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Ritz Carlton, Kapalua, Maui, HI
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We stayed in the Kapalua Golf Villas during a recent trip and found this beach to be very convenient. Parking can fill up quickly but beach is great. Areas for snorkeling, swimming, paddle boarding. This is on the western side of island and fairly protected...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Leslie S
Reviewed 3 days ago

Kapalua Bay has the best snorkeling in Hawaii hands down. Way better than Molokini Crater and Hanauma Bay. The varieties of fish are amazing and the wildlife you see is unparalleled. We went for a total of 2 hours one day and saw an eel,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank brandirutten
Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent a delightful afternoon at Kapalua Beach and we will return for sure. Parking: Several options...(1) There is a small free lot right at the South end of the beach. We got lucky and arrived right as someone pulled out. (2) Right next to...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Craig A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the nicer small beaches on the North West end of the island. Nice sand and decent snorkeling (fish, coral, turtles). Only challenge can be parking an the small public parking lot.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank NorthVancouverNick
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While staying at the Ritz, we explored the beach at Kapalua. It has many inlets that allow a short hike to the beach. It is absolutely majestic!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Heath B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Family of 5 have been coming here for 20 years. Still our first beach stop in Maui every year lots of turtles and fish. Getting kind of crowded but still a favorite. Get here early to get a parking spot. Very limited.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank FiveDivers
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a more picturesque beach than the ones further south, so if I could do it over again, I'd choose to stay here rather than closer to Lahaina. The snorkeling is OK, but very shallow, which can make it awkward if you're not wearing...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank EvasWorld
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Taking no car, we travel by foot, and only taking a bus for the return trip; we walk out here from Kaanapali Beach (Marriott). This is a pleasant walk, some of it by the side of the road, but if you drive, you miss so...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank on_the_go_98765
Reviewed December 11, 2018

We had a wonderful lunch sitting on the grass and relaxing all day. A great place for the kids to play and enjoy many activities in this vast open area.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Peter M
Reviewed December 6, 2018 via mobile

Amazing beach! Lots of shade which is what we were seeking since we have a young daughter. You’re able to rent snorkel gear right on the beach and my husband was able to see some amazing coral reefs and tons of fish, from right off...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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June 27, 2018|
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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.
January 25, 2018|
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Response from michealep | 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.
James M
February 28, 2016|
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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