Napili Bay Beach

4.5 stars from 10 reviews
Address 60 Hui Dr, Lahaina, HI 96761
Crescent shaped bay that is good for swimming and snorkeling when the ocean is calm.

Features
• Facilities: Bathrooms • Facilities: Showers
• Sand Type: Regular • Parking: Street only
• Good For: Snorkeling • Good For: Sunsets
• Good For: Swimming • Good For: Whale Sightings

Matt Anderson's Take
Napili Bay Beach is an excellent beach, located in the Lahaina area of west Maui, and tends to be very popular. The water is often very clear and, when the ocean is calm, it can be good for snorkeling.


To get here, head onto Lower Honoapiilani Road and then head towards the ocean on Hui Drive which will curve behind the hotels here. You'll find a beach access path and some (limited) street parking here. Our map / directions page will take you right to the beach.


Napili Beach is kind of steep but very long and you might get some morning shade from the trees or buildings nearby but by afternoon that will be gone.


There is a restaurant, called the Sea House Restaurant, at the far north end if you get hungry. It's also very close to The Gazebo which is a hugely popular breakfast spot. Overall, this is a really fun beach and one we highly recommend.
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Adrianne I
Joined: Apr 2018
Reviews: 5
Likes Received: 1
Our favorite beach on the entire island. Stay close by if you can and walk to paradise daily.
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Matt A
Joined: Feb 2013
Reviews: 803
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A great west Maui beach and not to be missed. It's a shame the parking situation isn't better here but it can be bad so go early for best results.
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Andrea G
Joined: Jan 2018
Reviews: 16
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I really love Napili Beach, it's a truly wonderful beach and a great way to spend a day on Maui.
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Sharon W
Joined: Feb 2017
Reviews: 25
Likes Received: 0
Absolutely a beautiful beach.
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elena
Joined: Oct 2016
Reviews: 3
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Napili bay is one of favorite beaches on Maui. Though virtually impossible to see until you physically approach the shoreline, it's a spot worth visiting.

Napili Bay is fronted by a series of old-school Hawaiian-style low rise, two story small, independently owned hotels and condo units. The beach is a golden crescent with lava rocks to the south edge and Napili Kai hotel and more lava outcrops, to the north. There are several beach access paths between the hotels and limited parking on the street and small side streets. No public restrooms and very limited restaurants. In fact just the two are either end of the bay and the Gazebo at the south end.

Here in the bay, sea turtles abound near the lava and often near the shore. Waves can break fairly roughly depending on the season. This is a fun place for novice bodybuilders, skim boarders. and body surfers. Toward the center of the bay is the best! SUP'ers are often seen in the bay as well as kayakers and snorkelers.

The snorkeling here is pretty good sometimes. It can be hit or miss. There are a couple large reefs and we almost always see sea turtles swimming. The biggest issue that affects the snorkeling here is water clarity. If the sea is at all rough, clarity is poor. On a sunny day with calm water, it's a wonderful spot to enjoy a day at the beach. Pack a picnic.

No public restrooms as far as I have seen over the years. And the beach can get pretty crowded in recent years with sunbathers and kids building sand castles. It feels like traveling back in time a bit when you visit Napili. It's a beauty and so lovely with its low rise hotels from the past.
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Kim S
Joined: Oct 2016
Reviews: 10
Likes Received: 0
Stayed at Outrigger Napili Shores, right on the beach. Best of the best on Maui. Relatively calm, it's awesome for snorkeling or just playing in the water. Be prepared to share your area with several friendly Honu turtles that are about as interested in you as you are in them.

Stunning aquamarine waters, it's more what you would expect of Hawaii. Not built up or overly commercial. Honestly, it's my favorite beach on the island! Do be careful snorkeling though, saw a couple of accidents in July during Hurricane Darby. NEVER turn your back on the ocean, a nasty wave can sneak up on you and slam you into the rocks. This is true of any beach, on any of the islands.
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Stephanie--2094
Joined: May 2016
Reviews: 67
Likes Received: 2
This is a pretty little beach and wasn't crazy busy. We found parking just outside the public walkway and found the walk short and easy to the beach. Not a big deal to carry all your beach stuff. I wouldn't take a bus to this spot, but it's easy to find if you have rented a car.Worth the stop in for pictures at the very least!
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Tom T
Joined: Sep 2013
Reviews: 579
Likes Received: 33
An inviting sandy beach with clear water. A small break outside allows for SUP paddleboarding on waves. It's a beach enjoyed by locals and hotel guests. If you go early, it will feel like your own private getaway.

Take a cup of coffee, and enjoy a gingerly stroll early in the morning. Relax and gather more Maui memories as your cares fade away. Poetic, but true.
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Mackelroy
Joined: Aug 2015
Reviews: 14
Likes Received: 0
A great beach for families. Lots of kids splashing around here so it gets a little crowded but not terrible. The parking situation is not great but if you get here it's worth it. Fun all around.
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Morosam
Joined: Apr 2015
Reviews: 21
Likes Received: 1
Such a great beach. Was so calm when I was here. Set Up a chair, kick back, relax.
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