Kapalua Bay

Kapalua Bay on Maui is a nice family beach for snorkeling.

Kapalua Bay Is A Family-Friendly, Calm Beach

Kapalua Bay Is A Family-Friendly Beach

Kapalua Bay is a nice, clean beach for snorkeling, swimming and enjoying the day!

At the edge of the Kapalua and Napili communities, Kapalua Bay is one of the most popular family beachesKapalua Bay is ideal for snorkeling on west maui. on the west side of Maui.

Kapalua Bay is known for calm, clear water in the morning, and some of the best snorkeling on the island.  It’s common to see Maui’s Green Sea turtles at Kapalua Bay.

It’s also a well-known place for marriages and renewal ceremonies, along with religious celebrations.  With it’s wide, brown sandy beach, Kapalua Bay is ideal for families with small children, along with elderly folks that just want to walk along the water’s edge.

At the south end of Kapalua Bay is the widely-recognized Merriman’s Kapalua Restaurant.

Parking is available and there are also nice restroom facilities located at Kapalua Bay.

Kapalua Bay Suggestions

  • Parking is available at a small beach access parking lot.  Look for the small sign.  If it’s full, you can also park along the Lower Kapalua Bay is a nice snorkel beach on Maui.Honoapiilani Road and walk to the entrance to Kapalua Bay.
  • Take snorkel equipment and some drinks/snacks, along with water, towels and sunscreen.
  • As you face the bay, some of the best snorkel spots are to your left.  Kapalua Bay is also a good place to, possibly, see Maui’s Green Sea Turtles.
  • The morning hours are the best for calm, clear, easy-to-snorkel waters.  In the afternoon, the water can get a bit rough.
  • If you bring a change of clothes, try Merriman’s for a drink or an early evening dinner.
  • Please be respectful if there is a wedding or event taking place on the beach.
  • Kapalua Bay is a very clean and beautiful beach, so please take all your trash with you when you leave.  Restroom facilities are inside the parking area.
  • Do not try and park at the parking lot for Merriman’s Kapalua restaurant.
  • Directions.  Take Lower Honoapiilani Road through Honokowai, Kahana, and Napili, toward Kapalua.  You’ll pass a Kapalua sign and a bend in the road to your left.  Just after you pass the Napili Shores resort, you’ll see the entrance to Kapalua Bay.
Kapalua Bay parking for Kapalua Bay and snorkeling on west Maui.

Kapalua Bay Parking Lot With Beach Access

I hope you enjoy visiting Kapalua Bay while visiting Maui!

Kapalua Bay is a nice place to see green sea turtles.

Kapalua Bay is a good place to see Green Sea Turtles.

Cool & Fun Things To Do On Maui!

Visit Honolua Bay when you’re on the west side of Maui, and maybe grab a pizza at Dollie’s.  There plenty of activities on Maui and also some of the best burger places are in Lahaina Town.  Don’t forget to make a trip to Haleakala Crater and snorkel at Black Rock or Airport Beach.

Looking for a great breakfast?  Try The Gazebo in Napili.  Do some shopping at Lahaina Cannery Mall, try some pizza in Lahaina Town at Prison Street Pizza, or go upcountry and have a great steak at Makawao Steakhouse.

My Top 10 Lists – Top 10 activities on Maui, Top 10 attractions on Maui, Top 10 restaurants on Maui, and my Top 10 burger places on Maui.  Here’s a few West Maui beaches to enjoy:

Kapalua Beach

Papalaua Beach

Airport Beach

Aloha – Enjoy Maui!

Black Sand Beach on Maui, Hawaii.

Black Sand Beach

Beaches.  Maui has some of the best beaches in the world.  Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay on the west side of the island are popular snorkel locations, and everyone loves Baby Beach in Lahaina.  Honolua Bay is also awesome for snorkeling, and Slaughterhouse Beach nearby is a tourist favorite.  Don’t forget to try D.T. Fleming Beach Park.

Big Beach is a favorite on the southwest side of Maui, along with Ulua Beach, Wailea Beach and Polo Beach.

In Paia, there’s Baldwin Beach that is popular and Ho’okipa Beach is just past Paia.  Just before Hana is the famous Black Sand Beach.

La Perouse Bay is an incredible place to snorkel, swim and hike, and Po’olenalena Beach is a little hide-away beach in the Makena State Park area of southwest Maui.

Top 10 Lists.  Take a look at my Top 10 Activities on Maui, and my Top 10 Restaurants.  There’s also my Top 10 Attractions while visiting Maui and, of course, my Top 7 Shopping places and Top 5 Luau experiences.

The Gazebo is one of Maui's top places for breakfast.

The Gazebo

Eating & Drinking.  Oh, yea.  You’ve also got to eat and drink while visiting Maui.  Well, for breakfast The Gazebo in Napili is a “must-do tradition,” along with the Kihei Café.  For pizza, try Prison Street Pizza in Lahaina or Dollie’s Pub & Café in Napili.

There’s a lot of good burger places in Lahaina, along With Honu Seafood and Pizza and Lulu’s Lahaina Surf Club.

In the upcountry town of Makawao are two good places to eat – Casanova Italian Restaurant and  Makawao Steak House.   Stop at this “Hawaiian cowboy” town on your way down from a sunrise visit at Haleakala Crater.

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Ho’okipa Beach – Paia

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Welcome To Maui  Tourist Guide

Maui Travel Tips is a blog by SteveENJOY!  Living on Maui, I love to talk about this beautiful island.  I hope you enjoy my photography, and I love to provide first-hand information about Maui.  My hope is you feel the true Hawaiian “spirit of aloha” in everything you see and do on Maui.

HAVE FUN!  Take a look at the article categories, review my recent posts, and send me any questions or comments you might have.

I know you’ll love Maui — as much as I love her! 


Big Wave Taffy on Maui!

Take a look at our delicious Hawaii Flavors of salt water taffy – our salt water taffy is soft and creamy and it makes a great gift item, too.  The taffy is sold at many stores on Maui, and you can also order on-line with Big Wave Taffy.

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