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Pocket Guide: Lahaina West Maui Hotels

Flights to West Maui Airport

Also known as Kapalua Airport, West Maui Airport (JHM) is within a ten-minute drive from both Kapalua and Kaanapali. Flights to the small airport are only by Hawaiian-based Mokulele Airlines and Island Air, which both run commuter flights between Maui and the other Hawaiian islands.

What to Expect at West Maui Airport

A range of vending machines provide snacks and drinks, and there are even vending facilities selling daily newspapers. You’ll find ATMs in the terminal. With no public transport links to West Maui Airport, even if you’ve hired a car, you’ll need to take a taxi or pre-arrange transport to the car rental firms in nearby towns. Most hotels offer a shuttle service to West Maui Airport if you have arranged accommodation in advance.

Resort Areas close to West Maui Airport

Maui Island’s northernmost resort location, the small town of Kapalua has been a popular destination for well-heeled tourists since the 1970s and still retains a reputation as an exclusive area. If you’re staying in the area, you’ll have many activities to enjoy. Think hiking, snorkelling and golfing.

There are more resorts and hotels in Kaanapali, just south of West Maui Airport. Popular with families and young couples, the Kaanapali resort strip is lined with laid-back coastal accommodation. You can shop in the open-air Whalers Village complex or relax on the award-winning Kaanapali beach. Or, if the mood takes you, enjoy a round on one of the two golf courses overlooking the Pacific.

Maui Island: Top Activities

Whale watching is Maui Island’s number one activity, especially during winter when the famous humpbacks can be spotted just off the coast. Many companies run whale-watching tours and take groups out into the ocean to get closer a closer look.

Back on dry land, take the journey from North Shore down to East Maui along the famous Road to Hana. The road passes through some of Maui’s most beautiful scenery and past stunning waterfalls. There are lots of chances to pull up and go off hiking through the largely untouched surroundings to secluded swimming holes. The majority of road trippers stop off at the Garden of Eden Arboretum to take in the best of Hawaiian flora and fauna.

Beaches on Maui Island

Maui Island’s beaches attract everyone from sunbathers to surfers. Kaanapali beach caters to all beach goers, with a wide range of nearby facilities, from surf shops to beach bars. Most of the beach’s ocean is filled with paddle boarders, surfers and parasailers, and the Black Rock lava pool is popular with divers and snorkelers.

Just up the coast from Hana, the Waianapanapa State Park is a black-sand beach lined with plenty of picnic pavilions and beach huts and hiking trails and even a sizeable camping area. The beach is popular with sunbathers and water-sport enthusiasts, but it is also significant in the island’s ancient culture, with a number of traditional Hawaiian birthing pools in the water.