Napili Bay

Napili Bay

Napili Bay on West Maui is a nice, family beach.

Situated on the west side of Maui, bordering the communities of Napili and Kapalua, is one of the nicest and cleanest beaches you’ll find anywhere on Maui.

Napili Bay is a favorite snorkel and swimming beach for families with children of all ages.  The water is especially calm in the morning hours, but it does tend to get a bit roughter in the afternoon.  After 2 p.m., the waves can get quite large at Napili Bay.

Napili Bay Is A Top Snorkel Spot!  Napili Bay is one of the best snorkel locations on Maui.  The beach is protected by several reef systems and is a natural spot for Green Sea Turtles (Honu in Hawaiian).  The snorkeling is very good in the morning hours, and entering the beach is easy with a slight slope to the entrance to the water.

Napili Bay is anchored by the Napili Kai resort to the north, and the Napili Shores resort to the south.  Maui’s famous Gazebo Restaurant is also located at the edge of the south part of the bay withint the Napili Shore complex.

Tripadvisor reviews are a good way to see what others think of Napili Bay.  Yelp also provides additional pictures and comments.

Directions To Napili Beach.  Take Hwy. 30 to the west side of Maui, and turn south to Lower Honoapiilani Road.  Go through the communities of Honokowai and Kahana, and you’ll see the Napili Shores resort.  Park along the roadway.


Napili Bay is nice for families on Maui, Hawaii.


 Napili Beach is a reallly nice snorkel spot on Maui.


Napili Bay is a nice beach on Maui.


Napili Bay is a good snorkel spot on Maui, Hawaii.


Napili is the top snorkel spot on Maui.


Another good beach on the west side of Maui is D T Fleming Beach and Airport Beach just off Hwy. 30.  Napili Beach is also next to Kapalua Beach.

Napili Beach Suggestions.

  • Go early in the morning.  The water is very calm in the early hours.
  • Take drinks and snacks, as there’s not a convenience store nearby.
  • Have breakfast at The Gazebo and then head over for a morning or snorkeling and swimming at Napili Bay.
  • Enjoy a morning of swimming and snorkeling at Napili Bay, and then have lunch at The Gazebo.  The restaurants closes at 2 p.m. so get there before it closes.
  • Park along Lower Honoapiilani Road, as the resorts have limited, private parking.

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

Napili Beach

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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.

Hookipa beach on the windward side of Maui.

Ho’okipa Beach – Paia

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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.

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