Ka'anapli makes TripAdvisor's list of best beaches in the world

Posted by Staff Writer on Thursday, March 28th, 2019 at 1:12pm.

For yet another year in a row, Maui’s famous Ka’anapali Beach has made the list of the top 25 beaches across the globe.

Each year, TripAdvisor ranks beaches across the globe that its millions of users visit on their travels. The white sands and azure waters of Ka’anapali Beach stacked up at No. 14 on the planet, among other world-class vacation destinations like Cuba, Brazil, Greece, Australia, Cyprus and the Seychelles.

With 3 miles of white sand and water so clear it looks like glass, it’s no surprise that Ka’anapali Beach frequently ranks among the nation and world’s best beach. The resort located on the beach was the first of its kind planned in Hawai’i, which has since become a model for the rest of the globe.

Perhaps the most famous attraction on the beach, however, is the cliff diving ceremony held off the beach’s most northern cliff every evening around sunset. At Pu’u Keka’a, also known as Black Rock, a cliff diver lights torches that ascend the cliff, only before jumping off the edge himself. During the day, the spot is often crowded by gutsy tourists and locals who want to jump off its edge to the water below. 

You can see why Ka’anapali made TripAdvisor’s list. The travel review website also ranked beaches across the U.S., a list on which Ka’anapli came in second to Clearwater Beach in Florida.

But Ka’anapli wasn’t the only Hawai’i beach to make that list. Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area on Hawai’i Island’s northwest shore ranked No. 7, while Poipu Beach Park on Kaua’i came it at No. 13. Another Maui beach, Wailea Beach, made No. 17 on the list, and Waikiki got No. 20. Last but not least, Manini’owali Beach, also known as Kua Bay in Kailua-Kona, came in at No. 22.

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