Napili Beach#6 in Best Things To Do in Maui
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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, paddleboarding and boogie-boarding. Plus, Napili Beach provides a quiet, laid-back atmosphere that sunbathers love.
If you plan on visiting Napili, make sure you bring your snorkel gear. Napili's waves conceal a wide array of fish, not to mention a sizable sea turtle population. (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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#1 Road to Hana
To find excellent views of Maui's beautiful coastline, all you need to do is drive. The Road to Hana is a scenic highway (Highway 360) that twists through the lush rainforest and past the cascading waterfalls that line the island's eastern shore. Most people start their trip in Kahului (home to Maui's main airport) with the intention of motoring 55 miles to Hana. The trip isn't always easy: The route often surprises unfamiliar drivers with hairpin turns. But those who decide to step on the gas aren't sorry they did. Despite all the hype and mental preparation, travelers are regularly surprised by the drive's beauty.
The Road to Hana might seem short, but traveling it will most likely take all day given the number of scenic lookouts and other places to stop. Those who have driven the Road to Hana highly recommend taking your time and stopping as often as possible. Reviewers also recommend starting your drive early in the morning, as the road grows congested as the day progresses. If you'd rather let someone else do the driving, there are several tour companies that offer tours in luxury vans, including Valley Isle Excursions and Temptation Tours. Though pricier than driving yourself, taking a tour allows you to focus on the incredible scenery while someone else focuses on navigating the winding curves.
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