Kahekili, ie “Airport Beach”
Beach Location: At the end of Kai Ala Drive, Lahaina, HI 96761, just to the left of the Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort
Amenities: Outdoor showers, restrooms, picnic tables, trash and recycle bins
Time to snorkel: Year round
Kid Friendly: Yes
Parking: Going north on Honoapiilani Highway (Hwy 30), turn left onto Kai Ala Drive. There is a large parking lot for Airport Beach just ahead. This lot fills up pretty quickly, so try to get there early.
Airport Beach is incredible! We personally love this spot. Airport Beach is a partially protected area, and this coral reef is thriving. Except for Molokini Crater, we’ve rarely seen so many different kinds of fishes all in one place! And it’s so easy to get into the water here, as every point the water meets the shore is sandy. You are sure to see large schools of humuhumu’ele’ele (black triggerfish). You may also see bluefin trevally and eels, if you’re patient and watch awhile. If you visit in the middle of whale season (December through April), you may hear whales singing when you are underwater at Airport Beach. Some people think they sound a bit like cows. This is funny because female whales are known as cows, while the males are called bulls, but only male whales sing!
We recommend getting in the water by 9 am. The winds start whipping up the water and the sand on the shore at about 11. Airport Beach has plenty of parking, but the area is popular, which is another reason to arrive early. All the amenities you might need are available here, including outdoor showers and restrooms. Make sure to pack a lunch, and rent some beach umbrellas for shade.
Airport Beach Rating by Boss Frog's
Water Clarity - 8.5/10
Wildlife Abundance - 9/10
Reef Abundance - 9/10
Ease of Beach Access - 10/10
Sandy Beach For Entertaining - 10/10
This spot features one of the longest stretches of uninterrupted sand beach in West Maui. There is a reef located just offshore that can offer up some great snorkeling. Be sure to visit this beach early in the morning; it is unprotected from strong winds that often pick up after 11:00 am.
If you have any questions, feel free to call us at 1-808-661-3333.