3. Kaanapali and Lahaina
On the upper west side of the island of Maui, you will find the areas of Kaanapali and Lahaina tucked between the shore and the West Maui Mountains.
Kaanapali, which means "rolling cliffs" in Hawaiian, is a perfect five-kilometre stretch of white sand beach, gentle waves, and warm sunny days. This area was actually Hawaii’s first planned resort and is lined with hotels, a world-class shopping complex, exceptional restaurants, and championship golf courses. One of Kaanapali Beach’s most famous attractions is the daily cliff diving ceremony held every evening at sunset.
On the other hand, Lahaina, which means “relentless sun” in Hawaiian, is a historic town with front street shopping, oceanfront restaurants, and art galleries. In the mid 1800s, this area grew as the whaling industry boomed. Up to 1,500 sailors from as many as 400 ships took their leave from here, including Herman Melville, who immortalised the era in his classic novel, Moby Dick.