Staying in Maui’s Downtown Lahaina
Once teeming with sailors and rowdy bars, downtown Lahaina is now a sleepy coastal town in West Maui. Even though the sailors have left, Lahaina retains its seaport feel thanks to its historic buildings and vintage facades. A hotspot for many tourists, Lahaina is a great place to go for restaurants, renowned art galleries and attractive hotels. Being close to Kaanapali and Kapalua makes it a convenient base for exploring further afield, but there’s certainly plenty to keep you busy in Lahaina.
Hotels in Downtown Lahaina
Downtown Lahaina has a good selection of three- and four-star hotels with a wide range of amenities, from coffee makers to washing machines and full kitchens. All the hotels are near Lahaina’s most popular beaches and attractions and either have views or access to the beach or make the most of the area’s lush tropical landscape. After a day exploring Maui Island, you can look forward to relaxing by an outdoor pool or enjoying a barbecue at your hotel’s communal grills.
Things to See in Downtown Lahaina
Front Street is the centre of Lahaina’s historic district, and is home to the former Lahaina Prison and the US Seaman’s Hospital. Lahaina runs some of Maui’s most popular whale-watching tours, which leave from the harbour and take you out into the Pacific to see the famous humpbacks. If you prefer whale watching from dry land, hang out on Baby Beach and it’s likely you’ll see one or two from the beach’s extremely shallow child-friendly waters.
Hawaiian Culture in Downtown Lahaina
For evening entertainment, enjoy Hawaiian food and drinks while watching traditional Polynesian dance shows at the nightly luau parties. And for more Hawaiian culture, head to Lahaina’s Maui Theatre. This world-famous theatre is known for its Ulalena show, which showcases Polynesian dance, music and acrobatics.
Beaches in West Maui
Just a ten-minute drive north of Lahaina, the calm conditions at Kaanapali Beach make it suitable for families and inexperienced swimmers, scuba divers and snorkellers. Tropical fish and sea turtles are regularly spotted in the crystal-clear waters.
Along the coast, Kapalua Beach is one of the island’s best thanks to its rocky outcrops, which make it perfect for snorkelling and swimming.