Best Places to Enjoy a Maui Sunset

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Where is the best place to watch the sunset on Maui?

Anywhere on the west side of the island! But to be more specific, head to one of the following spots to experience this spectacle. I guarantee you that no sunset is the same, so soak it all in and enjoy the show!

Just like Waikīkī, Kaanapali can be best defined by its resorts and the tourists that cruise through town. This is one of the most popular spots for watching the sunset because there are numerous places on the beach or grass to sit down and relax. It might not be the most private spot to enjoy a romantic sunset, but it’s definitely one of the most convenient for tourists.

If you’re going to Kapalua for the day, then chances are you’ll be doing a bit of shopping. Whaler’s Village sits right along the water and is home to dozens of shops – from high-end designer ones to local boutiques. What better way to end a day of shopping than to kick back and enjoy the sunset? You can watch it from on a bench at the outdoor mall or from the nearby Kaanapali Beach.

Lāhaina is probably my favorite place to enjoy a Maui sunset. It brings back wonderful memories of my childhood, in which my family and I would stroll through Front Street before ending up at the seawall across of Hard Rock Cafe. I remember dangling my feet over the edge, watching the water bounce off of the wall in a steady rhythm. You’ll notice many others doing the same here; otherwise, they’re probably enjoying the sunset from one of the ocean-front restaurants.

Here are some more favorites:

  • Po‘olenalena Beach Park: This beach is known for its calm waters and stunning views of the West Maui mountains. It’s a great place to relax and enjoy the sunset with a picnic or a swim. Google Maps Link

  • Hanakaoʻo Park: This park has a beautiful beachfront location with a grassy area, picnic tables, and restrooms. It’s a great place to watch the sunset with family or friends. Google Maps Link

  • Wailea Beach: This beach is one of the most popular in Maui, and for good reason. It has soft sand, clear water, and stunning views of the sunset. There are also plenty of resorts and restaurants nearby, so you can make a day of it. Google Maps Link

  • Ho’okipa Lookout: This lookout offers panoramic views of the North Shore of Maui, including the famous Ho’okipa Beach Park. It’s a great place to watch the sunset and see the surfers catching waves. Google Maps Link

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