Powder-soft sand and a dazzling, turquoise sea converge at Kaanapali Beach, creating an environment that’s so stunning it was the former retreat of Maui royalty. This three-mile beach is lined with restaurants and hotels, creating a vibrant bustle of activity and entertainment. Speaking of entertainment, a visit to this beach should require attendance at its most famous attraction: a daily cliff diving ceremony off of the beach’s northernmost cliffs, called Puu Kekaa, or Black Rock. This event consists of a cliff diver lighting the torches along the bluff, then diving off Black Rock.
This beach is a gorgeous 45-minute drive from Kahului airport, which can be reached non-stop from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and Portland. From Canada, you can fly direct from Vancouver and Calgary. One-stop flights from Europe can be found in London, Frankfurt, Istanbul, Paris, and Moscow.