Kapalua Bay Beach

Lahaina, HI, United States

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    Al B.
    "I'd say the best beach to go snorkling for free on the west coast!"(3 Tips)
    Burt H.
    "Amazing snorkeling just off the beach, lots of fish to see"(3 Tips)
    Yulia C.
    "... almost every day. Try Merriman's for a cocktail and enjoy the sunset view..."(2 Tips)
    Dani D.
    "big sea turtle that hides away in an outcropping"(2 Tips)
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  • snorkling
  • lots of fish
  • merriman
  • snorkeling
  • hidden gem
  • sunsets
  • beach
  • cocktails
  • quiet
  • family-friendly
  • fish
  • sea turtles
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  • Norm Y.

    Parking is scarce, even at 9:30 in the morning. Park up the road at the Pineapple Grill parking lot across the street - just go down to the lower parklot and you're basically parking across the street

    Norm Yee · 2 weeks ago
  • Norm Y.

    Kid friendly and nice snorkeling

    Norm Yee · 2 weeks ago
  • The Ritz-Carlton

    Kapalua Bay is a sheltered marine sanctuary perfect for snorkeling. A nearby activities desk can help plan your day at this very special beach.

    The Ritz-Carlton · July 22
  • daniela

    Great beach with good swimming and snorkeling. Parking lot is small but everyone seems to park at the golf course up the road, as did we. (It's free!)

    daniela · June 18
  • James D.

    Sea turtles and fish everywhere! Bring snorkel gear!

    James D · January 29
  • ashley t.

    Great snorkeling here! Water can get a little murky, but lots of fish to see!

    ashley tevatia · October 2, 2014
  • Ed H.

    Go snorkeling here! Saw a turtle, three(!) different eels, & a ton of fish. Head down while it's raining (you're going to get wet anyways) & you might score a parking spot. Rinse station for your gear

    Ed Hunsinger · September 27, 2014
  • Olof M.

    A great place to snorkel. If you're lucky you'll find a couple of sea turtles here too.

    Olof Moriya · September 21, 2014
  • Yulia C.

    The best snorkeling we have found in the area. You will see a turtle or two almost every day. Try Merriman's for a cocktail and enjoy the sunset view from the first row ♥

    Yulia Cheshire · May 18, 2014
  • Julia M.

    Bring your snorkeling gear! It's amazing

    Julia Mak · April 24, 2014
  • Nicole S.

    Great sandy beach to chill at, snorkeling is ok. Great spot for beginners. Water is pretty cloudy.

    Nicole Sartain · November 3, 2013
  • Al B.

    I'd say the best beach to go snorkling for free on the west coast! Turtles, octopus, squid, and tons of fish to see for free, why not?

    Al B. · September 3, 2013
  • Yvonne

    Beautiful beach!

    Yvonne · September 2, 2013
  • Chris G.

    Public Access at Kapalua Pl

    Chris Goes · May 15, 2013
  • Burt H.

    Amazing snorkeling just off the beach, lots of fish to see

    Burt Herman · February 24, 2013
  • Jennifer K.

    Great beach for catching some rays and snorkeling! A hidden gem...

    Jennifer Kaufman · October 18, 2012
  • Michael S.

    Get there early. Park between Merriman's and the Napili Kai. Since they got rid of the hotel, there's no more easy parking. Best combo of beach & snorkeling on the west side.

    Michael S. · September 17, 2012
  • Kharis R.

    Try Safe House if you can. It is pricey but totally worth it.

    Kharis Rauda-Cabrera · September 7, 2012
  • Mark P.

    Snorkeling is good when the weather is calm.

    Mark Purdie · March 16, 2012
  • Daryn N.

    Easy snorkeling here. You can see fish, urchin, and sometimes even turtles, within wading distance from the shore. Even better if you swim out around the corner.

    Daryn Nakhuda · January 22, 2012
  • Dani D.

    There's a big sea turtle that hides away in an outcropping about mid way between each end of the beach and half way out. Seen him eating a good 10 feet from shore on occasion. You can rent gear too!

    Dani D · December 17, 2011
  • Tina W.

    Some of the best Snorkling. Clear water, lots of fish, sea urchins and we even saw a turtle.

    Tina Weidner Roll · November 26, 2011
  • Dennis C.

    Find the cave at the far right

    Dennis Crespo · October 26, 2011
  • Christina C.

    Great spot for snorkling and be on the look out for sea turtles :)

    Christina Carver · October 17, 2011
  • Shawn F.

    Not as windy as some beaches and a very cool backdrop. Water is rocky and there are fish right up to the shore. Cool scene to simply lounge.

    Shawn Farrar · September 16, 2011
  • Shawn T.

    Strong current just beyond rock line. Careful. It will pull you out quickly. Save for good swimmers. Closer to beach is calm and good for children.

    Shawn Temple · April 1, 2011
  • Jamie S.

    My wife swam about 2 feet from. Sea turtle near the rocks on the right side of the beach if you ate facing the ocean.

    Jamie Stone · February 13, 2011
  • John F.

    Good snorkeling, if you swim out beyond the breakers. Look for sea turtles, they're out there!

    John Fountain · September 22, 2010
  • @mik3cap

    A lovely beach with fine sand - but when extremely windy, the sand blows everywhere! Set up near the rocky outcroppings at the edge of the beach for a spot with the least wind.

    @mik3cap · April 20, 2010
  • my_staff

    Прекрасный залив где действительно можно поплавать с огромными черепахами!! Обязательно возьмите маску - увидели черепаху, подождали минут 15 и вы уже плаваете с ней:)

    my_staff · October 28, 2013

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