Long a bustling port town, Lahaina mixes a charming historic atmosphere with a tourist-town line-up of activities. If you’re looking for water sports there’s a good chance you’ll pass through here—the harbor anchors West Maui’s marine tourism and sees off cruises ranging from whale watches to snorkeling adventures. Still, the real draw in Lahaina is back on land. Old plantation-era buildings line Front Street and house a mix of boutique and kitschy shops and restaurants. History buffs can learn about the town’s whaling and missionary days. Kids gaze up at the giant Banyan Tree, while those looking for a nightcap head to Lahaina’s bars—things close early on Maui but this town stays up a little later. With a less-sleepy vibe than the rest of the island, Lahaina can get pretty crowded, but that’s all part of the fun.
The town itself has parts that feel like it did decades ago, but of course lots of it is commercialized now and targeted towards tourists. Despite that the town has its little treats. Among them a walk down Front Street and it's many stores along the shoreline, a sunset view with Lanai seeming like only a stones throw away, and strolling through the maze of roots of Banyan Tree park.
Lahaina and More Nearby