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Tips for Visiting Kapalua Bay Beach (Read This First!)

Have you ever thought about visiting Kapalua Bay Beach? If you find yourself on the west shore of Maui, consider visiting Kapalua Bay for some excellent snorkeling and views of Molokai. Read on for all the tips for visiting Kapalua Bay Beach on Maui!

Kapalua Bay Beach Visitor Tips

Kapalua Bay Beach is about 150 yards long, but only 20-30 yards deep so it gets pretty crowded. Around mid-day, finding a decent spot where you can have at least a few feet of personal space around you can be challenging.

Kapalua Bay is tucked between Napili Bay and the Montage Resort on the West Side of the island!

Kapalua Bay Beach Parking

Parking around the beach access is not plentiful (there are no more than 25 parking spaces) and fills up fast so plan to show up early. There is street parking and parking across the street at the Kapalua Golf Villas for an additional $10. Visitors can also park in Merriman’s parking lot for $15.

If you are staying across the street at the Kapalua Golf Villas or at the Ritz Carlton, they have a free shuttle to pick you up and drop you off from the beach entrance.

Kapalua Bay Beach Snorkeling

Kapalua Bay offers some of the best snorkeling on the West Side of Maui. The reef doesn’t drop off until the cove meets the ocean (which you can spot by the breaking waves), so the water is typically flat.

Kapalua Bay Beach snorkeling

There are plenty of different types of fish, some eels, and turtles but be sure to keep your distance! You can be fined for harassing or getting too close to the turtles!

There’s a beach shop where you can rent umbrellas, benches, snorkeling gears, and paddle boards.


Are there any bathrooms or changing areas at Kapalua Bay Beach?

YES! There are bathrooms at the main entrance of the beach. There are also open-air showers outside the restrooms for rinsing salt water and sand off.

These showers are at the beginning of the tunnel which leads to the beach.

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What should I Bring to Kapalua Bay Beach?

You will need reef-safe sunscreen, Neosporin for coral cuts or scrapes and snacks since there are no food vendors at the beach. Snorkel & paddle board rentals are right on the beach, so if you don’t have your own gear you are able to rent at the shack!

The Montage Hotel outdoor bar is just a short walk down the path if you need a cocktail or quick bite. Drinks will set you back around $18 per cup and they have a limited menu to order from.

Remember to always clean up after yourself and respect the land and Hawaiian people! Stay Pono!


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