A C-shaped cove makes Kapalua Beach a prime location for snorkeling, swimming, and sunbathing. Also referred to as D.T. Fleming Beach, the white sand shoreline fronts the Ritz-Carlton, with public access available from Honokahua Bay. The waves here are known for good surfing and boogie boarding conditions, while the abundance of coral reefs and sea life make this beach one of the best snorkeling spots in the area. Head to the north end of the beach for clear snorkeling (thanks to the more rocky terrain). Sand tends to sit in the bay's center, making the water more cloudy there. Watch for sea turtles or Hawaiian monk seals along the beach. Use our Kapalua online trip itinerary builder to arrange your visit to Kapalua Beach and other attractions in Kapalua.
Kapalua Beach reviews
Awesome snorkeling! Parking is difficult though. Nice grassy areas or sandy beach. Be careful where you enter and exit the water, there’s some mean coral centrally. more »
We saw tons of fish and a turtle! It was a bit crowded but it was also spring break and things are opening up so the beach was busy. But beautiful! Such a pretty spot on the sand. more »
As with many beaches there is less beach area than there used to be due to sea level rise. On calm days this is a great spot for snorkeling and safe for kids to play in the water. There is no life guard. There are bathrooms and showers to rinse off saltwater and sand.
Hands down my favorite beach! Coral & bottom structure always beautiful. Can't miss on catching a turtle or two swimming. Plenty of room to accommodate many beach goers + showers & restrooms
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