Kaanapali Beach: Maui Beaches Endless Adventure

The sunshine glistening on crystal waters and the white sand beaches stretch out beneath your feet. Children laugh as they play in the gently lapping ocean and you hear the exhilarated squeals of a group parasailing. Imagine yourself standing in the middle of a picturesque bustling resort village – you are at Ka’anapali Beach in Maui. Trip Advisor recently named Ka’anapali Beach the second of the top 25 beaches in the U.S.

Three miles of pristine sand line a clear blue ocean beachfront, the perfect playground for an endless list of water activities. The beach is known for its shallow waters by the bank and calm waves near the coast. A paved beach walk follows the shoreline and guides you past restaurants, parks, luau’s and the Whaler’s Village shops.

Kaanapali BeachAdventure is yours for the taking and if you love to be active, wakeboarding and surfing will get your heart racing. Parasailing on Kaanapali Beach is another breathtaking experience to have during your Maui vacation. For a more serene marine venture, book a snorkeling or whale watching tour during the light or end your day with a dinner, cocktail or sunset cruise. And for those that like solitude, a walking tour of Kaanapali or renting a kayak might be right up your alley.

At Ka’anapali Beach’s northernmost cliff, the Black Rock or Puu Kekaa, a daily cliff diving ceremony is one of the most popular events for visitors to Maui. Held at sunset every evening, a cliff diver lights the torches along the cliff, and dives off of Black Rock in a homage to Maui’s revered King Kahekili. The King would prove his spiritual strength and prowess of Lele Kawa, or cliff diving, by jumping into the waters below, and intimidating his adversaries.

Beach vacations remind us to slow and enjoy, the Aloha spirit one might say. Another Hawaiian concept that refers to this sense of peace is Aina, its direct meaning is land, but the theory is to connect with nature, to be one with the air, sea, and earth. Ka’anapali Beach provides you with the tranquility or the excitement that you want on your resort vacation.

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An Experience of a Lifetime: Whale Watching in Maui Hawaii

Maui is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque resort areas in the world. The natural beauty attracts visitors year round but there is so much more to do and experience on our stunning island. If you are looking for some things to do in Maui during your stay, the whale watching is some of the best in the US. The fall starts the humpback whale season as they migrate from Alaska to Hawaii during the colder months. More than 12,000 whales move into the tropical waters, most arriving in Maui. Whale watching in Maui is an experience of a lifetime.

The Whalers Village Museum showcases the lives of the whalers through tools and artifacts, pictures and one of the largest collections of scrimshaw in the country. Maui, and specifically Ka’anapali, has a rich history of whaling. In the early to late 1800’s, the surrounding area was populated with young boys and men living on schooners throughout the migration. These sailors crafted intricate relics carved from the ivory and bone of the hunted whales.

The museum, located in the Whalers Village Fine Shops & Restaurants, is one of the most popular attractions to visit in Maui. Adults and kids alike will enjoy the Whale Talks, Marine Walking Tours and Free Movies that the museum offers to its visitors. Better yet, walk out to the Whalers Museum’s bridge and witness for yourself the majesty as the whales breach the surface, frolic and flap their tails. For a closer encounter and more intimate experience there are plenty of local companies that operate guided whale watching tours in Maui.

In 1992, Congress named this area of the Pacific a National Marine Sanctuary to ensure that the humpback whales could continue to safely mate, calve and nurse their young. Presently, the museum works in concert with local groups to protect and preserve the whale population.

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The Road to Hana

“It’s about the journey, not the destination”, is a fair motto and philosophy of the beautifully, adventurous road to Hana. This 55 mile drive along the Maui coastline serves up gorgeous views, such as cascading waterfalls, lush rainforests, and the surreal Maui coastline as the Pacific gloriously collides into white sands or steep, rock cliffs. This road truly shows off the natural beauty of Maui.

For most, the journey starts in Kahului. From here, it is 55 miles to the final destination, Hana. Starting from here has been noted to take all day, if one does the trip right. It is recommended for one to plan out the stops and sights to see before beginning the drive. Taking the time to truly see and learn about Maui is what makes this drive memorable and worthwhile. Yes, it is a gorgeous drive even to just whip through. But there is much more to experience. Take your time, plan ahead, and enjoy the journey fully.

There are numerous stops on the trip that are worthwhile to see. Twin Falls is one of them. This spot is around the two mile marker going from Kahului to Hana. At about the 21 mile marker, the Wailea overlook or Waikani Falls, boasts more spectacular views and perfect photo opportunities. More stops include, Wainapanapa State Park, Hookipa Beach, and the Seven Sacred Pools. The Seven Sacred Pools are one of the most popular attractions on the island, to avoid heavy crowds, visit the pools as early as possible- before noon. Also, weather may cause the pools to close, so check in with the ranger station to be sure about the park’s opening.

A full day should be set apart to truly enjoy the road to Hana. Bring snacks, lunch, drinks, a camera, and good company. If there is any proneness to motion sickness, maybe bring some Dramamine as well, go slow and allow for time outside of the car to recuperate. Remember, it’s about the journey not the destination. See it fully, friends.

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