For 14 years, Maui has been rated "Best Island in the World" in the annual Conde̩ Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards Poll. In the same poll, Maui also received top honors for "Accommodations, Activities, Scenery and Environment." Among the top activities on Maui is shopping. And, no visit to Maui is complete without a visit to Whalers Village Fine Shops & Restaurants. Located on a premier stretch of Kaanapali Beach which was named "America's Best Beach" in 2003, this open-air shopping and entertainment destination is a vibrant collection of more than 90 fine shops, oceanfront restaurants, services and the finest whaling museum in the Pacific. With the breathtaking backdrop of the lush, green west Maui mountains that give Maui its nickname, the Valley Isle, Whalers Village boasts panoramic views of the ocean and neighboring islands of Lanai and Molokai.
Whalers Village is famous for its varied collection of specialty shops and upscale boutiques – here you'll truly find something for everyone! Retailers include:
- Tommy Bahama
- Honolua Surf Company
- Martin & MacArthur
- Blue Ginger
- White House/Black Market
- Tori Richard
- Sand People
- Louis Vuitton
- Baron and Leeds
- ABC Store
- Pearl Factory
Could anything be better than a cocktail and dinner at sunset with your toes in the Kaanapali sand? Whalers Village has an international Food Court and 3 full-service restaurants, all boasting ocean front or ocean view dining:
- Hula Grill
- Leilani's on the Beach
- Cane & Taro
EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Literally steps from Whalers Village, you'll find the pristine 3-mile stretch of white sand and sparkling blue Pacific known as Kaanapali Beach!
- Water Sports
All manner of water play abounds at Kaanapali, with opportunities for swimming, sailing, surfing, water-skiing, parasailing and snorkeling, to name a few. If snorkeling is your choice, you'll find the most popular snorkeling spot on the island at Black Rock, fronting the Sheraton Maui hotel.
- Whale Watching
Each year from November through April, the great humpback whales return to Maui waters to mate and bear their young. Watch these gentle giants spout, breech and dive right from Whalers Village! A multitude of whale watching excursions are offered during this special time of year.
- The Sugar Cane Train
Get transported back in time on this historical ride between Lahaina and Kaanapali. Experience turn-of-the-century sugar plantation life on this delightful glimpse of Maui's past. 975 Limahana Pl. Suite #203, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761. Phone: 808.667.6851. Fax: 808.661.8389. From The Mainland: 800.499.2307.
- Whalers Village Museum
One of the finest whaling museums in the Pacific is located right in Whalers Village! The Whalers Village Museum and theater features Hawaii's largest collection of harpoons, sea chests, ships' logs, sailors' journals, tools and artifacts. A state-of-the-art, self-guided free audio tour (available in four languages) educates visitors about life at sea aboard a 19th century whaling ship. Free admission. Open daily from 10am–6pm. Call 808-661-5113.
Kaanapali's two championship courses offer equal measures of enjoyment. The 18-hole Kai Course, designed by Arthur Jack Snyder, is a par 71 where accuracy is the priority. The renowned Royal Kaanapali Golf Course, designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., is ranked among the most challenging in the stat.e This par 71 course rises gently from the blue Pacific toward the West Maui Mountains. But be warned: the sweeping views of Lahaina, the entire Kaanapali Resort and the islands of Lanai and Molokai, can prove to be a distraction! In February, golf legends will gather in Kaanapali for The Wendy's Champions Skins Game. Toll-free, 1-866-454 GOLF or locally, (808) 661-3691.
- Historic Lahaina Town
Lahaina is our quaint next door neighbor. Fine art galleries, National Historic Landmarks, shops and restaurants delight visitors of all ages.
- Kaanapali Historical Trail & Legends Tour
Guided tours given twice a week of the historical Hawaiian activities that occurred in the Kaanapali area.
- Daily Center Stage Entertainment
Every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday center stage lights up with our Polynesian Hula show from 7pm – 8pm. Groove to Island-style music every Sunday evening. Be sure to check out our free lei making classes every Tuesday and Friday from 11am – 1pm, or take a Hawaiian Arts and Craft class every Monday from 11am – 12pm. Learn to sway your hips in the ancient art of hula; free lessons take place every Wednesday from 12 – 1pm and Thursday from 3 – 4pm. For details and times, check the calendars posted throughout Whalers Village or on our website at whalersvillage.com, or following us on Facebook and Twitter for up to the minute details and promotions.
Colorful music and hula performances are presented every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday evenings, and join in to learn more about Hawaiian arts & crafts during the day with our hula lessons and lei making class at Whalers Village's open-air main stage. Visit whalersvillage.com to get the latest event information.