The boardwalk that runs along the length of Ka’anapali Beach is one of the greatest places to gaze at the sunset on the island. Even if you’ve come to Maui for peace and solitude, it’s definitely worth spending an evening strolling the beachwalk, admiring the hum of beachfront restaurants and resorts, glitzy couples, and evening surfers.
The path runs from Hanakao'o Park to Aston Ka'anapali Shores Resort. We’d assert that the north end of the walk is best, so check for parking there first—there are five free lots nearby.
If you’re looking to swim or snorkel, travel just north of Black Rock to North Ka’anapali Beach. Though there will be many people swimming and bodysurfing at the middle beach, and when the waves kick up they can crash hard against the steep beach and make for a hazardous situation. Our suggestion: Grab your snorkel gear and head to Black Rock.
As the sun sets along the Ka’anapali Beachwalk, take a moment to stop and snag a lounger in front of a resort. A plethora of sea creatures call west Maui home for at least part of the year, and your chances of catching a glimpse of one of the five different species of sea turtle that frequent Maui are good. If you’re visiting between December and April, keep a sharp eye for humpback whales that travel over 3,500 miles to escape the frigid Alaskan winter waters. Monk seals and spinner dolphins are also often spotted.