With its beautiful beaches, historical attractions and unique culture, Lahaina is one of the best places to explore on the island of Maui. To help make the most out of your visit, we’ve listed a few key places for you to explore during your vacation.
This is one of the reasons people flock to the island of Maui. The beach experience on the island is like no other! The west side, including Lahaina is known for its beautiful shores and sunset views.
There are so many beaches in the area so the water activities you have planned will dictate which one you should visit.
D.T. Fleming Beach Park
Popular for swimming and surfing, this beach was named the best beach in the country in 2006. It’s a great place for a picnic and has tables, restrooms and showers for your use.
This beach has three miles of white beach and best suited for swimming, sailing, surfing and other popular water activities. Named as the best beach in 2003, it is definitely worthwhile to visit. With resorts and restaurants along the shores, you’ll have easy access to food and drinks.
Black Rock on Ka’anapali Beach
This is a very popular snorkeling and scuba diving spot. With its clear waters, there are plenty of coral reefs and tropical fish to see. It also has many beachfront properties if you want to get a bite during the day.
Kapalua Beach (aka “Old Fleming Beach”)
Named the best beach in the U.S. in 1991, it’s a great spot for swimming, snorkeling and surfing. There’s also a resort in close proximity if you need refreshments.
Launiupoko Beach Park
Treat yourself to an amazing view of the natural pool created by lava rock enclosures. With its calm waters, it’s a great park for young children. Picnic tables, restrooms and shower rooms are also available.
Wahikuli State Park
This is a great beach to relax and unwind. You can also take a romantic stroll and watch the sunset. Picnic tables and grills are available for family picnics.
Lahaina was a major whaling port back in the day so you’re bound to get the best view of the humpback whales. Your visit would not be complete without seeing these gentle giants. They can be seen from the shore or a whale view tour gets you even closer. If you decide to get a bite to eat, the harbor has many great restaurants to choose from. It’s definitely a place worth visiting.
This is where the action is! You’ll find plenty of restaurants, shopping, art galleries and lots of things to experience.
One thing you can’t miss is an authentic Hawaiian Luau. Take your pick between the Old Lahaina Luau or the Royal Lahaina Resort Luau. Either one has great food and entertainment and won’t disappoint.
Lahaina Historic Trail
If you’re looking for a little history, the town of Lahanai has many historic places to see and can be accessed through this trail. There are old mission houses that you can explore or visit the jailhouse for sailors (Hale Paahao) back in the whaling days. It’s a self-guided tour so be sure to pick up a guide at the Lahaina Visitor Center.
Lahaina Art Galleries
If you’re an art lover, Lahaina offers about 40 art galleries (Village Galleries, Martin Lawrence Galleries, etc.) for you to immerse yourself in. You’ll find plenty of paintings, ceramics, sculptures, jewelries made by local artists. If you’re looking for authentic Hawaiian goods and souvenirs, this is the place to find what you’re looking for.
The Banyan Tree
With its branches reaching up to ⅔ of an acre, it’s one of the largest in the country and probably one of the oldest as well. The tree covers a whole city block so it provides plenty of shade. Imported from India, it was planted in Lahaina in 1873. During different times of the month, an arts festival is held at the bottom of this tree where you can find original artwork and handicrafts.
Lahaina Jodo Mission
This mission is a replica of a Japanese Buddhist Temple and holds one of the biggest Buddha statues outside of Asia. Measuring twelve feet high, it weighs about three and a half tons. There is also a garden where you can relax and enjoy the serenity.
It’s not surprising why Lahaina attracts so many visitors each year. Known for its many attractions, history, culture and art, Lahaina provides a true Hawaiian experience.