A visit to Hono Koa Resort in scenic West Maui gives you the opportunity to experience the finest beaches in the world, many of which are conveniently located just minutes from your room. One of the most popular is Ka’anapali Beach in nearby Lahaina. Once named America’s Best Beach, Ka’anapali this year earned another well-deserved accolade: it was ranked the 14th Best Beach in the world by TripAdvisor reviewers in the online travel agency’s 2019 Travelers Choice Awards.
WHITE SAND BEACH
With three miles of white sand and crystal clear water, it’s no wonder why Kaanapali Beach is such a popular destination. Fronting Kaanapali’s hotels and resorts, this former retreat for the royalty of Maui is now a popular getaway for the world.
Ka’anapali was Hawaii’s first planned resort and has become a model for resorts around the globe. Five hotels and six condominium villages face this renowned beach. Also fronting Ka’anapali is the open air Whalers Village, a world-class shopping complex that features a variety of exceptional shops and restaurants, a renowned whaling museum and free Hawaiian entertainment. Ka’anapali also has two championship golf courses, the Royal Ka’anapali and the Ka’anapali Kai, where you may even see a breaching whale as you try to line up a shot.
CLIFF DIVING CEREMONY
One of Ka’anapali Beach’s most famous attractions is the daily cliff diving ceremony off 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 Black Rock in a reenactment of a feat by Maui’s revered King Kahekili. To soar above Ka’anapali‘s breathtaking coastline yourself, try a zipline tour by Ka’anapali Skyline Eco Adventures and enjoy a royally good view of one of Maui’s signature beaches.
Where: West Shore, Maui, about 50 minutes from Kahului Airport
Activities: Swimming, cliff diving
Amenities: Parking $2/30 minutes, restrooms, lifeguard, shopping nearby
TRIPADVISOR TRAVELERS CHOICE AWARDS
TripAdvisor’s Travelers Choice Award winners are determined using an algorithm based on reviews and ratings for hotels, restaurants and experiences in destinations worldwide over a 12-month period. The methodology takes into account quality and volume of reviews to surface destinations that consistently deliver the best overall experience for travelers.
“With more than 156,000 destinations listed on TripAdvisor, travelers can find inspiration and advice on where to stay, what to do and where to eat during every type of trip. The Travelers’ Choice awards for Destinations recognize major cities and islands that continue to deliver an outstanding experience and are beloved by our global community of travelers,” said Desiree Fish, vice president of global communications for TripAdvisor. “For those who want to cross these popular destinations off their travel bucket list, we recommend visiting during off-peak seasons when you can find great savings and fewer crowds.”