ABOUT PAPAKEA RESORT
Papakea Resort is an oceanfront oasis, with 11 low-rise buildings set among 13 serene acres of lush tropical plantings, koi ponds, and meandering paths. Unlike many West Maui oceanfront resorts, Papakea sits back from the road, giving you serenity and privacy with great access to everything West Maui has to offer.
Two pools & jetted spas with adjacent cabanas are just a coconut’s throw from the ocean. Barbecue grills are conveniently located nearby. Lighted tennis courts, two shuffleboard courts, and two 12-hole putting greens offer lots of opportunities to get your game on. Papakea Resort also offers complimentary fitness classes, and a free weekly mai tai party for all guests.
If you’re looking for snorkeling or swimming, a double reef just feet offshore provides our guests a great option. While storms can cause high surf and swells anyplace in the ocean, the waters in front of Papakea are generally some of the calmest in all of West Maui – & are also generally beautifully clear. Because these waters are part of the Kahekili Marine Reserve, sea life is abundant. Read more about the area right offshore from Papakea Resort below.
Papakea’s oceanfront location offers privacy PLUS ocean access. Just a short stroll through its beautiful grounds puts you on North Ka’anapali Beach. Since Papakea doesn’t have its own beach, you won’t have crowds of beach-goers right outside your window – but you’ll be just a few minutes’ walk to a quiet sandy beach.
KAHEKILI NATURE RESERVE
Papakea Resort is one of the fortunate few properties in West Maui to border the Kahekili Marine Reserve. The reserve is one of 3 conservation zones in Maui. It was established in 2009 with the goal of protecting and enhancing the coral reef and native marine life in the reserve. The double reef that fronts Papakea tends to keep the waters calm, allowing for easy snorkeling. Our resident honus (Hawaiian sea turtles) love it, and we hope you will too.
Beyond the reserve lies the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. This is where humpback whales, traveling thousands of miles from the waters off Alaska, come for breeding and birthing season. It is one of the most important humpback whale habitats in the world, & is the only humpback whale breeding grounds in the United States. At Papakea during the winter months, you have a front-row seat for whale-watching. We even provide binoculars in our unit for you to use during your stay!