The most notable towns to visit while vacationing on the western side of Maui are Lahaina, Ka'anapali, and Ma'alea. We also highly recommend a drive out to Kapalua if you are a golfer or wish to check out some beautiful local beaches such as DT Flemings Beach. Our top recommendation while in Lahaina or Ma'alea is to book a whale watch, snorkel cruise, or sunset cruise out of the Lahaina or Ma'alea harbors. The Pacific Whale Foundation offers an amazing selection of daily cruises. Do keep in mind that whale season occurs in winter months. Trilogy cruises also offers daily sailings and snorkel tours to Molokini. While in Ma'alea, be sure to visit the Maui Ocean Center, Maui's top tourist attraction each year. Lahaina offers some great dining options with live music and open-air seating. After dinner walk down Front Street for excellent window shopping and art galleries galore. Suggested restaurants include Kimo's, Longhi's, Cheese Burger in Paradise, and Moose McGillicuddy's. Ka'anapali is highlighted by a strip of prestigious resorts located along a beautiful beach. Play one of Ka'anapali's two championship golf courses during the morning and lounge on the beach in the afternoon. The Hyatt and Westin are great family-friendly resorts with elaborate pools and lobbies. Many of the hotels also run evening luau's once or twice a week. Don't forget to visit Whaler's Village in Ka'anapali for other amazing dining options and window shopping. There is actually a paved beachfront footpath to the shopping center from the hotels, which you can walk in about 10 minutes.
Highway 30 at Ma'alaea Harbor Village
At the Maalaea Harbor Village, 192 Maalaea Rd (the triangle between Honoapiilani Hwy and Maalaea Rd)
DT Fleming Beach Park
2435 Ka'anapali Pkwy