Things to Do in Kaanapali, Maui

Things to Do in Kaanapali, Maui
Kaanapali is a beach resort located a short drive from Lahaina on the island of Maui. This Hawaiian destination has become a popular place for watersport enthusiasts, beach goers and adventure travelers interested in beachfront activities, snorkeling opportunities and hiking trails. Whether you're ready for a swimming or boating adventure around the Maui shore, or want to explore the lush forests and scenic hills around Lahaina, Kaanapali boasts a variety of activities for adventure travelers of all ages.

Zipline Tour

Tom Barefoot's Tours offers skyline eco-adventures throughout Maui, and adventure seekers can sign up for the zipline Kaanapali package that takes visitors high above the resort and over the valleys of Mount Kahalawai. The tour takes about four hours, depending on the group size, and includes either a breakfast or lunch, depending on the tour time.
As of 2009, the price per passenger for the zipline Kaanapali tour was about $150.
Zipline Kaanapali
Barefoot's Tours
2850 Kekaa Dr.
Lahaina, HI 96761
(800) 779-6305

Hula Girl Snorkel Tour

The Hula Girl Snorkel Tour takes visitors on a sailing adventure on board a 65-foot catamaran and includes time in the water with a snorkeling instructor. The five-hour snorkel tour departs from Kaanapali Beach and takes guests along the West Maui coastline to explore destinations such as the Honolua Bay Marine Preserve. Adventurous travelers can choose to go scuba diving as part of their experience.
As of 2009, the cost of the Hula Girl Snorkel Tour for adults was about $90 per person, and children between the ages of two and 12 years about $74. Infants under two years of age were admitted free. These prices did not include a 7 percent tax or $4 per person fuel surcharge.
Hula Girl Snorkel Tour
Sailing Maui
5095 Napilihau St., Suite No. 109B
Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761
(808) 665-0344

Turtle Reef Divers

Turtle Reef Divers offers scuba-diving trips and lessons around Maui, and underwater excursions include trips around the shores of Kaanapali and West Maui. Guests can explore two-story ceilings deep under the ocean, see hundreds of species of eels, fish and manta rays, and visit some of Maui's conservation areas. Prices vary depending on the type of dive package booked, and whether the traveler is undertaking an introductory program.
Turtle Reef Divers
PO Box 13085
Lahaina, HI 96761
(877) 873-4837

Whale Watching

Kaanapali Beach serves as a departure point for many sailboats and charter yachts that head out on whale-watching excursions during the winter season. Trilogy is one tour operator that offers whale-watching tours from Kaanapali Beach from December 15 to April 15 each year. Guests can board a 51-foot sailing catamaran, enjoy complimentary snacks and soda, and learn about whales and whale habitats during the narrated tour. As of 2009, the two-hour tour cost approximately $43 per adult and $23 for children between the ages of three and 15, including taxes and fees.
Trilogy Whale Watching Tours
P.O. Box 1119
Lahaina, HI 96767-1119
(888) 225-MAUI

Hiking or Diving From Black Rock at the Sheraton Maui

Black Rock, also known as Puu Kekaa, is a legendary cliff where locals perform a diving ceremony every night. You can hike around these cliffs to enjoy scenic views of the ocean, see whales trekking across the waters, and see the native plants and trees that protect the beach area. The Black Rock Sunset Cliff Dive is a free event hosted by the Sheraton hotel, and it takes place every night. The Sheraton Resort in Maui currently sits on the top of Puu Kekaa.
Black Rock Sunset Cliff Diving
Sheraton Maui
2605 Kaanapali Pkwy.
Lahaina, HI 96761
(808) 661-0031

Article Written By Sabah Karimi

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