West Side Maui

The sunny northwest coast of Maui was once a retreat for Hawaiian royalty and the capitol of the Hawaiian Kingdom. Today, West Maui is home to spectacular resorts, shopping, restaurants and a wealth of activities.

The Honoapiilani Highway takes you from one sun-kissed resort to the next, each with its own personality. Traveling north from Maalaea and the Maui Ocean Center, your first stop is the historic whaling town of Lahaina. Rustic buildings recall its days as Hawaii’s busiest port, while bustling shops on Front Street and winter whale watching make it a favorite port of call for cruise ship passengers.

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Island Highlights

- Whale watching: In the winter months, the Auau channel between Maui, Lanai and Molokai is one of the best places to whale watch in the world.
- Maui beaches: Maui has more than 80 incredible beaches with a combined shoreline that spans 120 miles.
- Haleakala National Park: Watch a memorable sunrise from 9,740 feet atop Haleakala Crater.
- Road to Hana: With 600 curves and 54 bridges, this is one of the world’s most scenic drives.
- Lahaina: Once a thriving whaling port in the mid-1800s, Lahaina is now a lively gathering place for dining, shopping, art and entertainment.


Lahaina

Lahaina Maui

Once known as Lele, which means “relentless sun” in Hawaiian, Lahaina is a historic town that was once the capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom in the early nineteenth century, Lahaina was also a historic whaling village during the whaling boom of the mid-1800’s and a lively West Maui hot spot. The channel off the coast of Lahaina is one of the best places in the world to spot humpback whales.

Some of the town’s more lively annual events include the Chinese New Year Celebration (January or February), Old-Fashioned Fourth of July fireworks show, a Taste of Lahaina (September), Aloha Festivals Hoolaulea (October), Halloween in Lahaina (October 31st) and the Holiday Lighting of the Banyan Tree (December).

Location: On the west side of Maui, 45 minutes from Kahului Airport

Honolua Bay

Honolua Bay Maui

Honolua Bay on Maui's northwest shore is a favorite spot for experienced surfers. During the winter high surf season, Honolua has been known to have a hollow, powerful wave that offers incredibly long rides. The bluffs above the bay offer a great vantage point for visitors to watch the pros from a safe distance.

During the calmer summer months, Honolua Bay is a popular destination for snorkeling and scuba diving.

Location: Roughly a 20 minute drive north of Lahaina

Kaanapali Beach

Kaanapali Beach Maui

Kaanapali Beach is one of the best snorkeling spots in all of Maui, with three miles of white sand and crystal clear water, it’s no wonder why Kaanapali Beach was once named America’s Best Beach. 

One of Kaanapali Beach’s most famous attractions is the daily cliff diving ceremony off of the beach’s northernmost cliffs known as Puu Kekaa, or Black Rock. Held every evening at sunset, a cliff diver lights the torches along the cliff, diving off of Black Rock in a reenactment of a feat by Maui’s revered King Kahekili. 

Location: West Maui's Signature beach

Kapalua

Kapalua Maui

Kaanapali Beach is one of the best snorkeling spots in all of Maui, with three miles of white sand and crystal clear water, it’s no wonder why Kaanapali Beach was once named America’s Best Beach. 

One of Kaanapali Beach’s most famous attractions is the daily cliff diving ceremony off of the beach’s northernmost cliffs known as Puu Kekaa, or Black Rock. Held every evening at sunset, a cliff diver lights the torches along the cliff, diving off of Black Rock in a reenactment of a feat by Maui’s revered King Kahekili. 

Location: West Maui's Signature beach


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