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Surf tumbling waves off Hawaiian beaches on the back of a gliding surf board, trek mountain peaks and volcanic trails as you explore dramatic island scenery, and sip rum cocktails with the locals at driftwood bars as you sink your toes into warm golden sands. Life in Lahaina is laid-back and leisurely. Stress and anxiety doesn’t exist in this idyllic beachfront town, where fishermen stop to pass the time of day, and coconut sellers wave cheerily on the shore.

Things to see

Kaanapali Beach perfectly epitomizes Hawaiian life. This vast stretch of golden sand, caressed by the gentle lapping of crystal clear surf, and edged by the vivid green fronds of towering palm trees is a must-visit destination for tourists heading to this idyllic island. It’s much more of a beach resort than an isolated escape. Towering hotel blocks and contemporary condos provide luxury living on the edge of this slice of paradise, while surf shops and bustling bars line the promenade. The waterfront at Lahaina Harbor is broken by a line of yachts the color of sparkling quartz. Fishing ships, luxury cruisers, and private boats chug in and out of here all day long, off to enjoy a sail across the open sea on a search for migrating humpback whales. These magnificent creatures once formed part of the staple diet for early islanders, and a visit to the aptly-named Whalers Village on Ka’anapali Parkway lets you spend time browsing the carefully-lit galleries of its Whalers Village Museum, discovering the traditions that surrounded the hunt for these kings of the ocean. While you’re here, it’s a good time to do a little shopping. The pretty boutiques along the mall are fit to burst with tropical fashions, surfing clothes, and tempting eateries where freshly caught shellfish is served straight from the sea.

Hotels in Lahaina

Most hotels in Lahaina are located close to the coast, ideal really, considering most travelers visit Hawaii to visit its beautiful beaches. There are a few luxury hotels in Lahaina, although the majority of high-end hotels are located a little further north in the larger town of Ka’anapali. Here, top hotels have a distinctly island feel. They’re definitely modern, but the bamboo and palm features, vivid tropical color schemes, and landscape windows do their best to add that unique Hawaiian touch to your personal living space. For a less expensive holiday, affordable hotels still feature panoramic balconies, sparkling outdoor swimming pools, and a range of in-room entertainment that includes satellite channels and WiFi.

Where to stay

Lahaina is crowded onto the edge of the island, enjoying a fabulous beachside location with the dramatic tree-covered mountains of the West Maui Forest Reserve as its impressive backdrop. It’s a small, unhurried town. There’s a commercial feel to its promenade, with the chic bars and island eateries lined up next to hotels in Lahaina, but it’s not overtly touristic in its residential areas. Downtown Lahaina is an exciting place to be. Colorful market stalls line busy shopping plazas, enjoying the shade of mammoth Banyan trees, while old colonial bars and stores hug the sidewalks of Front Street.

How to get to Lahaina

Arriving in Lahaina is easiest when you fly to Kahului Airport, the closest international arrivals terminal on this Hawaiian island. From here, the curving Honoapiilani Highway stretches around the island, avoiding the mountains in the center and taking in the beautiful coastal scenery as it goes. It’s around 40 minutes to Lahaina, a little longer than the 20 minutes it takes to drive from West Maui Airport, but the scenery makes it all worthwhile.

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