Kapalua Beach

Kapalua Beach information

This gorgeous strand gets the seal of approval! Not only do tourists sun on the beach here, but endangered monk seals occasionally haul out on the soft, white sand to snooze the afternoon away as well.

This crescent-shaped beach, with its clear view of Molokaʻi across the channel, is a sure bet for a fun day in the water. Long rocky outcrops at both ends of the bay make Kapalua Beach the safest year-round swimming spot on this coast. You’ll find colorful snorkeling on the right side of the beach, with abundant tropical fish and orange slate-pencil sea urchins.

Take the drive immediately north of Napili Kai Beach Resort to get to the beach parking area, where there are restrooms and showers. A tunnel leads from the parking lot north to the beach. This is also a start point for the Coastal Trail.