Napili Beach

West Maui

The deep golden sands and gentle curves of Napili Beach offer good beachcombing at any time and excellent swimming and snorkeling when it’s calm. Look for green sea turtles hanging out by the rocky southern shore. Big waves occasionally make it into the bay in winter, and when they do it’s time to break out the skimboards – the steep drop at the beach provides a perfect run into the surf.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby West Maui attractions

1. Kapalua Beach


For a long day on the beach, it’s hard to beat this crescent-shaped strip at the southwestern tip of Kapalua. Snorkel in the morning, grab lunch at the…

2. Oneloa Beach

0.71 MILES

Also known as Ironwoods Beach, this white-sand jewel is fringed by low sand dunes covered in beach morning glory. It's a picturesque place to soak up the…

3. Honokahua Burial Site

0.96 MILES

This site is of cultural significance to Native Hawaiians and is off-limits to the general public.There are an estimated 2000 Hawaiians laid to rest here,…

4. Makaluapuna Point

0.98 MILES

Razor-sharp spikes crown rocky Makaluapuna Point, known informally by the nickname Dragon’s Teeth. The formation does look uncannily like the mouth of an…

5. DT Fleming Beach Park

1.14 MILES

Surrounded by ironwood trees and backed by an old one-room schoolhouse, this sandy crescent looks like an outpost from another era. In keeping with its…

6. Mokuleʻia Beach

1.84 MILES

Also known as Slaughterhouse Beach, this cove is excellent for snorkeling, and is a top-rated bodysurfing spot during the summer. Its attractive white…

7. Pohaku Park

2.13 MILES

Has an offshore left- and right-hand reef break called S-Turns that attracts intermediate surfers. Sometimes crowded. Keep an eye out for rocks, urchins…

8. Honolua Bay

2.13 MILES

Honolua Bay is an advanced surfer’s dream. It faces northwest and when it catches the winter swells it has some of the gnarliest surfing in the world.