The Whaler is located right on Kaanapali Beach, one of the best beaches in Maui. A long promenade along this beach connects all of the hotels in the Kaanapali Beach Resort. Black Rock is located at the north end and offers some of the best snorkeling to be found anywhere.
Airport Beach – Leaving Kaanapali Beach Resort, take Hwy 30 north to the next stop light. Turn left at Kai Ala Drive and stay right to park in the large lot. This beach has a large grassy lawn, covered picnic tables, restrooms, barbecue pits and beach showers. Walk south along this beach to access the back side of Black Rock.
Napili Bay – Take the Lower Road north and look for the Napili Shores condominium on the ocean side of the road. Limited parking is available in their lot or along the road. This large crescent of sand is a popular spot for families.
This area is a marine life sanctuary allowing all kinds of fish and coral communities to thrive. Its northern location can cause conditions to be unpredictable and change quickly so exercise caution. In the winter months, Honolua Bay is one of the great surf spots on the island and hosts the Billabong Pro women’s event each December. Worth the drive to see even if you don’t but a toe in the water.
Located off Front Street, this spot is a docile tidepool of warm water that is perfect for little ones. A protective reef located far offshore protects this area from any shorebreak. Leaving Kaanapali, head south toward Lahaina. Turn right at Safeway and then left onto Front Street. Cross over the water canal and take the 2nd right. Parking is available along the residential street. Be mindful not to block any driveways.