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.
Adventure 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.