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Napili Beach free

Hui Drive | Lahaina, HI 96761
Napili Beach Photo info
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  • Type: Beaches
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
Overall Rating: 4.5 (4.3)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Facilities: 4.0 (4.0)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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Though not nearly as expansive as Wailea or Kaanapali, crescent-shaped Napili Beach is particularly popular with families. Napili's waters are much calmer than those at other Maui beaches, so kids and adults alike can take to the seas for swimming, paddle-boarding and boogie-boarding. Plus, Napili Beach provides a quiet, laid-back atmosphere that sunbathers seem to love.

If you plan on visiting Napili, make sure you bring your snorkel gear. Napaili's waves conceal a wide array of fish, not to mention a sizable sea turtle population. According to one TripAdvisor user, there were "more species of reef fish than I've seen in any area so small, and yes, there are turtles right there next to you." (Just note that it is against the law to touch sea turtles; those who violate that law could face up to $100,000 in fines and prison time.)

You'll find Napili Beach a few miles south of Kapalua on Maui's northwest coast. Most travelers recommend driving to the beach, which can be accessed from the Honoapiilani Highway (Route 30); however, plan to get there early, as parking is limited and finding a space in the afternoon can be a trying experience. If you're planning to spend the whole day, make sure to bring supplies — you won't find the amount and variety of restaurants there that you would at other Maui beaches, so snacks are key.

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