If you’re heading to the beaches of West Maui to surf or sunbathe, chances are you’ll pass through the chilled-out town of Lahaina. Take some time to relax here on the popular Kaanapali beach, where you can also swim or snorkel, or head to Lahaina harbor for snorkel tours and whale-watching expeditions.
You can also head to Napili Beach, which is known for its good surf, and sign up for surf lessons or watch the sunset on a sleek catamaran. In the evening, make your way to Lahaina’s Front Street’s restaurants, or attend a traditional Luau.
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Things to Know Before You Go
There’s no lifeguard at Kaanapali beach, but it’s considered one of the safest swimming beaches in the area.
Lahaina’s Historic District is a National Historic Landmark.
Lahaina town is largely wheelchair accessible, though some shops and restaurants do have stairs.
How to Get There
Lahaina is located in West Maui, about a 45-minute drive from Kahului Airport. It’s easy to get around the area by car or taxi. Maui’s public bus system also links Lahaina to other towns across the island.
When to Get There
Maui is a year-round destination with plenty of sunshine and warm days. Lahaina is well-known for its whale watching, and humpback season runs November–May. The town is somewhat quieter at other times of year.
Visit the Iao Valley
Head inland from Lahaina, and you’ll find the Iao Valley State Monument. This area of dense forest and fast-running rivers is a popular destination for nature lovers, who come to catch a glimpse of Kuka‘emoku, a rocky, 1,200-foot-tall spire that towers over the forest. Lace up your boots, and hit the trails to see this natural wonder for yourself.