Yulina Hi, my name is Yulina, born in Malang, I am a wife who really loves tourism, especially the beach, and loves to cook too. I grew up on the Sumbawa Island, West Nusa Tenggara. I am a writer for this blog, enjoy the story guys.

Kapalua Bay Beach: What’s In It and How to Get There

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Kapalua Bay Beach

If you are planning on a vacation in Hawaii, you don’t want to miss Kapalua Bay Beach. This beautiful beach has many things to offer. It has a gorgeous view, a strip of white sand, clear blue water, and a snorkeling spot. Want to know more about the beach? Just read on.


If we are to describe Kapalua Beach in a single sentence, it would be this: A beautiful, calm sheltered cove. Despite its popularity, the beach somehow maintains its uncrowded look and feel. It is an ideal destination for everyone. Yes, including families.

Kapalua Bay Beach

The waters of the beach are calm, which is why it is an excellent spot to take the kids and for snorkeling. The white strip of sand is just a few feet wide, meaning the sea is just a few steps away from where your beach towel is.

Don’t forget to take photos of the postcard views panorama of the beach. If you’re going to get married soon, consider the beach as one of the spots for your pre-wedding photoshoot.

Is it a surprise that Kapalua Beach once won America’s Best Beach back in 1991, competing against other 649 beaches? Seeing how beautiful the beach is, the title was well-deserved.

In case you’re curious about how the beach looks like in real-time, just open your browser and search “Kapalua Bay Beach Maui Hawaii webcam”.

Speaking of a beach, have you ever visit Coronado beach? It is another beautiful beach in the States. The Coronado beach is located in San Diego, California. If you’re planning to spend your holiday on a beach, be sure to check it out.


Kapalua Bay Beach has calm waters. This makes the beach a great place for sunbathing, swimming, stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, scuba diving, and, of course, snorkeling.


On the beach, there are facilities like public restrooms and showers, and a parking lot. For parking, be sure to get to the parking lot near the beach in the morning. This way, you secure a stall for your vehicle.

Keep in mind that on the beach there are no lifeguards and concession stands. So, be careful and if you want to eat some snacks and drink, bring them before going to the beach.

Want to snorkel but didn’t bring your snorkeling equipment? No need to worry. The Kapalua Bay Hotel doubles as rentals for snorkeling as well as other water sport equipment. So if you need any equipment, just go to the beach activity desk and rent them.

Marine Life

Speaking of marine life, the Kapalua Bay Beach sure is teemed with life. Here are some marine life that you will likely see:

  • Reef triggerfish or Humuhumunukunukuapua’a (this is the Hawaii State Fish)
  • Goatfish
  • Hawkfish
  • Surgeonfish
  • Butterflyfish
  • Parrotfish
  • Damselfish
  • Moorish idol
  • Wrasse
  • Tang
  • Boxfish
  • Jacks
  • Scorpionfish
  • Cornet fish
  • Porcupinefish
  • Chub
  • Perch
  • Crustaceans
  • Invertebrates


Snorkeling Kapalua Bay Beach

Now let’s talk about Kapalua Bay Beach snorkeling. Kapalua Beach is a good snorkeling spot. To get the best experience of snorkeling, swim to the right along the beach’s rocky point. The right side of the beach is where fish hang out and the corals are healthiest. The left side is an OK snorkeling spot.

Water Entrance

Kapalua Beach is a nice sandy beach. That said, it can be steep at times. Entering the snorkeling spot barefoot is not difficult. Just be sure that you keep your eyes on the occasional rock hidden in the sand.

To snorkel, walk to the end spot you want to snorkel and enter from there. Walk out from there until you can float and wear your fins.

Right side

To snorkel at the right side, swim away from the beach. Be sure to stick close to the rocks. In the beginning, you might find that the terrain is dead and boring. But as you move farther out along the rocky point, you will be able to see a few large coral heads and some healthier corals.

Don’t swim too far from the beach. Don’t swim past 900 feet from the beach as at that point you will likely encounter strong currents. When you are done snorkeling, swim back toward the beach.

Left side

The left side of the beach is not as good as the right one, but it is an OK snorkeling spot. Snorkeling at this side is similar to the right side. At first, the terrain is dead but as you go farther out, you will see a few corals.


How to get to Kapalua Bay Beach? To get to the beach from Kaanapali or Lahaina, go north on the Honoapiilani Highway. Keep going until you are close to Kapalua. Then, turn left onto Napilahau Street. Follow this street to the end and then turn right onto Lower Honoapiilani Road.

Kapalua Bay Beach directions

On your way, you will see a large “Sea House Restaurant” sign on the left side of the road. Keep driving for a bit farther. Eventually, you will see a long stone and wood fence that says “Napili Kai Beach Resort.” At this point, you’re close to Kapalua Beach.

Past that sign, you will see a turn off with a “Kapalua Coastal Trail” sign. You will see a mention of beach parking as well. On the right side of the road, you will see a blue beach access sign. Turn left here and you will see the beach parking mentioned early.

Now that you have arrived at the beach parking, Kapalua Beach is within walking distance. Keep in mind that if you want to go to Kapalua Beach, you should arrive early to guarantee yourself a stall. The earlier you go, the more likely you get a stall.

To get to the beach, just follow the walkway on the right side of the parking lot. Keep walking and you will go through a short concrete tunnel. Once you’re through this tunnel, you can see the beautiful beach in front of you.

So, what do you think? Interesting in visiting the beautiful beach? If you’re looking for a beach where you can enjoy the beautiful scenery and do lots of activities, put Kapalua Bay Beach on your must-visit list. You won’t be disappointed. Happy vacation!

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Yulina Hi, my name is Yulina, born in Malang, I am a wife who really loves tourism, especially the beach, and loves to cook too. I grew up on the Sumbawa Island, West Nusa Tenggara. I am a writer for this blog, enjoy the story guys.

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