Kapalua Bay Beach, Kapalua

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Address: Kapalua Beach, Kapalua, Hawaii, United States

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About Kapalua Bay Beach, Kapalua

In 1991, this was named America’s best beach; that 15 minutes of fame turned into steady popularity. The two reefs that form the bay also form a shelter; the water is always gentle. This makes the beach an excellent place for snorkelling, especially for beginners and kids. The water at the centre of the beach tends to stir up the sand, but the northern side is pretty clear, and gets clearer the further out you swim. The fish at the reef come in every color in many varieties. It’s quite pretty.

Just off the beach is the Kapalua Coastal Trail. Check it’s location on a online map.

Kapalua Bay Beach Information

  • There is parking.
  • There are showering and restroom facilities.
  • No lifeguard.
  • No food options at the beach, but there are some restaurants within a 10 minute walk.
  • At a nearby rental hut, you can get beach equipment.

How To reach Kapalua Bay Beach by Public Transport

  • You’ll have to drive. Ask locals for directions.

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Kapalua Bay Beach, Kapalua Reviews

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  • Unlike a lot of Maui, the waves are just right. Good place to snorkel as others have said. They have showers and a public restroom. Right next to Merriman's Maui.

  • Get there early for good parking in the lot. Snorkel near the left and right sides along the rocks. Sea turtles and fish!

  • Beautiful area. The beach is in a cove that you walk down to. We had my daughter's Senior pictures taken on the beach. It was an absolutely gorgeous day and sunset.

  • Nice beach. Small cove keeps waves down. Good snorkeling area with coral and fish on both sides and across the cove. Sea tutles too.

  • Great family beach - the waves are not too big and the first couple of feet of the shore do not have coral which makes it a great spot to just relax in the water. We saw one turtle near the left side of the bay, which was so amazing to see! The visibility for snorkelling is a bit foggy but once you focus on one fish you won't be disappointed. Also saw many different types of small fish (rainbow fish) and an eel. We were able to get a spot under the cliff so we had some shade but those spots are limited so be prepared with an umbrella if you don't want to be in the sun while not in the water. There are also a few restaurants in the area that have happy hour (mid afternoon until 5-6 o'clock) and it is also in close proximity to Kaanapali. We went to Sea House Restaurant for happy hour between 2-4:30pm which is a short 5 minute walk from the beach. Would definitely recommend this beach for a nice relaxing couple of hours.

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