Is Ka’anapali Beach the Best Beach in Hawaii? America?

Ka’anapali Beach Maui Hawaii

Ka’anapali Beach is the #1 beach resort area in Maui and and a must-do for Hawaiian travelers who want to keep it “real.” Photo: Wikimedia/Joe Parks

While there is definitely no shortage of beautiful beaches on Maui, Ka’anapali Beach is among the most popular on the island.

With shockingly blue water stretching to the horizon, bordered by a stretch of white sand that is more than 3 miles long, it is easy to see why it has been called America’s best beach.

Once a retreat that was used exclusively by Maui’s royalty, the beach is now fronted by various resorts and hotels and welcomes people from all over the world to come and enjoy its picturesque beauty.

The beach sits on the western side of Maui so its lush environment is perfect for anyone who enjoys the tropical greenery and yet it is close enough to Lahaina for those who look forward to shopping, restaurants, and entertainment.

Lahaina was the first planned resort area of Hawaii and it has beach resorts around the world have modeled themselves after it ever since its beginning.

The temperature remains perfect year round, averaging between 75 and 88 degrees and the ocean temperature remains in the mid to high 70’s making it perfect for swimming no matter what time of year it is.

Aside from swimming, there are many things to do in Ka’anapali Beach.

Other water sports include snorkeling, windsurfing, sailing and other boat excursions, as well as para-sailing.

If water sports aren’t your idea of a good time there are also two championship golf courses, luaus, an open-air shopping center, and a whaling museum.

Every evening brings crowds to witness the one of Ka’anapali Beach’s main attractions – the cliff diving exhibition off of Puu Kekaa (Black Rock). Found at the northernmost point of the cliffs, each evening just at sundown a diver lights the torches that are lined along the cliff and then dives from the cliff. This is done each day at sunset to reenact the dive that Kin Kahekili, one of Maui’s most revered kings, performed.

The spectacle of the night dive, great shopping, and the pristine beach are just a few of the many reasons that Ka’anapali Beach on is one of Maui’s premier vacation spots.

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