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Ka'anapali Beach: Our most recommended tours and activities

Ka'anapali Beach: Express Snorkel Trip

1. Ka'anapali Beach: Express Snorkel Trip

Discover the marine life of Hawaii on an express snorkeling trip. Journey to one of the best snorkel sites in Maui, and be back at the beach in time for lunch. This experience is great for beginners and children. Board the boat at Ka'anapali Beach and cruise towards Mala Wharf or another popular snorkeling spot in West Maui. Your guide will choose the best location, depending on weather and sea conditions for the day. Jump into the clear waters to swim alongside Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles. Explore the reef, admiring the variety of colorful fish and corals. Relax on the deck with a drink from the open bar, as you cruise back to the beach.

Maui Lahaina Group Surf Lesson

2. Maui Lahaina Group Surf Lesson

During your visit to Hawaii, the birthplace of surfing, take a great opportunity to learn how to surf. Experience the calm waters of West Maui which offer perfect conditions for beginner surfers. Take part in a group lesson with a maximum of 5 surfers, which means you will have a ton of opportunity to learn from your professional surf instructor. Before you start, get you geared up with a surfboard, long-sleeve UV rash guards, and water shoes. Leave everything you do not want to get wet or whatever that does not float in the cubicles provided at the surf shop. On the beach, have a brief 15-minute 'land lesson' to go over safety measures and procedures. When your group is ready, head into the water to get started. Each surfer has their own turn to ride a wave and learn to surf. After your wave is complete, you will head back to the designated waiting area until the instructor signals for your turn again. The first few rides usually take some time, but it starts to move faster once everyone starts to get the hang of things. As an added bonus, there will be a professional photographer taking close up shots throughout your lesson.  The group surf lesson is 2 hours in total from the time you leave the surf shop to when your instructor signals you back in from the water. If you do finish early, there is a beach to sit on and wait until the rest of your class is done. Once the class is over, everyone will carry their surfboards back to the shop and then head back to the beach to shower off in fresh water. Return all your surf gear back to the shop and have an opportunity to check out your surf lesson photos which are available for purchase. 

From Lahaina: West Maui Snorkeling Cruise & Sea Turtles

3. From Lahaina: West Maui Snorkeling Cruise & Sea Turtles

Not exactly an early riser? Reserve your morning for staying in bed and set off on an afternoon snorkeling cruise on the Sea Maui II catamaran from Kaanapali Beach in Lahaina. Snorkel around stunning coral reefs and swim alongside Hawaiian green sea turtles. Jump on board your boat to meet your friendly captain and crew and cruise out into the sea. Make your way to some of the best snorkeling spots in West Maui, immersing yourself in the serene underwater world. Explore the coral reefs and swim alongside the resident Hawaiian green sea turtles, colorful tropical fish, and discover many other surprises that depend upon what the tide brings you. Relax on the sun-filled deck as your travel, helping yourself to the open bar and traditional Hawaiian pu pu appetizers. Be back at your hotel before dinner.

Lana'i: Half-Day Snorkel Sail From Ka'anapali Beach

4. Lana'i: Half-Day Snorkel Sail From Ka'anapali Beach

Join this exclusive half-day snorkel trip from Ka'anapali Beach to Manele Bay. Enjoy snorkeling in the clear waters of Manele Bay along with breakfast, lunch, and a full premium open bar. Meet your captain and crew for the day and set sail, enjoying the beautiful scenes between Maui and Lana'i. Sit back and relax as your crew takes care of everything during your trip, including breakfast, lunch, drinks, and snorkeling gear. When you get in the water to snorkel at Manele Bay, you’ll get to see an array of wildlife, fish, turtles, and beautifully colored coral. During certain times of the year, you can also whale watch. This incredible snorkeling adventure is one you and your family won't soon forget.

From Ka'anapali Beach: West Maui Half-Day Snorkel Adventure

5. From Ka'anapali Beach: West Maui Half-Day Snorkel Adventure

Begin your snorkeling adventure by departing from Kaanapali Beach on a luxury catamaran. On the way to the snorkel spot, enjoy some breakfast while keeping your eyes open for Hawaiian spinner dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, and during the winter months, large humpback whales. The captain will determine the best spots to visit on the day, based upon the weather conditions. Once in the water, observe beautiful tropical fish, honu (Hawaiian green sea turtles), colorful coral reefs, and potentially some other rare underwater species. After the snorkeling session, have a delicious lunch with premium beers, cocktails, and other liberations. Relax as you cruise back to Kaanapali Beach, enjoying the scenery along the way.

Maui Dream 65-minute Helicopter Flight

6. Maui Dream 65-minute Helicopter Flight

Soar into the sky and experience the serenity of Maui, "The Valley Isle", on this complete circle island expedition. Climb above Haleakala National Park with views of the crater, the Hana Rainforest, West Maui Mountains, and lao Valley State Park. View Maui's lush landscape, breathtaking coastlines, hidden valleys, scenic waterfalls, and the sharp-blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. Fly near Lahaina, Kapalua, Kaanapali, Wailea, and Hana and witness the stark contrast from upcountry to the beaches of Hawaii's second-largest island. Embark on the journey of a lifetime.

From Ka'anapali Beach: 2-Hour Sunset Sail with Live Music

7. From Ka'anapali Beach: 2-Hour Sunset Sail with Live Music

Setting off from Ka'anapali Beach, start your adventurous sunset cruise by boarding your luxurious Catamaran. Once aboard, enjoy a pleasant meet-and-greet with the friendly staff before embarking on this 2-hour cruise. Relax and take in the breathtaking views as you listen to popular local musicians performing live on the Catamaran. Enjoy a mixture of traditional, contemporary and reggae covers of the popular songs you know and love as you take advantage of the delicious beverages at the open bar and tasty pupus appetisers. These conditions create the perfect setting to witness the stunning views of the sunset over the horizon. For participants on the cruise during the period of December 15th to April the 15th, whale watching is also a great possibility.

Maui: Ka'anapali Beach Front Segway Tour

8. Maui: Ka'anapali Beach Front Segway Tour

Join a great tour for couples or the whole family. Experience the lush tropical waters of Maui, as you glide by a beautiful ocean shore marked with the unforgettable Pacific ocean breeze. The tour includes Wahikuli State Park and the Hanakaoo Beach Park also known as canoe beach. Meet your tour guide in Lahaina to learn the basics of operating your Segway. After an orientation, training session and plenty of time to practice your new skills, it's time to begin your ride. Leave Lahaina behind and cruise out onto smooth walking paths and follow the coastline north into Kaanapali. As the ocean breeze tousles your hair and the salty air fills your nose, glide through Wahikuli Wayside Park, admiring its long, golden expanse of sand. Then, follow the path that leads north, cruising past green, grassy picnic areas, palm tree groves and shady kiawe trees to the idyllic Hanakaoo Beach. Depending on the time of day, you might spy island canoe clubs embarking on their daily workouts in the sparkling waters. Venture over to the beachside Hanakaoo Cemetery to learn of its century-old history before setting out on the beautiful ride back to Lahaina. 

Lahaina: Private Sunset Sailing Trip & West Maui Mountains

9. Lahaina: Private Sunset Sailing Trip & West Maui Mountains

Celebrate a special occasion with a private evening sailing cruise in Maui departing from Lahaina. Have the boat all to yourself as you sail over the Hawaiian waters and look out for marine life as the West Maui Mountains become the perfect backdrop to watch the sunset. Make your way down to Whalers Village in the late afternoon and be welcomed aboard your own private sailboat by the captain. Hoist the sails at around 16:00 PM and set out onto the iddylic sea. Relax on deck with your significant other, your family, or your friends and celebrate any occasion as the waves of Lahaina lap against the boat. Treat yourself to some light appetizers including a platter of fruit, cheeses, and crackers and bring your own booze. Watch as the sun begins to set on the horizon and make a moment to remember with the West Maui Mountains majestically rising behind you. Stay for all of the sunset and then sail back to the shore.

Maui: Group Surf Lesson

10. Maui: Group Surf Lesson

Learn the classic Hawaiian sport of surfing in one group lesson during your time on Maui. Catch your first waves, paddle out into the Pacific Ocean's blue waters, and hang loose as you learn a new skill and sport. Meet your instructor and head straight to the beach for your ocean safety briefing and surf instructions. Then, grab your board, walk down the sandy beach, and paddle out to the ocean with your instructor nearby. Benefit from a small group class, where each instructor only has a maximum of four students to keep an eye on. That way, you know you're always having the personal attention and safety you need to enjoy your time surfing. After your lesson, head back to the beach and feel like a local knowing you just surfed in Hawai'i.

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What people are saying about Ka'anapali Beach

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 145 reviews

The experience was fantastic! Swimming with turtles amazing. Crew, awesome…Cole, Quint, Molly and ? (I’m sorry to say, I don’t remember her name). They were all so attentive. Newbies to snorkeling were taught how…in the water with a crew member. Food was enjoyable and drinks were endless. Highly recommend this excursion. I noticed many guests did not tip! Please reward crew. They work hard and very long days to be sure guests are safe and enjoying themselves.

We had a great time at our surf lesson with Steve! There were a total of 5 “students” and that allowed for lots of 1:1 time and several attempts at catching waves. We also paid for the pictures, which was worth it for the lols. Would recommend for an easy 1/4 day activity

We were lucky due to a cancellation to get a private flight and Jake the pilot was extremely professional and informative. What an amazing ride. Worth every penny!

The tour guy was knowledgeable and funny. The sites were breathtaking. Excellent company and service!

Staff were fantastic - very helpful and trying to make it a great experience for all of us