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Kapalua Beach

Home to rare monk seals and a range of rainbow-coloured tropical fish, the white sands of Kapalua Beach are a dream destination for snorkelling and sunbathing.

Protected by two arms of volcanic rock which stretch out into the sea, the calm waters off of Kapalua Beach are the perfect place to take the family for an afternoon of snorkelling and swimming in the warm shallows of the Pacific Ocean.

The beach is blanketed with clean white sand so it is an ideal destination for whiling away a lazy afternoon. It is much less wild than the pounding surf of other beaches on the North coast, making it a popular choice for visitors with children. Follow in the footsteps of ancient Hawaiian royalty and bring your family here for a fun-filled day on the shore. Have a quick swim in the sea before relaxing with a picnic on the beach – if you’re lucky you might even be joined by some friendly sea turtles!

Head to the rockier areas at either end of the bay for superb snorkelling opportunities, and see if you can tell your damsel fish from your goat fish in the plethora of sea-life that teems around the coral reef. Keep an eye out for monk seals during your dip – these rare creatures love the sanctuary provided by the protective surf breaks and often come here for a breather on the rocks.

In the surrounding Kapalua Resort area, you’ll find plenty to see and do. The manicured greens of the Plantation and Bay golf courses play host to professional competitions which welcome passing spectators. There is a great choice of upmarket shops selling designer clothes and bespoke jewellery.

If you find yourself in Maui in June, head down to the Kapalua Wine & Food Festival which takes place here every year. The Festival is a celebration of fine wine, high quality food and the cuisine of Hawaii’s top professional chefs set against the natural beauty of the Kapalua scenery.

Kapalua Beach is just off of Highway 30 on the north-west side of the island. Arrive early to bag a decent parking spot, as the beach is very popular and the nearby car park fills up quickly!

Like to make your visit to Kapalua Beach even more unique? Don't miss the chance to try a few of these activities:

Your next great adventure has been waiting for you! You might want to try a Haleakala National Park Sunrise & Zip Tour or a Haleakala National Park Sunrise Bike & Zip Tour.

If you'd like even more options, have a look at our Kahului things to do page.


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The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua NZ$867
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

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

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

    Napili Kai Beach Resort NZ$657
    Napili Kai Beach Resort

    Napili Kai Beach Resort

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

      Located in Napili, this beachfront condominium resort is next to a golf course and within 3 mi (5 km) of Napili Bay Beach, Kapalua Golf Club Plantation Course and Honolua Bay. Whalers Village and Black Rock are also within 9 mi (15 km).

      Napili Shores Maui by Outrigger
      Napili Shores Maui by Outrigger

      Napili Shores Maui by Outrigger

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

        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).

        Kapalua Villas Maui NZ$434
        Kapalua Villas Maui

        Kapalua Villas Maui

        300 Kapalua Drive, Lahaina, HI
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Lahaina, this golf condominium resort is within a 10-minute walk of Kapalua Golf Resort Bay Course, Kapalua Beach, and Napili Bay. Kapalua Golf Club Plantation Course and Honolua Bay are also within 3 miles (5 km).

          The Mauian - Boutique Beach Studios on Napili Bay
          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 Stars

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

            Napili Sunset on the Beach NZ$441
            Napili Sunset on the Beach

            Napili Sunset on the Beach

            46 Hui Drive, Lahaina, HI
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Nestled on the beach, this Napili condo is just steps away from Napili Bay Beach and Napili Bay. Kapalua Beach and Kapalua Golf Club Plantation Course are also within 3 miles (5 km).

              Montage Kapalua Bay NZ$1,786
              Montage Kapalua Bay

              Montage Kapalua Bay

              One Bay Drive, Lahaina, HI
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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

                Residence 1-303: Stunning Ocean Front Location w/ Panoramic Views!
                Residence 1-303: Stunning Ocean Front Location w/ Panoramic Views!

                Residence 1-303: Stunning Ocean Front Location w/ Panoramic Views!

                1 Bay Dr, Lahaina, HI
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Napili, this romantic villa is within a 10-minute walk of Kapalua Beach and Napili Bay. Kapalua Golf Club Plantation Course and Honolua Bay are also within 3 miles (5 km).