We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Save
Share
Book In Advance
414
All photos (414)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good23%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“fish”(232 reviews)
“sea turtles”(70 reviews)
About
Local Weather
Powered by Weather Underground
79°
68°
Oct
77°
67°
Nov
77°
66°
Dec
Contact
Ritz Carlton, Kapalua, Maui, HI
Ways to Experience Kapalua Beach
from $130.90
More Info
from $130.90
More Info
Reviews (1,048)
Filter reviews
965 results
Traveler rating
690
226
35
8
6
Traveler type
Time of year
LanguageEnglish
More languages
690
226
35
8
6
Show reviews that mention
All reviews fish sea turtles great snorkeling snorkel gear parking is limited parking lot parking spot calm waters octopus across the street paddle boards tennis courts black rock shallow water easy entry bathrooms and showers public parking
FilterEnglish
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 965 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Located down from the Montage with public access on the south end near Merrimans, the beach curves around the bay with nice view of the other islands near by. Space is limited as can get crowded as the depth isn’t much only allowing 2 maybe...More

1  Thank wood7indiana
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Short walk or Gulf Cart ride down the hill to a fabulous beach adjacent to the D.T. Fleming Beach. The Ritz has a quaint snack bar with table service and awesome views of the pacific ocean.

Thank mickeykapo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Snorkeling at Kapalua Bay is fantastic. The number of fish is second to none. We counted at least 39 species along with lots of beautiful coral. Sandy walk-in entry is easiest at north end of beach, reef beginning close to shore. This area is suitable...More

Thank sushuff
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We snorkeled both sides of the beach, left side has nearly any fish or live coral. Right side, we saw three turtles, and many fish and an eel. Please, Do Not wear suntan lotion in the ocean, buy a UV shirt and Don't stand on...More

Thank snorkelnut
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have been visiting Kapalua Beach on Maui for over three decades and have witnessed the evolution of the site from quiet, undeveloped hidden hideaway to the hotel encircled, crowded white sand crescent it is in 2018. Yet this remains a favorite place to relax,...More

2  Thank KLE2013
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our family visited Maui in mid August 2018. We went to Kapalua beach for snorkeling. The beach is beautiful! My husband and two girls (teenagers) went snorkeling. They only swam about 20 meters into the ocean and saw a lot of colourful tropical fishes. A...More

Thank Tianxue Z
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A little tough to reach, this beach has beautiful sand and gentle waves. There are coral reefs not too far off the sand, so be mindful... it can be sharp. Ok for kids, but need to keep eyes on as the water gets deep (for...More

Thank mjd496
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We didn't see a lot when we snorkeled here but it was a little late in the day. There is plenty of parking. The beach is beautiful, nice place to relax.

Thank Andrea F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The parking is somewhat limited if you go later in the day..we parked on the street. The walk in was fine, but be careful and pay attention when going down the steps. There is a lot of sand on them, which can be slippery even...More

Thank 1amalie
Reviewed September 12, 2018 via mobile

When Ritz Carlton demolished the elegant Kapalua Bay Hotel and replaced it with timeshares, they hosed their equipment off into the storm sewer that feeds into the bay. We could see the dirty water pouring into the bay from the pipe. This covered the reef...More

1  Thank Joseph_Meyer
View more reviews
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all 54 nearby hotels
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
3,789 reviews
.06 miles away
The Kapalua Villas, Maui
1,015 reviews
.45 miles away
Montage Kapalua Bay
588 reviews
.76 miles away
Napili Kai Beach Resort
947 reviews
.84 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 1,038 nearby restaurants
Merriman's
3,097 reviews
.92 miles away
Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar
1,946 reviews
.22 miles away
Plantation House Restaurant
1,382 reviews
.93 miles away
The Banyan Tree
385 reviews
.09 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 1,196 nearby attractions
Kapalua Plantation Course
429 reviews
.99 miles away
Dragon's Teeth
343 reviews
.38 miles away
Kapalua Coastal Trail
916 reviews
.81 miles away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
SB S
June 27, 2018|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from ladydi50CA | Reviewed this property |
It's public. I highly recommend getting there early in the morning, as parking (as well as the beach) fills up. Parking is limited.
0
Votes
cloverleaf921
January 25, 2018|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
Response from Micheale P | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there was a small hut on one end of the beach where you could rent snorkel gear. I don't know about prices, didn't pay attention, as we had bought snorkel masks on Amazon and brought them with us.
1
Vote
James M
February 28, 2016|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from 65oski | Reviewed this property |
The Ritz Carlton has a beach rental shed at Kapalua Bay that includes SUP's and kayaks. Don't know their rates or whether you have to be a Ritz Carlton guest to rent. Check with the hotel. The bay is very sheltered so it'd... More
2
Votes