Lahaina

United States of America

Lahaina showing a coastal town, a pebble beach and a beach

4.5/5Top Destination

Escape to Lahaina! Enjoy its beaches, oceanfront, and sunsets.

You can still get a sense for the old Lahaina by taking a walk down Front Street, the town’s main artery. This street is lined with well-preserved timber-framed homes that date back to the early 19th century. Today, these houses are restaurants, art galleries, T-shirt stores and trinket shops.

Lahaina sits between the Au'au Channel and the peaks of the West Maui Mountains on Maui’s northwest coast. After King Kamehameha conquered Maui at the turn of the 19th century, he made Lahaina the seat of royal power. It remained in ascendancy until 1845, when the Hawaiian capital was moved to Honolulu.

During its the peak of the whaling industry, from 1825 to 1860, hundreds of ships were berthed in Lahaina’s harbor each year while their sailors took shore leave in town. One such sailor was Herman Melville, author of the classic American novel Moby Dick.

Whales are no longer hunted from Lahaina, but you can still get up-close to them. Set sail on a whale-watching tour from the town’s harbor. The tours last between two and five hours and the best time to see the mammals is between December and May.

While you are visiting Lahaina, grab the opportunity to sit under the shade of the colossal banyan tree in Front Street. It’s of the largest banyan trees in the world.

At night Lahaina, many of Front Street’s stores and galleries stay open late. Book a seat at the Maui Theater for the Ulalena Show, a performance running most nights of the week that tells the story of Hawaii’s people through a combination of song, dance, and acrobatics.

Lahaina is a good base from which to explore the rest of Maui. The island is approximately 45 miles (72.4 kilometers) at its longest length and 23 miles (37 kilometers) at its longest width. Journey through the 'Iao Valley State Park for a close-up view of the 'Iao Needle. This colossal lava formation is one of Maui’s most recognizable landmarks. Swim in the freshwater pools at Kīpahulu and enjoy spectacular views from the mountain peaks of the Haleakalā National Park. For some gentle relaxation play a round of golf or laze on the sandy beaches at the luxury resort of Kapalua.

Known for

Beaches, Snorkeling and Sea

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Where to stay in Lahaina

Downtown Lahaina
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Downtown Lahaina

Sea, Sunsets, Islands

4.5/5 (181 Ratings)

The stunning beaches and popular shops are just a few highlights of Downtown Lahaina. Make a stop by Maui Theater or Lahaina Harbor while you're exploring the area.

Napili
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Napili

Snorkeling, Sea, Sunsets

4.5/5 (230 Ratings)

Napili is known for its stunning beaches, and with sights like Napili Bay and Kapalua Beach, you won't get bored spending a day wandering around this part of Napili-Honokowai.

Historic Lahaina Front Street
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Historic Lahaina Front Street

Sunsets, Islands, Sea

5/5 (5 Ratings)

Travelers come to Historic Lahaina Front Street for its seaside views, and you can see top attractions like Maui Theater and Lahaina Harbor while you're in town.

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Top Hotels in Lahaina

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Honua Kai Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
130 Kai Malina Parkway, Lahaina, HI
$300/night
Aug 20 - Aug 21
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,689 reviews)

"Would have liked daily maid service! Nice pool areas and great espresso on the property at the cute coffee shop Nice to have Dukes on the property"…"

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2019

Honua Kai Resort & Spa
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The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka'anapali
4 out of 5
2365 Kaanapali Pkwy, Lahaina, HI
$319/night
Aug 23 - Aug 24
4.1/5Very Good! (2,600 reviews)

"This was our second resort stop on our Honeymoon, and we may have been spoiled by our first stop (Grand Hyatt in Kauai). The first annoyance was when we pulled in, were told that the only available parking was valet for 30/day. On top of that, we were charged an additional 30/day for "resort fees." ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2019

The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka'anapali
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Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
200 Nohea Kai Dr, Lahaina, HI
$369/night
Aug 23 - Aug 24
4.3/5Excellent! (2,668 reviews)

"Love the location, pools, staff, and the lobby. We own a timeshare next door and often stay at Hyatt to extend stay."…"

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2019

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa

Popular things to do in Lahaina

Kaanapali Beach
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Kaanapali Beach

4.5/5 (2,041 Ratings)

As one of the highest-ranking luxury beaches in the U.S., this stunning stretch of sand with crystal-clear water is lined with high-end hotels and shops.

Kapalua Beach
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Kapalua Beach

4.5/5 (1,104 Ratings)

Calm, luxurious, picturesque and visited by amazing marine life, this is one of West Maui’s more family-friendly swimming and snorkeling destinations.

Top activities in Lahaina

Underwater Submarine Adventure
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Underwater Submarine Adventure

$122

Explore the world beneath the surface of the Pacific Ocean just off the coast of Maui. Descend to more than 100 feet (30.5 m) and come face-to-face with some of Hawaii's most amazing marine life. From Lahaina Harbor, you're shuttled by boat to a submarine just off the coast of Maui.

Sunset Dinner Cruise
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Sunset Dinner Cruise

$99

Savor an exquisite 4-course meal in a casually elegant atmosphere as you watch the sun set over Maui's spectacular natural landscape from the water—cruising in style on a deluxe 2-level catamaran. Departing Lahaina Harbor, marvel at the lush greenery of the West Maui Mountains.

Guided Walking Fruit Tasting Tour at Maui Dragon Fruit Farm
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Guided Walking Fruit Tasting Tour at Maui Dragon Fruit Farm

$21

The lush Hawaiian climate hosts a variety of delicious exotic tropical fruits, and this guided tour gives you the chance to discover some of its best. Try the flavors of some of Maui's most popular fresh fruits and learn about the growing process that produces some of the island's distinctive tastes.

Glass-Bottom Boat Reef Exploration Tour
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Glass-Bottom Boat Reef Exploration Tour

$48

Cruise down the Lahaina coastline to Maui's only barrier reef aboard a glass-bottom boat. Admire views of sea life from an underwater viewing cabin and see marine creatures up-close with the help of professional diver while on-board narration teaches you everything you need to know about the reef.

Maui Value Pass
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Maui Value Pass

$164

Discover the must-do cultural and outdoor activities in Maui with the Maui Value Pass, which gives you access to the Atlantis Submarine, the Maui Ocean Center Aquarium, the Maui Tropical Plantation, and the Bailey House Museum.

Group Standup Paddleboard Lesson for Beginners
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Group Standup Paddleboard Lesson for Beginners

$69

The SUP board is a large surfboard and riders paddle it with a long, lightweight single-bladed paddle. The recent popularity of SUP is a result of celebrities, along with athletes, who have taken up the sport for cross training and to increase core strength.

Reviews of Lahaina

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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3 - Okay
70
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 15, 2019

Will be going back for sure

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 14, 2019

Beautiful sunsets!

4/5 - Good

Lohan

Aug 13, 2019

Nice place

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 12, 2019

Already planning our next trip back!

4/5 - Good

SVS615

Aug 12, 2019

Very much a tourist place with shops and restaurants, but you have to go to take advantage of several very nice restaurants. The BIG downfall is the lack of affordable parking, especially if you go after 10:00 AM.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 9, 2019

Was very fun!