that still boasts fine, long curving sandy beach. Swimming, snorkeling, sunbathing as always… great!
Beach activities include quiet views of elegant Lanai and Moloki Islands with spectacular sun sets and whale watching.
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