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Kapalua Beach
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Kapalua Beach featuring tropical scenes
Calm, luxurious, picturesque and visited by amazing marine life, this is one of West Maui’s more family-friendly swimming and snorkeling destinations.

Kapalua roughly translates into “arms embracing the sea,” and this perfectly describes the pretty, crescent-shaped beach that’s flanked by two rocky outcrops. As a result of this natural barrier, the water in this area is very sheltered and calm, making Kapalua Beach ideal for a gentle swim or snorkel. It’s one of the few northern beaches where children can safely splash around in the shallows.

Palm-tree-lined Kapalua Beach is one of West Maui’s best snorkeling spots, even in winter. You may see surgeon fish, damsel fish, jacks and goat fish. You can even swim with a sea turtle if you are lucky. For optimal conditions, head to the north end of the beach. This is rockier, but has the advantage of better visibility. Occasionally, rare monk seals drag themselves up on to the rocks to rest. Bring your camera, just in case this happens while you are there!

Golf is a favorite activity in Hawaii and especially so in Kapalua the Plantation Course and the Bay Course both host professional tournaments. These courses also welcome passing tourists, so go and watch the action if you appreciate a good game of golf.

A range of boutique shops can be found in the center of Kapalua, including a handful of high-end jewelry stores. If you happen to visit in June, you’ll be delighted by the annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival. Learn all about wine tastings and sample the treats that the local restaurants serve up to showcase their menus.

Kapalua Beach in northwest Maui is relatively crowded compared to other Maui beaches, but since it has a lot to offer, it’s fun to visit at least once. Kapalua has its own private airport, and a luxury resort that straddles the beach offers accommodation options. There is little catering along the beach, so pack a picnic if you plan to spend the day. A parking lot is located close to the beach, but can fill up fast. Get there early to avoid a longer trek to and from the car.

Calm, luxurious, picturesque and visited by amazing marine life, this is one of West Maui’s more family-friendly swimming and snorkeling destinations.

Kapalua roughly translates into “arms embracing the sea,” and this perfectly describes the pretty, crescent-shaped beach that’s flanked by two rocky outcrops. As a result of this natural barrier, the water in this area is very sheltered and calm, making Kapalua Beach ideal for a gentle swim or snorkel. It’s one of the few northern beaches where children can safely splash around in the shallows.

Palm-tree-lined Kapalua Beach is one of West Maui’s best snorkeling spots, even in winter. You may see surgeon fish, damsel fish, jacks and goat fish. You can even swim with a sea turtle if you are lucky. For optimal conditions, head to the north end of the beach. This is rockier, but has the advantage of better visibility. Occasionally, rare monk seals drag themselves up on to the rocks to rest. Bring your camera, just in case this happens while you are there!

Golf is a favorite activity in Hawaii and especially so in Kapalua; the Plantation Course and the Bay Course both host professional tournaments. These courses also welcome passing tourists, so go and watch the action if you appreciate a good game of golf.

A range of boutique shops can be found in the center of Kapalua, including a handful of high-end jewelry stores. If you happen to visit in June, you’ll be delighted by the annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival. Learn all about wine tastings and sample the treats that the local restaurants serve up to showcase their menus.

Kapalua Beach in northwest Maui is relatively crowded compared to other Maui beaches, but since it has a lot to offer, it’s fun to visit at least once. Kapalua has its own private airport, and a luxury resort that straddles the beach offers accommodation options. There is little catering along the beach, so pack a picnic if you plan to spend the day. A parking lot is located close to the beach, but can fill up fast. Get there early to avoid a longer trek to and from the car.

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The Mauian - Boutique Beach Studios on Napili Bay
The Mauian - Boutique Beach Studios on Napili Bay
3 out of 5
5441 Lower Honoapiilani Rd, Lahaina, HI
The price is $289 per night from Jul 6 to Jul 6
Nestled on the beach, this Napili aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Napili Bay Beach and Napili Bay. Kapalua Beach and West Maui Mountains are also within ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (442 reviews)
"Great location on Napili Bay Nice little boutique feel"

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2021

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Kapalua Villas Maui
Kapalua Villas Maui
4 out of 5
300 Kapalua Drive, Lahaina, HI
Situated in Lahaina, this golf condo resort is within a 10-minute walk of Kapalua Golf Resort Bay Course, Napili Bay, and Kapalua Beach. West Maui Mountains ...
4.3/5Excellent! (903 reviews)
"The property is beautiful. The only complaint we have is every night for 9 nights between 12:30AM-3:30AM the people upstairs were moving their furniture around the whole house and running from room to room. We were wide awake. That was a huge problem! Maybe they were on a different time zone but ..."

Reviewed on May 10, 2021

Kapalua Villas Maui
Napili Kai Beach Resort
Napili Kai Beach Resort
3.5 out of 5
5900 Lower Honoapiilani Rd, Lahaina, HI
Located in Napili, this beachfront condo resort is next to a golf course and within 3 mi (5 km) of Napili Bay Beach, West Maui Mountains, and Kapalua Golf Club ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (948 reviews)
"The property was intimate, had great access to beach and amenities. Great location for visiting other beach areas and great restaurants and shopping nearby. We’ll be back!"

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2021

Napili Kai Beach Resort
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Napili Sunset on the Beach
Napili Sunset on the Beach
2.5 out of 5
46 Hui Drive, Lahaina, HI
The price is $269 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
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4 out of 5
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The Mauian - Boutique Beach Studios on Napili Bay
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3 out of 5
5441 Lower Honoapiilani Rd, Lahaina, HI
The price is $289 per night from Jul 6 to Jul 6
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3.5 out of 5
5900 Lower Honoapiilani Rd, Lahaina, HI
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Napili Shores Maui by Outrigger
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3 out of 5
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Montage Kapalua Bay
Montage Kapalua Bay
5 out of 5
One Bay Drive, Lahaina, HI
The price is $2,845 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 22
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