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The Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas

6 Kai Ala Drive, Lahaina, Maui, Hawai‘i 96761, United States

Phone: 808-667-3200 | Check in: 4 p.m. | Check out: 10 a.m.

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Concierge Recommends | Snorkeling

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Fantastic sites abound with colorful coral, sea turtles, and countless varieties of fish.

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If you want to get up close and personal with all the marine life just below the surface, there are many amazing areas to experience off the coast of Maui. However, one of the best spots is just steps from your villa on North Kā‘anapali Beach.

Masks and fins can be rented for a minimal fee near the main pool at The Westin Kā’anapali Ocean Resort Villas. Floats, sunscreen, and other sundries are also available for purchase, so just stop by to stock up before heading out.

When you’re ready to venture a little further, here are a few more of my favorite snorkeling areas:


Located on South Kā‘anapali Beach, the iconic Black Rock is a must-see. Even though it’s a popular destination, the long span of the beach typically allows for plenty of room to explore the variety of fish along the rock wall.
Distance from the resort: 5 minutes


Spread out your towels on the sugar-sand beach and make a day of exploring the two reefs that protect the bay.
Distance from the resort: 15 minutes


This ancient volcanic crater is located just a few miles off the coast and is almost half a mile wide. The sheltering arms of the crater create an ideal aquatic habitat with excellent water clarity.
Distance from the resort: Most trips to Molokini depart from Maalaea Harbor. Plan on a 45-minute drive to the harbor from the resort.


High rocky cliffs. Breathtaking views. It’s all here on Maui’s northwest coast. Since no fishing is allowed, there is a density and diversity of sea life that is second to none. If you are hiking here, wear shoes that you don’t mind getting a little dirty.
Distance from the resort: 15 minutes


This is a go-to spot for laid-back exploring. Keep your eyes open for sea turtles and a multitude of colorful tropical fish. Afterward, head up to Sea House for the Whale Watcher’s Happy Hour, which starts at 2 p.m.
Distance from the resort: 15 minutes

For help making a full day of your snorkel adventures, give us a call.

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5 Recommendations
Please note, these recommendations are the subjective opinion of the Vistana Community Members and not of Vistana Signature Experiences, Inc.
"Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort villas snorkeling"03/14/2018
"Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort villas snorkeling"
I have stayed here three times and always been very satisfied with the variety of fish and sea life when snorkeling right off the resort. I have seen sea turtles, the beautiful fish, an eel and an octopus. Thankfully no sharks.
"black rock"03/14/2018
"black rock"
"Beach directly in front of Kaanapali Ocean Resort."03/14/2018
"Beach directly in front of Kaanapali Ocean Resort."
Terrific snorkeling steps away from the resort
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"Great Snorkeling"02/15/2018
"Great Snorkeling"
Snorkeling is great on Airplane Beach right outside the Westin Kaanapali Villas. During high surf, it may be easiest to exit the beach north or south due to some rocks right in front of the beach. Once you are ou there you will see many fish and sometimes sea turtles. No need to go to Molikini!!!
"Best place to snorkel"02/07/2018
"Best place to snorkel"
I live on Maui and take a short staycation at the villas every year. Why? because some of the best snorkeling on Maui is in front of the villas. The turtles hang out right off the beach and seem to hang out in the same areas year after year. I like that the Westin provides information to the visitors to use reef friendly sunscreens.

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