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Kapalua Beach

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 Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua £598
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

1 Ritz Carlton Dr, Lahaina, HI
     
    5.0 out of 5.0

    With direct access to the beach, this Lahaina resort is next to a golf course and within 1 mi (2 km) of Oneloa Beach, Napili Bay and Kapalua Beach. Kapalua Golf Club Plantation Course and Honolua Bay are also within 2 miles (3 km).

    Montage Kapalua Bay £1,351
    Montage Kapalua Bay

    Montage Kapalua Bay

    One Bay Drive, Lahaina, HI
       
      5.0 out of 5.0

      Offering direct access to the beach, this Napili condominium resort is within a 10-minute walk of Kapalua Golf Resort Bay Course and Napili Bay. Kapalua Beach and Kapalua Golf Club Plantation Course are also within 3 miles (5 km).

      Kapalua Villas Maui £180
      Kapalua Villas Maui

      Kapalua Villas Maui

      300 Kapalua Drive, Lahaina, HI
         
        4.0 out of 5.0

        Situated near the airport, in Lahaina, this golf condominium resort is close to Kapalua Golf Resort Bay Course, Kapalua Beach and Napili Bay. Also nearby are Kapalua Golf Club Plantation Course and Oneloa Beach.

        Napili Kai Beach Resort £302
        Napili Kai Beach Resort

        Napili Kai Beach Resort

        5900 Lower Honoapiilani Rd, Lahaina, HI
           
          3.5 out of 5.0

          Nestled on the beach, this Napili condominium resort is within a 5-minute walk of Napili Bay and Kapalua Beach. Kapalua Golf Club Plantation Course and Honolua Bay are also within 3 miles (5 km).

          The Mauian - Boutique Beach Studios on Napili Bay £197
          The Mauian - Boutique Beach Studios on Napili Bay

          The Mauian - Boutique Beach Studios on Napili Bay

          5441 Lower Honoapiilani Rd, Lahaina, HI
             
            3.0 out of 5.0

            Nestled on the beach, this Napili condo is within a 10-minute walk of Napili Bay and Kapalua Beach. Kapalua Golf Club Plantation Course and Honolua Bay are also within 3 miles (5 km).

            Napili Shores Maui by Outrigger £145
            Napili Shores Maui by Outrigger

            Napili Shores Maui by Outrigger

            5315 Lower Honoapiilani Rd, Lahaina, HI
               
              3.0 out of 5.0

              Nestled on the beach, this Napili condominium resort is within a 15-minute walk of Napili Bay and Kapalua Beach. Kapalua Golf Club Plantation Course and Honolua Bay are also within 3 miles (5 km).

              Ginger Residence 1-303
              Ginger Residence 1-303

              Ginger Residence 1-303

              1 Bay Dr, Lahaina, HI
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0

                This romantic villa is located in Lahaina (Napili), close to Kapalua Beach, Napili Bay and Kapalua Golf Club Plantation Course. Also nearby are Kapalua Golf Resort Bay Course and Oneloa Beach.

                Napili Sunset on the Beach £179
                Napili Sunset on the Beach

                Napili Sunset on the Beach

                46 Hui Drive, Lahaina, HI
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0

                  Nestled on the beach, this Napili condo is within a 15-minute walk of Napili Bay and Kapalua Beach. Kapalua Golf Club Plantation Course and Honolua Bay are also within 3 miles (5 km).